Even though we bought our tickets six months in advance (since they sell out in like five minutes), I had no pre-convention excited jitters like I usually do. It probably wasn't until we got to the badge pick-up line that I started to get interested.
I think it's because I didn't know what to expect. I've only been to anime conventions, and I know them pretty well by now. I felt kind of like a fraud going to a comic convention - I don't really read comics, know zilch about American superheroes, and haven't even watched Iron Man yet. I felt we posers would not fit in. However, my mother assured me that I'd still be nerdy enough for a comic convention since I do have a Star Wars fandom, afterall. Between that and anime it'd be enough. Haha.
|Is this not the coolest car shade ever? I want!|
But let's start at the beginning. We drove down to Friend E's house in Camarillo Wednesday morning, and he drove us to San Diego. Along the way, we saw a girl driving a Smart car with one foot and arm hanging out the driver side window. @_@. We checked into our hotel (Four Points) which was a mile away from the main con center. Luckily, there were free shuttle buses the whole weekend, and they were pretty nice! We checked out the main con scene before switching buses to go to another hotel to pick up our badges.
|Sak and Friend E, on our comfy buses!|
|No frills badges.|
We ate dinner and wandered around downtown, marveling at how everything from the transit signs to the sushi menus had been changed in honor of the convention.
|Train signs in Game of Thrones language?|
|Friend E got the Naruto roll! It was very orange.|
|First line! All the hallways are super long @_@|
|Bad phone pic, but we were very close to the front!|
|The Walking Dead booth had a fenced area you could go in an take pictures with zombies!|
|Ice King from Adventure Time!|
Mr. Ford is a very grumpy man, at least in these types of events. I suppose I can't blame him since after all this time, he is still only associated with Han Solo and Indiana Jones. He was pretty sarcastic to the fan questions, which ironically only makes fans love him more.
After Ender's we lined up for the South Park panel with Matt Stone and Trey Parker. They were talking about their upcoming videogame, which I didn't know was going to be RPG! Kinda makes me want to play it. I know South Park is really disturbing/bad sometimes, but they are pretty hilarious guys. Of all the stars we saw that weekend, they seemed the most down to earth and comfortable with their fans and questions.
Before boarding the shuttle back to the hotel, we grabbed some pizza and went through the Ender's game tent, curiously sponsored by HGTV. Inside were many of the movie sets, which was pretty cool. I loved the book, so I hope the movie is good!
The next morning (Friday), Sak and I woke up early to walk down to the panel lines. Friend E had other plans, and Cousin T and her crew were in line for Game of Thrones in Hall H, so it was just us again. We stopped at Ralphs along the walk for some breakfast and lunch to-go, and I grabbed a coffee from a Lions shop! (I am excited because this is a Hawaii brand coffee, haha). The line was dauntingly long by the time we got there, but after a hour and a half wait we got in for the panel starting at 10.
It's interesting how the panel and lines work. While they move the line, they block regular foot traffic so no one can cut (LOVED that). People were all very well prepared to stand in line, with mini chairs and DSes and card games and books. And food of course. Once you get into a panel room, you can stay there all day if you like, as they never clear the room between shows. If you need to use the restroom or get food, you can leave and get a ticket to return within an hour. It's quite nice if you can get in!
|L-R - Bolin, Mako and Korra!|
With nothing left on the agenda for the day, we stood in line to go on the Assassin's Creed pirate ship docked just outside the convention center. Originally a maritime museum, I was kinda amazed that they opened all the exhibit cases and "rebranded" everything so it'd fit with the game theme. Marketing money is no joke! I still haven't played Assassin's Creed (I know!), but I will eventually :P I hear nothing but good things about it, and of course the costumes are pretty cool looking.
After all that we found Friend M for a little bit, and sat around resting our old people feet. You need a lot of stamina for comicon cause the place is HUGE. After Friend E had found us they decided to go out to dinner with some other friends, and we parted ways since we were more tired than hungry. :P
|Downtown Gaslamp Quarter.|