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Monday, July 16, 2018

COMIC CON 2018 IS HERE AND CRAZY!!!

IT'S HERE!!!  IT'S HERE!!!  THE GREATEST WEEK OF THE YEAR!!!  Okay, I gotta calm down!  Yes, Comic Con 2018 is in fact here, but I must keep composed!  After all, you came to see some fun pics and get a tip or two before packing up and heading out, right?  That's what I thought!  Now long time readers will likely notice that this week's post is up a few days early.  Well, that's because Comic Con starts Wednesday and, well, you likely aren't surfing the web if you're there!  I mean, honestly now!  It's friggin' Comic Con!  You should be seeing the sights!  Plus, the Convention Center gets so jammed up during the show that most cell services can't hold up anyway.  I guess this can be considered Tip #1 for today: Expect a LOT of missed calls and make sure you have a portable charger for your phone!

So yes, we're up a few days early so that you, dear readers, will have time to read through this post and get a feel for the show.  Plus, I'm just plain gonna be too busy on Wednesday to promote this post anyway, so I may as well get this up while I can!  And to make things easier, any helpful tips I add will be highlighted in CAPS and come after a pic, sound good?  Great!  The CRAZY Comic Con Countdown lands in 2016 this time around, so enough jabbering about and let's get to the pics!  Enjoy...

A true Comic Con tradition and part of the conditions you sign when given a badge: You MUST take at least ONE pic of the SDCC logo through one of the circle arches!

TIP:  This seems like a no-brainer, but the best way to get this shot is from an escalator.  Dumb as it sounds, people have scaled over railing and risked life and limb for a shot that could've been easily AND safely taken from several sets of insanely slow-moving stairs!

 Shipwreck and Duke are ready to fight for freedom wherever there's trouble!

Now presenting your nightmare for the week, courtesy of FX's American Horror Story!  Believe it or not, this was tame compared to the large wraparound they had plastered to the north side of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel!

TIP:  The lawn outside of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, adjacent to the Hall H line on the South side of the Convention Center, is home to one of the biggest Offsites offered at Comic Con!  It is FREE for all to attend, badge or not!  However, it does tend to crowd, so the earlier the better!  Also, it's outdoors, so bring LOTS of water and don't forget the sunscreen!  Comfortable walking shoes are also a must for ANY part of comic con!  Your toes will appreciate you not wearing sandals!

The Lego booth, featuring the video wall I built!  Most booths that have video walls usually build them out of LED tiles.  This wall simply used LED monitors.  It's not as clean-looking or seamless, but it still gets the job done and is far easier to put up than those horrific NEC monitors!

Childhood icon right here!  Marc Summers is welcome to throw pies at me anytime he wants!  So wild that this dude is obsessed with cleanliness and yet hosted the messiest show ever!

TIP:  Autographs aren't as easy to get as they used to.  Larger booths, like Warner Bros, Fox and the above Nickelodeon booth, have raffles that require logging into Comic Con's or the participating studio's websites just for a shot at a shot at getting in line!  Point is, it may not be worth the headache of trying to get that line spot.  Conversely, a good many other booths, like Shout Factory, only require that you make a purchase or show up at a certain time and simply get in line!  Easiest way to keep up on these things is to follow the social media pages of participating booths.  Most post their info days in advance so attendees can prepare accordingly.  Always keep an eye out!

The Sharknado crew always brings the fun to the people strolling the Gaslamp Quarter looking for free scores!  This year, sadly, will be the last year they come as the final Sharknado movie is set to air soon.  Never before have a group of filmmakers prided themselves on making purposely bad movies!  On the plus side, the Discovery Channel some big plans set to promote this year's Shark Week over at The Experience At Petco Park!  Definitely worth a look if you'll be in the area!

