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First Day at Comic-Con: Displays and Cosplays

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I’m back from my first day of San Diego Comic-Con, which started out with me waiting for my cell phone to arrive in an overnight shipment from home. It had jumped out of my pocket as I was getting into the car. (This was after reviewing the pre-travel “Do you have everything?” checklist, which is why I now recommend performing that confirmation check in your vehicle prior to leaving your domicile.) Once the phone arrived I headed to the festivities. The Exhibit Hall is massive, full of booths catering to whatever interests you may have. Collectible figurines and limited-edition toys, original fan artwork and comic books, stuffed animals and different clothes, this place has it all, including a Lego Iron man.

lego iron man

As you move through the crowds, you see displays featuring the latest and greatest from the film and television studios. AMC had a great display for The Walking Dead with zombies enclosed in a fenced area with barbed wire and a watchtower, while ABC sailed Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger into the hall on its way to Neverland for Once Upon A Time. Legendary Pictures had a large display with previews of 300: Rise of an Empire and Man of Steel, while Summit Entertainment was promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Red 2. Starz had a pretty nifty booth for their new pirate-themed series Black Sails which looks pretty interesting, and Marvel’s section for Thor: The Dark World was drawing quite the crowd as the host looked for the “biggest nerd” in the place.

And the cosplay. Oh, the cosplay. Iron Man and Thor. The Mad Hatter and Snow White. Headless horsemen and Rainbow Dash of My Little Pony fame. Children and adults of all ages celebrating their love of one fandom or another. Cosplay is a hobby that takes real dedication and skill, talent with fabric and making clothes and the patience to see them through to the end. I’m quite in awe of the cosplayers.

A big moment came for me when I met Roseanne Barr outside a press room. She’s a hero of mine and I was gobsmacked to see her.

All in all it was a terrific day that ended with me joining Blogcritics Executive Editor Barbara Barnett for her podcast on BlogTalkRadio. I can’t wait until day 2 to see what happens next. I’m thrilled to be attending the press room for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The opportunity to talk to Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg is pretty amazing and I’m really looking forward to it.

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