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#1 Jid

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 10:03 PM

My "San Diego Experience" ™ this year started off with a bang.  Well, almost.  I don’t know if they’re just trying to out-do customs, or what, but I always seem to get singled out at the security gate for 'special treatment.'

I can only conclude this is because:

a) The security officers are big Trek fans, and assume my goatee means "evil!!!!"
b) shaved head + goatee = irresistibly sexy
c) both.  

Anyways, I had to take off my sandals (cold tile floors, yipes!) and pretty much everything else that may have contained metal.  Then after the gate, I got the wand.  Then I got a friendly grope from the security officer.  Then another security officer swabbed my electronics for anything untoward.  Yet another officer approached me for a fondle in the name of security, but at least had the courtesy to offer me a private room first.  I resisted the temptation to ask if he’d at least buy me flowers, but they have notoriously poor senses of humour.  I think it’s a requirement of the job.  So you see, it almost started with a bang after all ;)

Anyways, one last feel-up later, I was on my way!  Into the terminal.  

Some hours later, I was in San Diego!  I got to explore the airport for the pesky 'commuter terminal' that Nean was arriving in, wait for her luggage, then go pick up our woozy friend from the dentist, so we could go stay at her place!  Good times were had by all, especially Laura since she had all the fun sedatives.

The next few days were a blur of take out food, movies, Mission Beach, sunburns, and an amazing air mattress that was full when you fell asleep, and empty when you woke up.  One could get a surprisingly good sleep on that one.

Come Wednesday, hijinks abounded as we invaded downtown San Diego.  Early hotel check-in?  Yup.  Standing in line for preview night?  Yup!

Sci Fi being lame and only offering freebies on preview night if you signed up for a mastercard?  *sigh*  Yup.

Much of the con is a blur, in which we got up, walked to the convention center, waded through seas of people, sat in rooms that were either too air-conditioned, or didn’t have enough air conditioning, taking many pictures, going out for dinner, and walking home.

We did run into Ash several times, which was cool.  I’m now the proud owner of the comic mini series he edited, and I’m happy to report every issue is covered in shiny ink!  I’m also amused to note that Ash talks like I do after way too much coffee.  It’s great.  (Ash’s wife is also my hero for finding copies of the fourth issue after they had a FedEx SNAFU.)

The "Lost" panel was mostly what you’d expect, except for a crazy girl who insisted that a fictional corporation is real, and that the producers all had blood on their hands.  Which may or may not be true, but it’s not because of a fictional corporation ;)  But anyways, they played along at first admirably, until they realized she wasn’t just being silly.  I think the rest of us were cringing and waiting for security to finally show up.  I dunno if they did –we were right at the back of the (large) room.

Sci Fi somewhat redeemed itself for the credit card thing by handing out the most awesome free Stargate keychain ever at the Sci Fi Friday showing.  Also, they showed the premiere of "Eureka."  It has potential, but I won’t see it unless I download it using bit torrent, and we all know that’s a VERY BAD THING TO DO.  ;) :whistle:

Speaking of Sci Fi, the moderator for the Stargate Panels was the guy who plays "the technician", Gary Jones!  He’s a great panelist.  He’s me if I were more clever, and drunk enough to be loud.  Not that he was drunk.  Just that I’d normally have to be ;)

Insert clichéd segue here, I didn’t get drunk once!  Tipsy occasionally, but hey, drinks with dinner on vacation is like a requirement!  Though I behaved at the EI shindig.  I didn’t want to scare Jill away before she signed a book for me!  Which she did, because she’s awesome.

I got to meet scruffylooking in person too.  Very nice chap.  Kinda quiet, though I suspect that was fatigue’s fault.

But alas and alack, Monday came all too soon, and I got to spend many hours in airports in San Diego and San Francisco, before and between flights.  I got a fair bit of reading done on the plus side.  On the down side, I was quite stiff, and had to be up early this morning after getting back to town at midnight. ;)

Oh well... at least I didn't run into any amorous security people on the way back.

So, that in a nutshell, is the San Diego Comic Con report from me this year.  Hooray for abridged versions!

Edited by Jid, 25 July 2006 - 10:07 PM.

