San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 4 in review


Exhausted, sore, cranky greetings from Limburgh Field in San Diego.

Comic-Con has ended. All that remains is the flight home.

Day 4 is a great day at the con. It’s starkly different than the other days, but by day four, that’s a good thing. There’s plenty of time to get autographs, shop for comics, see the booths, and take pictures of costumed attendees.

In terms of autographs, I got a few today, but a special shout out goes out to Richard Hatch and Gil Gerard, both of whom were as friendly and personable as a fan could hope for.

Gerard (Buck Rogers) joked with us over the price of his signing, and when I was joking back, pretty soon He, Jay and I were all laughing. After he was done, we wished each other luck for the rest of the day and he was very genuine about it. He was a great guy to meet, you can’t ask for more than that.

So too was Richard Hatch, who encouraged us to check out Dragon-Con (on my to do list), and took the time to address my question (which was his favorite role, Cpt Apollo or Tom Zarek) thoroughly. It was a great interaction, and he was friendly as can be, too.

I won’t call any celebs out, but for a lot of them that I’ve gotten autographs from it’s such an impersonal transaction that you feel like you’ve been mugged afterwards. Not that I’m under any delusions any celebs would ever read this blog, but if they did, I would say – take note. I am NOT paying $30, $40, sometimes $60 for a picture of you with your signature. I pay that money to MEET you. Just for a minute or two. Typically to get the long held “Thank You” off my chest, sometimes to ask a question, but always, ALWAYS just to share a moment where we engage. Those of you who take my money, rush your sig, and begrudgingly, briefly acknowledge my efforts to speak with you… Well, you could learn a lot from these two guys.

Meanwhile, I photographed the floor pretty thoroughly today. I’ll be posting albums once I get home. I’ll also be returning to regular content postings for all of you sick of this Comic-Con bullshit.

Meanwhile, check out these models from the Batman movies:




And here’s some pics of three of the most famous comics of all time (although the Action Comics #1 has been “restored”, that’s why it’s value is shot)




I myself picked up a ton of Silver and Bronze age beauties, at a booth that had a 50% off mark down. Mist notably, I picked up about 75% of Frank Millers legendary run on Daredevil, all at half off!!

I also had plenty of time to take pics of all the great toys on display… Check out this 20″ tall “Stay Puft Marshmallow Man” and the entire case of bad ass Star Trek Mr Potato Heads!



Plus, the floor always holds the potential to spot a celeb, like Nathan Fillion here at the Marvel booth.


Now, I know I said costumes are light on Sundays, and they are. Compared to the other three days, they are fir sure. But that doesn’t mean they’re not THERE, and with more time on your hands, you wind up seeing tons of them!! Here, take a look!







So… That’s it for Comic-Con this year. As usual, it was awesome, but exhausting, and I’ll be happy to be home. I plan to post the panel videos as soon as I can for those who would like to see them. I’m also going to put up some galleries so there will be more pics to come throughout the week.

Thank you all for checking it out, people have definitely been checking in. I’ll be back to writing up movies soon, I swear!


73 thoughts on “San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 4 in review

  1. We love our geeks here in Manila. We have a Komikon, a ToyCon, seasonal Anime-cons, and Book-Cons.

    I do wish to see the SDCC someday. I imagine the streets filled with imaginary creatures come to life. That would be awesome.

    In Manila, we usually celebrate in trade center tents or in malls.

    I’ll be cosplaying this November for the first time.

    Here’s my pot about ToyCon Manila 2011

    • Ha! I love that Mao with Mickey Mouse ears. LOL.

      Anyways, yeah, I love seeing all the toys and displays and things too. SDCC has a lot of that as well. And you’re right, there are a lot of imaginary creatures come to life, thats for sure!

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Congrats on Freshly Pressed. I was at Comic Con on Saturday and strolled through the comics section only. Did you ever feel like a packed sardine? Costumes were great and my daughter wants to dress up for next year. Did you check out the Gaslamp Quarter? There’s a Chuck Jones Art Gallery and the most amazing Ghiradelli Chocolate Bar.

    • Thanks, it was really surprising, but it’s been a fun day, that’s for sure.

      Have I ever felt like a packed sardine? Yeah. For the last four days, LOL.

      Honestly, my buddy and I didnt explore much of San Diego. By the time we leave the floor, we’re so beat up it’s slow going to the car.

      Although if that Chuck Jones art gallery is a permanent deal, I may find time for it next year. I watched a lot of Bugs Bunny on the way out to San Diego!

  3. I truly hope that if I ever meet Nathan Fillion, he is as cool as I imagine him to be. Dragon-Con is closer to me than Comic-Con, but the coverage was nice to see from the G4 booth in case I don’t get out west.

  4. I was glad to hear you flesh out similar thoughts I had on getting autographs from celebs. I’ve always wanted to get them, but I can’t seem to make myself shell out all that money for just an “impersonal” signature. I’d rather take those people out to lunch or something. That would be cool. However, I went to Wizard Con last year in Austin and Doug Jones (Abe Sapien from Hellboy) was there and he was such a nice guy! He was giving his fans hugs and everything. We need more actors like him around.

    • No problem, that’s the idea of it! I’m working my way through the panel videos, too. That’s a big part of the experience, actually. Without the panels, its just like a huge comic-book flea market on Halloween. LOL. Not that that’s a bad, thing, its great. But I think the main impetus for me going cross country to attend this thing is the chance to see the celebrities and talent who provide so much entertainment…

      • It makes you wonder….just who does that Dirk Benedict (or Erin Grey for that matter) think he (she) is….What too good for YOUR $40…..

      • Oh, I’d pay $60 for Dirk Benedict, easy.

        And dont even ask about his fellow A-Team member Mr T. That would be the coup de grace, right there. I’d pay big bucks. BIG.

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