Aug 9 2018, 6:39pm
My post-San Diego ComicCon report
Mae Govannen Tornsibs,
Sorry this report is late but I went to Montana to spend some time with my mother and brothers and had no access to computers there.
My daughter and I flew from St Louis to San Diego arriving late Tuesday night and got to the Crowne Plaza Mission Valley hotel where we stayed throughout SDCC 2018.
Wednesday we went to the San Diego Zoo where we saw koalas and pandas and took the bus tour around the park. We were wearing Kal-El t-shirts so we got a 20% discount to enter the park. The zoo offered this discount to anyone wearing DC apparel in honor of ComicCon. We then took an Uber to the convention center arriving about 3 for the preview. We got our backpack, souvenir artwork book and schedule and went to the exhibition hall. My first stop was the WETA booth where I met our beloved Sir Richard Taylor. I got a picture of him with me that I'd like to post but I don't know how to here. Then we went to booths that my daughter was more interested in. We stopped by a vendor where we bought the three season Gravity Falls dvd set and the Mystery ScienceTheater 3000 dvd set which entitled us to get autographs from folks associated with these dvds. We left about 6 to our hotel. Hint to prospective goers--stay at hotels that have the shuttle service to the convention center. The service reliable and free.
Thursday we got to the convention center about 10 am and we took advantage of the free exhibits outside the convention center. We got free ice cream and ramen, and we played some video games and searched around to see the Rotten Tomatoes, Jack Ryan, and Walking Dead street experiences. We then attended our only panel of the day--the one for IronFist. Marvel had a subdued appearance at the Con but what they did have was fantastic. We then went our hotel afterwards.
Friday my first activity was getting my hobbit ears applied at the WETA booth so I could fully enjoy my cosplay as Frodo Baggins. I really enjoyed the experience--it took about a half hour to put them on. I had my Frodo outfit on and got the attention of several Con goers. The next thing on the agenda was getting the autographs from Steve and crew at the MST3K booth at the Sails meeting hall. The biggest thing we did that day was to attend the TORn sponsored Tolkien panel. I finally met Cliff Broadway aka Quickbeam before the panel began. He complimented me on my Frodo cosplay and we chatted about the time I called in to the Nick Digilio show on WGN for his show with him about the Lord of the Rings movies. Cliff was very gracious and kind. The panel dealt with the library shows in the UK and NYC, the Tolkien movie with Nicholas Hoult, and other topics. I wish there had been time for questions. We then went to a panel featuring animated shorts that was very good just to hold seats for the next panel I was really interested in--the Ray Harryhausen panel. They had a brief history of Ray's works, and the revealing of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundations new logo. We were informed of possible permanent museum for his figures that he animated via stop-action photography. I asked them about his collaborations with Ray Bradbury and Bernard Herrmann. [By the way I've met both Rays earlier. Bradbury in Davis CA in1978 and Harryhausen at Webster University in St Louis in Spring 2006.] We then went back to the exhibition hall to see more vendors and went back to the hotel.
Saturday we attempted to go to the Good Place panel but couldn't but I stayed in line in hopes of getting into the Krypton panel. We didn't get to the Good Place panel but I got into the Krypton panel. It was great seeing the cast of this show especially seeing Cameron Cuffe. My daughter got her autograph from Mr. Hirsch of Gravity Falls and we met up to go in line to the CW panels in hall 20. We got into the Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Flash panels. It was great seeing all the cast members--especially Brandon Routh, Nick Zano, Stephen Amell, and Grant Gustin. We then back to the exhibition hall to look for more merch where we saw Paul Bettany at the Marvel table. We then went back to the hotel.
Sunday we attempted and got into the sacred Hall H of the convention center where we saw the Supernatural, Riverdale, Mayans, and Legion panels. Great panels all--great to see Jensen Ackles, Jarod Padelecki, KJ Apa, Luke Perry, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, James Edward Olmos, and Dan Stevens. We then took pictures of the Stranger Things inspired trolley station and went back to the hotel to pack for our departure on Monday.
I had a marvelous time but at 65 I was very tired at the end. I got rested at our cabin on Flathead Lake the day after I left Comic Con. I don't know if I'll ever get back again but I'd love to try. The highlights of the Con were meeting Sir Richard Taylor, the TORn panel, and the various CW panels.
I will be available to answer any questions. I wish I could post some pictures that I took there!