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Wednesday, July 26, 2023



*Sighs* Well, another Comic Con has come to pass.  These after posts are never easy write up, largely because, you know...  I'm bummed!  I'm mean, SDCC 23 hasn't even actually happened yet as I type this, but it makes me sad just knowing in advance that the fun won't last forever!  But, because I don't have any pics from this year's con yet, and I gotta fill space, here's a look back at least year's show.  Enjoy...

My favorite part about last year?  My nephew/ride bud Lucas got to join me!  My cousin got a job in the Czech Republic for two years and had to move the family over.  I'm Lucas' favorite uncle, so we had to make up for a lot of missed time while he was gone!  Hopefully we had just as much fun at this year's show!

Uh oh!  Elvis Trooper!  OLD Elvis Trooper even!

Mecha Cookie stands tall!

Not gonna lie, I really REALLY wanted to do the House Of The Dragon offsite, but I just couldn't justify getting in line at 4am and then waiting for 8hrs to get in!  And for what?  A pin?  Some photo ops? Why the hell can't these things just be walk thru?  The Dungeons & Dragons bar figured it out.  FX figured their line out.  Why couldn't these guys?  Not everything needs an app and VR additions!  Also, I just bought the pins on eBay!

A nice little setup on the MLK Promenade was a museum celebrating Franklin!  It was the anniversary of his introduction into Peanuts, so last year we all honored the only character in the entirety of the strip to be consistently nice to Charlie Brown!

The Krapopolis offsite!  It wasn't anything too special, but the slide was fun.  This show, by the way, has still yet to premier, and it's been nearly a year since they promoted it.

The whole Disney Duck family came to party!  Well, not all of them, but the important ones came!  Also, very creative use of the mandatory masks!


Since 2018, the most consistent, and really most accessible, offsite has been the Dragonball Experience!  The setup and swag has by and large always been the same, and yet it still manages to get better every year!

The FX Experience did things a little different this time around.  Instead of a large offsite with a bunch of individual activations, it was just one large maze that you walked through and hit each activation as you passed by!  It was pretty cool actually and the line moved surprisingly quick.  I was rewarded with a bottle of hot sauce for my efforts!

After nearly a decade at the Marriott, the Nintendo Lounge made its way to the Petco Park Interactive Zone.  Sadly, their line mismanagement continued.

The one thing that really does soften the blow of SDCC ending is Shark Week!  And what better way of reminding folks than with a Shark Blimp?

Nintendo had a pretty kickass Lego sculpture of Bowser set up at their booth in Hall A!  It even moved!

And finally, we will end this week's post with something that has been sorely lacking on this blog for many years: MORE COWBELL!!!

And that was Comic Con 2022!  A very subdued show as the world made its way back from the pandemic.  It may well have been the most polite SDCC I've ever attended!  Much was scaled back though.  Offsites were fewer and smaller and a lot of booths and panels didn't return.  Many folks were still on edge and rightfully so.  Still, it felt great to be back and hopefully this year's show will feel more like the cons of the past!

And that's a wrap on the month of July, but don't be sad!  We're kicking August off on a high note with the finale off the CRAZY Comic Con Countdown with the anticipated look at SDCC 2023!  So be sure to come back and see how it all went down!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Monday, July 17, 2023



WE DID IT!!!  WE MADE IT TO COMIC CON 2023!!!  Oh my I gotta get ready!  There's so little to do and so much time!  Wait a minute...  That's totally opposite!  Let's just all calm down and agree that some pretty awesome things are happening this week!  The CRAZY COMIC CON COUNTDOWN is peaking!  To tie y'all over until Wednesday, we're heading back to 2019 for a trip down Memory Lane!  So hold on to your Spider-man Underoos and Code Red Mountain Dews, because its time to head to the con!  Enjoy...

*Note: Any paragraph that starts with TIP means a helpful tip or trick coming your way!

Amazon certainly didn't disappoint that year.  With a massive offsite that took three weeks to build, they really went all out and impressed the hell out of everybody!  And haven't done an offsite since.

TIP: As of this writing, no word yet on whether or not Amazon will be back with an offsite.  With the current writers strike, there could be a lot of scaling back this year as well.

Macho Madness was coming at us!

My nephew Dante and I tried our darnedest to get our surfboard back, but Sharkzilla just wasn't having any of it!

The Hamburglar's daughter carries on the family legacy!

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Seinfeld, KCOP, a TV station in Los Angeles that nobody in San Diego has had access to since 1999, set up a display with some props honoring the show's most memorable moments in Tin Fish Square!