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#2 bobdylanite

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 10:29 PM

Why it's option b of course... :angel: :smooch:

Anyhoo, comments and pictures upcoming from me soon... hopefully tomorrow... or whenever I get around to them... :D

I will echo the monday coming too soon part, though...
The machine guns are roaring, The puppets heave rocks
The fiends nail time bombs to the hands of the clocks
Call me any name you like, I will never deny it
Farewell Angelina, The sky is erupting
I must go where it's quiet.
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#3 Jid

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Posted 25 July 2006 - 10:31 PM

^That reminds me.  I have many pictures, so don't expect anything more than a few teasers for some time ;)
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 10:48 PM

View PostJid, on Jul 25 2006, 08:03 PM, said:

Though I behaved at the EI shindig.  I didn’t want to scare Jill away before she signed a book for me!  Which she did, because she’s awesome.
:blush: Aww, right back at you and the purple-lovin' girl you were traveling with. :purpleninja:

Jill *waits for bobdylanite's inevitable post questioning Jid who else he was traveling with* :D
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 10:50 PM

View Postwritergroupie, on Jul 25 2006, 11:48 PM, said:

View PostJid, on Jul 25 2006, 08:03 PM, said:

Though I behaved at the EI shindig.  I didn’t want to scare Jill away before she signed a book for me!  Which she did, because she’s awesome.
:blush: Aww, right back at you and the purple-lovin' girl you were traveling with. :purpleninja:

Jill *waits for bobdylanite's inevitable post questioning Jid who else he was traveling with* :D
:lol: The question was going through my head even before I read the second sentence of your post...  :blush: :p
The machine guns are roaring, The puppets heave rocks
The fiends nail time bombs to the hands of the clocks
Call me any name you like, I will never deny it
Farewell Angelina, The sky is erupting
I must go where it's quiet.
-Bob Dylan

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 01:20 AM

View Postbobdylanite, on Jul 25 2006, 08:50 PM, said:

:lol: The question was going through my head even before I read the second sentence of your post...  :blush: :p
Of course.  It's that purple ability of yours to anticipate the future. :purpleninja:

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 02:52 AM

Laughing too much to comment at the moment

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 06:12 AM

Makes me wish I could make one of these but I doubt it'll be anytime soon.

Glad fun was had by all :)

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:40 AM

I shall read more indepth when I have time, but I wanted to welcome Nean and Jid back!! Glad you two had so much fun, and were able to get to SD this year.  Good to have you two back on the 'Isle!

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:52 AM

View Postwritergroupie, on Jul 26 2006, 06:20 AM, said:

View Postbobdylanite, on Jul 25 2006, 08:50 PM, said:

:lol: The question was going through my head even before I read the second sentence of your post...  :blush: :p
Of course.  It's that purple ability of yours to anticipate the future. :purpleninja:

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Uh-oh... :eek4:

I have a bunker, Jill... will you need to borrow it? ;)

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:54 AM

View PostJid, on Jul 25 2006, 08:03 PM, said:

I resisted the temptation to ask if he’d at least buy me flowers, but they have notoriously poor senses of humour.
Good thinking.   :hehe:  

I'm beginning to realize what a huge event Comic Con is.   :blink:   Glad you had a good time.   :)  

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 11:12 AM

View PostAnakam, on Jul 26 2006, 07:52 AM, said:

Uh-oh... :eek4:

I have a bunker, Jill... will you need to borrow it? ;)

:angel:
:D Nah, being rather purple myself, I just anticipate the smitings and step out of the way before they strike. :purpleninja:

:devil:

Jill *steps away just in time to avoid smitings* :D
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 12:14 PM

View PostNonny, on Jul 26 2006, 08:54 AM, said:

I'm beginning to realize what a huge event Comic Con is.   :blink:
Only beginning?

Let me help you out then!

The San Diego Convention center is within a mile of 7500 hotel rooms.  Those all get filled.  In fact, every hotel within *several* miles does.

The convention center itself has about 1.7 Million square feet of space.  Comic Con uses it all.

More than 100 000 individuals will darken the convention's door.  (Well over it, by now).  The lineups for single day passes are often a mile long, or longer.

The Exhibitor's hall is easily half a mile long, and is stuffed with people looking for everything from back issues of comics to swords to free t-shirts.  Many of these people wear costumes.  Many of which will cause you to remark "No one needs to see that."  I'll leave the rest to your imagination, rather than un-block the images I've tried to remove from my mind.

Want to see a panel that's likely to be popular?  Hope there's nothing you want to see before it, unless it's in the same room.  Or else, I hope you don't mind being a quarter mile from the stage. ;)  

Nean and I sat in the same room (well, Hall, really.  It had a capacity of 4500) for 4 hours, and saw: Lost, from the very back, The Simpsons panel from middle, the legends of Sci Fi (Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Forrest Ackerman) and the Stargate Panels from the 8th row.  This is only because I'm shameless enough to climb over seats to make sure I snag them before the row is even done clearing. ;)

It's heaps of fun, but you gotta plan ahead :D
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 12:30 PM

View PostJid, on Jul 26 2006, 10:14 AM, said:

View PostNonny, on Jul 26 2006, 08:54 AM, said:

I'm beginning to realize what a huge event Comic Con is.   :blink:
Only beginning?

