August 1, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con... We Went, We Saw and We Conquered!

Well, we did it! Four days of comics, toys, lots of people, people in costumes and even more people! Did I mention the people? It's just insane. I wish that I'd taken more photos, but once you're afloat in that crowded sea of humans, you kind of lose your bearings and don't think about such things as cameras. Especially, if you're weighted down with bags of purchased goodies!

Speaking of goodies, we were anxious to get our hands on two of this year's Comic-Con exclusives: a My Little Pony that has two different sides (one side is green, the other purple), for Tommy, and a Littlest Pet Shop super-hero kitty, for me. We got 'em, too! It's weird, though, because on the first day, in order to buy them, people had to be somewhere at a certain time to get a ticket just so they could get in line, then they had to wait in that HUGE line which looked like something you'd see at an amusement park. But the second day was completely different. Tommy and I just walked right up to the Hasbro booth and bought both toys instantly! No tickets, no line. I'm sure glad we didn't have to go through all of that first day rigamarole. If we had, and then saw how easily people could get them the next day, we would've surely been pissed!

One side of Tommy's two-faced super pony...

... And here is the other side.

Look! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No, it's my Comic-Con super kitty
from Littlest Pet Shop!

Another highlight, for me anyway, was shortly after we entered the convention on Thursday. We must've only been walking the floor for about 10 minutes when, suddenly, I spotted her... A lady dressed as Alice (in Wonderland) who also happened to look like Bette Davis! I mean, she could've been Bette's stunt double! Not that Miss Davis ever did a movie role that would require such a thing, but man, this lady could've done it! Check out the pics below, and then let me know if you agree...

Curiouser and curiouser... Is that Bette Davis in Wonderland?
I'm sure that must be the Mad Hatter on the left. And Bette
is clearly holding the Cheshire Cat, so who/what is that on the
right? A human Cheshire? Creepy.

She's ready for her close-up, Mr. DeMille...

Of course, there were also real celebrities in attendance for various reasons. Among them were Zachary Levi (Chuck), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), Robert Pattinson (Twilight, duh!), Kristen Stewart (Twilight, double duh!), Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, super duh!), Johnny Depp (If you don't know what he's from, you probably aren't reading this because you're so out of touch with the world that you don't even have internet access, or a computer!), Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk), Matt Groening (The Simpsons) and many, many more! I didn't get any photos of them, unfortunately.

Friday night, we went to an exclusive Disney Press cocktail party at a hip restaurant/bar in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter known as Bondi. It's really neat. They have these huge basket pods you can sit in, like private booths! We didn't get to sit in one because we were in the bar, but they were sure cool to look at. And the ones that weren't "in-service" were actually raised up and hanging from the ceiling. I'd never seen anything like it! Here, take a look...

Bondi basket pods. I sooo wanted to sit in one of these!
Oh, well. There's always next year...

That just about covers the main highlights. I could bore you with a day-by-day itinerary, but I will spare you. Maybe, next year I will manage to take more photos. Ones of real celebrities, too!

Have a great weekend, everyone!
And beware of humans disguised as cats... Cheshire Cats.



  1. Wow - looks like you had a lot of fun. Good Times :)

  2. This is too cool. I have been living in a box & had no idea this went on. We hope to move back to SD in the very near future & when I do, I'll be checking this fun out! Thanks for the intro.

    And yes...that lady DOES look like BD!

  3. what a SCENE that thing was!

    and i LOVE your little pony! b ahhahahaha! it is so funny!

    well fellow leo, i hope you have a killer weekend!!! :)

  4. I'll admit the entire concept of Comic-con terrifies me (my husband the cartoon watching comic book collector is clutching his chest in mock horror). However, Johnny Galecki is reason enough for me to want to attend. I've crushed on him since back in the Roseanne days. Now, he (and the rest of the cast) are particularly brilliant on The Big Bang Theory.

    Glad you guys had such a great time!

