Daily Archives: June 20, 2012

Planning to go there and back again: Comic-Con conundrums

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We’ve had our walk–no snakes!– and I have taken my Super Secret Vitamin.  Twenty-one days from now, I will be boarding a plane at Dannelly Field to begin my somewhat unexpected journey to  lovely San Diego and to Comic-Con International.  I’ll leave my country and my little home town of some 8,000 souls behind to visit a city of more than one million, to attend an event that will draw more than 165, ooo people.  That’s a good chunk of the population of our state’s capital city.

English: This is a photograph of the terminal ...

English: This is a photograph of the terminal of the Montgomery Regional Airport in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo credit: Wikipedia

If all goes well, I will get settled into my room at the Otay Valley Best Western that afternoon and then grab a taxi or trolley over to the convention center before 8:30 p.m.  to pick up my badge.(My badge! I’ll be official!)

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2007

Comic-Con International: San Diego 2007 (Photo credit: statelyenglishmanor)

I don’t want to have to wait in line the next morning for it. I’ll have places to go, people to see, things to do! And a case of jet lag, no doubt. I will start out at Central Daylight Time when I leave Montgomery, go to Eastern Time and gain an hour in Atlanta, and then lose three hours by the time I arrive in SD. Hmmmm–perhaps a nap will be in order? Or will I simply be too darned excited?

Will I need a nap like Lucas when I make it to SD? Or will I be too hyped to even consider such a thing?

The closest thing I can relate to this event in terms of an experience is the ten days we spent in Europe back in 1999. My husband was amazed I did as well as I did, up early every morning and on the go until bedtime. I was so exhausted I took my Ambien and passed out.

I was determined to drink in every moment and not miss a thing. After all, I might never visit London or France again. I wanted to make the most of it!  However, that was 13 years and way more than 13 pounds and several conditions ago. And I had the help of Benny in keeping up with the kids in our group. The convention center is a sprawling place. Lots of walking, standing, and sitting are ahead for me.

And so I keep  giving myself pep talks and rehearsing in my mind all the steps involved in getting “there and back again.” And taking walks and trying to work out carrying all the essentials with me–no checked baggage to worry about losing or having to pay a fee for. Hoping to travel light and experience traveling mercies along the way.

Will my travels be as pleasant as Margaret and John’s trip together? I will miss having my best bud with me, that’s for sure.

I’m excited to know I’ll have the chance to be a reporter again, something I did for a decade and was pretty good at. At least the people who judged the Alabama Press Association awards each year thought so. Who knows? Perhaps this could be the beginning of a new chapter in my life, just as John and Margaret’s fateful meeting at the train station marked a new beginning for them.  Life can indeed take us on unexpected journeys, as Bilbo Baggins and Thorin and his company discover.  You never know what’s around the corner . . .

I won’t have a shaggy pony or a big sword, but I will be armed with camera, recorder, camcorder, pen and paper when I arrive at Comic-Con.

And now I have something very important to decide. What in the heck am I gonna wear??  Lightweight, comfortable, easy to move in and still “casual professional” is what I’m thinking. With pockets.  Boring compared to the costumes I’ve seen from past Comic-Cons. Hey, I am going to see and not be seen, right? And there will be SUCH A LOT to see.  Like this . . .

Darth Marino of the Miami Dark-phins. Nothing like a costume that combines an American football hero with the infamous Star Wars villain. (neatorama.com)

San Diego Comic-Con International

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

 Comic-Con International is coming July 12-15 in San Diego and I will be there!

Thank you to all who have helped make this trip possible. Richard and I appreciate it.

More news from the Geekapalooza to come

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Two of my favorite shows will be representin’ at Comic-Con this year. Just found out re www.ew.com that my newest addiction Game of Thrones will hold its panel on Friday, July 13 in no less that “halliest of halls,” Hall H–the same king-sized room where Warner Brothers and The Hobbit  and the good Lord willing, a tall drink of water named Richard Armitagewill be on Saturday.
Since GOT is all about the struggles of various claimants in this mythical world created by G.R.R. Martin to win the legendary Iron Throne, it seems appropriate to be in the room worthy of a monarch.

Fire and Blood (Game of Thrones)

Fire and Blood (Game of Thrones) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Pedicab in the form of the Iron Thron...

English: Pedicab in the form of the Iron Throne from the HBO fantasy TV series “Game of Thrones”, San Diego Comic-Con 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Admittedly, it took me a while to get into GOT in its first season. Those in the know say it does take several episodes for the uninitiated to really get into this story with its huge cast of characters and many plot threads.  I became thoroughly immersed in the show in its second season, captivated by the characters and caught up in the plot.  Every 55 minute episode just seems to fly by. Being in Hall H, a room that holds 6,500 people, is typically a slot reserved only for films or giant TV shows such as Lost, so this is quite a coup for HBO.

True Blood will  also be at Comic-Con, albeit in a smaller room, Ballroom 20, that holds “only” 4,000 people. I expect a full house at each of these panels.

English: The True Blood panel at San Diego Com...

English: The True Blood panel at San Diego Comic-con with Rutina Wesley, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin on Saturday July 25, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Among the other television shows slated to make an appearance at Comic-Con are Bones, The Walking Dead,  Fringe, Glee, Grimm, Futurama, The Sons of Anarchy,  Vampire Diaries, Spartacus, The Big Bang Theory, and Supernatural.

So far, no official word on The Hobbit presentation or the stars expected to represent the film at Comic-Con. They are keeping us in suspense, damn it.

Here’s more of that future Comic-Con panelist Richard Armitage. *sigh*

Wild Card Wednesday: Heaven knows, anything goes

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Xenia mentioned ( in a comment on a previous post) artwork featuring Richard as Zorro.  And here it is!

Viva Ricardo! He would make a quite the dashing Zorro.

Not that Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t great, but I always thought Richard would make a terrific Sherlock. (courtesy of allthingsrarmitage) Elementary, my dear Watson.

How about Richard as dog lover? Maybe a veterinarian (allthingsrarmitage)

Surely we all agree with this photo manip (allthingsrarmitage)?

How about Richard as a daring 18th century highwayman? Well, I obviously like the idea. I’m writing a book. This artwork is a co-production between fedoralady and carla.

I’ve heard back from a couple of the ladies who have now received their winged heart necklaces and they are very impressed with their beauty. Asilomar makes them to order in the length you desire and a generous portion goes to my trip fund for Comic-Con. Cost is $35 which includes the cost of shipping.

Convention Center on Harbor

Convention Center on Harbor (Photo credit: Justin in SD)

Comic-Con International is coming July 12-15 in San Diego!

Watch for more news and updates on my plans here.  I will be representing Comic Book Resources as a reporter.

San Diego Comic-Con International

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

Let’s talk about sex(y)

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Richard Armitage is sexy. His ChaRActers are sexy. The voice, the eyes, the lips, the nose, the stubble, the jaw, the skin, the moles, the scars, the beard, the entire bod–and the beautiful, funny, sweet, intelligent, delicious soul behind it all.  The way he sounds, the way he speaks without saying a word, the way he moves. It’s all good.

So here’s some sexy for you, ladies (and any gentlemen out there) courtesy of Mr. A.

Comic-Con is coming to San Diego July 12-15! And yours truly will be there! You can help out by donating to my trip fund. And thanks!!

San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

San Diego Comic-Con 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: San Diego Comic Con 2010 Joker Cosplay