Dennis Calero and Todd Stashwick are collaborating on an ongoing web comic series called the Devil Inside. Pages can be viewed on Stashwick’s website and new pages are updated each week on Wednesdays. Dennis is a talented comic book artist and has done work for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. I first met him at San Diego’s Comic Con 2009, but has continually kept in touch with him via his twitter (we’re Twitter Buddies Forever! TBF?!). He is the best person and so incredibly talented… I can watch him draw all day!
Todd is an actor and was seen in NBC’s Heroes‘ final season, and also alongside Minnie Driver in The Riches. Among the Supernatural fandom he is notable for his role as ‘Dracula’ from the Monster Movie episode. It was incredibly exciting to meet him! His episode was one of my favorites from the series, check out this clip, it’s one of the funniest scenes in the series:
These guys are definitely an entertaining comic duo! I am excited about their web comic so don’t forget to check it out!
I confess. I am a big Supernatural fangirl these days.
My friend tipped me off to a signing that Jim Beaver, who plays Bobby Singer in the show, on Saturday night at the convention at 6pm.
Around 5:00pm, I wandered over to the Shout! booth to scout out the situation. You know! Just in case a million Supernatural fans were already lining up. Surprisingly, no one was there and I chatted with the lady at the booth, asking about the autograph session. At that point, my friend, Cassie (whom I haven’t seen in YEARS!) sneaks up from behind me and we had a great reunion.
Since no one was lined up, we wandered off for a bit and came back to the booth promptly a little past 5:30pm. Still no line so we hung out and talked. We caught up a bit but mostly talked about Supernatural, of course. She checked Jim’s twitter for his status and we saw that he was stuck in traffic and he had a stomachache.
At 6pm, he finally arrives! He looked a bit tired from his long train ride to San Diego, but still eagerly sat down to meet his fans. Cass and I were first in line and more people had already lined up behind us. He signed copies of the Dark and Stormy Night DVDs and gladly took photos with us.
I wished I had prepared myself to have had more of a conversation with him instead of just shyly asking for a photo and thanking him for the autograph. I was so excited to meet my first SPN cast member in person that I reverted to the quiet version of me! I love the show so much! You guys need to understand that my last passionate relationship with a television show was withÂ The X-Files.
Still, it is awesome to walk away with a photo and having met the Bobby Singer in person!
Your local “idjit” –
The one artist I always have to go and visit at Comic-con is the one and only, David Mack!
I missed him the first day I was at the convention. He said he was out getting a snack and I happened to drop by the one time he left his table. Fortunately, I literally Â ran into him the next day on my second visit attempt. Guy also gives the best hugs!
He is usually surrounded by his many fans. His beautiful girlfriend, Rupa, assisted him all weekend. He is one of the nicest artist to talk to at this busy, busy convention and it’s always a good idea to stop by, say hello, and drool (figuratively, not literally…!) at his artwork. I recommend it.
See you again next year, David! Thank you for the signed books!
I arrived at San Diego’s Comic Con on Friday, having missed all of Preview Night and the first day. Sniff! The minute my badge was in my hands, I went across the street to the Scott Pilgrim Experience set-up at the Hilton Gaslamp.
Are we tired of Scott Pilgrim yet?
Well, I’m not!
First stop was the “STUFF” line where I received a bag with a really, cute free T-Shirt inside. A Scott Pilgrim food truck was serving free garlic bread to everyone. Bread makes you fat?!… and apparently have stinky, garlic bread, but it’s all good. The line to go inside was really long and I believe I waited a good hour. It was worth it though and I got to speak to some nice people in the line. Once inside, they had set up a live t-shirt screen-print area where fans can pick and choose their t-shirt colors and which design they wanted to screen-print on it.
There is a flip-book station for friends to coordinate fight scenes that are made into a flip book. People can also record a video greeting to send to friends and upload to facebook.
Click here to watch mine! I’m totally dorky.
Lucky people got to meet and greet with Edgar Wright, Bryan Lee O’Malley and the movie cast members, but I didn’t. It’s okay though, because I seriously just wanted free stuff!
There are now books and blogs about tips for planning for the San Diego Comic Con, but I still believe that the convention is too much of a whirlwind of awesome to ever truly have a concrete plan.
What is the Defective Geeks’ number one tip for surviving SDCC? Go ahead and make plans… but remain flexible or you will go INSANE!
Trust me. You can make an intricate planâ€“ only to find out that the schedules have changed the day you get to the convention (happened to me a lot). The next thing you know, your one coveted and must-go-to panel has been re-scheduled for 10am, instead of at noon when you had planned to line up for it by 11am! Don’t set yourself up too much for disappointment. There was a time, just a few years ago, when waltzing in and out of Hall H was possible. Now, those days are goneâ€“ you have to honestly camp out to even get inside that room.
In my opinion, dear readers, the best way to experience this particular convention is to not attend for the Hollywood hub-a-loo. Channel your true inner nerd and look at the smaller panels involving comic/video game industry insiders, web shows, artists, authors, etc. One of my favorite panel speaker in the past years was Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl book series. He was wonderful and hilarious! Seeing him was more worth it than peering at the celebritos from the newest Twilight movie from 300 rows of chairs away.
Many of the other bigger rooms (i.e. Ballroom 20)Â you will need to line up for at least one to two hours in advance. A lot of times, you will need to sit through a panel before the actual panel you wanted to see in order to guaranteeÂ yourself a seat. Yes. It’s kind of nuts and oftentimes, frustrating. Just prepare yourself for that 50% chance of getting turned away when a room fills up… it is always a good idea to have a “back-up”, smaller panel you would want to see in order to console your bleeding, nerd heart. Or just loose yourself in the Exhibit Hall and find a gem of a merchandise that will fill you with glee; or harass one of the artists that are available at their booths! My number one favorite person to harass at SDCC is David Mack! Highly recommended! Hooray! It’s cool, though, because I think he doesn’t mind… or at least tolerates it (mwahaha!).