TIP:  The Gaslamp Quarter is, obviously, open to all as is the The Experience At Petco Park, badge or not!  The Experience used to be known as the Petco Park Interactive Zone, but this year it's being expanded into a whole new experience with all sorts of fun planned and it's FREE for all!  Hell of a bargain, no?  If you're not familiar with the area, the huge pedestrian bridge spanning Petco Park and the Hilton Bayfront is the way to go!  Just enter at the Hilton side and exit at the Ballpark side and it's immediately to your right!  Also, for those looking for some great photo ops, outside of the Con has some of the best cosplayers around roaming the streets!  Like the FXX Experience at the Hilton Park, sunblock, water and shoes are a must, so don't forget!

Dick Tracy loves him some Magic The Gathering!

TIP:  Weren't lucky enough to get a ticket to Hasbro or Mattel's Toy Shop lines?  For those patient enough and with lowered hopes, by Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, both shops usually open the line to all con-goers!  However, there is a catch: It usually opens up because the most sought-after items have already sold out.  But, plenty of cool things are still up for grabs because I've benefited many times from these line openings, so keep an eye out!

The Batmobile, Version 6.0!  The DCEU has certainly gotten quite an emotional response from moviegoers.  It certainly got off to a rocky start but there are good things hidden within that are starting to surface.  I did like this current version of the Batmobile, as it's more of a hybrid between the Burton and Nolan vehicles.  Now if only the next movie would feature some updated Bat-Shark Repellent!

TIP:  The grassy areas adjacent to the Omni Hotel and Petco Park have also surfaced in recent years as a pretty cool spot for offsites!  They are adjacent to the Trolley tracks and directly across the street from the Convention Center, so they are hard to miss!

The much beloved, and missed, NERD HQ!  This really was an awesome offsite that gave people who couldn't get badges a real taste of the con experience.  Not to mention, for a small donation, you could have access to exclusive panels in a far more intimate setting than what the meeting rooms at the Convention Center offer.  For reasons not fully made clear, it's highly unlikely that NERD HQ will ever come back.  We can always dream though.

"An African swallow or a European swallow?"

Captain N!  It's crazy how many kids are cosplaying as old school characters now!  I realize Captain N: The Game Master is now on DVD and streaming, but it just doesn't seem likely that anyone younger than my age group would even think to watch it!

The Garthim!  The Dark Crystal spawned some truly jaw-dropping creatures and effects on audiences!  I'm really looking forward to the new Netflix series!

TIP:  A good spot to get great cosplay pics is in the lobby of the convention center.  Try and keep away from Hall entrances though.  Security can be VERY overzealous during Comic Con.

Disney Warrior Princesses!  Too bad first-run syndication's no longer viable!

The short-lived ConX from Entertainment Weekly!  This offsite was a lot of fun and had some great swag at it.  Sadly, it was just too far away to really lure people over to come see during the day.  Although it's nighttime lineup had a little more interest.  Who knows?  Maybe someday EW will give it another shot? 

THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!!!

Damn!  That's gotta be the best Lego cosplay ever!

Normally I'm not down with the "Christmas In July" concept, but I'll make an exception for these two.  Elf was a hilarious movie!

The FORMER Petco Park Interactive Zone!  Now don't worry folks, it ain't leaving.  As I said earlier in the posy, it's being revamped and expanded to offer even MORE fun things to do for FREE!  The one downer about this particular year?  The Ferris Wheel wasn't free!  Cheap bastards!

Street Fighter Stormtroopers... This has potential!

Man, I really gotta dig deep sometimes to find some great pics to share with y'all!

And so ends the latest installment of our countdown.  2016 was a mixed bag.  I had fun for sure, but was kinda bogged down by other circumstances.  Still, I picked up some really cool books and toys and made many wonderful new friends!  They can't all be perfect, but they're always a lot of fun still!

