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San Diego Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 22nd, 2011
Just a small section of the convention center

Just a small section of the convention center

I cannot express the importance of a good pair of shoes at Comic Con. The amount of walking and standing is indescribable. Someone told me it’s 6 football fields long and there are 2 floors. I don’t know if that’s true, but it sure feels like it when I’m finally done for the day and I can take my shoes off.

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Typical Comic Con fan

Typical Comic Con fan

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Thursday was a very busy day as the full convention was underway. Fans came decked out as their favorite characters and it’s funny to think of walking by Captain Jack Sparrow or Dr. Who and not even giving them a second look because that’s the norm around here. I do get a kick out of the little kids who are in awe of everything. A couple of them were in front of me with their weary mother and they were jumping up and down screaming, “Robots! Robots! Robots!” They wanted their pictures taken with the two girls who just had clunky, colored boxes on, but the kids saw amazing robots.

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No Damsels in Distress Here

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One panel I didn’t want to miss was No Damsels in Distress Here with Kathy Reichs, Carrie Vaughn, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Marie Lu, Chloe Neill, Jeanne Stein, Merrie deStephano and Seanan McGuire.  They talked about kick-ass heroines but by the time I got there, it was already at capacity and they wouldn’t let anyone else in. I did manage to beg to be let in so I could at least get one (and they stressed I could only take one) picture.

All the lines were horrendous with people sitting on the floor because it’s not uncommon to wait a couple of hours to get into certain sessions. Although there were many I would have liked to attend, I couldn’t justify the wait time.

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Felicia Day and me

Felicia Day and me

I did have a fan girl moment though when I caught Felicia Day as she was at The Guild booth about to sign autographs. Although she was too busy for a video interview, I found myself gushing about her amazing web series, The Guild (go watch it if you haven’t already since each episode is only a couple of minutes long…hilarious!), her quirky guest appearance on Eureka (it’s on Hulu.com if you don’t have cable) and her super fun Tweets and musings on Google+. I did snag a picture with her just because I’m sure she’d want it for her scrapbook. Delightful, lovely person.

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Lyle Underkoffler VP, Digital Media and

Lyle Underkoffler VP, Digital Media and Carlotta Quattrocolo

An extra treat for me was being invited to the Disney party. You all know I used to work for Disney for a while and I’m a bonafide Disneyholic, so it waslike traveling into fantasyland. But a very techno fantasy land. They had stations set up with iPads and demonstrations about the Disney app and how to get Disney comics on your iPhone, iPad and iTouch. The really cool thing is that along with new stories, they also have the old, original comics that remember as a kid. I used to own a lot of those comic books (why did you throw them away, Mom?). Although you can buy them individually or as bundles, they also offer free comic books and they have several special ones exclusively for Comic Con. While you are reading them, if something unexpected happens, you may hear a “zonk” or “pow” or some kind of sound effect. Just a cute little touch. In talking to Lyle, my head started to spin when he was telling me about all the new ideas that are out there to make the reading experience for you and your kids even more entertaining, but he was quick to stress that digital isn’t the only game in town. Traditional comic are here to stay, but even those will find a way to be interactive and inovative. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

I ended the night with a stop at the Avon party. Lucky for me it was held at the same hotel (my feet were doing the happy dance). I caught up with Kim Harrison for the first time. We did a great video, but after viewing it found it too dark and poor quality, so I’ll try to find her again. We did talk about this being her first San Diego Comic Con, but she felt she was among her “people.” Kim was signing her new graphic novel.

Bottom Line: I have a very ambitious schedule mapped out for today, but I haven’t told my feet about it yet.