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Holy crap, what an adventure.  I think SDCC is like Mecca for geeks.  You need to do it once in your lifetime, when you have the time, strength and finances.  But kudos for the people that do it every year.  Because as awesome as it was, and maybe even as much as I want to, I don't think I could handle doing it years in a row.

(Which ironically, is the best way to do it.  You get in by luck the one year only have a ticket for maybe one day, but then the next year you are bumped into the pre-reg line and have a much better chance for getting tickets for the whole thing next year.  You skip a year and you're back to square one.)

We only had tickets for the first and last days of the convention, so we split things up as best we could.  Thursday had quite a few interesting panels that we wanted to attend, so that's what we did.  We got to the convention early, got our badges, got in line and once we made it into Hall H, we stayed there the entire day.

And oh, the panels we saw!  We didn't get to meet anyone or get autographs or ask questions, but we saw so many celebrities.  We saw Bill Murray, promoting his new movie "Rock the Kasbah".  Bill Murray is a very chillaxed dude.  It was a very neat experience.

Next was Conan O'Brien presenting the Hunger Games.  (And only the Hunger Games.  The Last Witch Hunter was not to be for me at this convention, not matter how many places still talk like there was the 2 panels in one.  Sob.)  We saw Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Willow Shields.  Now this one was a big thing.  Very awesome to see all of the stars in person.  Everybody is so nice!

We saw a slew of movie trailers, and then it was on to the Doctor Who panel, where we saw Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat, thus making me the envy of so many people here; that I was able to breathe the same air as Doctor Who.  And while it was super cool to mee the latest Doctor and company, I think at the time I was more impressed to see Steven Moffat, because I am just always so impressed by the TV series he makes.  I just recently got to watch the Jekyll series (hard to get in my area) and I squeed over it like it was a lost episode of Sherlock - where Sherlock met Doctor Who.

We then saw the Con Man panel, which was both amazing and star packed.  Looking forwards to getting to see the show.  And there was a proposal at the end of it!  It was amazing.

We did the tiniest bit of shopping at the end of Thursday, and stalked the Lionsgate booth, hoping to score Last Witch Hunter posters.  (Nope.  Though we did get some nice rub on tattoos of the Axe and Cross Logo, we didn't get any posters.)  Dammit, I don't know when they handed out the posters, but it wasn't either of the days I was able to beg at the booth.

Sunday was the real shopping day.  (And continuing to stalk Lionsgate for posters.)  And man, it is absolutely insane inside the Marketplace during regular hours.  (Thursday we were in it at the end of the day, which really lightened the crush of people.)  There is more to see than you could manage to in a week (and some booths switch it up everyday, fuckers.) but you can barely get close to do/see/touch the majority of it.

They really need to increase their venue size.  Or they have to split stuff up.  (Or both.)  Have separate rooms for the really big hitters (i.e. Star Wars, Marvel) or by categories (comic, movie, cartoon, manga) just something to spread out the people crush.  (I know it would still be stupid crowded.  And that a place to do that probably doesn't exist.)  But they gotta do something.  You could barely move or cross aisles or see anything.  Claustrophobic does not even come remotely close to describing it.

But worth it.  Dear Christ, it was so worth it.  I can understand why people (who can afford it) go every year.  I just don't know that I can.  The trailers we saw, the advertisements, the games - holy hell.  It's like every Christmas of your life rolled into one building.  I was able to try a demo of Lego Dimensions.  (Wonderful.)  Went into the Call of Duty Black Ops Zombie room.  (Cool enough.)  I admired the Assassin's Creed obstacle course from afar. (Lord, wouldn't that have been beyond awesome to do, but I am not in good enough shape anymore.)  I saw the art exhibit about Comic Con at the public library.  (Very neat.)

I also hit one more panel about the group of Mandalorian Mercs (a Star Wars Charity group) and their tips on armour making.  I so want to make my own armour and get a Mando Clan started up here.  It would be so cool.

So San Diego Comic Con.  I highly recommend it if you can.  I just wish we knew ahead of time who was going to be there so if you do have to save up for several years to go (*coughlikemecough*) you can be sure to pick a year when your favouritest person is there.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith
  • Watching: Ranma 1/2 Season 4
  • Playing: Lego Marvel Super Heroes
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Large scale dinosaur model (made from cardboard) for children to assemble as part of a program.
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Triceratops
Making large scale model dinosaurs for children to put together as part of a program.  Triceratops is (roughly) 3 feet long and made from cardboard. 
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The Good
The Panels. Oh God, the panels. Where do I begin?

