San Diego Comic Con is just around the corner, and the three of us here at GRCT are going to be counting down to it with a series of posts. Look for them every Wednesday leading up to preview night in San Diego!
Like Chantaal, it’s difficult for me to narrow down just a few of my favorite San Diego Comic Con moments. This will be my fourth time at the con (my first was in 2008) and it seems to get better and better every year. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve learned to navigate the convention better as time goes on, but I can pretty much count on each year to top the previous one, without fail.
2008 was my first year at the convention, and even though I made a lot of rookie mistakes, it was still incredibly memorable. I stayed way out in the SDCC boonies, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, which was a 20 minute shuttle ride just to get to the convention center. But even our hotel so far away was host to a few celebs, like Stephen Moffat (before he took over as showrunner for Doctor Who) and Torchwood‘s Naoko Mori.
This was also the year that I first got to be in the audience for a Joss Whedon panel (two, in fact!) and I’ll say that if you’ve never heard Joss Whedon speak at a convention, you should definitely make it a point to.
By 2009, I considered myself a seasoned Comic Con veteran at this point, and learned what it was to get up super early to get a good seat in a panel. I joined a large group of friends at about five in the morning to get good seats for Ballroom 20, and wound up in the front row for the Chuck panel. It’s one of my all time favorite comic con moments, if only because I got to share it with some of my favorite people in the world. This was also the year that I got to attend Michael Ausiello’s yearly party at the Hard Rock Hotel downtown (and spotted Katee Sackhoff in the lobby in the process), and I won several contests via twitter for Hall H VIP passes.
2011, however, was probably my absolute favorite year. Staying in the downtown area (finally!) meant being right in the center of the Comic Con action, and after two years of attending the convention, I felt like I’d finally mastered it. I think the key to comic con is not spending the entire time room-sitting (though it’s difficult to not do just that), and this was the first year that I wasn’t up every morning getting in line for Ballroom 20 before the sun was up. Not doing this meant meeting Christina Strain in Artists Alley and talking to her about her work on Marvel’s Runaways (and hearing a bit about what they might have done if the book wasn’t canceled!) and talking to a lot of other artists and creators, like Devil Inside’s Todd Stashwick and Dennis Calero.
Incidentally, this was also the first year of their now infamous SlamCon, (an open-invite SDCC party to contend with all of the exclusive ones that happen on Comic Con Saturday night) and the origin of my favorite Comic Con story ever. After happening to notice Middleman creator Javier Grillo-Marxuach walking about the party, I tweeted as such and thought nothing else of it. Fifteen minutes later, after returning from the bar, I found him searching for me at the party, showing my twitter picture to my friends. Best moment ever.
Other Awesome Stuff:
- Riding the elevator at the Omni only to realize we’d been sharing it with Grant Morrison.
- Walking right into Hall H after sleeping in on Sunday (with no wait!) and seeing the It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia panel.
- ActionChick’s SDCC preview night party.
- Meeting Toby Whithouse, the creator of BBC’s Being Human, and proceeding to completely make an idiot of myself in front of him.
Suffice it to say, my Comic Con experience keeps getting better and better every time I go, so my expectations for this year’s couldn’t be any higher.