Oh, Comic Con. I have such a love/hate relationship with you.
Last year I decided that I needed a break because the Con has gotten way too overwhelming over the past few years. My anxiety can’t take it (nor can my wallet)! And with their new method of purchasing badges last year, it took my sister and I 45 minutes to get through. And even then the 4-day badges completely sold out. SO FRUSTRATING.
But now that Comic Con officially starts today, I can’t help but feel a bit bummed that I’m not there to partake in the geeky festivities. *sigh* Seeing all sorts of Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook updates about it colors me chartreuse (not all the way green, as I’m somewhat content).
I just keep reminding myself of how annoying it was waiting for hours on end to get into the exhibit hall, how overly crowded it was, how getting into panels isn’t as simple as it was before, how getting freebies at all the booths is a bitch now, and the B.O. Brigade (stinky folks everywhere!). And I impulse buy like nobody’s business, and when I get home I look at my loot and say, “Well what the hell am I gonna do with all this now?”
Here are some Con exclusives I would have totes gone for (and possibly regret later if I managed to get my hands on them):
Polly Pocket & Friends DC Comics Villains set, via Hasbro
Tiny Titans figure set, via Mattel
Sulley & Boo Pop Vinyl set, via Funko/Disney
I shall live vicariously through all the Comic Con updates I see over the interwebs. In the meantime, I guess I have Stockton’s first official comic book convention to look forward to next month.
Unlike previous years, I didn’t go to any panels and didn’t see a ton of celebrities. I really wanted to attend Chuck‘s farewell panel on Saturday morning, but after we (my sister, Carmel, and her boyfriend, Ryan) grabbed out badges, we checked the line for Ballroom 20 and it was ridiculously long! We determined that we probably wouldn’t get in and just fell in line for the exhibit hall. One thing we did get to do was grab a “boarding pass” to check out the new ABC show PAN-AM. I was slightly disappointed though because I read somewhere that grabbing a “boarding pass” enabled you to view the pilot episode of the show, but really it was just a really short sneak-peak — it was basically this video I saw on YouTube and a few extra behind the scenes footage:
[courtesy of ABC]
They could’ve at least showed us a clip from the show. But besides that, the booth’s presentation was really cool. We got to sit in what was modeled to be a first class cabin of a PAN-AM airplane, and there was even turbulence during our “take off” and “landing.”
Here’s Carmel and Ryan flying first class:
The first semi-famous person we saw was Andrew W.K. which I thought was really random. On Sunday, I passed by the Fox booth while the Glee cast was doing their signing. I caught of glimpse of Darren Criss which was pretty exciting because he is effing dreamy! I also saw Queen of the Nerds, Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog) at the Dark Horse booth during her signing.
Can you spot Darren?
Like I mentioned in my last post, Katie Cook is the BESTEST! Besides the Doctor, I had her draw Jingles the horse from King Arthur’s Carousel at Disneyland. I also bought a couple copies of her insanely hilarious comic about her disgruntled cat’s inner dialog called Fuck You, Box, my friends.
And now, I’m just going to throw in some random pictures I took at the convention because I don’t know what else to write about.
Comic-Con was a freakin’ Doctor Who fest for me! Unfortunately, after waiting in line for nearly 2 hours on Sunday morning, I didn’t draw a winning ticket to get into the Doctor Who signing. Booo.
On the bright side, I walked away with some awesome Doctor Who swag.
- Dalek coin bank. I couldn’t find a little Dalek or Cyberman action figure, and stumbled upon this coin bank and thought, “Close enough!” I’ve already dumped my spare change in it.
- 11th Doctor + River Song’s Sonic Screwdrivers. Now I can coordinate outfits with Sonic Screwdrivers!
- Water color doodle by Katie Cook. She’s the bestest. If you’re at a convention, and Katie Cook is there, you must, MUST, get yo ass to her booth. Her little water color doodles are only $5 and you can ask her to make whatever you want.
- Doctor Mew print and buttons. I’ve seen this cat art on Tumblr before and found that the artist, Jenny Parks, had a booth at Con this year! I couldn’t resist nabbing a print and buttons for myself and Tim! My favorite is the 11th Doctor in a fez.
- BBC America Comic-Con exclusive shirt. I had a bit of buyer’s remorse after I purchased it. I just felt weird not buying anything at the BBC America booth, but I have come to love it.
One thing I’m sad about is this:
[courtesy of BBC America/Anglophenia]
On Saturday, while I was roaming around the exhibit hall, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan showed up at the BBC America booth! I have no idea where I was when this happened. *#*@()#()_@*$$&%&&%*#!!+($(! It would’ve been cool to say that I saw the Doctor and Amy Pond with my own eyeballs, y’know? Oh well. I do not own a TARDIS or a Time Turner, so there’s nothing I can do about it.