I went to San Diego Comic-Con this year! It was a blast. I thought I’d share a little more about the experience. I do have a story to post this week, so it will happen on Thursday.
We went Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The main Exhibit Hall at the San Diego Convention Center was packed to the point where it was tough to achieve more than a penguin shuffle. The rest of the convention center was crazy, but not as packed as the exhibit hall. To give you an idea of how many people were there, let me just say that the Exhibit Hall is over 525 thousand square feet (http://www.visitsandiego.com/facilityinformation/buildingoverview.cfm), it was insane.
I think I summed it up nicely on friday when I tweeted “Nerds, nerds everywhere and not a word to tweet.
On Friday, I put on a suit, cocked my tie to the side, put on a pair of glasses, and called myself the Doctor (Tenth Doctor, obviously). My girlfriend dressed up as Jenny, from the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Daughter” and her friend Amelia dressed up as the eleventh Doctor. I thought the two of us dressing up as Ten and Jenny was pretty funny for a lot of reasons.
The panel on comics in higher education was really interesting, though more about how the guys 40 thousand person online class about comics worked out. Also, the Condor Con table (http://www.condorcon.org/html/mainmenu.html) was playing a Doctor Who game, where you get badge ribbons for good guys or bad guys and have to take pictures of people with ribbons of the opposite side. Based on how many pictures of the enemy you get, you worked your way up the chain. You better believe that by the end of the day I had earned my “Time Lord” ribbon. I thought it was a good idea and was a lot of fun.
Saturday was a different kind of day. My lady and I dressed as Xena and Gabrielle. I got a lot more attention than I expected and people wanted to take pictures of me with my hairy Xena legs every couple of steps. It was a little overwhelming. You should have seen the double-takes people did when I walked into the men’s room… Classic.
Early in the day Steven L. Sears (who wrote for and co-produced Xena) introduced himself and wanted to take our picture, which was kind of fun.
We went to a few panels. The one with John Barrowman had everyone in the huge hall giggling non-stop, but sitting in that outfit was extremely uncomfortable. I don’t understand how you lady folks deal with the whole having boobs thing.
Later we took the obligatory photo of Xena and Gabrielle making out which, I’m sure, is described on one of the early pages of just about every piece of Xena fan fiction.
After going home and changing we went back downtown The House of Blues to check out the Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque, which was entertaining. Sorry gents, no pictures of that one, I’m sure you can find them with the googler machine.
We expected Sunday to be a little less crazy, but there were probably just as many people there as there were on Saturday. We put on our Stargate gear. Forced to pick a favorite show, I’d have to pick Stargate. This being said, you may be surprised by the fact that I had no Idea that Christopher Judge (Teal’c) would be there. When I found out I squealed a little and we went to found his table. In real life he smiles a lot. I was still very intimidated and took an awkward picture with him, then walked away without anyone using the word “indeed.” I know… I failed.
Those of you that follow me on Twitter (@imasillypirate) or are my friends on Facebook (official author page coming soon) already know that there was another adventure going on in parallel: the adventures of the Lego versions of us.
All in all, Comic-Con was a lot of fun. If possible I plan to go again next year!