San Diego Comic Con, Part 2 – Friday Shenanigans

I’ve been struggling to figure out how best to showcase my Comic Con shenanigans because I have over a thousand pictures taken over the course of 3 days. I did a post dedicated to the Panels and thought I might do posts dedicated to Costumes, Celebs, Exhibition Floor, etc. but no matter how I worked it, it just wasn’t coming out right. So I decided to showcase each day individually starting with Friday.

Holy craparoni there was a ton of people. I knew there would be, and yet, nothing can prepare you for the experience the first time you go. I used to celebrate Halloween in the Castro, I know what it’s like to be surrounded by a shit ton of humans dressed in crazy costumes, but I’m also used to smaller conventions where it takes less than 45 minutes to walk from one end of the Exhibition Floor to the other.

Craziness both outside…

…and inside.

In the past I’ve discussed my extreme shyness and social awkwardness. They go hand in hand and it’s something that I’m constantly fighting with, especially as the blog grows. This trait o’ mine can be particularly frustrating to my family and friends when they’re with me at conventions and events and are promoting me. I have a tendency to panic and retreat whenever I hear my name mentioned so by the time they turn to introduce me to someone I’m nowhere to be found. For Comic Con it was decided that they were going to liquor me up.

I’m dead serious.

And they came prepared. My sister-in-law, Troi, brought disposable flasks. My NBFF (Nerd Best Friend Forever), Geek Outlaw, made a delicious alcoholic concoction in his CamelBak each morning. I was ordered to sip from one of these two vessels throughout the day so that I would be less likely to panic and run. To be clear, I was never once intoxicated or even slightly buzzed, but I will admit that it took the edge off a little. A few people were even surprised when they were told how well I was doing at being social.

Geez, I totally sound pathetic haha. The point is, it helped and I probably had my most socially successfully convention ever.

Sippin’ on gin and juice

I needed that little bit of liquid courage because I made buttons to hand out to the people I met. Lots and lots of gloriously nerdy buttons. Despite the liquor I was pretty shy about handing these out but there were a few times when they caught on like wildfire and I actually had a line of people waiting to dunk their hands in the giant bag of buttons. I made these in the 1.5 days between getting home from my Grandma’s funeral in Cincinnati and the first day of Comic Con so hopefully the next batch of buttons will be better.

I was lucky enough to meet up with some friends throughout the day including one of my best buds Brett (he zombifies all my pictures for me), Aaron who I hadn’t seen in at least a couple of years, and Eddy who I hadn’t seen in 10 years.

Brett!

Aaron!

Eddy! (and a seriously awesome photobomb)

While on the Floor I headed over to the DC booth to visit Tre’ Ridings, a fabulous photographer who I met at WonderCon and have kept in touch with. If you haven’t yet, check out DC’s We Can Be Heroes campaign. While there Eddy and I got our pictures taken.

Eddy got a bit saucy

This made me LOL

I stuck with good ol’ fashioned badassery

Take THAT Lex Luther!

I’m an insanely devoted Trekkie and have been collecting signatures in my TNG The Continuing Mission book for about 15 years now starting with John de Lancie. So I was super excited to see Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton at Comic Con! But super sad that I didn’t have my book on me. I got their signatures and pictures with them anyways.

The next day I brought my book but Brent was gone. So I’ve added LeVar’s signature to the book. Hopefully Brent’s won’t be far behind!

From top to bottom: Rod Roddenberry, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, John de Lancie, LeVar Burton

My sister-in-law and I ran into Colin Ferguson from Eureka on our way to the Roddenberry After Party. He was super nice.

Lou Ferrigno was huge! And also very nice.

Todd Stashwick is officially my new favorite celebrity. I didn’t recognize him at first with his hat and glasses. He was there promoting the printed trade paperback of his online comic book The Devil Inside and we started chatting it up about all kinds of random stuff like Chicago and the Secret Service. It wasn’t until about 10 minutes into the conversation that it even came out that he was an actor (trust me, you know who he is). We ended up talking for quite a while and I left with a copy of his book and a promise that I’d return the next day to show him my Thor costume and get Dennis Calero’s signature on my book.

Some other randomly awesome stuff from the Floor:

KITT…

And Michael from Knight Rider.

Awesome Indiana Jones booth complete with live snakes.

Optimus Prime is the shit.

Trolls!

Zombie mobile from The Walking Dead.

I don’t know why but the Batpod looked kind of small to me in real life but looking at it in comparison with the people in the picture it looks like a decent size. Weird.

Troi is obsessed with zombies.

Who’s scruffy-looking??

The Captain’s chair was blocked off but they let this guy take a picture in it. Love the Roddenberry folks!

Troi got the greatest LEGO set ever for my brother and my nephew. It has working electronics. Frak, I’m jealous.

Time for costumes!

We were behind some Avatar: The Last Airbender fans in a panel line.

