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Well, will you look at that? Another year, another Comic-Con. The past Cons have been quite exciting, and this year was no different. There were a boatload of announcements, reveals and previews... a bit of something for everyone. Was this the best one yet? Did any of you find something good out of it? Before you answer that, allow me to show you what I saw and maybe you'll be interested enough to come over here yourself!
TOYS ARE US INDEED
I've always loved the toys and figurines Kotobukiya had at their booth, but I could never buy one myself. This year, I had some cash to burn and boy, do the flames smell ever so sweet. Before heading to SDCC, I had already pre-ordered the limited White Phoenix Statue online. At the booth, I was hoping to buy a Psylocke, but unfortunately it was sold out even before Preview Night was over. What?! Well to make up for it, I ended up buying a Kasumi and Scarlette Witch. No loss at all there. Each one with such fine craftsmanship. The best part? I ended up winning a Dark Phoenix in a trivia contest! Even though I know quite a bit about Marvel trivia, I felt like they gave it away too easily. In other words, they felt sorry for me standing there like a lost pup that they gave me the prize :P No, they're great.
And if that wasn't enough, Capcom had a blowout sale at the end of Sunday where they were selling a finely made Chun-Li bust. Yeah, a bust means her greatest asset is nowhere to be seen, but at 15 bucks, I just couldn't pass it up. I only regret not buying two!
WHO/WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Want to know some artists? Can't have Comic-Con without them! The only problem, I hardly saw ones that I knew. So here are some names I'm just going to throw out there: Greg Horn, Adam Hughes, Stjepan Sejic, Jim Lee and Nicole Brune.
Hughes living the life
Maybe you're in the mood for some crazy films. How about Alien vs. Ninja? Yes, Aliens vs. Ninja. Or maybe Mutant Girls? Another great pick would Detetective Story and serveral other great indie martial arts films from thestuntpeople.com. They've been in Comic-Con for some time and should get more attention!
Aliens vs. Ninjas x Super Spies
Mega64 needs you so bad. They want you, call them now.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
By success, I mean people wanting to take as many photos of you as possible. While I did craft up some tri-goggles and bought an eyepatch (Can someone say Splinter Snake?), I wouldn't really count that as cosplaying. It was just something I wanted to do to get Kojima-san's reaction, which was quite positive actually! Too bad Konami staffers could only take the pictures and didn't even have the courtesy to upload mines. :?
So while my creation was a poor excuse for cosplay, here are some definite stunners that wowed the halls!
The worst cosplayer with the very best! Worst being me. I'm the guy in black. No, not one in shades. Oh, forget it.
- Photo belongs to Linda (Morrigan, left) who posted it on her fanpage
Next time, Splinter Snake will get his revenge on Konami. But for now, Lady Raiden gets the cake.
For a gloomy San Diego, Black Suit Spider-Man sure was fitting
Stark gets it with Bayonetta. No surprise there.
This is just getting sad... At least Cammy turns the other cheek *Ba Dum Dish*
*sound of crickets*
Being a Witchblade fan, I aprrove. Then again, I didn't know this was Witchblade 'till 'Lodi here said it.
CURSE YOU ANIMMMMEEE VERSIIOON! *Shakes fist*
Had enough of TF2 cosplayers? Well too bad.
NAMES TOO BIG EVEN FOR COMIC-CON
As Keanu Reeves would say, "Whoa." Not even Hollywood gets this much action all at once. Michael C. Hall just strolling through Gaslamp? David Hasselhoff and his family in a mini parade through the streets? Insanity! And while I love seeing the actors, the stars come out to say hi and mingle with their fans (like me), I gotta say... tone it down a bit! Yeah, that's right. Me, the one who loves taking pictures with celebs says it's too much. Why? It can cause a lot of chaos in an event that's quite unruly already. Many of you may have heard of the face stabbing incident that went on in Hall H (preview hall). That argument was just over a seat that the attacker wanted, think what would happen if it was over an autograph or picture with a star.
Though with that being said, this was the biggest round up I've seen yet. Was I excited like a giddy school girl? You bet!
Salt? She seems pretty sweet to me... Yup, okay, that was lame.
This just in: Mark Christopher Lawrence to star in Pan's Labyrinth 2
A lot more were at Comic-Con like Olivia Wilde who I was close to taking a picture with. Unfortunately, publicists will always rush them. That's just how things are I guess.
On a further note, this may be my last time doing this. I might just chill and wander throughout the halls for future Comic-Cons. So unless they've got the cojones to pass through the exhibit (Jerry O'Connell and Daniel Day Kim did), I don't think I'll be brushing elbows with much star types in Comic-Con anymore. Well, we'll see.
CHECKING THE LIST
- Meet Michael C. Hall - NO
- Take a Picture with Hideo Kojima while wearing Tri-goggles - Technically, YES (Konami was supposed to post the pictures on FB, but they failed. I still take the points, damn it!)
- Take a picture with Alision Haislip wearing the same shirt as last year - NO (couldn't even wear the same shirt from last year)
- Buy at least 3 statuettes from Kotobukiya - YES (Won a Dark Phoenix to boot, yeahhhhh!)
- Take pictures with at least 20 different cosplayers - NO (not even half :()
- Speak Japanese to at least 5 different Japanese people - Half Credit
- Win a Capcom Tourney and annoy Seth like usual - Annoying Seth part - YES
- Messed around with Mega64 - YES
- A bag full of swag - YES
- Meet Stan Lee - Not really, but it was great seeing him. Still - NO
- Meet at least one celeb... and make them wear the tri-goggles - Met a lot, and made one guy (not a celeb, though) wear the goggles - That balances out I suppose! - YES
Success? Sure, why not.
WHAT I LEARNED AND THOUGHTS
- Don't carry too many items. Even half a bag of swag can weigh you down and tire you out for the rest of the day. 2 bottles of water is heavier than you think.
- Panels at Hall H are there for the hype, not the previews that get leaked minutes later on Youtube
- No more baby strollers damn it.
- Crowding has been an issue for some time, how about using a cowcatcher?
- Even with Marriott, there needs to be more of an expansion if it's going to stay in San Diego.
- TheGamespot and CNET booth is ALWAYS busy. Where can I get some love around here?
- More swag please
- Looking pathetic can probably win you a free figurine
- The goggles really do nothing
- Wearing a blazer to SDCC in the middle of summer is the smart thing to do
So with that, I'll leave you with some more photos. I'll create an extended blog (or more so, a Part 2) to show more segments and information on Comic-Con with a video! Keep track of it!
Forget Splinter Snake, it's Splinter Gears! *Arms break due to the weight*
@RyanM Oh so busy!
No gang signs, please. Oh wait, that says LA.... no gang signs, please
Okay, I'm pretty sure those are gang signs
I finally give in to the peace sign with Seth. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Some of the swag, autographs, prizes and purchased items from SDCC