winter_elf: (naptime)
Yes, the annual trial of exhaustion is over - and I've spent the last few days dragging myself back to work. *bleah*

San Diego Comic Con was tons of fun... but WAY too many lines. And they get longer and longer and longer each year :( I made out with the booksellers area - but by constant hovering. There were giveaways for lots of Young Adult books - which I have to look through and see which ones I want and which I'll pass along to other friends. I had utterly NO luck in the movie/TV studio area with any giveaways. The lines would form instantly - at the same time as security guards were yelling at you to MOVE ALONG. *pouts* So, there were several things I've found out were given out by searching Ebay.

I got into most of the panels I wanted to - but dint of much line standing and loss of sleep. One I failed at - even with getting up way early. Oh well. I was almost glad Hobbit wasn't here this year. That would have been campout for sure. As Hall H, I found out to my dismay, that you only got in by at camping out. I got in line at 5:30AM and still did not get into Hall H for my panel. Too many Whovanians to fight against.

The only bright spot - I got a snazzy new smart phone - and I was burning up the Wi-Fi while line standing - and also taking and posting some pictures.

Some pictures I posted from Con are here:
http://dragonspath.tumblr.com/
winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
Wow - am I exhausted! It was fun and all, but nothing like being cursed by the monthly yuck the 1st day of con to sap one's energy!

I got into the panels I wanted by way of much planning (and little sleep), saw some amazing costumes, snagged swag, snapped pictures and attempted to load pics via instagram. I'll get better with using the tablet - and on Sat, it was running low of charge, so no more from the Hall H panels (I got lots of my cameras).

Hall H on Sat was a ton of fun. Theonering.net has a full recording and write up of the hobbit panel (minus the video WB showed - amazing!!!!!). I suggest you all run over and take a look if you want to see the panel discussion :)

Pacific Rim with Guillermo del Toro looks to be mind blowing. Giant Mechas fight giant monsters. He had some stunning scenes - and just.... wow.

And then Iron Man 3 panel. Wow again. Marvel has some really awesome footage to show. And Robert Downey Jr. ... Let me just say - just watch this vid. The man makes an entrance - with his own music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4OHn77YNZI

I was within 2 feet of RDJ. Our seats were on the corner of an isle. So in the Vid, when he turns the corner, that's where we were.

I have over 400 pictures to go through, so I'll try to post some later today.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Using LJ at work SGA)
Passed the landlord for the building (they are next door to our suite) while getting the mail. He's the quiet one, who I wave at in passing, not the ones I chat with.

He was like 'what are you doing here? Isn't comic con this week?'.

'Wed' I told him.

LOL! I so have everyone trained!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Using LJ at work SGA)
Boss: blah blah blah report blah blah blah fax blah blah phone blah......

Me: comicconcomicconcomicconcomicconcomicconcomicconcomicconcomiccon....

Ugh. Why did I NOT take off Monday and Tue?? Two more days for the boss to freak out and for me to get nothing done.

Wed is sooooooooooooo far away.
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Using LJ at work SGA)
No badge? No PROBLEM!

Comic con is all over downtown - and often having a badge, I spend all day in the convention center and there is just no time for all the 'extra' stuff happening all over. This year, more and more 'outside' stuff is going on! The bigger studios are getting restricted by space inside the con - so they are doing all sorts of stuff OUTSIDE the con! SYFY has been doing stuff in the Gaslamp for years - Cafe Diem has been a great place to eat during con (ordinarily known as 'Mary Janes' the rest of the year).

Here's a SMALL sampling. More as I find them.

The Walking Dead Escape "A zombie apocalypse is nigh, at least if you're in San Diego. As part of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, people can pay to be chased by zombies. For real. It's not just running, there will be obstacles that will require participants to run, hide, slide, crawl and maneuver away from the living dead. Well, the fake living dead. The official site lists average course completion time at about 35-45 minutes, but the event is not timed and not a race."

Warner Bros. Presents EXTRA @ Comic Con - stage, performances, interviews, gaming, batcave and more

Invasion of the Pier: Bites, Brews & Bands on the Bay On Broadway pier (not far from the con)


Tip of the day: Planning! Can't say this one enough!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (ZPM love)
All 4 days of programming are up! Whee!

The key to success at SDCC? Planning, Planning, Planning
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Giddy Rodney)
The countdown to Comic Con 2012 beings with the 1st day of panels being released on the SDCC website.

A big thing to remember for Comic Con - SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK! :)
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Up All Night)
off to the Creation Stargate Los Angeles convention. Or the tri-show as they call it. I'm actually more interested a number of the Eureka/Warehouse 13 guests they have in the other side, so I might be showing up for some of their talks as well. I'm going to miss this next year, as this is the last multi-con LA thing with Stargate. :(
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Girl & Wolf!)
I didn't get many pics at Worldcon, and a number were blurry (bad lighting and a small digital).

*sigh* sometimes I SOOOOO miss film cameras! I get much better pics in poor light with my 35mm. But they are impractical to travel with now days unless it's a long trip and you can buy & develop the film on the trip.

This pic is laughable in its fuzzyness - look - I got Victorian Ghosts at a ball! Utterly no photoshop effects on this pic. Hey sis!

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winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
Saturday I had already planned to be a big book signing day - so I spent most of the day going back and forth and lines at the Mysterious Galaxy booth and others. I got a free book at some of the signings, and brought some from home. Another day in which my shoulder was killing me (and my feet!).

We had no luck in chasing down the Cowboys & Aliens 'gold boxes', so no premier movie for us. I had still wanted to go over and check out the crazyness at the Civic center..... but none of my pals were interested. So, instead we had dinner at Cafe Diem and then went to the Masquerade - which was a lot smaller (and the room didn't fill), so I think the Sat parties - and the premier - pulled a lot of people away.

Swag - Sat: 1 flashing Lightblub (same style/different place), 2 air-freshners, 1 book sampler, 1 cd book sampler, 2 newsprint papers, 1 catalog, 3 bags (super nice ones), 1 Big Bang Theory game, 5 rubber bracelets (ST), 3 lanyards (2 w/ sharpies), 1 pen, 6 buttons, 1 coin purse, 9 books, 1 t-shirt (chuck), 1 water bottle (vampire diaries)



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winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
We had planned for Friday to be our big panel day with Big Bang Theory, Bones, Eureka & Warehouse 13 in one room. However that plan was blown when Bones was cancelled :( Timing just didn't work out then - and it would mean a lot of panel sitting for the kid in our group when what she wanted to see was cancelled. Instead we ended up doing the Sid & Marty Kroftt panel and then hitting the dealers room and wandering around for the day. We had thought about going back up and trying to get in later for Eureka & W13 - but the line was long since after W13 it was True Blood... so needless to say - no chance.

After the dealers room closed, we got a quick Subway dinner and headed for the Syfy screening of Eureka & Haven. Before the Syfy screening was the 'Klingon Lifestyles' panel - which is pretty strange fan done skit that we've been calling 'Klingon Situational Comedy', but it made the room easy to get into and they keep the skit short - so win/win.

Swag - Fri: 1 t-shirt (Dresden !!), 1 book, 3 bags, 2 lanyards, 1 patch, 1 comic, 2 Kre-o's (transformer lego), 2 air-fresheners, 4 dogtags, 18 buttons, 4 book samplers, 3 posters, 5 magazines, 1 flashing lightblub, (coolest toy ever!), 1 poster tube, large handful of postcards, flyers, cards & bookmarks

Marvel's booth this year – Big Avengers promo (last year it was Odin's throne). Here's some fans posing.


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winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Yay! John)
Comic Con 2011 day 1 - Thur

I got there early to attempt to get registration for next year for my sister and nephew. Let's just say I failed really, really badly, and was in a horrendous line for 2 1/2 hours and it was sold out before I even got in sight of the front of the line. Here I thought 7 am on the 1st day was an early time. HA! :( I really don't think much of this new way of doing the registration. It sucks. They want to hold memberships back for the 'general public', but what about those of us that go? Instead they make it harder to get for those fans who ARE attending.

After that line failure, I headed up to see if the autograph lottery was still going on for Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs and to stand in more lines. Here I lucked out, as the lottery had been delayed, and I was successful in pulling autograph tickets.

A little time in the dealers room, back up for autograph lines. Made two book panels - 'Magic & Monsters' and 'No Damels in Distress here'. I wasn't too impressed by the Magic & Monsters one - not only bad sound, but not a very interesting talk. However the No Damels one was a lot of fun with talkative and interesting authors. I went to the signing for the No Damels panel - as I wanted to catch one author, and ended up with a free book from an author who I thought was interesting in the panel (her book will be out in Nov). By now, my shoulder was killing me from carrying around all those books (and buying more!) for the day. ugh.

Final dealers room crawl before it closed, then dinner and home.

Swag - wed night: 5 book samplers, button, handful of various postcards, 2 foam swords, X-men t-shirt (got when pre-ordering the DVD), bookmarks, SW fan

Swag - Thur: 2 books, 6 lanyards (w/sharpies), NCIS:LA phone skin, 3 bags, SW fan, comic, 3 coin purses, 1 temp tattoo, 5 buttons, 3 book samplers, various postcards and bookmarks

Conan booth babes!! They were handing out posters and such - there were several of them. Jason you've done well! :) I asked her to pose with the screen. I missed Jason's panels and autographing but I wish him super success and plan to see Conan.


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winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
And I am sad, and taking the day to go over loot, sleep in and spend time with kitties (who think they have been abandoned). You know it's been a good con when the day following you ache all over and want to spend the day sleeping.

More reports and pictures to follow. Here's the first thing I saw when arriving at the con on thur morning. One of many Dalek's that I saw over the con.

winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
Starts today. I won't be online much, and might not post much. We'll see. *jumps up and down and checks watch again*
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Not Normal-Daniel)
All four days of the SDCC programing schedule are up! Whee! But not the autographs or booth info, so I can only do some of the planning for the days.

No Whitecollar? No Hawaii Five-O *pouts*

And Supernatural is in Hall H *groan*

Looks like 80% of what I want to see is on Friday - luckily mostly in one room. So far - looks like a group of us will be spending all day in Ballroom 20: Torchwood/Big Bang Theory/Bones/Eureka/Warehouse 13 (I'll go out for Walking dead). There's a few other programs I might try to catch after that - or I might be paneled out.

There are some book panels (and signings) on Thur, only one panel on Sat, and Supernatural and Dr. Who on Sunday.

So Fri and Sun are the days I have to get to the con at like 7am.
winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
I leave 'god-awful' early am friday morning for Creation's Chicago Stargate con. I hope to meet up with a number of my LJ Flist. I'm in seat O16 and staying in the host hotel.

Leave a note or send me a PM if you're going to be there and where you are. I'm open for breakfast or dinner if someone wants to meet up! Only plans so far is breakfast on Sat. Though now that the schedule has moved earlier, I need to see if that's still okay!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Kirk-made of Win)
I had to work today (tuesday). Usually not much happens on Tue, and SDCC doesn't get going until Wed evening. Boy was I wrong.

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full article at:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/weblogs/the-ride-transportation/2010/jul/19/there-anything-crankier-klingon-morning/

LOL! I was asked by several people in my building 'hey, why aren't you at Comic Con'. I was like 'it's tomorrow!' 'I'll be off tomorrow!'. I guess they knew stuff was going on down in the gaslamp today and wondered why I wasn't there. :)

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] c2m for his keen eye and sharing of the fun.

Dang it - where's my Klingon dictionary!! I can only find the elvish one! Cleo you better not be hiding it!
winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
OMG! Comic Con tomorrow!!! *bounces off walls*

Goes back to planning and scheduling. *sigh* so many panels at the same time. I apologize now to all my Merlin LJfriends. I really do. The Merlin panel is at the same time as the Supernatural panel :( Whywhywhy!
winter_elf: Sherlock Holmes (BBC) with orange soft focus (Tired Rodney)
Flew out Thur for Creation's Chicago Stargate Convention.

Ugh, flying east just takes forever and even if you leave in the early afternoon, you get to your destination in the late evening. *sigh*

I hope to meet up with lj people! So, if you are at the con, say hi!

SDCC Humor

Jul. 31st, 2009 12:10 am
winter_elf: (Geek Rodney)
I picked up a number of little 'preview' booklets for upcoming books. One - "Geektastic, Stories from the Nerd Herd" included a Geektastic lists of 'Things to Bring to Help Survive Comic Con'.

Here's Holly's list - which is the list that amused me (and is true!)

- Bottle of ibuprofen. Not the little bottle, either.

- Coffee. Because buying it inside the building will mean fighting other caffeine-deprived attendees. Some of them will have shurikens.

- A Sharpie. You just never know when you might need one.

- A Buddy. With whom you can rehearse what you are going to say when you meet celebrity heros ... which you will forget when you actually wind up standing behind hero on coffee line. In this case, buddy can also resuscitate you.

- Large bag or knapsack. To hold all your spoils.

- Steel-toed shoes. Forget comfort! You have to hold your ground!

LOL!

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