Lost fans may dislike the fact that I borrowed possibly one of the most famous lines from the show without having ever seen it. It's on my to-watch list, if that helps! Anyway, San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner and I am lamenting the fact that I will not be able to go this year. I had the chance to go last year because of someone I knew, and it was so much fun, but I can't say that we're really friends anymore so...that might have been one of the downsides to the experience. That in itself is a story that I'm not going to get into right now, but I will tell you about my SDCC adventures.
One of the biggest things is that I did everything alone. I've been to Anime Expo before and usually people tend to go in groups of friends or family. Comic-Con seemed to be the kind of place where yes, you see a lot of people in groups, but you also see a huge number of individuals roaming around by themselves. Naturally, I rolled my sleeves up and charged forward alone. It's probably why I didn't go to some of the panels that I really should have tried to get into, or why I stayed in Hall H the entire time (once I got in there was no coming out). I think overall, for my first CC I didn't do too poorly.
Anyway, here's my very spare photo journal of the whole experience. I didn't want to edit photos for every single panel and I didn't take a lot of pictures of the things that I did outside of panels. These are largely out of order, as I don't remember which panel came when and the photos saved out of order...but it doesn't really matter!
We camped! Not the greatest choice to be made because I got bitten everywhere, but my sleeping bag is on the far left.
We used to drive and park near one of the shuttle stops, much like everyone else who wasn't staying in a hotel.
The crowd for preview night!
The first panel I got into was for Wilfred (well, for Beavis & Butthead but I was aiming for Wilfred). Elijah Wood and Jason Gann were precious together.
Maybe half of the crowd waiting to get into the Ballroom; most of them, from what I heard, were there for Game of Thrones.
And this was unfortunately as close as I got to getting into the Game of Thrones panel :( Still heartbroken.
Fright Night panel. I'm sorry but Colin Farrell is great: someone tried to call him an asshole and he squeezed out of it as gracefully as possible.
Beavis & Butthead panel with Johnny Knoxville and Mike Judge.
Total Recall panel. JOHN CHO!!
The Amazing Spider-Man panel. Andrew Garfield came out with a Spider-Man suit on (mask included) and halfway through talking at the fan question mic unveiled himself and let everyone in the room go crazy.
Twixt panel (Francis Ford Coppola is fantastic. Val Kilmer was quiet).
The 3D glasses/mask!
Dorothy of Oz panel. SIR PATRICK STEWART!!!
Knights of Badassdom panel. I'm still waiting for it to be released so I can bathe in all the Peter Dinklage LARP-ing glory.
The Adventures of Tin-Tin panel! I didn't think I was going to get in. Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson on one stage, so much awesomeness I almost imploded.
Doctor Who tattoo sleeve! I stayed by the BBC booth for the longest time trying to snag one of these.
The last picture I took at Comic-Con was of this fabulous dog on a bike.
That's it. That was San Diego Comic-Con 2011 for me. It was a last minute decision to go, was one of the best experiences ever, and I wish I were going back this year. Can someone send me to tweet about it? Can I have every geek's dream job and get sent there to cover it via blog? No? Okay, well, I'll dream about going from here.