One Step Closer to Comic-Con

English: Richard Armitage at the 2010 Televisi...

English: Richard Armitage at the 2010 Television BAFTAs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, I still haven’t booked a flight and hotel yet. Costs and logistics and determining how much wear and tear this old body can take must still be sorted.

San Diego Comic-Con International

San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Angie Long Comic Book Resources UNITED STATES

However, an email popped into my box tonight from Comic-Con International. I am identified as a press associate for Comic Book Resources and I have my confirmation number and bar code that will allow me to pick up my four-day press badge. I feel kind of “official” now.

I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m eager and anxious all at the same time.

I thank you all once again for the financial support I have already received and will appreciate any additional help. It ain’t cheap for a hotel room or taxis or much of anything in sunny Southern California, it seems. Thankfully I’ll get free food at this shindig and whichever hotel I end up in should provide a complimentary breakfast, so I won’t need lots of dosh for eats.  Saturday–the day of the scheduled Warner Brothers time block–I may not be able to eat anyway.  I think you know why . . . something to do with the handsome gent in the tux.

Oh, Richard Armitage, please bring it on for all the fanboyz and fangurlz.

Please be there in all your sweet, shy, funny and beautiful glory. Because if this guy with the initials TH shows up and you don’t,  I will be a little disappointed. No, make that a lot. No pressure, though, darling. And I don’t really care if you’re dressed up as Thorin or in your LBS and jeans or wearing a burlap sack (although the latter could be rather itchy, I would think), just as long as you’re there . . .

English: Tom Hiddleston at the 2010 San Diego ...

English: Tom Hiddleston at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Panoramic photo of the people around ...

San Diego Comic Con International
San Diego Comic Con International (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)
Comic Book Resources

Comic Book Resources (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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  1. That sounds like a BIG step closer! I hope you manage to get sleep and rest tonight. You know you’re going to need your strength.

    • Yeah, I’ve got my own bar code now. 😉 Thanks! Today was our 27th wedding anniversary and I am hoping to rest well enough to enjoy a trip to town tomorrow evening for supper and to do a little shopping for necessities. I am definitely going to have to pace myself before, during and after all of this.

          • Aww– Benny is such a treasure. To love each other so much, THAT is an achievement. (I knew one couple who stayed together for 50 years, but only because they knew that no one else would put up with them for two minutes. No congrats for that.)

            • That’s true. I fear one reason many marriages over the years have endured is not due to the strength of their love and commitment to one another. I’ve discovered it’s really important to truly like each other and form a friendship, too.

  2. Happy wedding anniversary Angie !!!!

    Please Mr Armitage don’t disappoint Lady Writer and be there for her and the fangurlz !

  3. Congratulations on being one step closer! I hope that between your health and all the logistics of getting there everything works out for you. Even as a fan of the cutie with the adorable smile and ehehehehe laugh, I too would be disappointed were RA not to be at Comic Con (although it seems certain he should be there). Happy belated anniversary! Having read much of what you say about your hubby, he sure does sound like a keeper. 🙂

    • Thanks, darling. 😀 I’ve been at Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, Kayak and . . . it’s all swirling in my head. I hope my body cooperates. I am going to be really cranky if it doesn’t. 😉

      I do think that it would be a mistake for Richard NOT be there–he’s got to come out of hiding at some point or people really will start to grumble. The world needs to see and hear this extraordinary fellow. And yep, hubby’s a keeper, my Master Baker, Snake Slayer Extraordinaire and All-Around Nice Guy. 😉

      • Happy anniversary Angie. It is always good to hear when a woman has landed a keeper for a husband. I am very happy for you and may you and hubby continue to be blessed.

        I agree that it would be a mistake for RA not to be at Comic-Con. If he is serious about making it in America his smarts will kick in and he will be there. This is his opportunity to make a real dent in this country. His role in Captain America was not big enough to do that. Thorin Oakenshield is a major character in The Hobbit. I was talking about The Hobbit yesterday with some co-workers. Btw, they had no idea that the book is being made into a movie and directed by Peter Jackson. Anyway, we all agreed that The Hobbit is going to be a big box office draw because of the book. It is considered a classic and much loved by many around the world. Peter Jackson’s reputation as the genius behind Lord of The Rings is also going to mean packed audiences for The Hobbit. I think it can even break box office records. Right now the top two highest grossing movies in the world were both directed by James Cameron. They are Avatar and Titanic. The third highest grossing movie in the world is Marvel’s The Avengers.

        Richard Armitage, please get out there for Comic-Con. The Hobbit can have American directors seeking him out finally. And you know what that will mean don’t you? Yes, Richard will be spending a lot of time in AMERICA. 🙂

  4. Happy Anniversary! It must be so exciting to be so close to going. I really hope your body does cooperate, I’m hoping the adrenaline will kick in and help you get through it (and over the nerves). I agree with you, he needs to come out of hiding and it would be a HUGE career mistake for him not to show up at Comic-Con. I think the fans (of The Hobbit) dearly want to hear from Thorin.

  5. Happy belated anniversary to you both dear Angie and Benny! It’s good to know true love does indeed exist and there is such a thing as a happy marriage! 🙂 Sometimes I look around me in RL and really lose faith. 😦
    I must admit when I first saw Tom Hiddleston’s picture in this post I went “Oh no, not HIM again…”. Please don’t kill me for saying this, but I don’t think it’s going to be that big a mistake for RA if he doesn’t turn up at CC..(of course I wish with all my heart he would, don’t get me wrong!) He’ll have to do months of promotion for The Hobbit later in the year anyway so he’ll get plenty of opportunity to make his mark in the US.

