After many years of Comic-Con, we finally went in costume. We weren’t insane about it. Even in San Diego, head to toe neoprene is just way too much for me. And while it might hurt to admit it, I just don’t have the abs of a Spartan warrior/Roman gladiator. But it certainly brought the experience to a new level: it was a conversation starter and a point of reference. We were asked to pose for photos and brought smiles to a lot of over-30 faces as they remembered their first Akbar and Jeff moments and we had some nice chats with the folks at the Bongo Comics booth. Randy even got to meet the Creator, Matt Groening, himself. While I think returning as Akbar and Jeff next year would get stale, I think we both agree we need to keep going in costume when we return to Comic-Con – the experience is not just different, but seriously better.
At a Comic-Con panel this morning I had the pleasure of hearing Deepak Chopra, Grant Morrison and Deepak’s son Gotham Chopra discuss the concepts of superheroes. As part of Deepak’s introduction to the panel’s discussion he listed a variety of synonyms for the concept that good and evil are necessary adversaries: angels and fallen angels, particles and anti-particles, and finally change and inertia. Every time during the day that I caught another news update about the budget show in Washington I kept flashing back to that line, and while I believe Deepak’s logic is correct, am having a lot of trouble seeing anything coming out of Washington, or government in general, to play ‘change’ and take the side of good in the current story.
No one seems to be getting back to me on anything today, which makes for a nice recovery day. We made the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last night, which was a very good movie, but it kept me up until 3ish, and then Diego alerted us to a ninja intruder at around 6ish. Siesta will necessarily be longer than usual.
Five More Years!
Taking a break from dealing with the real world for a bit. Time to focus on the wild and fantastic sides of life, and celebrate the announcement the ComicCon will be in San Diego for at least five more years. Time to par-teh like a stormtrooper!
Doing The Happy Dance
Maybe I’ve been neglectful of y’all, truth be told I’ve been having a great time and was just a tad busy to drop back by. I tried to do a ComicCon post, but I think I’ll let the photos and their captions tell the story for me. We had a great time and the photos prove it.
Since then there’s been lots of work. And a new living room set, with photos forthcoming once the lamps arrive and the new print gets back from the framer. And Randy starts school again next week, which has left me crashing on the website his kids use for homework and collaborative projects (their very own little child-safe wiki), bringing it up to spec from last year’s feedback and expanding into a few new areas.
Then today a very nice federal judge all the way up in San Francisco said some very nice things. Lots of them actually, written down on 138 pages. Hopefully that will lead to us being able to attend more fabulous gay weddings at some point in the future. Everyone should have the right to be a Party B.
So yes, even though Randy’s up at UCLA for the week, Diego and I are doing the happy dance tonight. We’re having a good life.
And So It Begins…
At least from our vantage point, the Comic-Con organizers seem to have finally figured out a registration process that makes sense. We went to the off-site location, showed our IDs and e-mail registrations, and were politely handed our badges. Twenty-one minutes from parking to putting on the lanyards.
Saw in the server stats this morning that this photo of Randy and the wonderful John Barrowman is now the ninth most viewed photo in the local gallery here at Howling Point. Out of 1367 posted photos, this is the first non-sports photo to crack the Top 10.
Randy met the actor who played Captain Jack Harkness (not to mention “Lead Tenor” in The Producers) at the 2009 Comic-Con. I stood several feet away with the camera and tried not to be too jealous. Hopefully they can rekindle their relationship at Comic-Con this year, which by the way starts in only 27 short days.
Great effects. Loved the 3-D. Thought the hookah-smoking blue caterpillar needed a movie of his own. But that’s about where my love for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland ends.
We caught the 3-D non-IMAX version of the movie at a sold-out showing in Del Mar last night. The horde of entitled and self-absorbed high schoolers texting and walking in and out of the showing just reinforced my reaction to the movie: there was little to hold the attention for more than a quick jolt of eye candy.
Maybe my expectations were too high. Whatever the reason, it just didn’t work for me. Some great lines and fascinating visual takes on the individual characters just never found their way into a coherent story worthy of the hype and the assemblage of proven talent.
On the plus side, I did get to see the trailer for the upcoming Tron Legacy. I’m feeling very good about that one. I suspect that while the kiddies will be wearing Mad Hatter costumes at ComicCon this summer, the vendors will be pushing Tron for all they can make.
Yes, we went to Comic-Con last Thursday and Friday. Yes, I took lots of photographs. No, I didn’t post here timely, though I had a few tweets and Facebook updates. Spent the weekend on another web project that has a set go-live date coming up, so that’s been taking priority.
Comic-Con was great fun as always. Going two days allowed us to spend more time at the sessions and not feel like we were missing too many of the booths. A four-day pass would have been nicer, but we knew prior obligations would keep us from the weekend stuff. Maybe next year.
Our celebrity autograph this year was John Barrowman of Torchwood. Celebrity sightings were numerous. Toys include a model of the Tardis, a Max bobblehead, a Comic-Con exclusive of Ninja Joe the Egg, and lots else.
Really loved the one CLE session I was able to attend. Kinda upset with the organizers for scheduling two others at 10:30 in the morning when Comic-Con and the convention center were incapable of processing crowds fast enough to get people in the doors by 10:30 in the morning. Also a tad upset with the Peanuts people for promoting a special Snoopy figurine commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the moon landings, then being unable to deliver. Manufacturing defects don’t cause false announcements, bad management does.
Still happy with the experience though, and props to the unfortunately renamed SyFy for going all out. Free shirts, a themed restaurant (offsite), lots of swag of every variety. They really set the standard for the other studios and networks in promoting their shows.
Not Just Cool Costumes
Still going through photos from Comic-Con, and I should have write-up tomorrow, but this video was too good not to share immediately.
The video was shown during part of an MCLE on current trends in copyright and trademark law at Comic-Con this afternoon. Yes, Comic-Con is not just costumes and toys but business, and for those of you lucky enough to not be in my business, MCLE is my continuing education requirement as a member of the California bar.
It was a good little presentation, but really too short to do the topic serious justice. There were two other presentations I wanted to catch this week, but the timing didn’t work out. Comic-Con’s slow processing of daily registrations seems to make catching any seminar before 11 or so close to impossible. Might have to break down and get a four-day pass next year even if I won’t go all four days just to avoid the daily lines.