Poll: Vote for the best costume I snapped at Comic-Con!

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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:




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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Easy Like Sunday Morning


Greetings from the floor outside Ballroom 20

Quick check in during a snack break. Won’t be much to report today. Bought my first comic of the Con, an issue I was missing of Batman’s “Death in the Family” run – the one where fans called in and voted for the Joker to kill Robin and he did.

Congestion is notably down. Only one big panel today… “Glee”.

I will not be in attendance.

To say that costumes have dropped off is an understatement. If you want to see costumes, but are only coming one day, do NOT make it Sunday.

Checks ins will be infrequent today, not much to report.

Catch you all later.

San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 3 in Review


Greetings from the lobby of the Yacht Harbor Best Western in San Diego. Sad but true, this will be my last post from this particular WiFi hotspot, tomorrow at this time I’ll be at a boarding gate, waiting to board my flight home.

Today was another great day at Comic-Con. There’s so much to do at this place that there’s no way to lose.

I began the day at about 7ish, waiting to get in to see Francis Ford Coppola, director of my favorite movie of all time… “Rumble Fish”. Lol, I kid, I kid. He did direct my favorite movie though. I got in, and for the second time in as many days, I had “Front Row” seats (meaning as close to the stage as non VIPs can get).

Coppola began by explaining that in the past, artists used to have to travel with their art in order to monetize it. For example, a composer would have to travel and conduct in order to get money. A theatre troupe would have to travel and put on their play. And he envisioned doing such a thing as a movie maker, so he conducted this… experiment by live editing an extended trailer for his new movie, based on our reactions to the first showing. It was funny, and fun watching him use his editing software and saying stuff like, “wait, that’s not it” and “hold on, almost there”. The crowd really took to it. Was it the career retrospective that I would have preferred? Obviously not. But it was memorable, and entertaining.


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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Saturday is when the Costumes come out to play


I have way too many pics to share them all. Great costumes are everywhere. Craptastic ones too.

Here’s a nice selection for you, more to come later!



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San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Quick Update


Just a quick update from the one KNOWN WiFi hotspot, in the main hall.

To say I “Saw” the “Community” panel would be a misrepresentation… I was so far back it was silly. I was there, live, watching it off the screen, does that count? I feel like it doesn’t. Perhaps I’m spoiled after GREAT seats for GoT, Spielberg/Jackson and Coppola.

Speaking of which the Coppola panel was a mixed bag – Good news and bad. The bad news is, it certainly wasn’t the panel I’D have drawn up, the good news is, it had a bunch of funny moments. Also, the new movie he’s promoting “TWIXT” looks promising… It stars Val Kilmer (who was on the panel) and Elle Fanning. Its got this vampire high concept, mixed with an author (Kilmer) who dreams of Edgar Allen Poe, and somehow talks with a ghostly Elle Fanning. It looked moody and unique… The conversation scenes with Fanning had a “Sin City” look about them.

I’ll post more about it tonight. Plus I got video to share for when I get home.

In the meantime, Saturday is the BEST day for costumes! I have to go take pics! I’ll try to do a dump in a few hours!!


San Diego Comic-Con 2011: The Comic-Con Miracle 2011



There has been a Comic-Con Miracle!!!

In 2009 it was when I got in (read: cut in) line for “Dexter” with only 45 minutes to go. This year, I walked from Hall H to the Hilton and walked RIGHT IN to the Indigo Ballroom, where I’m currently awaiting the cast of Community!!

Got to go…. Lights dimming!!

FULL DISCLOSURE: wrote this over an hour ago and it failed to post. Evil WiFi won that battle…

San Diego Comic-Con 2011: In line for Coppola


Greetings from the line for Hall H! I took a slight gamble and came “late” this morning (7am for an 11 am panel). My Comic-Con instincts proved accurate… I have a similar spot in line as I did yesterday, when I wound up with SPECTACULAR seats.

Today’s plan is to catch Francis Ford Coppola, who’s here presenting his upcoming movie “TWIXT”. I don’t know anything about it, but it’s Coppola, so I’m there.

The Coppola panel springs at 12:45. The “Community” panel starts at 1. I’m going to make myself available for a Comic-Con miracle and see if there’s any chance that that panel doesn’t fill up. It IS being held “off-site” at the Hilton across the street. I don’t know how gnarly that line is going to be.

Later in the day is “Fringe”. If I don’t have to sacrifice my entire day on the floor, I’ll suck it up and brave the Ballroom 20 line again.

Speaking of Ballroom 20 lines, people are calling yesterday’s Ballroom 20 line “The longest line in Comic-Con history” of course, that’s just line gossip, but I know Jay quit it after 2 hours, giving up hope. The schedule began with “The Walking Dead”, ended with “True Blood”, and in between was a bunch of geek friendly shows like “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13”. So I guess it’s not surprising. I still think it’s mainly a factor of the lack of a “WOW” movie being presented (like “The Avengers”), so people were like, well, then, there is no WAY I’m missing “True Blood”!

So I’ll be here in line til 11. I’ll be in panels (hopefully) for a couple hours after. So I’ll be radio silent til 2ish (here) at least. But after that, today’s the day the costumes REALLY come out… I’ll be taking loads of pics! You won’t want to miss!

In the meantime, I’ll be roughing it out here in line…


San Diego Comic-Con 2011: Day 2 in Review


Greetings from the lobby of the Yacht Harbor Best Western, where you have to be if you want WiFi.

Been home for a little while from day 2. Had some pizza already, I’m gonna post this up and CRASH.

As I posted, this morning was all about Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. It was awesome, but I covered it pretty well, so we won’t revisit it.

I stayed in Hall H for the next panel as well, Relativity Media. Relativity had two movies to present, “Haywire” and “The Raven”.

Click through to read about them, plus a TON of pics from Day 2!!!

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