And so it is that another week passes.  We only have two weeks left and one of them doesn't even have pics yet!  We will be back next week with a look back at last year's show, so be sure to come back.  As always, my final tips for those going to Comic Con are as follows: Stay hydrated, stay clean, stay calm and stay kind.  It's gonna be hot, so water is a definite must!  Cleanliness is probably the most important thing you can do.  Besides being a common courtesy, staying clean goes a long way towards NOT getting sick!  Con crud sucks folks, so bathe daily, use hand sanitizer and take vitamins!  Calm and kind pretty much go hand-in-hand here.  With crowds this large, it's easy to get overwhelmed and for tempers to flair.  If we all just try to keep moving along and be courteous, it makes for a nicer experience for all.  And that's that!  Take care, be safe and be sure to keep an eye out on my Twitter feed (@JonsCrazyTweets) for updates on meet-ups, provided I get any kind of cell service this year!  Anyway, I'll catch y'all at Comic Con!  Later!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

EASE ON DOWN THE ROAD... TO COMIC CON 2015!!!

We are back and edging ever so much closer to Comic Con 2018!  How much closer you ask?  Why, its next week for crying out loud!  Can't believe how much quicker this show pops up every year!  It seems like I'm still sorting through last year's swag!  But hey, you're here for con pics, am I right?  So let's cut the boring stuff and get straight to the fun part!  Doctor Who loaned me a Tardis, and we got 2015 in our sights!  The CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN is a go again!  Enjoy...

He's Gumby dammit!  Actually, that's the grandson of Gumby's creator, Art Clokey!  Gotta love this kid's devotion to his grandfather's great creation!

For gamers young and old, Hall A of the exhibit hall holds MANY wonderful treasures waiting to be unearthed!  Also, it's usually a good spot to catch your breath as it doesn't crowd as much on that end.

The infamous Assassin's Creed Challenge Course.  It ran for two years and led to many a hilarious YouTube video being posted.  For those who never got to see it, it was basically a less messy version of the Double Dare obstacle course.  Most people who tried it wiped out fairly quickly, like the girl who dressed like the ice princess from Frozen.  But some were able to make it through, most memorably, two dudes that dressed up like Mario and Luigi!  A huge crowd of us cheered like mad as these guys made it through the course!  I doubt this one will ever come back, but for two glorious years, it gave us lots of laughs!  

They didn't want to build a snowman.

 Apparently this guy in the middle is a Stormtrooper trainee!

2015, the year that Lego tookover the outside of the Hard Rock Hotel!

The Petco Park Interactive Zone (Soon to be the Experience At Petco Park), is always a lively -AND FREE- spot of activity!  This particular year, an impromptu cosplay contest sprung up when a local radio station that had a booth there commandeered the stage that had been built!  With things being bigger this year, who knows what kind of fun will be had?

There's an awful lot of outdoor shots in this post.  I do tend to spend a lot of time during con doing the offsites, so sunblock is definitely a must!  One of the best things about doing the outdoor stuff is that some of the best cosplay is outside in the Gaslamp Quarter AND I tend to make a lot of new friends, like this big jolly junebug!  Despite his large size and loud buzzing, these bugs are very gentle and quite beneficial to the environment, so please just leave them be if they buzz by!

The Super Shredder has the Ooze!  But does he know its secret?

Hello there children!  Chef is quite the gamer!

E Honda came and destroyed a real Honda that had been double parked outside the Hilton!

Mr. Creepy!  Glad you brought plenty of spoons!  The Tick was asking about them earlier!

Thor and Lando.  Two dude's with long histories of being deceived.

And we end this week's post with these buttheads!  Kinda fitting really given all the time traveling refs I keep making.  And to think, Hoverboards sort of exist but are nowhere near as cool as the movie ones!

And so ends the most recent look back at Comic Con 2015.  'Twas the year of the offsites as many started ramping up their offerings in an effort to draw in more people who couldn't get badges.  It was also the year of Star Wars as the Episode VII Hall H panel drew record crowds and created some insane moments as the +6,000 attendees were led out of the hall and down the back way to the pops site to watch an exclusive concert of all the music from the films.  It's hard to say what's gonna go down at the Lucasfilm booth this year, given the recent controversies surrounding the latest films.  But hopefully all will be well and all the fans can bury the hatchet and join in a large group singing of the classic "Weird" Al song, Yoda!

