Shadowhunters Q&A At New York Comic Con

We went to the packed-house panel in the Empire Room at Comic Con and here's our live report! Remember, scroll to the bottom to get a play-by-play of the event!


12pm: That's it for the panel!

Join us later for some photographs from the autograph signing! And, to see the exclusive clip we mentioned earlier, go here! 

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11:55am: Now everyone is asking to hug Dominic.


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A fan asked about where the show was filmed:

McG says that most of the show was shot in Toronto, but that they've gone to great lengths to get New York City right, particularly in the way that the show ... Wait! Another fan has been pulled on stage!

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A fan has asked about the cast's favorite part of the Shadow World:

Clary and Emeraude's answers were really interesting: that women should work together to take care of each other. The bond between Clary and Isabelle is a relationship that is based on working together, they said, and when Clary comes into the story, Isabelle could be really mean to her and really possessive about her role, but instead she welcomes her and becomes a sort of big sister to her. You know, that is pretty awesome. 

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A fan asked Cassie if she was able to oversee how close the production was to the books:

Her answer: "Writers can't really do that. We can only put our trust in the movie or the show and hope! In this case, this is a smart team of people and they're very good so I'll be watching it with you when it airs....We'll have a big Shadowhunters party." 

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She is now officially a member of the panel.

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Malec give the fan a massive hug!

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McG just got a fan on stage!

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Check out them runes! Team! She's wearing pretty much every kind of Shadowhunters cosplay - and she has a lot of awesome things to say! She's come through so much! And she gets to hug everyone on stage. Including Cassie! 

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A question from a fan to the whole cast: When reading the books, was there a specific part that you were really excited to film?

Alberto says he was most interested in the journey that Simon goes on, and how to portray someone who is going to be wrestling with the feelings of being in love with his best friend. 

Dominic says he was really excited to film the slap scene ("The other 10%"). It turns out that Katherine has quite a slap on her, and while he wasn't nervous about the slap normally, she really clocked him. 



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11:40am: Time for audience questions!

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Dominic on Isaiah:

After Cassie Clare spoke of how much she loved the casting of Luke, Dominic took a moment to call out Isaiah as a father figure on set: 

Quote: "Isaiah is a genuine beautiful soul in this world and it's so wonderful to have someone to look up to, as an actor and as a person...I want to be just like him."

Wow. That's a lot. And Isaiah seems very touched. 

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Alberto and Emeraude on their heritage:

Emeraude spoke earlier about being a Latina actress and how grateful she is that the audience has embraced her as Isabelle. Alberto followed up with a thought about being "a guy named Alberto Rosende playing a guy named Simon Lewis" with a few thoughts about how he's honored his heritage as he's worked to become an actor: "If you're true to yourself and true to your heritage, you'll get where you're going."

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11:35am: A question for Matt and Harry about Malec, and whether they have any advice for LGBT fans.

"Advice wise," said Harry, "just be yourself. We're living in a world that's a lot more open to seeing things they're not used to and that's a powerful thing."

Matthew's point: "Your feelings are not wrong."

 

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That is a lot of creative brain power in one room!

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Steles!

Turns out that Dominic is a little bit clumsy with the steles and he's broken up to, 13! While, Matthew has broken exactly none. It's a rivalry! Who broke the most stuff!

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Runes!

When the team talk runes, there's a lot to say about this. 

Katherine said that what interests her most about the runes is how they evolve and how they change. When they're first put on, they're very painful looking. It starts as a prosthetic, and the color changes and evolves. So it was fun for her to learn about how things heal, and how the runes look over time. 

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On the casting process:

Cassie says that her favorite part of her involvement in the show was the casting process. When she saw Dominic Sherwood, she thought, "it's him." Even though some thought he looked a little bit "mean," Cassie says she saw a spark in him. 

Everyone in the cast seems really close and happy to know one another! They all have such nice things to say about each other! 

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By the way, if you're following along, Ed Decter has announced the premiere date!

Go here for the details. 

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On their stunt work:

The cast says they spent a tremendous amount of time working out together. They were on set, and then in the gym, and then asleep. And then they'd wake up and it would all start all over again. They all got into good enough shape to get through the stunts easily, and Matthew remarked that it's really created a family atmosphere. Spending so much time together has really bonded them. It shows!

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11:20am: Magnus Bane speaks!

Harry Shum, Jr says: 

"What I love about Magnus Bane is that on the outside, he's got all this glitter and make up: but inside he's very compassionate and he really wants to help. Even though he does need some form of payment."

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So says Alberto on Simon:

"He doesn't want to leave Clary alone. He doesn't ever want her to be without him."

All that, followed by a hug from Dominic. 

"If you're a fan of Malec ...you might be happy." - Matthew Daddario

Isaiah on being among the cast:

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"I'm the older guy on the cast and I have to watch out for everybody and make sure they do the right thing."

The audience is a little bit surprised that Dom is English.

There's an accent. It's adorable! 

Says Dominic: 

"For me the biggest thing that we brought to Jace was his arrogance and his contempt for his own mortality. He's a little bit devil-may-care. And then later, we grow into Jace's history and his past, and we learn that Jace can be a little vulnerable at times."

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11:15am: Katherine on playing Clary:

A quote! "I love Clary because she has this blend of strength and vulnerability and she has this huge journey that really only begins in the first season."

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Here's McG, Ed and Alberto!

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On creating the pilot episode, Showrunner Ed Decter and Executive Producer McG had this to say.

They wanted to get it right. Ed Decter said that the show has a lot of surprises in store for die hard book fans, with creations from throughout Cassie's Shadow World. And McG says that while the show was being created, they really wanted to honor the fan base by having actors that can shoulder the responsibility of such great characters. We're in good hands, team. 

When Cassie was asked how she hopes fans will react...

Cassie says that she hopes that the audience will come to it with an open mind and that they can all experience the show together. 

11:07am: And here we go, the cast has arrived!

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The panel! From left to right, author Cassie Clare, Executive Producer and the Director of Episode One, McG!,  Showrunner and Executive Producer Ed Decter, Alberto Rosende (Simon), Dominic Sherwood (Jace), Katherine McNamara (Clary), Emeraude Toubia (Isabelle), Matthew Daddario (Alec), Harry Shum, Jr (Magnus Bane), and Isaiah Mustafa (Luke). 

Here's another still of Clary during the exclusive clip!

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People are going nuts over this exclusive clip from the show! It's Jace!

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We're screening an exclusive clip from the show!

The crowd is going absolutely nuts. It's serious Pandemonium in here, team. 

What's amazing is how much fans love seeing their favorites! Huge cheers for Clary, Jace, Magnus. All of them. You should hear the decibel levels in here. It's some serious screaming. 

11am: The cast of Shadowhunters are about to come on! Here's moderator Damian Holbrook from TV Guide!

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10:58am: We're ready and waiting for theShadowhunters Q&A panel to start. Excited!

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We've got front row seats!

The Empire Room at New York Comic Con is stuffed with people. And we're sitting next to a whole lot of superfans: some local, some with their parents, some have come all the way from Scotland! 

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