Wednesday, January 6, 2016

San Diego International Comic-Con 2015

For my one and only New Year's Resolution I told myself I have to finish writing my blog post about my time at the 2015 San Diego International Comic-Con (SDCC). I'm only about half a year late in writing about last July's Comic-Con and I apologize for my lateness! Unplanned family events and what-nots combined with the boys' school schedules and, of course the craziness of all the holidays, created the perfect opportunity to not have any time! Now that I have time, the holidays are pretty much over, and it's 2016, I think it's now or never!

My time at the 2015 SDCC definitely felt a lot crazier and busier compared to the previous 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. I'm pretty sure I attended all four days plus Preview Night of the Con and I haven't done that in a while. Usually I tend to skip one or two days which I prefer because I do like my sanity which one can easily loose at the crazy crowded Comic-Con of San Diego! But all in all, I can't deny my love of being here at the Con especially with the over 100,000 people who love it too!

View of the San Diego Convention Center and Marriott Hotel from the Gaslamp trolley stop.

Inside the Convention Center before the start of Preview Night.

View of the Exhibit Floor from the Convention Center Mezzanine. 

"Game of Thrones"(GOT) fanboy: Carlos wearing my Wolf hat and his latest GOT shirt.

San Diego trolley decorated with SDCC 2015 Exclusive Conan O'Brien Funko Pop! vinyl figures.

Tomás and Paco playing thumb wars to pass the time on the trolley ride down to the Convention Center.

Hanging outside the back entry of Convention Center with a view of the Marina.

My boys ready for the Comic-Con.

Tomás's favorite Nintendo character is Link from "The Legend of Zelda". He got a Triforce shield freebie at one of the exhibit booths!

Not your run-of-the-mill "Star Wars" art: Leggy female Stormtroopers and festively decorated Arturito.

A quick shot in the Exhibit Hall with a view of the Dark Horse (not the local coffee shop) Comics exhibit section.

Carlos posing in front of the latest Batman costume from the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" movie. Just have to say I am not a fan of Battfleck.

Total fan of WB's "Flash" and "Arrow" television shows: the Reverse Flash costume is one of my favorites and totally digging the Golden-Age Flash helmet.

More "Arrow" props: Felicity Smoak's eyeglasses and Sara Lance's Black Canary costume.

And, of course, the sightseeing of all the awesome costumes that people wear to the Comic-Con is still one of my favorite things to do. Although I did see plenty of amazing cosplayers throughout this past Con, I didn't take as many photos as I would of liked!

One of many GOT's Daenerys Targaryen cosplayers spotted walking around the Con. 

My favorite cosplayers of the event - "Kung Fury" with Viking babes and Triceracop.

Psycho killer zombie girls. I don't know exactly who they are supposed to be but I liked how creepy and coordinated their looks were!

Loved this "Legend of Korra" fangirl's Korra costume!

Some great cosplay action: Azula costume from "Avatar: The Last Airbender".

Ru-Fi-O! Ru-Fi-O! Loved this female cosplayer's rendition of Dante Basco's Rufio from "Hook".

Fantastic version of Effie Trinket's Butterfly costume from "The Hunger Games".

Pretty amazing Raven costume!

And I saved the best for last: my boy, Tomás, wearing his homemade Link costume.

I decided to display my paper dolls in the Comic-Con Art Show again. For my third year showcasing my paper dolls, I wanted to create mostly fan-based paper dolls relevant to Comic-Con's celebration of comics and other pop-culture art forms. In addition, I wanted to show more variety with the whole collection of dolls rather than my usual majority of mermaid paper dolls. I introduced for last year's Art Show a handful of my fairy paper dolls based on Tinkerbell and friends. Unfortunately, it seems fairies were not very popular with the Con crowd, as well as, some of my pop-culture Bebe Paper Dolls. All my mermaids sold and all the paper dolls that didn't sell either found new homes from family and friends or through my Etsy shop.

