July 13, 2012: Comic Con!
July 13, 2012 by Joseph Mallozzi
Whenever I travel, the excitement of the upcoming trip is always somewhat muted by the fact that I’ll be leaving my dogs behind. I wouldn’t mind so much if it weren’t for the fact that the dogs KNOW we’re leaving and get downright depressed. Bubba paces, Lulu tries to squeeze in as much play time as possible, while the usually languid Jelly is even more so. She wouldn’t even eat her breakfast this morning until I sat down on the floor and hand fed her.
Anyway, I checked in with Christine, our dog-sitter, and I’m pleased to report they’re in excellent spirits. A far cry from this morning. Check ‘em out:
Jelly is so bummed she didn’t even bother wiping the pumpkin off her face for this picture.
Bubba’s “Uh, where do you think YOU’RE going?” look.
And Lulu’s “take me with you!” gaze.
Well, we’re in San Diego and I’m pleased to report we decided to go with an unhaunted hotel this time out (January 19, 2007). This year, I’m a guest of Dark Horse Comics who kindly put us up at the Hard Rock Hotel, only steps away from the action. We got in at noon, grabbed lunch (Mexican, natch. We’re in San Diego!), then headed down to the convention center to walk the floor and check out the sights…
I finally meet editor extraordinaire Lou Anders (he of Masked, Fast Forward I and II, and countless PYR titles fame) and we spend the afternoon talking about SF, books, comics, t.v., and a Japanese children’s picture book about poop.
A little something from the new JJ Abrams series. Re…Re…Re-something?
Hey, look who we came across having lunch. It’s gang from Cowboy Bebop: Spike, Jet, and Faye.
Not sure. I think the guy on the right is Dr. Manhattan.
Birdcage Head Man.
The man faces of Deadmaus.
Deathstroke and friend.
I am DOOM! From the original Roger Corman FF movie.
Hey, check it out! Stargate security cards. Get into Stargate Command or Atlantis without having security on your case.
That’s green acrylic paint. And, yes, apparently, it’s perfectly safe.
They were hanging around the lobby of the hotel. Video game characters? Hip hop group?
Them’s some big guns.
I’m told he’s a squirrel.
Boy, they were really pushing this movie. Wonder when it comes out?
My Dark Matter editor, Patrick Thorpe!
Some anime character, I suspect.
Ad for the upcoming Zach Gaffa..Gaffa…Ad for the upcoming movie from that guy from The Hangover.
Sad Akemi at lunch because I wouldn’t let her eat anymore nachos. I should point out that she asked me to stop her from eating anymore.
Totoro looks like he’s been hitting the sauce.
The Toilet Paper Friends!
More Batman villains!
Darth Vader and Boba Fett lounging about.
Wall art in progress.
Lots of dogs walking the streets. With their fire hydrants.
Who be dis wraithy lady?
I did an advance scout on the Dark Horse Comics booth and met the lovely Kari Yadro who organized the festivities. The gal moves so fast that, by the time I wanted to snap her pic for the blog, she was gone. Will have to get her tomorrow. And maybe Claudia Black as well (SG-1′s Vala Mal Doran) who is apparently in town as well.
A little R&R and then we’re off to walk the neighborhood and grab some dinner.
Tomorrow = the Dark Matter signing! If you’re in the neighborhood between 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., come find me at the Dark Horse booth (#2615)!