TIP: Though the Tin Fish no longer exists, Tin Fish Square still remains and several of the restaurant's more popular menu items, including the legendary clam chowder, were retained by the new tenants, Baja Rick's!  It is also still expected to host some offsites this year, though nothing as of this writing has been announced.  And if you just HAVE to have some Tin Fish food, head south about 10min to the Imperial Beach Pier where the original Tin Fish still stands strong!

It's the Juggernaut bitch!

TIP: The Gaslamp Quarter just across the trolley tracks from the Convention Center is not only a great place to eat, it's also an awesome spot to find cosplayers for photo ops!  Not to mention some hidden offsites and parties!

Another look at the Amazon offsite which featured a really cool Carnival Row activation!  Very immersive and lots of detail in the sets and props!

TIP: The best days to do offsites are on Thursday and Friday of the con.  Although there are still thousands of folks walking around, many people are still at work or even school until late afternoon.  There's still a wait, but certainly not as long!

After years of trying, I finally got into the Adult Swim Carnival!  It was totally worth the wait and everything I'd hoped it would be!  The highlight was the Adult Swim Cosplay Contest where these Meeseeks were met with chants of "Camel Toe" the whole night!

TIP: As of this writing, no word yet on whether the Adult Swim Carnival will return.  Last year's prank gives us at least some hope they may return.

Dave's not here man!

It's really hard to put into words just how immense SDCC really is!

TIP: A good spot to get shots like these is on the Mezzanine Level between Halls B and C along the bay side of the Convention Center.  It's also a where all the fan tables are located and a great place to find some cosplayers for photo ops!

Hawk People on the Trolley!

TIP: With almost NO parking during the show and several of the closest streets closed off completely, take advantage of San Diego's public transit system!  The Trolley's affordable, offers multi-day passes and drops off in several spots near the Convention Center.  The Blue Line goes to 12th and Imperial near the Petco Park Interactive Zone while the Orange and Green Lines drop off at 1st Ave, right across from Hall A and the Marriott, and again at 5th Ave, directly across from Halls D and E!

A sure sign Comic Con is coming is the incredible wrap-arounds that go on the Trolleys!  This one features The Dark Crystal prequel series, a show that deserved much better than it got.

If this In-N-Out Burger cosplayer could've found a way to make this work, he could've retired after the weekend!

The much missed SyFy Street Team.  They didn't come back last year and it ain't looking too promising for this year.  But there's always hope!

2019 was the year of the Macho Man folks!

If you don't know who these two are, then your ass needs to get cultured!

It just isn't Comic Con without a massive wrap on the Hilton Bayfront.

An Ewok Carebear!  If Disney ever buys out American Greetings, this is so happening for real!

Even the greatest of enemies can get along at Comic Con!

Finally, getting a badge for SDCC can feel like finding a Golden Ticket.  Going to the con oddly enough is probably pretty comparable to visiting Wonka's factory too!

And that was Comic Con 2019!  Without question one of the best I ever attended!  I didn't want it to end I was having such a great time!  Didn't even care that I caught pneumonia from somebody while I was there!  From start to finish it was an amazing experience and one of those rare occasions where everything just plain worked!  Hopefully this year's show will rank up there too.

For those going, here are some final, common sense tips for a more enjoyable experience:

TIP: Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes!  Last year we really lucked out on the weather, but San Diego is a tourist haven for a reason: It gets hot!  So wear clothes that are lighter colored and not heavy.  Sandals and flip flops are a terrible idea and unless you want bloody toes, don't wear them!

TIP: Bring water bottles and refill them as needed!  Traditionally, the San Diego Convention Center used to simply provide water coolers for all to enjoy but now charge for them per show.  SDCC took some heavy hits financially during the pandemic, so some things they aren't paying for anymore, like carpet in the exhibit hall and POTENTIALLY water coolers in the rooms, so prepare accordingly.  Most of the hotels still have water coolers strewn about, so take advantage at those spots if you can.

TIP: There are many incredible restaurants near the Convention Center, but they will fill up fast, so earlier the better in some cases.  However, if you don't mind the walk, some great dining spots can be found towards and past Market Street with minimal crowds.

TIP: If cosplaying, take weather, sitting down and eventual bathroom breaks into account. Can't begin to tell you how many cosplayers I've encountered in restrooms that were set to burst because they couldn't reach the zipper!  Make sure your costume is easy to get out of if need be and maybe have a pal tag along in case you can't get out of it!

TIP: Cell phone reception is spotty at best during SDCC, even with the best service provider, so try and be sparing with phone use.  Also, plenty of booths offer free WiFi, but it comes at a risk, so choose wisely.

