"That might play with the masses, but underneath that angry young woman shell, there's a slightly less angry young woman who's just dying to bake me something. You're a marshmallow, Veronica Mars. A twinkie! " -- Wallace, Veronica Mars
Kickstarter campaigns are the epitome of “by the people, for the people.” Imagine my excitement when WE the people -- all 91,585 of us -- brought back Veronica Mars. Hell, yes.
Being in Hall H at Comic-Con was surreal. The place is HUGE and then to be a few feet away from Rob Thomas, the creator of our generation's Nancy Drew, and then hanging out with Kristen Bell and the rest of the Neptune crew in the flesh was magical. They were all there -- Enrico Colantoni (Veronica's dad), Percy Daggs III (the BFF), Ryan Hansen, Jason Dohring (and a "Team Piz" shirt), Chris Lowell (and a "Team Logan" shirt) and Tina Majorino (with a badass mohawk-chic look.)
We got a behind the scenes look at the Kickstarter campaign -- their nervousness, anxiety, appreciation, and tears. Then, we got a special sneak peak at the movie itself. Promising everything we want to see from Veronica and her crew… 10 years later. "I think the fans will love what we did," said Thomas. The gist of the preview is Veronica, who has moved on and is now a successful attorney in a killer suit, comes back home to this life she thought she left behind. The mystery, relationships and magic are still there.
When questioned what would make it more perfect, Thomas answered, "Time... More time. Beyond that, I couldn't have asked for a better team. This is the dream team." And you can tell they feel that way about each other. It’s all sincere. We fell in love with the characters they same way they all did, but Kickstarter physically manifested that for the cast and that shone on all their faces.
So, what next? Having not even finished filming the movie (they flew in for the panel and to hang with fans and literally flew out to wrap up filming on Monday), there is hope for more. "The movie will come out early 2014 -- that's what we're shooting for," Thomas said. "We just signed a book deal for a couple new Veronica Mars books, the first of which will come out pretty close after the movie. It picks up where the movie left off." To be continued leaves us marshmallows hopeful and happy.