Posts Tagged ‘San Diego’

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Comic-Con 2010 Is Coming!

June 30, 2010

This photo is an example of: 1. An unexpected celebrity sighting (Nathan Fillion!) for which you need a camera 2. A poster tube coming in handy for the poster that is being autographed by said celebrity 3. A poster tube making the wearer look like a cool Jedi.

I seriously have the geekiest travel plans ever this fall. Awesome, but geeky.

To start with, three weeks from today I’m flying to San Diego for Comic-Con 2010 – four long days of airbending, wizardry, cosplay, singing Gleeks and movie freebies. Hopefully a LOT of freebies.

If you’re heading to Comic-Con for the first time, or even if you’re going to another con this summer, here are the conventional tips I picked up last year:

Wear sensible shoes. This is one thing your mother was totally right about. It’s nice to look good, but after 58 hours of standing in lines, your bleeding toes aren’t going to look good in any sandal, no matter how cute and expensive, so bring clean socks and footwear that offers some cushioning.

Carry Band-aids with you, just in case those sensible shoes don’t work out. One bad blister can ruin your whole weekend.

Pack some snacks. Comic-Con isn’t cheap. You’ll want to buy shirts and toys and posters and maybe shell out $40 to have your photo taken with your favorite dreamy BSG cast member. So don’t waste an extra $20 a day on bottled water and potato chips. (You also don’t want to give up your seat or place in line to go buy them.)

I took along some nuts, granola bars and M&Ms and that way only had to buy a sandwich or something once  a day, saving time and money.

Photo by "Max" at Picasa

Bring a big frakkin bag. A lot of booths will hand out bags, but it’s better to come prepared and have a way to keep all of the stuff you buy in good shape. A sturdy folder is great for signed photos and a poster tube is handy, too. Get one with a strap so you can wear it on your back and you get the added bonus of feeling like a Jedi.

Always have your camera/phone ready. Always. You’ll have it ready when stars take the stage, but even walking through the main exhibition hall you never know when Seth Green is going to walk past you, or when you’re going to see someone in the most incredible Transformers costume ever.

Bring your ISIC. Most museums in San Diego offer discounts if you show your International Student Identity Card and so do some harbor tours, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld.

Don’t blink. It will all go by really fast, so remember to take a breath every now and then, have a look around you and enjoy the madness. (Not blinking will also keep you from being killed by Angels, as every good Whovian knows.)

I’ll be blogging from the con, if the wi-fi will let me, so stay tuned for my crazy, geeky gushing and ranting.

Petrificus totalis!
Lisa

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Comic-Con 2009: I Love Weasleys!

July 24, 2009

This kid made my day:

weasley

I saw a lot of wonderful things, but he was one of my favorites. I love Harry Potter, but I *super* love Ron/Rupert. I love the twins too, but you don’t see many of them.

I actually passed this guy in the exhibition hall early in the day, but by the time I fought through the crowd to get a picture, he was gone. I kept my eyes open though and when I saw him later in the day I said, “I’ve been looking all over for you!” I hope I didn’t scare him.

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Comic Con 2009 – Scenes From the Floor

July 23, 2009

Oh, man. The crowds here are like ten county fairs put together. You can barely move on the exhibit hall floor, there are lines all over, and half the time I asked people what amazing thing they were in line for, they said, “I don’t know.”

Some lines are for freebies, some are for purchasing, and some are for activities or photos or something else. Looking at the schedule for the next few days, and imagining all these people trying to get into the things I want to get into, I can pretty much guarantee that this isn’t going to be a relaxing vacation.

I’m having fun though, and feel incredibly lucky that I just happened to notice a sign as I walked past a booth earlier that said “John Barrowman Autographs”. It wasn’t a BBC or Torchwood booth, just a booth that’s hosting him for two afternoons to do autographs. I got my ticket and am super excited to see him in person. He’s awesome.

Here’s some other highlights from Preview Night:

The Simpsons are all over the place.