This year, I will only be there for Saturday and Sunday (unfortunatelyâ€“ so many awesome panels on Thursday and Friday! WEEPING!). Here are the panels I am loosely aiming for on both days. If you’ll be at any of these ones, look for me and say hello!
11:00-12:00 Reading with Brains: The Rise and Unrelenting Stamina of Zombie Fictionâ€”Authors and survivors include Amelia Beamer (The Loving Dead), Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide), Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer), Mira Grant (The Newsflesh trilogy). Walter Greatshell (Xombies: Apocalypticon), Jonathan Maberry (Rot & Ruin), Ryan Mecum (Zombie Haiku), John Skipp (Zombies: Encounters with the Hungry Dead), and Joan Frances Turner (Dust). Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy. Room 7AB
12:30-1:30 Costume Designers and Costume Illustrators: Designing for Feature Filmsâ€”Costume Designers work in collaboration with Directors, Production Designers, Directors of Photography and Actors in creating fantastic and memorable stories told via moving images. Characters created by writers and Comic Book Illustrators are made real for the screen via the artistry of Costume Designers. Meet the men and women who are the Costume Designers & Costume Illustrators on this year’s blockbuster films. Moderator Susan Nininger, Costume Designer (Bodyguard), and Member of Â the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892, hosts Costume Designers and Illustrators from CDG, local 892: Michael Wilkinson and Phillip Boutte Jr. (Jonah Hex), Christine Bieselin Clark (Co-Designer, Tron) , Ha Nguyen (Priest),Laura Jean Shannon (Scott Pilgrim), and Shawnelle Cherry (10,000 Days). Room 5AB
2:00-3:00 The Guildâ€” Now in its fourth season, The Guild is a multi-award-winning independent web series that started on YouTube and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon with over 50 million views, a groundbreaking distribution deal with Microsoft, a chart-topping song and music video, and a comic book from Dark Horse Comics. Writer/producer and Comic-Con special guest Felicia Day, producer Kim Evey, director Sean Becker, and the cast of The Guild including Wil Wheaton are on hand for a discussion and Q&A, along with the debut of never-before-seen content and other surprises. Indigo Ballroom, San Diego Hilton Bayfront
4:00-5:00 Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour vs. The Fansâ€” It’s been six years and six volumes spanning over 1,000 pages, and you’ve been there since the beginning! But there’s always been one burning question itching at the back of your brain that you thought would never be answered. Think no more! Ready your Q’s, mind your P’s, and joinScott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley for a battle royale as he quibbles the quips of his worst enemies…his fans! Room 25ABC
On my “Hall H wishlist”:
7:15-8:45 Kevin Smithâ€” He’s back! Spend a quiet, refined evening with the one-and-onlyKevin Smith, who will no doubt solve all the bad things in the world for you or, at the very least, make you laugh a few hundred times. Hall H
11:15-12:15 Supernatural Screening and Q&Aâ€” Cast members, executive producers Sera Gamble (Eyes) and Ben Edlund (Angel), and creator/executive producer Eric Kripke(Boogeyman) present an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated sixth season of Supernatural, which moves to a new day, Fridays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW this fall. The panel will answer questions from the audience and also show a portion of the special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Fifth Season DVD and Blu-ray release, in stores September 7. Supernatural is produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television. Ballroom 20B
To everyone who will be attending this year, the best of luck! Remember, no matter what… the most important thing is to have a lot of fun. See you guys there!
If you heard that dim uproar in the horizon, don’t worry… it’s just the nerd community crying out in horror and despair because the San Diego Comic Con just sold out its 4-day passes. Pretty nuts, right? They sold them earlier this time and a lot of people missed out (but a lot didn’t, that’s for sure…). I guess raising the price to $100 a pop wouldn’t really deter the more hardcore SDCC lovers.
As for me, I am hoping they will approve me of a professional badge again, but I won’t know till later! So who knows if I’ll be at SDCC this year. Deep down inside, I am quite saddened at how difficult this convention is becoming. Not to mention the insanity with trying to book a hotel for a reasonable price without having to sneak in ten of your friends in order to afford it.
I will try to focus on other things for now though before I really freak out about the SDCC reckoning.
This next couple of weeks are going to be fun! Tomorrow, the Meet the Artist Reception is happening at Royal-T for the Hello Kitty Three Apples exhibition! There will be live painting from the artists, t-shirt screen printing, and toy releases!
Sunday, November 8 is HARRY POTTER DAY AT DISNEYLAND!!! I am EXTREMELY excited about this event. I have my Slytherin outfit all planned out, and I’m decorating myself with all sorts of Harry Potter… things!
My main goal is take photos of all the participating Wizards that will be flying in on their brooms, but there will be a game called the Coin Quest and I think I will have to make my friends participate with me. I’m sure we will fail miserably. I know for sure my HP knowledge isn’t up to par, but it should be fun.
The next week will be full of Hello Kitty events:
November 11, Gyaru Beauty Parlor, part of JAPANOLOGY, bought to us by the awesome ZIPPERCUT!
November 14, Bats and Cats Masquerade, bought to us by the ladies of BUBBLEPUNCH!
November 15, Hello Kitty inspired Fashion Show… which I haven’t quite pinpointed who is organizing this one, but I am sure I will find out soon.
Come out to these events if you can… it should be full of geeky fun, for sure!