Well, we just wrapped day 1 of Comic Con, and it was fantastic. First off, lets talk about the stuff I got a big kick out of.
Technically we got in Wednesday night for preview night, where you get a 3 hour window to hit some of the boothes before anyone else who did not buy the four day pass. Fir us, this was great. We managed to pick up on several limited edition releases from some great vinyl toy makers. Jason and Autumn got exclusive releases from Buff Monster and Kid Robot. I managed to pay what would normally be a very steep price for a new Dunny from Tara McPherson that I have been wanting, but this is Comic Con so really $70.00 wasn't that bad. We also loaded up on some sketchbooks from artist Adam Hughes and picked up some other small vinyls. I even got interviewed by the television station G4, for it's Attack of the Show features, reading and reacting to some Comic Con rules for attendance with contribute Alision Haislip. It was cool, even after the 15th take!
Thursday had by far what I perceive to be the highlight for the trip. Watching my friend Jason, a man who has been so dogged and determined to break into comics, finally do a signing for his first book, Wonderdog, Inc from Viper comics. Viper made a limited edition run for Jason, series artist Matt Hebb, and writer Scott Zirkel to push at the con. It was fantastic seeing Jason get an opportunity to show everyone what kind of talent he has to offer. I was very proud to call this guy my best friend today. His unending belief and dedication to his craft really inspire me.
In other Thursday news, a ton of rumors hit the show floor. The biggest rumor is that Comic Con may be in danger of moving to another location in the coming years. Increased vendor attendance, increased convention goers, and increased interest is allegedly pushing the convention center to the limits. Cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas are reportedly pushing to move the $60 million dollar cash influx con brings each years to their respective cities. Though San Diego officials, staff, and many long time vendors vow to do everything in their power to keep the con here. I for one hope it stays. San Diego is Comic Con, anywhere else wouldn't be a real Con.
Other news out of the floor was brand new footage of the Hugh Jackman Wolverine film (boasting an appearance of long time X-Man Favorite Gambit) as well as more images from movies like Watchmen, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and tons more. Already we have lined up an advanced screening of the new movie Tropic Thunder Saturday and hopefully more info to be announced.
Stay Tuned and I'll let you know more of what you need to know.
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