I went to a panel about the best materials to make armour (and other similar items) and holy crap I need to become more talented so I can start making stuff. The main material they discussed was called WORBLA and holy hell, it was amazing what those ladies could make out of it. Between Axziom and Ryosuki wanting N7 armour, and me drooling at the thought of making my own Star Wars armour, I just have to start doing this. Because Lord only knows I need another expensive hobby.

Went to a panel about Chinese Hanfu clothing that was incredibly informative. I had no idea that essentially everyone in the fucking world was wrong when they talked about Historic Chinese clothing design. It was good to file that away with Kimono facts, because that's the kind of nerd/clothing designer just for funzies that I am.

Went to a panel on maintaining your collection (display, weeding, safety, etc.) and it yo-yoed from being semi-useful to not so much. It was an interesting idea for a panel though, and I'm sorry it didn't quite work out. Maybe try again next year.

And as for panels I wanted to see, but didn't get to - they had a Pro-Bending Demonstration/most likely tutorial much like the Air/Fire/Water Bending Panel I attended last year. Would have liked to go to that, but sadly, the timing didn't line up with the
other activities we were looking at in buildings further away. I'm sure it was cool though.

And there was a Naughty Origami Panel that I missed that I was sooooo disappointed to miss. We were numbers 130 (and onwards) in the line and the room could only hold 120. They cut the line off pretty much right in front of me. Le sob. So we ducked into a panel on Korrasami which I think was good - but they had a lot of talking happening from the audience and they didn't bother to give the audience microphones at each turn, so I think I missed a lot.

But still. Panels were a win this year.

The Bad
Now for the "lose" moments.

Let's start with how the majority (not all, but many) of the dealer's room shops were gleefully ripping people off left and right. We were seeing raised prices from a range of 20 to 50% above what you could get for the merchandise normally. And FUCK that. I managed to find a few places that were selling at normal rates, and bought books from them. I bought two DVD's that I super overpaid for but that I wanted oh-so badly that I paid anyways. But man did I feel stupid about it.

And then I looked for the Figma Guyver figure that I also wanted and found it for $100, a price that nearly had me choking on my own spit. Ryosuki was able to talk them down to $85 for me, but that was still more than I could bear paying, so I walked. 30 minutes later, I found it at another booth with only a 15% mark-up on the price and considered myself so lucky that I bought it on the spot.

They were a-gouging us. Not cool. I came home with a sizeable amount of the money I'd taken with me, because it just wasn't worth it. And that HURT, because shopping is my absolute fave thing to do at AN.

Staff were also a little on the rude side this year. I get that they were trying to keep the incredible excess of attendees in line, but I don't think I've ever been yelled at more by people for nothing, or next to goddamn nothing.

We had to wait for Ryosuki to get a replacement badge, since hers was missing the holographic part and we didn't want anyone to think it was faked. Got yelled at for hanging around, not blocking anything or anyone.

They told us to get moving, but failed to mention that we had to follow a specific route to get to the door. Got yelled at for failing to follow route we didn't know about.

Ryosuki paused at door, trying to manage paperwork that she'd been given when she received her badge. Got yelled at for stopping at door. (Not blocking anyone/thing, just stopped.)

We lined up to go into a panel, but failed to line up in the manner that was not explained to us. Got yelled at. We lined up correctly, but were blocking a door that was not supposed to be used for entry/exit to a panel room. Got yelled at.

(And this one wasn't us, but it was observed.) People who stopped at the water station tables to get water were yelled at for stopping (in the halls where the tables were set up to give people water) to get water. Go figure.

Kinda feels like warning signs. I stopped going to Fan Expo for similar reasons (well, those and the fact that it no longer catered to my Fandoms). I hope this isn't the beginning of the end of my attendance to this con. I've been with it since the beginning, and I'd hate to have to walk away.

The Swag
Shopping sucked, but I still came away with some goodies.

Citrus vol. 1-2
Yukarism vol. 1-2
Ceres Celestial Legend vol. 1-4
Demon from Afar vol. 1-2
Ranma 1/2 omnibus vol. 3-5
Gakuen Heaven Endou
This Boy Caught a Merman OVA
Sunday without God Series
Boba Fett Mythosaur Dogtags
Sub-Zero T-shirt
Figma Guyver Figure
Origami Crane Lapis Lazuli Earrings

So successful con, but I think in the future I'm going to have rethink about what my main draw to the convention will be.  I guess I shouldn't be looking at it as a major shopping opportunity.  Maybe it is time to jump back into cosplaying.
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Human - Three Days Grace
  • Watching: Hannibal Season 2
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke
I may have just died from Fangirling.
 
Kakashi-sensei has finally been revealed in all his mask-less glory, and I have to say, its as perfect as I think I've always hoped. 