And also ran into some Legend of Korra peeps.

My best guess is GI Joe. Correct me if I’m wrong!

Saw a ton of Poison Ivy’s and Harley Quinn’s per usual.

This guy was a big hit with Troi.

Alicia Hunt?

A towering inferno of physical perfection.

Awesome AT-AT.

Remember this girl?

Her name is Jennifer Landa and she’s super sweet and she put together another spectacular Star Wars costume, this time of the Millennium Falcon.

Everyone needs a little bit of Tusken Raider in their life to keep them on their toes.

This Prometheus promotion calmly and silently walked through the Exhibition Hall while his lovely ladies passed crap out.

Best. Penguin. Ever.

What’s up Doc?

And a couple after my own heart.

It’s Picard and a female Geordi! How awesome is she?!?

At the end of the day we headed over to Fluxx for the Roddenberry Trek Nation Party. (Friendly reminder that my interview with Rod Roddenberry will be coming to you soon!) On the way there we ran into the zombie walk. Depending on how long you’ve been reading you may or may not know that zombies are my biggest fear. Needless to say, I snapped this picture and then walked very briskly to the next street over.

Me and Mom waiting to be let in to Fluxx. Apparently I was supposed to go through the Media/VIP line. Oops. I’m still getting used to being considered Media :/

At the club we met up with friends Joy and Darcy (yes, he’s really that tall).

And watched a circus performer lady.

There was a super creepy Tron dude who just stood there and never took his motorcycle helmet off.

Hanging out with Trevor Roth of Roddenberry Entertainment. He’s super awesome.

This was some kind of Jägermeister concoction that Geek Outlaw ordered for me.

Whatever. It was delicious.

Goofing off with Troi, Mama Jedi and Geek Outlaw

We left the party at 10:00pm (around the time the geeks left and the usual clubbers started showing up) to try and get some sleep before Day 2 of the Comic Con craziness.

 Stay tuned for “Part 3 – Saturday Shenanigans” in the next couple of days!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – OH MY!

Wanna make out?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a nerd in possession of an illness must go on a Jane Austen bender.

At least it does for this nerd.

For someone who fancies themselves a writer (or an aspiring one at least) I don’t write nearly enough about books. Which is strange considering the rate in which I devour them.

I don’t know what it is but whenever I get sick (I’m just about recovered from the second illness in a row) I become obsessed with something and hunt down every form of it that I can. About half the time it’s Jane Austen.

What can I say? I’m a chick.

So it was this last time around. I watched every version of Pride and Prejudice I own (1980, 1995, and 2005 twice), Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Becoming Jane, Lost in Austen…I even watched Vanity Fair hoping it would be Austen-esque (it wasn’t, it was awful in spite of all the great actors in it). And I finally got around to reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Girls! The Pentagram of Death!

I don’t know about you but I always have a stack of books as tall as I am that I need to read.  I go through them pretty quickly but I’m constantly adding to it so the pile never really shrinks. And I just can’t bring myself to use the Kindle. I love the smell and the look and the feel of books too much. I have a BookMate and that’s good enough for me. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been in that pile for years now. Probably longer than any other book. I didn’t pick it up for two reasons. The first being that when I got it I was on another Austen bender and had just reread the OG P&P, Darcy’s Story and Mr. Darcy, Vampyre and I was kind of Austened out. The second reason is that it has zombies. And y’all know that my biggest fear is zombies.

And the Violator.

And Fire Marshall Bill.

But mostly zombies.

But every time I went to the pile my eyes would inevitably land on the Seth Grahame-Smith redux. I knew it would be good; I’d read and fell in love with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (which I HIGHLY recommend). So on a (totally inevitable) whim I grabbed it from the pile last week.

To my very pleasant surprise I not only loved it but it didn’t scare me. No nightmares, no heart palpitations, no slamming it shut. I even studied the pictures with glee! Though I’ll probably never look at cauliflower the same way again… but mostly I laughed. A lot.

Mmmmmm....cauliflower brains......

Of all Jane Austen’s characters, I’ve always related the most to Elizabeth Bennet. She’s stubborn, witty, and says things that are borderline inappropriate. I would really like to believe that, in the event of a zombie apocalypse, I would rise to the occasion as a zombie slayer like the Lizzy in this version (albeit without the slow zombification of my BFF). Imagining her kicking Darcy in the face had me in stitches for a good 5 minutes at least. Seeing Lady Catherine de Bourgh make her do one-fingered handstands and fight ninjas was epic. Even the detail of modifying the questions printed at the end was hysterical.

Take that you woeful wooer!

And now the truth. I feel like I’m going to end up in literary hell for saying this, but I actually enjoyed it more than the original.

There. I said it.

Now please excuse me while I go and administer the seven cuts of shame.

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“And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.”

I do, Mr. Darcy! I do!

On to Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters!