D23 v. ComicCon
Had a good time at the D23 Expo up in Anaheim over the weekend. If it was my only convention-type event over the summer I would have said great, but following in the heals of The Con, aka San Diego ComicCon, I had to accept that it pales in the comparison. It suffered the fate of an event that couldn’t live up to its media hype.
It is what it is: a fan event for a single entertainment conglomerate. It lacks the diversity of thought and has none of the small press and independent artist exploration opportunities of ComicCon, and was in a relatively sterile corporate neighborhood.
That last part was probably my biggest hang-up. Over the years I’ve been repeatedly told that this is one of the events that makes Anaheim a contender to take ComicCon from San Diego. ROTFLMAO. It has parking – gotta give it that. They need it because their local public transit was clearly not up to the task (looking specifically at you, Anaheim Resort Transit). But that part of Anaheim lacks the flavors and diversity of dining in San Diego’s Gas Lamp, and if D23 was an example of what Anaheim would do to support a Con like San Diego’s ComicCon, the answer appears to be nothing. No restaurant tie ins. No off-site events. Not that you want to go outside because access to the building was limited to a few select (and understaffed) doors, resulting in excessive waits every time you needed to enter or re-enter the Anaheim Convention Center building itself.
But once I accepted the differences, it was a good time. The tie-ins for Star Wars Battlefront (the new game) and Alice Through the Looking Glass were first-rate. The panels we were able to attend, and particularly the retrospective on Disney’s Silly Symphonies hosted by Leonard Maltin and accompanied by a live 32-piece orchestra, were great.
One last rant though to certain vendors, and you know who you are: if you sold something at ComicCon as a ComicCon exclusive, don’t just put them on the shelf again for D23 (or any fan event for that matter). At least have the class to cover up the “Exclusive” label.
Summer, Phase Two
Randy’s back in school, but the weather outside is still very summer. Turned off the phone and went down to the cove this morning for a swim and photo shoot with the marine life. Beautiful conditions, even if there was a bit of a crowd. Said hi to a friend. Had a lot of fun with the GoPro. More photos cross-posted from Instagram after the jump. (more…)
Between Pride and the San Clemente Surf Festival this was supposed to be a very busy and very photographic weekend. Instead I’m waking up to thunder, lightning, pouring rain and two terrified dogs.
Kayaking for Freedom
Watched this year’s San Diego Big Bay Boom fireworks show from kayaks off Coronado Island. Easily the best seats in the house, even if they were slightly damp.
Beating the Heat
Craving something cold, so this is today’s effort to beat the heat.
Time to burn
Trying to figure out what to do with tomorrow’s leap second. So many options, so little time.
Great anniversary gift
Seven years and eight days after California allowed Randy and I to marry, that legal status now protects us in all fifty states. Thanks to everyone who made this reality possible.
Sometimes being in a state that’s ahead of the curve (like California) lets us overlook the fact that there were millions of Americans who didn’t have that right recognized until today. It’s been too easy to just fly over the states that refuse to treat us with dignity, and where their own people were denied the protections and benefits we had. Not that I really want to go to those states that often, but it’ll be nice to have one less reason to avoid them.
The plug-in that handled these automatically seems to have run amok. Exploring some options now, including manual cross posts, at least until I get back to a point of actually writing words here.
Randy on Vacation
Lemon zest #petunia on the patio. Happy solstice!