Tuesday, June 28, 2011

So I popped my Comic Con cherry.

So Josh and I went to our first Comic Con last weekend (6/18) and it was quite the experience. We started out late (Come on, what else did you expect? This is me we're talking about.) and forgot to stop for food on the way, but we made good time...until it was time to find parking. I swear we drove around in a fucking circle for an hour looking for somewhere to park that didn't look too shady because I saw that the parking garages were $28 and I said "Fuck THAT, let's see if there's anything cheaper." Since I was driving, I was going to do what I wanted anyway, but finally Josh got fed up and said "Fuck it! Just park in the garage and we'll pay the fucking 28 bucks! I have to pee!" At which point I began to laugh hysterically (also contributed to by the long drive, the heat, lack of sleep, and the fact that I had to pee too) and he told me to stop making him laugh because he had to pee. Hey, at least we got our crabby moods out of the way and started the Con on a good note. Yeah I know, we're awesome.

There was a line that was seemingly 5 miles long to get in. Naturally I assumed this was for the morons who hadn't bought advance tickets. The chick at the door quickly crushed my hopes with one sentence "Oh no, that IS the line for advance ticket holders." Fuck me.

So we walked the entire length of the line, discussed the possibility of cutting a few times (oh calm down, we didn't actually DO it), and finally ended up at the end of the line behind some dude who seemed way too interested in our conversations. I mean, he was so obvious about it. He actually would turn around and look right at us when we said something he deemed interesting. Wouldn't say a word, just looked at us. Then turned around again. Freaking creepy shit.

Finally, finally we made it to the front of the line, where they were giving out free Sabra hummus samples. That threw me. Hummus samples, at Comic Con? Really? I just don't see that as a great venue for hummus, but maybe that's just me.

Got inside, found our respective restrooms, did our respective things, and began our tour of Comic Con, making sure we knew what time it was because there was no way in hell we were missing the Bruce Campbell Q&A at 5pm. Shit, Bruce Campbell was really most of the reason we were going; Josh is a huge fan. He was already pissed that he forgot to bring Bruce Campbell's book for him to sign. I wasn't going to make it worse by missing that Q&A.

Pretty damn cool overall, I have to say. I totally geeked out on a lot of things...the original 1966 Batmobile, The Mystery Machine, John Schneider, this chick with an amazing Lady Death costume which I unfortunately didn't get a picture of, these random dudes dressed as Spaceballs which I also didn't get a picture of, Norman Reedus (Boondock Saints! Walking Dead!), and the Tribble booth. Yes, I almost bought a Tribble. Josh talked me down.

We missed Adam West and Burt Ward, which sucked, because that would've been a ridiculous geekout moment for me. We walked around sharing a soggy overpriced pretzel and guzzling warm overpriced sodas, checking everything out. Adam Baldwin's line was out of control, no thanks. Lou Ferrigno looked like he was kind of a dick, and had his people all over the place yelling "no pictures!" --Side note: What is that about, anyway? Why no pictures? What is Lou Ferrigno doing now that's so great? He wasn't the only one, either. Lots of the guests' handlers were policing the picture taking. I just don't get it.-- Checked out all the cars, considered getting a photo IN the Batmobile but didn't feel like paying for it...and then there was Bruce Campbell's booth. They were only letting VIPs through for autographs at that point ($30 a pop, by the way), but I sneaked us onto the line (all while Josh was whispering "no, what are you doing, are you crazy?") and his manager let us through. My efforts clearly paid off, as I actually saw that fanboy glow in Josh's eyes when he got to have an actual conversation with Bruce Campbell.

Right after that was the Q&A, which was absolutely hilarious. I've never laughed so hard for that long. It felt wonderful. Click the link below to check it out. It's about 43 minutes long. Apologies in advance for the 2 quick skips at the beginning, any camera shakiness on our part, and the annoyingly loud tool sitting next to us.

Bruce Campbell Comic Con Q&A

Afterward we wandered around a bit more, as things were winding down. Not many celebs left around, most with signs in their booths that said when they'd be there the next day. But then lo and behold, Alaina Huffman (Stargate Universe, Smallville). If I thought Josh was starstruck before, it was nothing compared to this. He got so nervous he started babbling stuff at her about how Black Canary should've been in more episodes of the last season of Smallville. It was cute. She was really awesome about it, and super adorable in person. He got a picture with her, which just about made his entire day.

Click here for our Comic Con pics

Ended the night at TGIFriday's with a burger and a beer (well, tequila for him), and came home exhausted but happy. I call it a good day.

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