Having a great time at Comic Con so far. (I have a few gripes but I'll save those for later.)
Haven't been taking many pictures yet, but I expect to take a bunch tomorrow and Sunday.
Fun stuff so far:
We went to see the new Captain America movie yesterday. No spoilers other than GO SEE IT! We're planning on going again on Saturday night and possibly Sunday if that gives you a clue how good it is.
I bought a piece of Warner Brothers animation art. It's a limited piece from the Looney Toons episode "One Froggy Evening". Those who know me well know I have Michigan J. Frog tattooed on my shoulder. I've wanted art from this cartoon for FOREVER but it's hard to find. There were two pieces. This one was actually in my price range and I love it. (I'll post a pic of it once I get it hung on the wall.
Went to a great panel where the discussion was about women's place in Sci-fi and comics. It was a fascinating discussion on how women have taken a larger role in all aspects of the genres in recent years and what still needs to be improved. Gail Simone and Bryan Q. Miller were on the panel and they're currently my two favorite comic book writers.
Went to w00tstock last night. For those of you not familiar with it, it's basically a concert for geeks and nerds. http://w00tstock.net/ I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. Plus it was awesome being in a place where people made geek jokes and everyone got them.
Today was spent wandering the con floor, getting autographs and ordering a couple of art commissions. One is of Steph as Batgirl from Brian Denham and the other is of Tim Drake and Conner Kent together by Joe Phillips. I'll post pics/scans of those later as well.
Tonight is the Slasher's Dinner (yum) and then panels and more wandering tomorrow.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend.
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So I didn't take nearly as many pics this year as in years past, but I thought I'd share a few. I've also had to weed through them a bit since I'm fairly certain that fifty bajillion pics of Geoff Johns would have a somewhat limited audience.
So here's a group of pics from the two panels I went to on Sunday. Smallville and Supernatural. I will warn that there is a casting spoiler for Season 10 of Smallville within the pics. The pics may also be a bit Misha heavy. What can I say? He was fun to snap.
Instead, I share a brief synopsis...
Line, line, line. DC Booth. Geoff Johns. Artist's Alley. Francis Manapul (see sketch in last post). Line. Geoff Johns. Line. Line. Geoff Johns. Hunt for trades. Geoff Johns. MASSIVE Line. Geoff Johns. Ryan Reynolds being adorable (see video below). Line. Geoff Johns. Artists Alley. Semi-massive line. Geoff Johns. Misha Collins. Artists Alley. Hunt for Trades. Line. Tix for next year. Collapse. Drink and eat too much. Pack. Go home.
You may notice a couple of trends in there.
One of my favorite parts of the con this year was getting to watch Francis Manapul work. What's interesting is that his style isn't one that I normally enjoy for comic books. I tend to like clean lines, and strong color. He's pretty much the polar opposite of that. However, the books he's done with Geoff Johns ("Adventure Comics" 1 - 6 and the current run of "The Flash") have pretty much blown me away. When I was standing in line waiting for a sketch from him, he was talking about how collaborative working with Geoff Johns was. That GJ adapts his writing style to the strength of the artist. Where Manapul's style lends itself to fewer panels per page, someone like Ivan Reis can cram a whole bunch into a story.
And speaking of the current run of "The Flash"...I LOVE IT!! I just read #4 and it didn't fail to be awesome. I know that there are some folks who feel it's a bit too Silver Age. I've got to say that I actually love that about it. One of the reasons I dropped so many books in the 90s was that they'd all become so dark and brooding. Now I feel like DC overall and Geoff Johns specifically have found the sense of fun again in comic books. They've found a way to have the "OMG! Impending DOOM!" without making it so dark and have a sense of humor without falling into the "Golly gee, Batman. Guess I shouldn't have told that lie."
Another example is this week's issue of "Green Lantern". Absolutely wonderful story. Again, fun without getting campy.
One of the things that Geoff Johns teased at Comic Con was a Christmas Special he's planning on doing this year. If this GL was an indicator, the Christmas Special is going to be a BLAST! For those who don't read GL, there's a character called Larfleeze and his whole motivation in life is pretty much avarice. He WANTS.
( Cut for spoilers for GL #56 )
Beyond the Christmas Special, I think Larfleeze should do an episode of "Hoarding: Buried Alive" on TLC. He'd be perfect for it.
In knitting news, I'm just about finished with a "Spring Beret" that I started while in line for Hall H. I'll post pics once it's done.
Speaking of Hall H...this qualifies as the cutest moment of the entire con for me. At the Green Lantern movie panel a little boy asked Ryan Reynolds what it was like to say the oath. See vid below for the response. :) I know that there are folks saying that it was set up, but I have to say that it didn't seem set up at all while we were there. In fact, at the end of the panel Ryan gave away the GL ring he was wearing and you could see that he really wanted to give it to the little boy who asked the question. They'd already had a thing set up where there was a paper taped under someone's seat.
Now for the cuteness:
So while I'm disappointed, I'm focusing on the fact that I can now afford to get some artwork and will be able to go to the "TBBT" panel. I love that Wil Wheaton is the moderator. It should be awesome. I'll also get to see Geoff at several panels and I'm sure he's doing an autograph session so I will have ample
In other news, I came close to having to go to the hospital today and potentially missing Comic Con altogether. Note to self: SEVERELY allergic to Corner Bakery chicken salad sandwich! I had one small piece of chicken and my tongue went all tingly and my breathing eventually became somewhat problematic. Luckily I had antihistamines with me and only ate a small bit. I'm doing much better, but my chest and throat are still a bit raw.
Anyway, I'm off to bed. Tomorrow I head down to San Diego for fun times!! YAAAAYYYYY!!!!!
So via Twitter today I found out that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is auctioning off a lunch with Geoff Johns to take place during Comic Con. Guess who the current high bidder is? *waves*
So part of my brain is saying "Someone else will totally bid an outrageous amount and it won't happen. Prepare yourself." The other part of my brain is saying, "HOLY CRAP! I may actually have to worry about what I wear to Comic Con one of the days!!!! HOLY CRAP!!"
Yeah. Not sure if I'm rooting for me to win or freaking out more at this point. There's also another possible downside. The lunch would be on Friday at the same time as the "Big Bang Theory" panel. Don't get me wrong, lunch with Geoff Johns wins that showdown every time, but that's the one TV panel I really wanted to go to this year.
Yeah, total first world problems here.
The Thursday and Friday schedules are now posted for the con. Thursday is looking like a pretty DC focused day for me panel-wise. The only one that's *really* tempting me at the moment on Friday is "The Big Bang Theory" panel, but the thought of having to sit through the other panels to get a seat for that one is less than enticing. I'll probably wait until the full schedule is out before I start plotting out my days. For those who've never been, it's a bit like plotting out troop movements. There was a guy on Twitter who said that he had an easier time trying to get his optimal schedule Freshman year of college.
For the exhibit hall I have a list of trades and individual comics that I'm on the hunt for. I'm hoping to hit the best dealers early in the con. I'm also pondering getting a sketch by either Francis Manapul or Mike Choi. The problem is that neither of them are the artists that I really want. The ones I *really* want are Marcus To and Ethan Van Sciver neither of whom are listed for Artist's Alley this year. *pout*
In non-Comic Con related stuff, I just finished reading Shutter Island. I won't go into the plot here, but I did like it even though I figured out part of the "twist" fairly early on. If anyone has read it and wants to chat about it, let me know and I'll set up a separate post so we don't spoil anyone.
I'm now on to reading The Passage by Justin Cronin. I'm only a little ways in, but I'm really liking it so far. I should state that I got this book based solely on the fact that Stephen King gushed about it. That said, it's quite a bit like The Stand (though sadly without Stu Redmond or an awesome feather-mullet rocking Randall Flagg) so far, which I loved. And now that I've thought about The Stand I'll have "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Don't Dream it's Over" running through my head over and over again.
And finally, in August I'm planning a quick trip up to Vancouver (yay!) and then right after I get back I'll be going to Disneyland (double-yay!). So this is shaping up to be a good couple of months. :D
So knitting-wise, I'm almost done with my Sweater O' Doom. Frankly I'd finish it right now if it wouldn't end up looking like I just ran out of yarn. It hits just above the top of my hips right now and I want it down to the mid-point so it looks balanced. The somewhat ironic part is, I think that once I get it to the length of being balanced, it's going to be a bit big. We'll see. I purposely didn't do a button hole. Initially I thought I was going to do some ties. Now I'm thinking that I'll get a largish shawl pin. That way I can cross it over the front and adjust the size if it's a bit big.
