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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dark Matter at Dark Horse – SDCC2015

In my opinion, Dark Matter is the best that the SyFy channel has to offer right now. When I saw that the Dark Horse booth was having the cast in for a signing, it was a no brainer.  Dark Horse usually has one or two TV show signings each year.

This was not a tickets or raffle event.  My friends and I were surprised about that. We kept an eye on the booth to make sure people weren’t queuing hours in advance. No one was. I guess people aren’t watching this show yet.

We finally decided to get in line about 30 minutes early. Since it was toward the end of the day, the heavily padded carpet in the booth was really appreciated. They pay extra for that. I wonder if their workers understand the luxury they have.

We knew in advance that only 4 of the 7 cast members would be there.  They showed up separately.  So we saw a few of the actors milling around as they waited for the others.  We also saw the SyFY channel crew that was filming the event.  In fact, the film crew asked my friend is they would do an interview in exchange for a front row seat at the panel. My friends declined only because the timing was bad; the whole ‘miles to go before we sleep’ thing.

Melissa O’Neil was first and gorgeous. I asked if she studied martial arts and if she was doing some of her own work.  She said yes.  I told her it showed and looked good.  She seemed surprised anyone would notice.

Next was Anthony Lemke.  He just finished talked hockey for several minutes with my friend.  Well, ‘talking’ is too mild of a word.  He was TALKING hockey with his whole body. Hands moves, torso rocking back and forth as he spoke.  As I step over to Anthony, I said ‘hi’ and I mentioned that it was cool he got to talk hockey with my friend.   You may not believe this but it was like he received a caffeine IV.  He lit up again. 

Then I slid over to Jodelle Ferland. She was quiet and seemed shy. I know she talked to both of my friends but we just didn’t have anything to say.

Lastly was Roger Cross. He is in everything: Continuum, The Returned, The Strain, and Dark Matters. He was friendly and it was good to see him in person.

Maybe next year, Dark Horse will have the rest of the cast and we can complete the photo.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dead Rising Watchtower – Dennis Haysbert – SDCC 2015

While still ‘down’ from the Dr Who misadventure, I made my way down to the Legendary booth.  The place was crowded and chaotic. That describes ComicCon to a ‘T’. I wanted to get an autograph ticket to the Dead Rising movie. Not because I’m a fan of the video game but because Dennis Haysbert was scheduled to do the signing.  This is the same Dennis Haysbert that came to Dallas about 6 months ago and signed for everyone but me.

I threaded my way to the front of the booth and asked the worker if he had any tickets left for the autographing.  He gave me an unconvincing ‘no’.  I didn’t waste any time as I moved on with a muttered thank you.  I found another worker and asked her.  She actually paused and told me to stay put.  She came back with a ticket.  Before she put it in my grubby little hands, she looked me in the eyes and told they were saving this for someone else but since I was here and they weren’t…I got the ticket.  So I better show up. I promised.

When the signing started, it was more chaos. It was the first signing by that booth of the convention and they weren’t prepared.  They didn’t have room to queue people for the signing. The general public was crushing the booth to see who was there. This also fits SDCC to a ‘T’.

Someone made a decision and gathered us up and walked us over to a wall and told us to wait. They made a queue.  Queues like these, at the last second, are dicey. People at the booth forget about you. Or security starts trying to dispersing you. Other people cut into front.  It’s more chaos. Welcome to ComicCon.

However, I wasn’t forgotten. I made it back to the booth and got my autograph. It was rushed. I barely said thank you to Dennis Haybert, JesseMetcalfe, and Zack Lipovsky.  The crowd of onlookers pressed close.  It was even hard to leave the small booth. With my treasure in hand I found a small eddy of quiet not far from the booth and placed my poster in its protective tube and moved on to my next event.


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thursday at SDCC 2015 and Dr Who

I’ve said this, you know that disclaimer on financial ads, Past results do not guarantee future performance?  SDCC is like that.

After 2 hours of restless sleep, I got up at midnight. I was in line at 12:20 – 12:30 AM Thursday morning.

In the past, there might have been 300 people in line at this time in the morning.  This time, there were a 1000.  A big difference.   Past performance and all that…

The reason I decided to imitate a homeless person? Dr Who. The panel and autographing was on Thursday and I really wanted a winning ticket. Yeah, did I forget to mention it was a raffle?  I wasn’t guaranteed anything.  I didn’t care a whit about the panel.  I wanted the autographs. I wanted the bragging rights of saying I got Peter Capaldi before anyone else.

So 1000 people were in front of me. I knew only 75 winning tickets were being given out.  I know from past performance that not all of these people wanted Dr Who tickets. A 1/3 would be for the Hasbro line. A 1/3 would get line for Ballroom 20. That still left a lot of people in front of me.

I arrived at SDCC at o’dark  thirty and walked past a long line of people sleeping or trying to sleep. That long line also included a lot of people drinking and chatting and hanging out. I found the end and put down my backpack and lay on the sidewalk.  I was so far back in the line, I wasn’t even on the grass.  I was under the tented area.

Monday, August 24, 2015

SDCC Wednesday and Gini Koch

It’s Wednesday.  It’s SDCC.  It has begun.

Overly dramatic?  Eh, maybe.  Not if you have been eating and living SDCC for the last month.

The wife had to cancel at the last minute: WORK. Note the capitals?  Work is important.  As much as it might interfere with plans, it’s also what gives us the opportunity to make and partake in those plans.  The wife worked a lot of hours that week and throughout the weekend.

We (well, it was just I) stayed at the uber close hotel, Omni, this year.  Yeah, very cool. And the wife couldn’t enjoy that.  However, she did add her Omni rewards card to our room account.  That boon almost was a bust. When I wanted to check in, they said she needed to be with me.  Luckily everyone was calm and rational and that became a nonfactor very quickly.

Her card also allowed me to check in early.  Non-rewards people were being told to come back in a few hours when rooms were available for check in.  I got a nice room that overlooked the ballpark.  I could have watched the Padres play if they were in town.

Friday, August 21, 2015

My self- centered encounter with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil (note how I call Neil deGrasse Tyson, Neil?   After all I’ve been through; I can call him that.) came to town and spoke at the Winspeare Opera House in Dallas.  While I was happy he didn’t sign for anyone when he arrived( because I was late), I wonder how everything could have been different if he did sign…

As the norm, I got off work ‘early’, about 5:30 or 6PM.  When I arrived at Winspeare, I was told Neil was already inside the building and he didn’t sign for any one. This was 'good' as I didn’t miss my opportunity.  I would also have some friends to hang out with.

Four of us went out to eat and gabbed about autographs and upcoming events. It was a good excuse to get out of the heat and the sun.
Once we got back to the opera house, we waited. We watched the crowd leave after the show. And we waited. We watched the police that directed the traffic leave. And we waited. We watched the employees leave the building. And we waited…

Then, there he was. Neil deGrasse Tyson was leaving the building.  He looked surprised that we were there.  I think he was hoping he outlasted us. He asked what we were doing. We told him we were waiting for him. He started to sign. As he signed the first photo, someone asked about his podcast with George Takei.  As he answered, he started to warm up to us.  He started interacting. He started asking questions.