2005: Day 4
The Rugrats Cometh, But Not With Rugrats...
It's the most bittersweet day of the Con. People have partied
hard the night before. Check-out time is 11 a.m. And you
want to hit the floor early to see if you can find any last-minute
great deals on comics and toys. Maybe you were holding off
on that lightsaber from Master Replicas until today...when
mysteriously a lot of dealers had them.
such ATP books as Armor X, Government Bodies
and The Iron Ghost
Champagne and the guys can go home and sleep.
isn't shilling, by the way, though they are cool. Quite
simply, you couldn't go ten feet in the exhibition hall
without running across someone with one of those sabers
-- no cheap item at $120 a pop. Of course, you couldn't
go ten feet without running into a Hogwarts' student, either.)
farewell to Mish'al this morning, as he had to fly back
to Japan. (Don't confuse this with Fanboy Planet having
any money -- Mish'al was just crazy enough to pay for a
trip to San Diego himself. If you
like us, support us.)
is traditionally set aside as kids' day, the panels focused
on children's entertainment and even a little hands-on activity.
Disney trotted out a presentation for The Chronicles
of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. After
showing the theatrical trailer and opening the floor up
to questions, a heavily satisfying new montage of scenes
just a taste wasn't enough for you, Disney also later showed
Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch in its entirety.
Sure, it will be on video soon enough, but that should have
kept the little ones busy mid-afternoon.
this whole Convention seemed more kid friendly. Perhaps
next year organizers won't have to set aside a special day.
Word on the floor was that they had vowed to get rid of
out and out adult entertainment. Maybe it was
that Species III display from last year that
did it. At any rate, if you want to gawk, just hit 5th Street
after dark on a Friday night.
guys at Stikfas showed you
how to customize your figure.
Eat less and exercise more, kids. That'll do it.
yet, let's see a special "Adult" day, in which
Greg Land and Greg Horn draw a jello wrestling match. Maybe
that will lure Goodson back down here.
me, Sunday tends to be catch-up day. Take one last circuit
around the convention floor, say goodbye to old and new
friends, some of whom live less than thirty miles away from
me but who I only see in San Diego. Yes, Tony Villador,
I speak of you.
getting a pretty good description of the Pirates of
the Spanish Main from Jason Mical, I felt honor-bound
to actually see the game in practice. It also gave me one
last chance to look longingly at a Phoenix HeroClix and
marvel at the intricate boards WizKids always set up at
animation has fascinated me since childhood, I had to stop
by Gentle Giant one last time and watch Corpse Bride
animator Peter Dodd work in front of a live audience. This
was one of the most innovative displays of the Con this
year, but then, Gentle Giant always does a good job of actually
explaining their art to the crowd.
soft-spoken Brit stepped aside from his work for a few minutes
to talk about his convention experience and working for
Tim Burton. Look for that later this month.
hooking up with possible new contributor Chris Ching of
we ran into editor Michelle Harman of Penny-Farthing
Press. I mention it because I just finished reading
their new hardcover, Decoy: Menagerie, and I'll
have much more to say about it -- and hopefully more to
say about PF Press, whose books you'll soon be able to find
at Brian's Books in Santa Clara.
you successfully knocked the little Joker figure
off the building, you could possibly win the game
It looks silly, but I could play it for HOURS.
of us had what Dark Horse publicist Lee Dawson called the
forty-yard stare that said we'd been here too long. Judd
Winick had flown down for just Saturday and Sunday, and
by the time we bumped into each other, his stare probably
qualified for fifty or sixty yards, with no energy to go
for the extra point conversion. But then, Judd's also got
a new baby and that will do it to you.
every intention of finally staying to the bitter end, but
I just couldn't. Sure, I searched for those great deals,
but the crowd got to me and propped me up as I fell asleep
on my feet. So with heavy heart and heavy feet I took one
last trip on the shuttle bus, and vowed that next year,
I'm going to do some strength and endurance training.
babies, I wouldn't miss it for the world.
out the bonus photo gallery!