July/Comic-Con News

So I waited a little longer between posts this time, it’s not like anyone is paying for these. If you would like to though, feel free to send cash. So let’s try and get up to speed on what’s happened. I enjoyed seeing the Lakers win another championship especially against hated Boston. I was glad to see the USA exit the Group round of the World Cup, but sad to see them advance no further. I celebrated my first Father’s Day after my father passed. Jesse dyed his hair two colors this year and looked like he should be cheering for Brazil with his half yellow, half green hairstyle. Renee and I went to see Toy Story 3 and Sherk Forever After. TS 3 was better, but they both had some laughs. Jesse went to camp in the mountains while I attended the Voices That Matter Web Design Conference in San Francisco. We spent the 4th of July at home and watched the fireworks from the backyard on a rather cool night. Last week, I attended the ESRI User Conference in San Diego and increased my GIS Web API knowledge while enjoying many meals in the Gaslamp Quarter.

This brings us to the past weekend’s activities which revolved around attending our 3rd Comic-Con. We left for San Diego after Renee finished work on Thursday and arrived just before midnight. We settled in at my best friend Jim’s condo after waking his roommate. We were up early Friday morning and off to the trolley station for our journey to the Convention Center. The closer we got, the more crowded the trolley became until noone could get on due to standing room only. We joined the swarm of attendees pouring across the street and found our way to the registration area to pick up our badges, Warner Bros Studio bags and event guides. We headed for the Expo Floor before realizing that we should have stayed where we were for an autograph session. Jesse wanted to get a postcard and autograph from the writer of several Warhammer 40,000 books and the upcoming movie, Dan Abnett. The line was longer than the one for several stars form the Farscpae TV series in the next booth. Afterward, we headed back to the expo floor to begin our end to end journey. We made it 3/4 of the way before deciding to leave so I could attend the Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG game panel. We stood in line for an hour and barely made it inside. This room hosted Star Wars panels all day and rooms are not cleared after each one. We left once the question period began and headed to the blood drive booth. We were directed to its new location and then went the Del Rey Star Wars expo booth for a book signing by Sean Williams, author of The Force Unleashed novel and the newly released Old Republic: Fatal Alliance novel. We journeyed across the show floor again and went to the blood drive. It took 1 1/2 hrs to complete the process. We were rewarded with a large True Blood T-shirt (too small for either of us), vampire bite band-aids and a True Blood bottle of water. In previous years, we left with a big bundle of toys/collector items, so we were not very impressed.

Inside Flynn's Arcade
Sign at the back of Flynn's Arcade

I convinced Renee and Jesse to take a walk into the Gaslamp to the spot were I saw Flynn’s Arcade while attended the conference the week prior. We were rewarded with a pass to enter. At the door we were given a Tron coin purse filled with Flynn’s Arcade tokens. The arcade was filled with 80’s games like Joust, Space Invaders and the Tron game Space Paranoids. One wall was filled with TVs showing gameplay from the new Tron game. At the back of the arcade under the Tron sign, a hallway led the Flynn’s workshop. Lights flashed and dialogue played from the movie and doors opened leading to a bright blue lighted hallway. Rounding the corner, we entered one of the coolest rooms called the End of The Line Club. It was designed just like the Tron world with blue lights and sleek shapes. They had many props from the movie and upcoming products based on the movie displayed. They gave us free Coke Zeros in aluminum bottles too. Suddenly, the lights dimmed and we here audio from the movie playing while lights flash and change color. The walls begin to display scenes from the movie and we hear Flynn. During this, a model dressed in movie wardrobe walks around the area. This was one of the coolest things we saw all weekend. After wandering around Flynn’s a little more, we exit and visit the Palm Restaurant to see some of the new Marvel drawings on the wall. We stopped at Cafe Diem from the Eureka TV show on SyFy Network. After catching the trolley back, we visited with my Goddaughter Christina, her husband Marc and enjoyed seeing their soon to be 1 yr old son at Jim’s condo.

After a short night, we packed up and headed for Qualcomm Stadium to catch the trolley. We arrived at the Convetnion Center and hurried through registration to get in line for Ballroom 20. We still ended up on the stairs coming up from the Marina. While in line, I left Renee and Jesse to photograph the 501st Legion Star Wars fans as they posed in costume on the back steps of the Convention Center. Despite the long line, we did manage to make it into the panel for Chuck. It was kicked off by a montage of clips from the previous season and “Jeffster.” Always a fun panel. We decided to stay and sit through Family Guy and The Cleaveland Show so we could see Futurama and The Simpsons panel. The scenes from the upcoming 3rd Family Guy Star Wars spoof were pretty funny. The Cleveland Show did a table read for an episode based on Comic-Con that brought a lot of laughs. The Futurama panel was funny as well with scenes from a Comic-Con episode and a table reading for an upcoming episode. The Simpsons panel was funny, but we left once questions from the audience began to head for another room.

The cast of Mythbusters
The cast of Mythbusters

We were able to avoid a line by going into the Cartoon Voices panel which had many of the voice actors from older cartoons. We were there to see the panel following it: Warehouse 13 and Eureka. We enjoyed both of those panels and then sat through Nikita and Human Target to have a seat for the Mythbusters panel. The Mythbusters stars were a BIG hit and didn’t disappoint with clips of the upcoming season and behind the scenes stories. We sat through 10 hours of panels that day and were wiped out as we headed to the trolley and Qualcomm. We arrived home just before midnight Saturday night. After a short night, Renee was off to work early this morning. It was a fun time, but we think 3 days might be better than 2 at Comic Con. Last year, we did 4 days, but it was just too much. Great time and now we are thinking about next year as tickets sell out faster each year.