I've also finally settled on what I'm going to do with this yarn. I had considered February Lady, but I have some serious concerns on how that would look with the size of my chest. I ran across this pattern and I think it's much more appropriate. I was a little concerned on the yardage, but there are no other skeins of that color that I can find at the moment. I'll just have to watch it and make any adjustments necessary. According to the pattern, I have enough, but there are folks who've stated that they've used more than is listed for the pattern. I'll be crossing my fingers and needles that it works. :)
So this is the yarn I ended up buying today. It's Manos del Uruguay Silk blend. I'm thinking of doing this with it. I'm going to have to swatch first and see how the colors knit up to see if it gets funky. I may do this instead.
Oh, and here's the Zombie BBQ yarn. I'm pretty settled on doing this Spring Beret with it. I think that's going to end up being my Comic Con knitting while standing in lines.
Speaking of Comic Con, according to CBS both Pauley P (aka Abby Scuito on NCIS) and Barret Foa (Eric from NCIS:LA) will be at Comic Con on Saturday. Still not sure why though. I'll spare you another rant on what belongs at Comic Con and what doesn't. :) I'm definitely getting excited about going, but I have a ton to do before it gets here. I also really want to get a visit in to Vancouver sometime in the near future and now there's an NCIS fangirl gathering in DC in the works for Feb. I really need to start paying attention to how much PTO time I have at work and remembering that I have a LOT of yarn stashed before I hit the LYS for shopping.
Got to sleep in, have breakfast and not stand in any hour plus lines this morning. Such a nice change. I'll work on putting
together reports and more pics when I get home. It was a gret weekend for both comic and non-comic fandomy goodness. (I will be cursing Geoff Johns for now sucking me into Green Lantern.)
Speaking of Green Lantern:
Joe Phillips is now very close to the top of my favorites list for artists.
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So far the other shows I've seen mentioned are:
Big Bang Theory
Psych (It'd be awesome if this was back to back with Chuck!)
Anyway, yay for hotel rooms and Comic Con!
I'm not exactly *complaining* about the media influence because I know that there are some really good things that come out of it. It just makes me a little nostalgic for when it was 10 guys with a bunch of boxes of comics and fewer than 5,000 people showing up back in the early 80's. (I was young. Very young. Shut up.) There weren't people lining up overnight to make sure they got a seat in a 6,000 seat room for a one hour panel. I'm still kind of WTFing on that one Twilight fans.
One of the best parts of having crimsonquills and aureliapriscus go this year was the fact that they're both comics girls too. Even though we read different titles (and even publishers at the moment) we still got the allure of that part.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was on Sunday. They had a Live Art Jam where comic book artists sat and did their stuff on an overhead for everyone to watch. The really coolest part was watching Jim Lee do the inking and shading on a Batman sketch with a tampon, a hotel room key, ink and some white out. Seriously. It was awesome.
A little bit later I got to sit and listen to a couple who I've pretty much idolized since I was a pre-teen. Richard and Wendy Pini. They are completely amazing in so many ways. They gave me characters that I fell deeply in love with and never fell out in all that time. They also gave me my first glimpse into a world that wasn't as rigid and uptight as mine. I'm pretty sure my family can blame them for me going semi-hippy in my later years. *g*
I'm encouraged after listening to them and Rawson Thurber(Director/Writer) talk about the ElfQuest movie project. Rawson became a fan of the books at 11 and had a similar experience to mine when I started reading them. He got to the end of the 3rd book (would have been about Issue 15 or so) which ends on a cliff-hanger and his sister didn't have the fourth book. He ended up semi-accosting a girl down the street from his grandmother's when he found out she had it. He begged her to let him read it. I know the feeling man. I had to wait 3 long freakin' months between issue 10 and 11. Ugh.
Anyhoo, I'll go back to squeeing about Torchwood any second, but I wanted to put a plug in for the lovely comic book as well. I'm happy to pimp at any point and time. :)