Let me help you out then!
Hey, thanks!   :)  

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The San Diego Convention center is within a mile of 7500 hotel rooms.  Those all get filled.  In fact, every hotel within *several* miles does.
All three Navy Lodges do too, and only one is even close.   :pout:   I kept calling for cancellations, finally asked, is this about Comic Con, and the reservation person laughed and said yeah.   :blush:  

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The convention center itself has about 1.7 Million square feet of space.  Comic Con uses it all.

More than 100 000 individuals will darken the convention's door.  (Well over it, by now).  The lineups for single day passes are often a mile long, or longer.
Yikes!   :eek2:  

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The Exhibitor's hall is easily half a mile long, and is stuffed with people looking for everything from back issues of comics to swords to free t-shirts.  Many of these people wear costumes.  Many of which will cause you to remark "No one needs to see that."  I'll leave the rest to your imagination, rather than un-block the images I've tried to remove from my mind.
Um, thanks.   :p   :lol:

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Want to see a panel that's likely to be popular?  Hope there's nothing you want to see before it, unless it's in the same room.  Or else, I hope you don't mind being a quarter mile from the stage. ;)
I'm having LA Festival of Books flashbacks.   :unsure:    

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Nean and I sat in the same room (well, Hall, really.  It had a capacity of 4500) for 4 hours, and saw: Lost, from the very back, The Simpsons panel from middle, the legends of Sci Fi (Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Forrest Ackerman) and the Stargate Panels from the 8th row.  This is only because I'm shameless enough to climb over seats to make sure I snag them before the row is even done clearing. ;)
I'm considering getting a tour of the convention center next time I'm in town to check accessibility issues.  Hmmm, good idea.  

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It's heaps of fun, but you gotta plan ahead :D
Yeah, I started planning as soon as I realized that I wasn't going to make it Saturday, and I was only planning to have dinner with all of you!   :oh:   The enormity of the parking problem hit me, along with the impossibility of walking as far as I'd have to, and trolley service ending too early in the evening to get me back to my car.  So next year, when I hope to actually attend the event, Ima hafta have me a plan.   :)  

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 02:28 PM

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I'm considering getting a tour of the convention center next time I'm in town to check accessibility issues. Hmmm, good idea.

I can tell you a bit right now:  there's one elevator on the ocean-facing side, and one on the city facing side.  So if you're in a 'chair, that's your inter-floor mobility.

I know Comic Con's disability service rents out chairs, and also has assistance with special seating - they do reserve an area at a reasonable distance from the stage (usually at the front of the second set of chairs) for those in scooters/wheelchairs, but I think you have to have someone escort you there, for room access reasons - the halls can only fit so many, so you may have to reserve.  I honestly don't know, as I've never had to deal with them.  

But closer to the time of the next con, I'm sure they'll have a way to contact and ask them any questions about it.
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 08:35 PM

View Postwritergroupie, on Jul 26 2006, 02:20 AM, said:

View Postbobdylanite, on Jul 25 2006, 08:50 PM, said:

:lol: The question was going through my head even before I read the second sentence of your post...  :blush: :p
Of course.  It's that purple ability of yours to anticipate the future. :purpleninja:

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Nah, I'm just predictable that way... ;)

Anyhoo, I know I said comments and pics soon, but I came home from work today and promptly fell asleep... :p  So, soonish... ;)

Thanks everyone for the welcome backs! :D
The machine guns are roaring, The puppets heave rocks
The fiends nail time bombs to the hands of the clocks
Call me any name you like, I will never deny it
Farewell Angelina, The sky is erupting
I must go where it's quiet.
-Bob Dylan

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 08:36 PM

Did I tell you guys it was awsome to meet you?

If I didn't...well...it was AWSOME to meet you LOL
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 08:41 PM

^ You did in your thread. :D   And ditto! :D
The machine guns are roaring, The puppets heave rocks
The fiends nail time bombs to the hands of the clocks
Call me any name you like, I will never deny it
Farewell Angelina, The sky is erupting
I must go where it's quiet.
-Bob Dylan

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Posted 26 July 2006 - 09:22 PM

*Waits (im)patiently for the pics :angel: :whistle:
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 11:00 PM

*laughs at Jid and his original post* :lol:

Sounds like fun times had by all. :)
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