Friday, July 29, 2011

San Diego Comic-Con International 2011

San Diego is a really nice place to visit. We just barely missed the "Heat Dome" that was engulfing most of the country. Instead, we had chilly mornings and evenings and pleasant afternoons. It was great.

This is the first time ever visiting San Diego and SDCCI, at that. We had heard the horror stories of the dreaded long lines for the convention but you don't think it can be that bad until you're right there in it. We barely went to any of the panels. Right off the bat, we knew there was no way we were going to attempt trying to get in to the infamous Hall H or even Ballroom 20. It's crazy to think people would waste so much of their time waiting on these lines. I'd feel like I hardly saw or experienced the convention if I did what they did. Mind you, there were a few lines Tash and I waited on. The food inside was over-priced, the bathrooms were kept moderately clean and despite the volume of traffic this convention brought, I hardly ever felt crowded in walking around the Exhibit Hall.

Over at the DC booth, they were handing out Wayne casino chips, but I didn't make the cut that got some. They had the same buttons they seem to always stock up on. I didn't want to keep waiting on separate lines, since they have one for each of their imprints, so I only picked up free comics from their Johnny DC line. Why I picked up Tiny Titans #38, I don't know. I already have that issue. Looney Tunes #197 and Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #7 were both really cute, fun issues to read. I'd have to say I preferred the Looney Tunes issue more especially the story written by Joey Cavalieri (whom happens to be one of my former professors at SVA). Daffy and Bugs are artists trying to come up with the next big craze: Duckism or Rabbitism. It's classic Looney Tunes with an interesting topic.

Several times, Tash and I tried to get our hands on one of the free Sword of Omens that was being given away at the WB booth and every time we walked away empty-handed. It was unbelievable how we couldn't get one and there were several people who walked away with 2, 3, or even 4 of them in their hands. It's not fair, but that's life for ya.

The food over in the Gaslamp Quarter was okay. Some was better than others. Some restaurants marked on the Convention Guide had discounts or offered special menus for Comic-Con attendees. I didn't remember to ask about the special menu in the GreyStone. You'd think they would notice the Comic-Con badges we were wearing, but no. The food was expensive and not really good. I had the Lobster Bisque. It wasn't bad, but the steak was covered in fat that left me chewing on a single piece for quite some time. There was one thing that I regret and that was not checking out this Cupcake Shop in the area. A girl was dressed up in a giant cupcake outfit, handing out coupons. I'm thinking about the cupcakes I missed out on and wishing I had one right now.

Another interesting thing to note about the convention was the strong emphasis on the panels/t.v. stars/toys/guest stars. I felt like the convention needed more comic books.

All in all, it was a nice visit to the west coast. I still can't get over the fact that the beaches are free. FREE! It's crazy. I'm still sun-burned. I picked up a couple of graphic novels. I had some decent food. The real nightmare was in our return trip. Our flight at our mid-way point was cancelled. It was a lot of stress and staying up throughout the night trying to find other flights and other means of getting back home. Did I mention the stress?

San Diego, you're all right, but I'm really looking forward to New York Comic-Con, now.

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