Comic Con was amazing and tiring and fun and painful and disappointing – all at once. There is nothing else like it. Here is a roundup of the best and worst things at Comic Con this year, with some photos (click to see bigger).
1) The amazing JJ Abrams/Joss Whedon panel! It was genius to put these two geek legends together on a panel, just talking about their sources of inspiration and upcoming projects. Both of them are so ridiculously smart, clever, and funny, they just make everyone else look bad. My favorite part was when the moderator asked if we would see a Bad Robot vs. Mutant Enemy fight and Joss said, “or a kiss?”
I want to touch them and hope their genius rubs off on me a little.
2) Seeing celebrities hang out at my hotel, which seemed to be where the studios had many of them stay. Stefan from Vampire Diaries was in the elevator with us (he even gave me a little smile), Astrid from Fringe was in our hotel lobby, Rob Perlman was being mobbed by photographers by the entrance, and the entire cast of V was relaxing in our hotel bar area for a long time.
3) Video Games Live! This was our second time, and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes video games and music (it is perfect for kids too). The highlights were when they played the God of War music, and when they brought out the steampunk guitar for Halo.
4) The costumes! Steampunk was big this year, as were zombies and Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim. Here are some of my favorites:
5) Clever advertising. For the upcoming movie Machete, Robert Rodriguez and members of the cast had a taco truck where they handed out free tacos. The Skyline guys had little foam men (below) floating into the air outside our hotel, and the Scott Pilgrim team had a garlic bread truck handing out free treats.
6) The Exhibit Hall – total madness!
1) Missing panels because you had to choose between two awesome ones, or because the lines were two long. We waited two hours to see Angelina Jolie at the Salt panel and then didn’t get in – we were right at the front of the line when they cut it off too. I also had to miss Scott Westerfeld (one of my favs) to see the JJ/Joss panel, which was a tough choice to make. There is just way too much cool stuff at Comic Con – it is impossible to see it all.
2) The insane amount of walking, standing in line, pushing through crowds, waiting, and so forth. Even in comfortable shoes my feet took a beating and were killing me the entire time. I had many blisters by the end of the convention.
3) The food: you have a choice of (ridiculously expensive) pizza, nachos, hot dogs, and pretzels. Or for the really adventurous, pretzel dogs. My body is still recovering!
4) The staff, which this year ranged from incompetent to rude to downright hostile. In contrast, the volunteers at Comic Con were helpful, friendly, and happy to be there… so there was really no reason for the staff to be such jerks to everyone.
5) The stabbing in Hall H – just awful. Luckily no one was seriously injured, but it caused a huge disturbance and gives the wrong impression of Comic Con. Most of the people there are pretty cool and friendly (hey we’re all nerds after all) – but I guess it just takes one crazy person to spoil the fun.
In my next two posts I will go over all the Chuck activities (including photos of us in costume), and talk about the book panels we went to. Plus, more photos!