Comic-Con Report: Goodbye, Farewell and Excelsior!

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Princess VaderPrincess Vader

Princess Vader

Well, that’s that. After four and a half days of comics, toys, costumes, celebrities, and standing in lines, Comic-Con is over. I checked out the “Last Day” sales in the exhibit halls, attended one last panel, and checked in with a couple more publishers and then called it a day so I could grab a few more hours with my family. It was wonderful and it was unbearable; there was so much to see and not enough time to see it all. I read one “Comic-Con Report” in which the writer showed up early, camped out for the ginormous Hall H, and then basically spent all day there, which is something like six presentations. Myself, I walked around the exhibit hall and attended several panels, but I never made it to any of the film festival screenings. But despite the way too many people and overpriced food and sore feet from always being at the wrong end of the convention center when I had a panel to attend, despite being up too late and trying (and failing) each morning to get there a bit early, I had a fantastic time and I’d definitely do it again. Just not really soon.

Here, then, a few last photos and stories from the convention. (Click on an image to see a larger version.)

Luggage CheckLuggage Check

Luggage Check

I love the feeling of cognitive dissonance you get at the convention from people in elaborate costumes doing everyday things. Here, a soldier type (might have been a Cobra guy; I didn’t see the front of his costume) and a manga-style girl stop to check their bags.

Jason Shiga, creator of MeanwhileJason Shiga, creator of Meanwhile

Jason Shiga, creator of Meanwhile

Jason Shiga, the mastermind of Meanwhile, signs autographs. Meanwhile is one of the most amazing comics I’ve ever read, with an ingenious way of representing paths through time and allowing you to choose the path of the main character.

Tiny ThorTiny Thor

Tiny Thor

While walking past the Marvel booth today, which was mostly taken up by the massive replica of Odin’s throne from the upcoming Thor movie, I saw a huge crowd gathered around, arms raised with cameras in every hand. When I got closer, I added my own camera-salute: it was a tiny Thor, standing on the throne with hammer held high.

Vader and Fett, off dutyVader and Fett, off duty

Vader and Fett, off duty

What do Darth Vader and Boba Fett do when they’re not suppressing a rebellion and bounty hunting? Apparently they put on their party clothes and enjoy a night out on the town.

Author Charles YuAuthor Charles Yu

Author Charles Yu

The book I’m most excited about from the convention is How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu, due out in September. I’ve added a lot of books to my list, and I’m sure I’ll really enjoy some of them, but I picked up an advance reader copy of this one on Wednesday, and have been reading it during Comic-Con, it’s so good. Watch for a full review closer to the release date, but you may want to just go ahead and pre-order it.

Ship it homeShip it home

Ship it home.

Of course, after your wallet is empty and your huge Comic-Con souvenir bag is full of swag and all the stuff you’ve purchased, you’re faced with a choice: pay the fees to check some extra bags, or head to the FedEx office in the convention center to ship it directly back home. As you can see from this photo, a lot of folks choose the latter.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our Comic-Con coverage! Be sure to check out the GeekDad Flickr pool for plenty of photos of the convention from myself and Dave Banks. We’ll probably have a few more stories or reviews in the next few weeks after we get home and catch a breath.

(All photos in this article by Jonathan Liu.)

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