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Friday, August 18, 2017

Midnight, Texas cast/book signing SDCC 2017

Since the convention center is already packed with booths and displays, there are many large interactive displays in the Gaslamp district. This is very convenient for the attendees as it’s across the street and next to a lot of restaurants that my fellow nerds eat at every day.

Between the convention center and the Hard Rock Hotel, is an island of concrete for the trolley stop.  The area is large enough to contain some of the convention overflow displays.  At the Midnight Texas display, there was a cast signing for the new TV series. I must admit this was a surprise and as far as I know really under-publicized.  This makes me wonder how many more events outside the convention center occur that I never hear about and miss each year.

A buddy of my SDCC friend clued us into this. I got in line about 90 minutes early. The signing for Midnight, Texas overlapped the time for The Originals signing. Thankfully The Wife was flexible and attended that signing for me. The sun was brutal but I had my foldup stool and a neckerchief soaked in water that I wore on my head.  The people around me were nice and friendly. A rarity. I even let the mom use my stool for a while.

The studio didn’t provide posters. They handed out copies of Charlaine Harris’s book which inspired this TV series.  Getting a book is different and I kind of like the idea. Having the cast sign the book is slightly unstable.  With 9 people signing, the title page can get crowded. I did see that other people used the promotional bags to have the cast sign. That was a good idea as it had the 8 actors displayed on the bag.

While I know some of the actors from other roles, I didn’t recognize most. However, I did recognize Peter Mensah from Spartacus.  As I told him I really enjoyed Spartacus, he bowed his head in acknowledgement and said this show was very different. Yeah, I would imagine. Not too many vampires in Rome.

As I stood in front of Charlaine Harris, I mentioned I got her signature at a book store in Plano, TX. She smiled and told me that was a while ago. Then I followed up that it was before True Blood. I got a bigger smile, and ‘oh, that was ages ago’.

Arielle Kebbel (top left), Dylan Bruce (top center), PeterMensah (top center 2nd row), Jason Lewis (middle right), Parisa Fitz-Henley (middle left), Charlaine Harris (middle center), Yul Vazquez (beneath Harris), Francois Arnaud (lower left), Sarah Ramos (lower right)


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Originals cast signing SDCC 2017

For years, I have seen the commercials for The Originals. For years I have resisted watching The Originals. However, that does not mean I would turn down a chance for some autographs from the cast.

If you remember, in the morning I pulled and won The 100 raffle. Since I had The Wife as backup, now an unneeded backup, I had her pull for The Originals. We were going to have her slip off her wristband and I would stand in line. Well, it’s San Diego; I could not make the signing. The Wife needed to attend this signing for me in my absence.

This is not the normal process and autographs are not The Wife's ‘thing’.  As a sign of her undying love and generosity, she allowed me to skip this signing and brave the WB booth to get the mini poster signed. As you ohhh and ahhh over how romantic that last sentence was, realize she is an enabler.

Some shows bring the goods. They’ll have the main characters show for the panel and the signings. The Originals is one of those shows. And kudos to the actors for signing close to their image on the poster. It’s makes it SOOOO much easier to identify the signatures.

Daniel Gillies (top left), Joseph Morgan (Top center), Charles Michael Davis (center left),  PhoebeTonkin (right center), Yusuf Gatewood (bottom right), Riley Voelkel (bottom center), Julie Plec (bottom center)


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Firebrand SDCC2017

This was unplanned and just a random item that appeared in the Sails Pavilion. Legendary has a signing of Jessica Chobot, Erika Lewis, and Claudia Aguirre.  It will be a digital comic.

 I would have passed it and moved along except for the name Jessica Chobot. That’s not saying the other 2 ladies were unimportant, but Jessica has been on my graphing radar for a while. In fact, I thought about printing a photo of Jessica to bring to SDCC ‘just in case’.  Of course, I didn’t print a photo and that is why I met her. Goofy universe.

All three were very nice. They didn’t ask my name, they just read it from my badge.

This was a nice bonus to add to my poster tube.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Diana Gabaldon SDCC 2017

I was able to pull a winning ticket for Diana Gabaldon. I was surprised. And I’m sure the women in the raffle line were surprised there was a guy standing among them.

I got in line toward the end of the signing. Luckily, they still had books to sell and the let me join the queue.  Even with a winning ticket, you can be too late.

While I never read her books, I know a few people that have and they really enjoyed her books. The Wife and I have watched the show on Starz. We enjoy that.  I was excited I was finally getting the chance to get an autograph.

Diana was friendly and asked if she could personalize. It seemed she REALLY wanted to personalize, so I asked for ‘SDCC 2017’. It’s Lit Con thing. I don’t think she got it but she did it anyway. That seemed to make her feel better about the not appending my name.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Robin Hobb SDCC 2017

Yes, Robin Hobb was at San Diego ComicCon. I have wanted her signature for a while and I took advantage of that on Friday.

She had a long line so I didn’t get in her line right away. I multitasked. There were several things occurring at the same time and I was being greedy.  I looked to see if I could do another signing before I got back in Robin’s line.  That plan didn’t pan out.

The line was stocked with huge fans. Robin accepted the accolades graciously.

She signed. We exchanged pleasantries. I add the book to my backpack and joined another line.