  5. That's cool that you found a picture of the basket/pods at Bondi! My favorite thing about the convention was getting to spend more time exploring the craziness with you.
    P.S.- I love the close-up of the Cheshire Cat. "Rrrraaawr!"

  6. Such FUN!!!
    Love that 'close-up, Mr. DeMille...' girl!
    Enjoy your Sunday Anthony darrrling!

  7. Yes, MoonDoggie, 'twas a lot of fun! It just also happens to be quite tiring...

  8. Dumbwit, where are you currently living? Would it happen to be on another planet!? ;)

    I'm just so surprised that you'd NEVER heard of the whole Comic-Con scene before. Maybe, that's a good indicator! Like, it just means you're not at all "geeky". But, you know, I think that it's actually pretty hip, now, to be into comics. It's certainly cooler than it used to be! Thousands attend each year, and the tickets sell-out months in advance.

    Btw, I'm glad to hear that Tommy and I are not the only ones who think Alice looks like Bette. The likeness is just so uncanny that I almost thought we were imagining it...

  9. Hey, drollgirl!

    Yeah, it's total craziness, but in a good way! You might want to check it out, at least once in your life. It is definitely an "experience"!

    The 'My Little Pony' is actually not MY little pony, it's Tommy's. He has been collecting them for years now and he has well over a hundred, so far! My vice is the Littlest Pet Shop animals. I also have 100+ in my collection. I don't drink, I don't smoke... I guess THAT'S what I do!

  10. Yeah, Townhouselady, Comic-Con can surely be a bit much for some. Especially, if you don't like crowds... Has your husband ever gone?

    Johnny Galecki IS cool, and Big Bang is a great show with an excellent ensemble cast! I recently saw a photo of Johnny at this year's Con and he looked totally different because he'd grown out a full-on beard. So had Zachary Levi, from Chuck. You could still tell it was them, though...

  11. Tommy, my favorite thing, as well, was getting to spend more time walking around with you!

    And I knew you'd appreciate the closing shot of the Cheshire lady. In fact, I just saw her outside the window looking for you... It's only a matter of time, really.

  12. Lenore, I'm glad that you got my Mr. DeMille reference. Not actually sure Bette ever worked with him, though. That's what Google's for, right?

  13. Oooo...just googled to find a bearded Galecki and found this...

    I'm kinda digging the rugged beard thing on him.

    Nope, the hubs has never been. I think that's a good thing, only because I'd hate to see our mortgage payments being spent on a singular collector comic book or figurines!

  14. I can't make up my mind about the beard on Galecki, Townhouselady. I think that I prefer the cleaner look on him... And I totally miss the cool hair he used to sport as David, on the Roseanne show. He dressed neat, too!

    You're probably right about your husband going to the Con. It would be pretty hard NOT to spend money on books & toys, there!

  15. Who is this Johnny...Depp?
    Cool post, Anthony! Ooh, I love those basket pod chairs. and that Alice did look exactly like Miss Davis, how weird!


  16. Well, Jules, Johnny Depp happens to be quite a popular movie star of today's silver screen.

    Have you visited your local cinema, lately? They actually have sound and dialogue along with the moving pictures, now. In fact, word around the biz is that these "Talkies" aren't just the latest fad. Experts are saying they think it could quite possibly change the way we view movies forever! Next thing you know, everyone will be walking around town talking on cordless telephones, and people will be able to listen to entire orchestras playing in their automobiles...

    That was fun, thank you for indulging me. ;)

  17. Well, that just looks completely fabulous in every way! How fun!!
    And funny you should post a picture of those chairs - watch for something similar on an upcoming post of mine!

  18. Ooh, I'm intrigued, Heidi! I look forward to your related post...

  19. Your superhero kitty is just too fabulous! I don't know how you guys survive four days! I've only ever gone (twice?) for one day, and that was puh-lenty! I do agree that the people-watching has to be some of the best at this event. Maybe a Star Trek Convention could top it??


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