    • Richard may have the best of intentions to appear at ComiCon. I’m sure that Peter Jackson, Warner Bros, and Richard’s agent are encouraging this appearance. The timing is right, the exposure is good, and Richard may actually have time to do this on his way home, especially if there are other stops to make. Still, Richard is not immune from “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.” None of us is. I’m just hoping real hard that all will go well.

      I can only imagine the gruelling rounds of interviews, talk shows, promotional shoots, premieres, and the like Richard will be facing in the coming months. He knows what he’ll have to do, but damn, I think he’d rather run and hide. I know I would. If Angie is lucky enough to interview him, I expect he’ll be so relieved that there’s one person who won’t bring up the circus.

      • I imagine he’ll find the promotional duties more taxing than shooting the film itself…Still, it is part of his job, so I’m sure he’ll find a way to cope..

      • LOL….if one more interviewer brings up the circus I may scream….LOL

        While I do not think it is career suicide for Richard to not appear at Comic-Con, I do think it would be poor judgement not to; especially if other key cast members show up. Anyway, as Judit wrote he will have plenty of time afterwards to promote The Hobbit and his role in it. I hope to God that his agent is booking him on the talk shows here like Good Morning America. This is where he will get the chance to not only talk about Thorin but his other work like N&S, Spooks and RH.

        I have a feeling that Richard would rather ruin and hide too like Leigh said but it is all part of the career path he chose.

        • Life isn’t always about choice. How many times have opera singers had to cancel and get the manager to call the alternate, not because that was what they chose but because a flight was cancelled or they were ill or there was some kind of emergency? Some singers actually seemed to cancel more performances than they sang. In my racket, there were no alternates. I had to back to work the day after I was released from the hospital following major surgery. I had to go back to work the day after my mother died. Nobody asks for this kind of event, but such things can and do happen all the same. I just pray they don’t happen to Richard, not like that.

          • I actually titlled an early column of mine “Life happens . . .” after my father was run over by his John Deere tractor. It certainly was not what I had on my agenda for the day. I don’t quibble if a test or appointment with a physician is postponed or cancelled because I know the surgeon who operated on my dad had to do a lot of that in order to save his leg.
            I was due to do an interview for our annual Horizons publication when my dad had a major stroke. The Interview didn’t happen. You never know what a day will bring.

            I sincerely hope that Richard and all his friends and loved ones stay safe and healthy and that he will be able to attend and to enjoy Comic-Con.

          • @Leigh, Madame Gheorghiu definitely cancels more performances than she sings…But I think there’s a bit of a “diva attitude” going on there, and not in the good sense of the word..

            • No kidding, but she still has a ways to go before she rivals the only diva to be fired from the Metropolitan Opera, the one who insisted that her dressing room in SF be repainted in her preferred colour for a brief run.

              • Got it in one. I heard her sing “La Fille du Regiment” and she was in good voice, but not even great talent can excuse poor behaviour, IMHO.

              • KB was a particular favourite of ours (me and my mum) we saw her as Zerlina first in the Salzburg 1990 DG production. She had a gorgeous, pure crystalline voice and a beautiful face to boot, but you’re right, there’s no excuse for such rotten behaviour. Sad. 😦 Do you remember who her Tonio was in Fille btw.?

              • I want to say Lopardo. The tenor hit all eight of the high Cs, but wasn’t especially inspiring.

              • I really like Lopardo’s voice, I have a Mozart Requiem with him and an “Un viaggio a Rheims” performance (Rossini) on video. Sometimes I wonder what happened to the guy, he seems to have disappeared from the face of the Earth..a great pity as I thought he was really talented.

              • The last recording I can find is 2007 and the last performance 2009. There’s no hint what happened. I do know that the voice can suddenly desert a singer, ending a career abruptly. I saw it happen to a tenor who tried Tristan and hadn’t any voice left for the last aria; I was crying at the end, not for the couple, but for the poor singer. What a great pity if that happened.

              • That’s really sad… Wagner is very demanding on the singers’ voice. I sat through Der Fliegender Hollander and Das Rheingold (I was determined to give Wagner a chance- my friends recommended those two operas as they’re among the shortest of his works), after which I came to the conclusion that Wagner is just not for me. I guess it’s because I’d been conditioned for bel-canto and Mozart since babyhood. 🙂

  6. Happy belated anniversary.

    The date is approaching. How exciting. But you do have a great attitude, one never knows what the day will bring so it is better to just be open to life and hope that the universe blesses you in the best way possible.

    • Thanks, Gracie. I look back at the last decade or so and in that time Benny and I have dealt with simultaneous unemployment, serious illnesses amongst family members, the deaths of all our parents, including having to stop life support for his dad and my mom in less than a three=month span (one of the most agonizing decisions a human being ever has to make), the death of our 22-year-old nephew, our own health issues–but I know there are people who have gone through much worse.

      I know there are still blessings to count. Not that I don’t get down and discouraged at times. Unemployment and a busted tailbone haven’t helped in recent months. 😉 But hey, I’ve got a great husband, a family that loves me, wonderful friends from around the world, and I have a crush on THE best fellow with THE best fans. 😀

  7. Fedorlady, your strength and positive attitude is an inspiration. You have dealt with a lot and I know you are struggling with some health issues and yet you have been able to provide us with countless hours of fun and camaraderie. You are truly an amazing person. I never hear any complaining in your tone but rather sensitivity and humor. Girl, RA is lucky to count you amongst his fans.

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