Although my third year showcasing my paper dolls was not as well-received as the previous years, I can't help but love the experience of just having my paper doll art on display at one of my favorite events of the year! I look forward to participating in this year's 2016 SDCC Art Show and stretching my paper craft imagination to new fangirl heights! I just want to say thank you to my sister Stevie, my two boys Paco and Tomás, and my husband Carlos for helping me set-up my paper doll art display on the morning of Preview Night. And, of course, thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who came out to the Art Show and visited my lovely paper ladies!

My lovely paper ladies.

The artist and her art.

Upstairs at the Sails Pavilion with Carlos before the madness!

Since I had the pleasure of having Carlos hang out with me during all four days at the Con, we made sure to try to see some of Carlos's favorite comic book artists and writers. We made time to peruse Artist Alley, visit several publishing booths, and sit in on a couple of panels.

Carlos at the IDW Publishing booth with artist Gabriel Rodriguez signing the comic book "Onyx".

At the DC comic book writer, Geoff Johns, panel.

Super rad time at the "Kung Fury" panel.

A big part of the fun of every Comic-Con is the bonus of trying to spot or (even better) meet some celebrities who happen to be in San Diego! This past Comic-Con was quite the bonus for me! Thanks to my fellow IKEA cronies, Rachel and Lily, I was able to spend some time helping out at the TV Guide Magazine's Comic-Con Yacht. 

I did spot a lot of familiar and not so familiar stars hanging out at the yacht. I saw a very older-looking C. Thomas Howell a.k.a. Ponyboy from "The Outsiders". And I did meet Christian Slater very briefly and didn't realize he was on a USA television show called "Mr. Robot" that soon afterwards Carlos and I would begin watching and become fans of the show. Of course, seeing the cast of AMC's "The Walking Dead" was the most exciting part of my time on the yacht. I was able to take quick photographs with a couple of my favorite characters on the show. I was literally star-struck and the only thing I could say to both Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Danai Gurira (Michonne) was that they were "absolutely gorgeous"! Which they were!

With my IKEA compadres, Rachel and Lily.

I was totally head-over-heals to be able to briefly touch Andrew Lincoln.

Danai Gurira is quite the beauty and if I would of known she would be wearing her culottes jumpsuit, I would have worn mine too!!!

 Carlos spotted actor Curtis Armstrong (aka Booger from "Revenge of the Nerds" and Herbert Viola of "Moonlighting") at the trolley stop and we followed him because we happened to be headed to the same destination! Would you believe that?!?

We spent a good amount time at the Nintendo Lounge located at Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel right next to the Convention Center because our boys LOVE Nintendo! If they could spend all their time here during the Con they would. It was Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary and I can still remember the first time I played Super Mario Bros. on the NES. I was about 11 years old with plenty of time on my hands! And now my kids have inherited my love of playing Nintendo games.

Tomás in Link costume testing out the new game "Super Mario Maker".

Charles Martinet, the voice actor of Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi, on-stage at the Nintendo Lounge.

One thing new this past Con was my youngest, Tomás, decided to compete in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. for WiiU tournament for 12 years and younger. Tomás is a pretty excellent Super Smash Bros. player and his champion character to play is Link. Of course, we reminded him that this tournament is all for fun and to try not to be too sad for too long if his run goes short.

There were 128 players that day and Tomás made it to Round 2 of the Super Smash Bros. tournament. His Round 2 match against his opponent was very close and it left everybody watching on pins and needles! It was a good game! And we were very proud of Tomás for keeping his head up while a bit teary-eyed and congratulated his opponent. We celebrated with some Ben & Jerry's ice cream at Seaport Village and he was no longer sad! :)

Tomás with his tournament wristband and Super Smash Bros. lanyard.

Carlos entertaining our fangirl nieces, Penny and Isa, while waiting for the tournament to start.

Tomás's First Round was part of Match 7 of 8.

Tomás's First Round opponent was tough but in the end Tomás prevailed!

His second round was again one of the last matches of the round.

Tomás and his opponent had very intense looks throughout the match. The match was pretty much even when time ran out but his opponent had just a smidge lower damage percentage. Great match overall!

And that concludes my time at the 2015 SDCC! As always, I look forward to this upcoming Comic-Con in mid-July and can't wait to see what fun things await! Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. Wow that looks so fun! I want to go to a Comic-con show one day. Sadly, Guam doesn't really have many fun events like these.