Day Two – Comic Con

Day Two – Comic Con

Just a quick entry. We’re about to watch a panel on women in horror, fantasy and sci-fi moderated by Kevin Smith. Will explain and/or update photo captions later.


Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica

Castle Grayskull

There’s an old school Cylon wandering around and a ton of stormtroopers. I’ll try to snag them too.

More photos from Troy’s camera later! Signing off from ComicCon!


Day One – The ComicCon (plus some other stuff)

Day One – The ComicCon (plus some other stuff)

I’m SOOOOO freakin’ tired and we haven’t really started yet! I’ve been up since 3:30 this morning after a 3 hour nap. While it’s only 10:30 out here, it’s 12:30 back home. Troy is snoozing on the couch (funny, hunh dad?).

Anyway, I’ll live.

So after securing our room at noon, Troy and I headed to lunch. We passed a few Urban Grills and ended up at a …..I don’t know what it was. Hulu’s Beach Bar and Grill is what it was called, I think. I ate a wonderful Seafood Wonton plate with a Cap’n and Coke.

From there, we drove around and were suddenly hit by exhaustion. So we headed back to the hotel for a bit until it was time to pick up Chris H. Then it was OFF TO THE COMIC CON!!!

Good GRIEF there were a LOT of people, but it went pretty fast. We arrived at 3:00 and the events didn’t start until 6:00. So around 5:00 we headed to a little mexican place that had AWESOME cheese dip and guacamole. Of course, everyone downtown is catering to the ComicCon crowd…

Back at ComicCon, we discovered that the large line weaving in and around walls, up and down stairs and outside was for the opening of the Exhibition Hall where all the goodies were. We decided to go sit in the half empty Hall where they were showing a sneak premiere to J.J. Abrahms new TV series; Fringe. Kind of an “X-Files” meets “Bones” meets “Back to the Future (crazy scientist character).” It was about 80 minutes long. And very good, actually. Security constantly swept the floor looking for video pirating.

Then it was OFF to the exhibition hall and … OH…MY…GOD! The place was packed with people and VERY cool stuff. From ‘lifesize’ models of the Hulk, Iron Man (and his nemesis Iron Monger), and other critters to logo sculptures, action figures, tee shirts, videos, art, games, and highly detailed sculptures. However, I hear Friday and Saturday are packed 4 or 5 times the amount as tonight. I’m anticipating going to seminars (laugh). But I DID pick up several cool posters, and other give-a-ways (Christi, I’ve got a Stargate tee-shirt for you with the collar ready to be ripped out (wink).

Here are some pics from the evening and one where some weird women came up to me and asked to take their picture with them. I guess they liked my tee shirt or something.

Yawn. Blink. Blink.

G’night everyone.

For my brother, who wanted to grow up to be the Hulk.

Full Size Batman made of LEGOS!

Full Size Batman made of LEGOS!

Chris and Boba Fett Lego man

Chris and Boba Fett Lego man

Day One! Part 2 – The Suite

Day One! Part 2 – The Suite

OH YEAH! Troy did good.

We arrived at noon at the Hotel Sommerset…well before normal check-in. But we were so darn charming and geeky that the lady said we had our choice of floors and choice of rooms. She asked if we wanted an EXECUTIVE suite. We said, “Hell yeah!”

Moments later, we open the door to a spacious (albeit retro styled) nearly 1000 sq. ft. suite:

Troy admiring the art from the dining room.

Troy in the Living Room…chillin.

Eric on the Balcony

Eric enjoying the Ammenities.

The view. Yeah…it’s mostly a parking lot, but it’s a lovely 70 degrees out with clear blue skies….

Well…we’re off to find food, pick up Chris H. from the airport and then off to register and get our badges at the convention center. Will leave my computer here for the evening, but will be taking the camera!!!

Namesté Ya’ll!

P.S. When I said people gave us tips, I meant about the convention happenings. Every day there is a parade with over 100 people dressed in Star Wars Stormtrooper costumes led by Darth Vader. I’m SUCH a geek!!!

Day One! Part 1

Day One! Part 1

Yes. 3:30 came VERY early this morning. Plus the fact I’m sleeping in a strange place and concerned with making sure I’m up to catch the flight I didn’t sleep much.

However, we boarded the plane from Little Rock and made it to Dallas without a hitch. Troy and I grabbed some dry eggs and breakfast bread (also known as ‘toast’) at TGI Fridays (pictured at right) and chilled out a little bit before boarding the plane to San Diego. Funny. We leave Dallas at 8:25a.m. and arrive in San Diego at 8:35. The trip sure FEELS longer than ten minutes.

Full plane too. At the moment I’m writing from 32,000 feet in the air. Troy is snoring lightly next to me and some other dude is sitting on the other side of him with his mouth hanging open.

Me? I’m checking out the horizon from time to time but everything seems pretty flat at the moment.

Tooling around San Diego at the moment looking for our hotel. Taking a little longer to get around. Already met people who gave us tips. More soon!

Day Zero – The adventure begins

Day Zero – The adventure begins

WOO HOO! On the road I go. Packed my bags, bought some goodies, and gave my girlfriend a smooch before heading south to Little Rock.

Already the mood is set when my friend Troy gave me a gift he’s had for several years. It’s a signed set of Bluntman and Chronic action figures. Signed by Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. Snootchie Bootchies!

So, my bags are packed, organized and computer and phone are charging. My friend Troy and I are a bit wired and decided to watch a documentary called “Starwoids.” Directed by Dennis Przywara in 2001 about Star Wars fans and how they waited in line for 42 some odd days for Star Wars: Episode I. We’re watching it because we’re meeting Dennis through a mutual high school friend. Dennis had Kevin Smith do the introduction…Smith being a big Star Wars geek himself. All hail the ORIGINAL trilogy. Not that “ring” crap (laugh).

That’s all for now! Gotta go take a nap before getting up at 3:30.

Stay tuned!