San Diego Comic Con 2013.
Comic Con is over, and now, we’re just left with memories, photos, maybe a little debt, and all the cool swag we picked up. This was a bit of a bittersweet year for me as two of my Comic con buddies were unable to attend. However, highlights of my con include getting told by Moon Bloodgood (Falling Skies) that she wants a Chocopie from me next year, as well meeting the one, the only, the legendary, Thomas Keller of Sci Fi, Joss Whedon. Yeah, that’s right. Joss freakin’ Whedon.
As always, I started the con with walkabout of the exhibition floor. I had done that the previous night during preview night, but, each day, swag changes, exclusive products become available for purchase, and some crazy shit goes down. You could spend all con on the floor and still never meet a person you might be searching for, or miss out on something big like a Fox poster tube giveaway, or something bigger like The Walking Dead cast signing. In previous years, I had managed to collect lots of cool things, but this year, not so much. Part of the reason was that I wasn’t looking, and the other part of the reason was that there just wasn’t much to collect. I did manage to collect two awesome things, one of which has now been sent to my friend
Some people base their con trip around going to the panels. I stay away from hall H and Ballroom 20 because they both require a minimum overnight wait to get a good seat. However, sometimes, they are worth it. Last year, fans waiting for the Firefly 10th Anniversary panel were awoken at night by Joss Whedon who signed and took photos with the fans. This year, those were patiently waited to get into the Marvel panel were treated to a special visit from Tom Hiddleston in character.
I went to the Mortal Kombat Legacy panel on Thursday. However, the general rule of thumb is that if you want to go to see a panel, you need to go to the panel that’s before or two panels before the one you want to watch, so that you can get a good seat. I sat through the Wilfred panel, and then once the panel was over, I ran up to the front, and got a good seat for the John Barrowman panel. I gotta say, John Barrowman is, to quote Sheldon Cooper, “a hoot and a half”. Sometimes you go to a panel just so you can sit through it and get a better seat for the panel you want and then the panel you’re sitting through just turns out to be so much fun. Such was the case with John Barrowman’s panel. After sitting through the panels, I managed to get a front row seat and great view of the cast of the Mortal Kombat Legacy. At the end of the panel, I ran over to Ian Anthony Dale and asked for his autograph on his name card. Also, for those of you who watch Hawaii Five-O, he’ll be back.
The following days seem like a blur now, having passed quickly, and having been over for weeks now. However, I won’t forget the famous people I’ve met. I got a slip after three tries to the Falling Skies cast signing. Last year, I told Moon Bloodgood that I wanted to get her a chocopie for the end of the world, but I didn’t have the time to buy one. This year, I had forgotten to buy one, and so, when I explained it to her, she told me that she wants one next year. I would have to say that this year, the biggest highlight was meeting Joss Whedon. I mean, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Avengers, etc. He’s had a lot of influence on geek fandom.
All in all, it was a fun con, bit of a pain in the ass with all the line waiting, and line confusion, but, not bad in the end. Hopefully I’ll make it again next year.