We knew he was handsome - the manga had already alluded to that.  And that he's also hiding a beauty mark (and has in every single picture Kishimoto has done teasing us with part of Kakashi's face) is just so perfect.  You know what?  I may have some misgivings about Naruto's ending, but I think this soothes things for me.  It's cool now.  Naruto can be done.  There is nothing left that feels off enough that can't be healed by Kakashi's beautiful face.
 
LOL!
  • Mood: Drooling
  • Reading: Dark Knight Rises Novelization
  • Watching: Thor the Dark World
  • Eating: McNuggets

Holy crap, what an adventure.  I think SDCC is like Mecca for geeks.  You need to do it once in your lifetime, when you have the time, strength and finances.  But kudos for the people that do it every year.  Because as awesome as it was, and maybe even as much as I want to, I don't think I could handle doing it years in a row.

(Which ironically, is the best way to do it.  You get in by luck the one year only have a ticket for maybe one day, but then the next year you are bumped into the pre-reg line and have a much better chance for getting tickets for the whole thing next year.  You skip a year and you're back to square one.)

We only had tickets for the first and last days of the convention, so we split things up as best we could.  Thursday had quite a few interesting panels that we wanted to attend, so that's what we did.  We got to the convention early, got our badges, got in line and once we made it into Hall H, we stayed there the entire day.

And oh, the panels we saw!  We didn't get to meet anyone or get autographs or ask questions, but we saw so many celebrities.  We saw Bill Murray, promoting his new movie "Rock the Kasbah".  Bill Murray is a very chillaxed dude.  It was a very neat experience.

Next was Conan O'Brien presenting the Hunger Games.  (And only the Hunger Games.  The Last Witch Hunter was not to be for me at this convention, not matter how many places still talk like there was the 2 panels in one.  Sob.)  We saw Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Willow Shields.  Now this one was a big thing.  Very awesome to see all of the stars in person.  Everybody is so nice!

We saw a slew of movie trailers, and then it was on to the Doctor Who panel, where we saw Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Michelle Gomez and Steven Moffat, thus making me the envy of so many people here; that I was able to breathe the same air as Doctor Who.  And while it was super cool to mee the latest Doctor and company, I think at the time I was more impressed to see Steven Moffat, because I am just always so impressed by the TV series he makes.  I just recently got to watch the Jekyll series (hard to get in my area) and I squeed over it like it was a lost episode of Sherlock - where Sherlock met Doctor Who.

We then saw the Con Man panel, which was both amazing and star packed.  Looking forwards to getting to see the show.  And there was a proposal at the end of it!  It was amazing.

We did the tiniest bit of shopping at the end of Thursday, and stalked the Lionsgate booth, hoping to score Last Witch Hunter posters.  (Nope.  Though we did get some nice rub on tattoos of the Axe and Cross Logo, we didn't get any posters.)  Dammit, I don't know when they handed out the posters, but it wasn't either of the days I was able to beg at the booth.

Sunday was the real shopping day.  (And continuing to stalk Lionsgate for posters.)  And man, it is absolutely insane inside the Marketplace during regular hours.  (Thursday we were in it at the end of the day, which really lightened the crush of people.)  There is more to see than you could manage to in a week (and some booths switch it up everyday, fuckers.) but you can barely get close to do/see/touch the majority of it.

They really need to increase their venue size.  Or they have to split stuff up.  (Or both.)  Have separate rooms for the really big hitters (i.e. Star Wars, Marvel) or by categories (comic, movie, cartoon, manga) just something to spread out the people crush.  (I know it would still be stupid crowded.  And that a place to do that probably doesn't exist.)  But they gotta do something.  You could barely move or cross aisles or see anything.  Claustrophobic does not even come remotely close to describing it.

But worth it.  Dear Christ, it was so worth it.  I can understand why people (who can afford it) go every year.  I just don't know that I can.  The trailers we saw, the advertisements, the games - holy hell.  It's like every Christmas of your life rolled into one building.  I was able to try a demo of Lego Dimensions.  (Wonderful.)  Went into the Call of Duty Black Ops Zombie room.  (Cool enough.)  I admired the Assassin's Creed obstacle course from afar. (Lord, wouldn't that have been beyond awesome to do, but I am not in good enough shape anymore.)  I saw the art exhibit about Comic Con at the public library.  (Very neat.)

I also hit one more panel about the group of Mandalorian Mercs (a Star Wars Charity group) and their tips on armour making.  I so want to make my own armour and get a Mando Clan started up here.  It would be so cool.

So San Diego Comic Con.  I highly recommend it if you can.  I just wish we knew ahead of time who was going to be there so if you do have to save up for several years to go (*coughlikemecough*) you can be sure to pick a year when your favouritest person is there.


  • Mood: Tired
  • Reading: Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith
  • Watching: Ranma 1/2 Season 4
  • Playing: Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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