The Simpsons are all over the place.

 

Transformers are still very popular.

Transformers are still very popular.

 

Exterminate! Exterminate!

Exterminate! Exterminate!

 

Darth Vader is a little too lifelike for me.

Darth Vader is a little too lifelike for me.

 

Voldemort is also scary.

Voldemort is also scary.

 

I can't wait for the Dr. Horrible sing-along!

I can't wait for the Dr. Horrible sing-along!

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Comic Con 2009 – What’s This Line For?

July 22, 2009
A prop/promotion for Peter Jackson's District 9.

A prop/promotion for Peter Jackson's District 9.

We made it! Max and I got into San Diego, dropped things at our hotel, grabbed lunch at Horton Plaza Mall then headed to the Convention Center to get in line for our badges.

Already I’ve seen some very cool costumes, including an excellent Dr. Horrible and some martiany looking people. There are more older people and families here than I expected too.

It’s toasty out, so luckily they let us in a little early. We collected out badges and bag o’freebies (just a program and a Blackest Night comic from DC Comics) and then saw that people were walking into another line. There was no sign (lack of signage at events like these is one of my pet peeves) so I asked and it’s the line to get into the Exhibit Hall for Preview Night.

Inside the Convention Center

Inside the Convention Center

Now we have three hours to sit on a concrete floor and wait to be let in. Thank goodness for free wi-fi. At least I can tackle some emails.

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Comic Con 2009 – Here I Come!

July 22, 2009
Comic-Con 2009

Comic-Con 2009

I’m at the airport, waiting for my flight to San Diego and the first day of Comic Con. I’m super excited to meet up with friends, see some celebrities, learn a little bit about comic books (I’ve heard of Stan Lee, but that’s about it – I mostly want to see the TV and film stuff), and hopefully see some of San Diego in between.

Already, my cousin Max and I have spotted some Comiconners at the airport. There’s a girl in a Star Wars ATAT shirt, a couple of guys in Manga shirts and a couple of loners that just look geeky. I decided to go Muggle, at least for the first day, and maybe I’ll go crazy and buy a Battlestar Galactica uniform or something to wear the rest of the time.

Nah. Probably not.

There’s wi-fi at the convention center and in my hotel, so look for updates and photos over the next few days!

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Plan Now for Comic-Con 2009!

September 4, 2008

Comic-Con 2009Is Geek Travel a big thing? I mean, there’s student travel, gay travel, voluntourism, eco-tours, travel for singles or couples or vegans. Pretty much every group or interest or hobby has its own trips and tours and destinations, but I don’t know if I’ve ever read about travel for geeks. I’ll look into that.

Whether or not you would call yourself a geek, you might be interested in planning ahead for Comic-Con 2009 in San Diego. This year featured the cast of “Twilight”, Hugh Jackman, Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Seth Rogen, Battlestar Galactica people, and all kinds of fangirl/boy goodness. The next one isn’t happening until July 23-26, 2009, but four-day passes are on sale now for $75. If you’re under 18, they’re only $35. A total bargain!

Single day tickets will go on sale later, but there’s plenty to see and do in San Diego, so getting the four-day pass would allow you to catch the Comic-Con events you want to see each day and give you time to hit the beach, shop and sightsee in your free time.

Hostelling International’s Downtown San Diego location is just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center, so have a look at their site and book an affordable, safe, clean place to stay. With a Hostelling International membership, you can save even more.

I really hope there’s more Dr. Horrible before then. I’d love to see Neil Patrick Harris show up in his white coat and goggles.

Update 6/2/09: Yes, “New Moon” will be featured at Comic Con, but tickets are now sold out. You can try a scalper or ticket broker, but be very careful.

Summit Entertainment says: “On Thursday, July 23, Summit Entertainment will hold a panel for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON at Comi-Con International in San Diego, California. Come see our stars and exclusive new footage for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON — there may be even be a surprise or two in store!”