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Wednesday, June 27, 2018


It's time to say a heartfelt goodbye...  To June 2018!!!  What?  You thought I was closing down shop? Hell no I ain't!  Why, we're just getting into the thick of things with the CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN 2018!!!  We are now just weeks away from the biggest show of them all, so what better way to pass the time than with a look back at the great Comic Cons of the past? Thought y'all would like that, so let's jump right in!  The time portal's been set to 2013 and the event is San Diego Comic Con!  Enjoy...

Some denizens from Middle Earth made their way out to San Diego for a weekend free of monsters trying to hunt them down for a change!

Got another rare behind the scenes shot of the LED wall I helped build for the BBC America Network!  Normally these walls aren't too difficult to build, but the show they had just come from really manhandled some of the panels and their processors, so it took a lot of ingenuity to get this thing up and running in time for preview night.

The Regular Show Experience!  This was such an awesome offsite!  The line was super long, but the end result was well worth it!  After I won a pair of fuzzy dice in a trivia contest while waiting in line, they ushered us into the basement of the New Children's Museum in Downtown San Diego, where an entire retro arcade had been set up, complete with nonstop gameplay for 20 minutes.  We then entered a room where Mordecai and Rigby appeared on screen and we had to help them beat a video game!  After that, we were led into the prize room where I won ANOTHER pair of fuzzy dice!  And to top it all off, as we exited the experience, we were all handed exclusive, SDCC-only Regular Show posters!  It was easily the most coveted swag of the Con, and best of all, it was open to all, badge or not!  To this day, it's still one of my all-time favorite Comic Con offsite events!

Li'l Hellboy and Deadpool!  I could see this crossover working in real life!

It's Barf and Dark Helmet!  The Schwartz is always strong with these two!

These guys said they were on a mission from God, but I don't think the Lord would approve of some of their methods.  Particularly the 50-car pile up they caused outside of the Convention Center!

The infamous Stick Of Truth bus!  It had broken down BLOCKS away from the Convention Center in a part of town that's anything but safe.  Needless to say, some of the locals didn't take kindly to a truck with animated turds on the roof stopping through their neighborhood.  The driver and the workers were literally push-starting the bus and jumping into the back in an effort to avoid getting hit by the bricks and bottles thrown at them!  Guess it was a sign of things to come with this game, as its release was delayed into the next year!

Some Whovians gather in the Sails Pavilion, looking to get their Con on!  A tip to any first-timers coming this year: The Sails Pavilion is a great spot for cosplay pics!  Also, the Freebies Table is up there and is a great source for swag!  And now you know, which in this case is really only about 3/8's the battle!

Don't even remember what Defiance was, but they had a nifty wraparound on the Hard Rock Hotel!  Another beginner's tip here: The Gaslamp Quarter is also a Cosplay and Swag hotbed!  Not to mention, there are several offsites hidden about, so be sure to take a few hours to check it out!

The Doctor is in the house!  My friends Matt, Karen and Frank are likely gonna be very thrilled with the Doctor Who this post has featured!

 I honestly don't remember which offsite this was.  It wasn't the Petco Park Interactive Zone, but did seem to have a Fox influence since the short-lived Ax Cop show was clearly being promoted.  I'll have to look back through my program book and see if I can find any info on it.
Steampunk Hook and Tinkerbell!  Not sure where this steampunk craze started, but it sure does lead to some great costumes!

For many years, along the back of the exhibit hall, stood the Mega Bloks booth.  Meanwhile, the much-larger Lego booth stood tall aisles away, arm-in-arm with toy giants like Mattel, Hasbro, Bandai and Toynami.  I often stopped by the Mega Bloks booth and showed my appreciation towards the builders who took time to build these brick masterpieces.  Mega Bloks are now owned by Mattel and have their own spot in the Mattel booth.  It's a step up any way you slice it and still better than Kreo (Remember those?)!

And now we come to the end...  Of the post!  And since it's his 30th anniversary this year, we're giving the spotlight to the Ghost-With-The-Most himself, Beetlejuice!  Strange things occur when you call out his name three times, but during Comic Con 2013, the worst thing he did was zap the Joker into a leisure suit, so it was all good!

And that was Comic Con 2013.  Another great year at Con that I would love to relive again!  Lot's of great offsite action happened that year and plenty of good times were had with friends and family!  I also remember it being the year I saw a Jedi being arrested in front of the Convention Center!  Funny how it's the little things that stand out the most.  It was also the first year we held the Web Comic Meet-Up!  Things got a bit jumbled last year, but we're already working towards making the Meet-Up happen for real this year, so stay tuned as more info comes!

And that's a wrap for June!  I hope y'all are getting a kick out of these past Con pics so far.  The CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN 2018 still has five weeks to go, including two BIG posts, so be sure to come back and have some more fun in a new month!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

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