Okay I know what you wanna see folks. Where was I the last few days when the blog went silent again? Where am I every July: San Diego Comic-Con. I have a ton of detailed posts I want to write about some key moments/events/people/topics that this con inspired but for today I’m just going to give you a taste and leave you wanting S’more. How many days now until SDCC 2014? **Sigh** People always ask me “so what do you do at comic con anyway?” and I never know how to answer. I dress up in silly outfits, I buy lots of shit, I listen to people talk and I hang out with friends. That’s the basics. Yes there are celebrities to see, parties to go to and some sneak peeks but my primary motivation is to just immerse myself in the overwhelming HORDE of NERDVANA. And so without further ado (and because I have to unpack) here is a summary of my Comic Con times. To commemorate the event I also have a “Gimme S’more Cheesecake” because I freaking love cheesecake and every year leaving con I wind up wanting more and more time with my gaggle of geeks.
The Mission: Get your hands on Comic Con exclusives.
Objective: Top of the list – Fully cloaked Klingon Bird of Prey from Diamond Select – only 200 ever made.
Outcome: Achievement unlocked! Got my greedy little hands on my very own Klingon warship. Surprisingly short line actually due to high volume traffic at Mattel/Hasbro/Fox booths.
Bonus Round: Pick up Deadpool taco truck. Accomplished through the help of teammate Carrie on a following day.
Current Life Meter: ♥♥♥♥♥/ ♥♥♥♥–extra heart picked up from sheer awesomeness.
Day 1 – Thursday July 18
The Mission: Panels. Lots of Panels.
Objective: Make it into Ballroom 20 in time for the X-Files reunion panel.
Outcome: Successful mission run. I managed to hit my Psych panel, which was awesome, at Nerd HQ and thanks to teammates Jennifer and Matt was able to get into the second most hated panel room for the X-Files panel. Awesome seat saved by Sunil who agreed with me that the panel was a little lackluster—also Agent Scully was super, super horny. Got back to Nerd HQ with plenty of time for Sherlock panel though technical issues and a competing MTV party made it impossible to hear.
Bonus Round 1: Ask Psych panel question. Time ran out. Bonus not picked up.
Bonus Round 2: PARTY HARD at the Geek and Sundry Industry Party. Manage not to drool when Nathan walks into the room. 5 gold coins by end of evening.
Current Life Meter: ♥♥♥♥/ ♥♥♥♥–loss of heart due to disappointing panels.
Day 2 – Friday July 19
The Mission: Debut 7 of 9 Cosplay. Walk the hall.
Objective: Assimilate all in my presence.
Outcome: Found the golden banana! 7 of 9 cosplay was a HIT. Even featured in a wicked magazine article to be discussed in later bloggage. Face even managed to not be horribly marred by the volume of glue needed to get borg implants to stay in place. In the future though I will need to equip my character with some underlining for her wardrobe because nylon is not warm at all.
Bonus Round: Get to Body Image panel. Ran a few minutes late but I got in and it was as intense as I thought it would be. Tears were shed. Panel length was insufficient but allowed for time to get to the Jason Charles Miller show.
Current Life Meter: ♥♥♥/ ♥♥♥♥ – loss of heart due to malaise that resulted in my not attending the Joss Whedon Ballroom 20 panel for the first time in years. Hope to pick up more health following day at the NerdHQ panel.
Day 3 – Saturday July 20
The Mission: Joss – Emma Frost – Question time.
Objective: Keep up the yearly tradition of attending Joss panel in Emma and ask a question.
SURPRISE BOSS LEVEL: COSPLAY fails. Insufficient mass for pant retention. Equip “Super Dad” to pick up replacement gear. Defeated the BOSS but lost significant health in the process and failed to meet up with friend in area. Current Life Meter dropped to ♥/ ♥♥♥♥ – CRITICAL LEVELS.
Outcome: Made it to the Joss panel despite cosplay failure. Question asked and answered. Headshot [jokingly] requested by one Joss Whedon of one Olivia Youngers. Health boost!
Bonus Round: Amazing dinner with friends Seanan, Amy and Sunil. Picked up extra health from giant shared Earthquake Sunday with friends and freaking Jim Butcher. +2 to Charisma.
Current Life Meter: ♥♥♥/ ♥♥♥♥
Day 4 – Sunday July 21
The Mission: Vanellope Cosplay debut.
Objective: Somehow pull off a last minute attempt at fourth costume. Try not to kill everyone around me due to some game glitches that had dropped health meter down to ♥♥/ ♥♥♥♥
Outcome: Vanellope success. Managed not to completely make Dallas [Ralph] hate me due to cranky pants attitude.
FINAL LEVEL: Dinner with Guild friends at Strip Joint. Due to oncoming Con-tagion I had to opt out of cooking steaks for people and managed to undercook the one I was tasked with inspite of germs. Do not cook when sick. Loves were given.
LOOT DROP: Crab chip surprise from Guildie Jeff.
Final Life Meter: ♥♥♥/ ♥♥♥♥
All in all a pretty successful convention. I think last year (2012) had some better panels and more bulk to the convention in general but I left feeling like I got my SDCC fix for now at least.
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