TIP: San Diego Convention Center concessions ARE cashless now, so bring a credit or debit card.  HOWEVER, almost all the booths still take cash and most prefer it as the Convention Center WiFi is spotty as all get out.

TIP: Sunblock is an absolute must!  Although it's entirely possible to spend the whole con indoors, it's not very likely, so be sure to block up!

TIP: Keep an eye on your surroundings.  San Diego does a good job of keeping things safe during the con but, sadly, accidents happen.  And in some cases, attendees can be their own worst enemy (See the 2013 Twilight Panel tragedy).  Point is, no panel or exclusive is worth dying for, so just be careful.

TIP: Stock up on vitamins and other immunity boosters! And, more  importantly, bathe every night!  Nothing worse than being stuck behind somebody that smells like they haven't washed in a year because they just can't miss that Hall H panel!  Believe me, taking an hour every night to clean up won't kill you!

TIP: Lastly, be kind.  It's hot, it's crowded, sometimes it smells... It's easy for tempers to flare up.  If somebody's being unpleasant, just ignore them.  And if they're really being that bad, just tell security.  Believe me, the rent-a-cops they bring in are itching for action!

Well folks, that's all for now, but more Comic Con fun is coming next week as we recover from the current one, so be sure to come back and check it out!  If you're going to SDCC and spot me, be sure to say hi!  I'll try to check in on Twitter as much as possible, but it'll be tough as reception is rarely good with so many people inside!  Until next time, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 12, 2023



NEXT WEEK!!! COMIC CON 2023 IS NEXT WEEK!!!  Okay Jon, gotta calm down.  You still got a job to do, even though this blog is free and you don't get paid for it.  Integrity matters most!  Alright, I've yammered on enough.  One week from today, I WILL be cruising the aisles at SDCC, but for now, we gotta head back to the not-so-distant past!  That's right kids.  Tighten the velcro on those light-up Nike's.  The Wayback Machine is set and we are heading back to Comic Con 2018!  Enjoy...

I'd be remiss if I didn't post a pic of this costume I built for my niece Kristen.  It was the last year she could get in for free and wanted to cosplay as a grand finale, so we came up with this idea for armor and weaponry made from watermelon rinds!  It was a silly idea, but everybody loved it!  Took me nearly two months to build, but well worth the effort.  Everybody wanted a picture with her and as a final cherry on top, she was even featured on Comedy Central's The Jim Jeffries Show!  And for those wondering "What offsite was this at?"  Well, my front yard hosted no official SDCC programming, but it's always Comic Con at my house!

The Rampage offsite near the Omni Hotel!  Pretty fun popcorn flick!

Kira and Fizzgig!  Watch your fingers!

The offsite promoting the short-lived DC Universe streaming service!  Why the hell can't Warner Bros ever leave well enough alone?!?

Totally dig this Pink Panther/Black Panther crossover!  The sly cat was pretty heroic too!

Cyclops and Wolverine getting down at the Petco Park Interactive Zone!

Watch out!  It's Gossamer!

This is why cars aren't allowed on the streets during SDCC!  Actually, this was promoting the nearby Castle Rock offsite and I really do regret missing this one.  The YouTube vids I've seen looked really cool!  If they ever invent a time machine...

Disco Darth gets groovy at Hogwarts!

Balrog's here and looking for a fight!

Amazon had been setting up an offsite along the MLK Promenade for several years but in 2018, they REALLY upped the ante!  I didn't make it into this one, but folks were raving about it to the point that I went the following year and wasn't disappointed!  They haven't done an offsite since...

Little Beetlejuice and is here and ready to show off!

It's Arcade Man!  With the power to munch quarters and kill friendships in a single game!  And yes, his DigDug display was playable!

Finally, we learn the answer to a question that has plagued mankind for over a decade now: Deathstroke IS in fact a Bronie!

And that was Comic Con 2018!  A fun show where I was literally being shaken down by relatives and friends left and right to get their kids in for free!  Normally I don't mind, but there are limits to even my notorious patience!  Especially when I actually make it into a panel!  This was also the year my pal Riki had an interesting experience walking around the Gaslamp, but that's tale only told verbally!  Over all though, one of my best years at the show!

That's all for now, but we'll be back next week with a HUGE post a few days earlier even (MONDAY) so that y'all can have a head start on the awesomeness that is Comic Con, including tips and tricks for an easier experience!  So be sure to come back and check it out!  Until then, take care, stay safe and I'll catch y'all later!