And so another week passes.  We'll be back a little early next time as Comic Con starts next Wednesday, so the COUNTDOWN continues Monday to give everyone a little extra time to prepare and look back!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

COMIC CON 2018 IS ALMOST HERE!!! BUT FIRST, COMIC CON 2014!!!

July is here my CRAZIES!!!  And with it...  COMIC CON 2018!!!  Well, in a few weeks anyway.  The CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN is still in full swing though, and I feel no need to stall things, so let's jump right in, shall we?  Rufus has come and loaned me his time-traveling telephone booth so that we can travel back to 2014 and take a look at the fun of the past!  Comic Con 2014 is a go!  Enjoy...

I can't share these behind-the-scenes pics as they happen due to security at the Convention Center and the honor code among us workers that we won't share any first looks until after the con starts.  That's why I love doing these blog posts!  They're long after the cons happen, so nothing can be spoiled at this point!  This is a rare look at Hall H as it's being put together from the House Right (Stage Left) side of the hall.  Hall H has certainly come a long way since its very humble beginnings as merely a few screens and a stage.  Now,  it's a multimedia extravaganza with 3D projection, fog machines, LED walls, moving stages and wall-to-wall projection and sound!  And this really all started a mere five years ago because I set up the initial 3D upgrade in 2009 and even then it was still pretty simple layout.  Lord only knows what's planned for this year's show, but with Sony and Warner Bros being the only major film studios with panels, Hall H might actually be accessible this year!

Guess you can add Teletubbies to the list of things that will survive the Apocalypse, along Twinkies, cockroaches and Cher.

This dinosaur seems a little TOO happy to be interacting with fans!

The always fun Petco Park Interactive Zone!  This year, it's getting a MAJOR upgrade into the Experience At Petco Park!  Not much to report on yet other than it's staying open later, adding more food trucks, a beer garden AND a stage!  Given its history, I think we can all expect to be pleasantly surprised!

Chair-Face Chippendale!  Nice to see some villains from The Tick get cosplayed!

You can't see this but I'm totally doing the Thriller dance as I type this!

It's hard out here for a droid!

Some very well-rounded Pacman cosplay!

 They Live in Pulp Fiction!  That's a really convincing Sam Jackson too!

The much beloved and missed Xbox Lounge!  No word yet on if it'll be back this year, but we can always hope!  Microsoft really knew how to put on a good show for the fans!

The imfamous Gotham zipline!  Some folks waited up to eight hours to go on it.  I don't deny that it looked like fun, but that's an insane amount of time to wait for something.  Hell, the Game Of Thrones experience at the Omni Hotel saw the same kind of waits and some of those folks NEVER even got in!  I guess the lesson here is pick your offsite experiences carefully.  Way the risk/reward factor.

The amount of effort some folks put into their costumes is jaw dropping.  Certainly makes me feel like an amateur as I stumble through my niece's cosplay armor for this year's show.

Ran into Doctor Who at The Field!  He enjoyed a Banger Burger and serving of Sheppard's Pie!

And we close out this first post of July with the Redneck Avengers!  Gotta admit, Redneck Hawkeye with the mullet and plunger arrows is pretty damn funny!

And so ends our look back at Comic Con 2014!  A fun show that had some of the best offsite experiences ever!  Also had some of the wildest cosplay I've ever seen.  Lots of giant costumes, as witnessed in some of today's pics.  Of course, my lasting memory of this particular Con was being in the room for the Mattel/WWE panel and seeing Sting FINALLY make his WWE debut!  Granted, it would've been cooler 15 years earlier, but hey, in this day and age where even wrestling's more predictable than ever, it's nice to be there when history is actually made!

And that's all for this week folks.  July's off to a great start and we got even MORE cool SDCC fun coming your way, so be sure to come back next week!  And since today's July 4th, please be safe and have fun this Independence Day.  Leave the fireworks to the professionals!  Anyway, take care and I'll catch y'all later!