Thoughts on SDCC 2015

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First of all, what is up with the parking??  The big lot next to Petco Park is a construction zone with no other alternative parking.  Paid $40 the first day!  Got online that night and discovered I wasn’t the only one who had encountered this problem.  Luckily, Horton Plaza had opened up their facilities (as it had always been off limits during previous Cons) for $25 a day.  This will now become my default spot as it’s close and the Great Steak Escape is still up and running!  Also, found a lot right next to the 5, meaning a big walk to the Convention Center, for $18.  Gone are the $10-$15 days!

Once inside, noticed that a lot of the smaller, independent vendors were not present this year; replaced with larger ones, or vendors with multiple booths.  I’m always hunting anything Lovecraft, and there has always been around four dedicated Lovecraftian booths (one for clothing, one for gaming, one for jewlery/figurines, etc.).  This year there was just one.  Despite the lack of a dedicated cosmic horror presence, this single vendor offered up a Richard Stanley autographed blu-ray of “Hardware”.  True astral alignment!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining here.  Just wanted to get out a couple of observations from previous Cons.  Now on to the good stuff!!

If there was any ongoing theme, it was definitely Star Wars!  Of course, there’s always a Star Wars presence, but with a new film coming out this year, interest seems to be at a fever pitch high.  However, the ever present force of War Boys screaming “WITNESS ME!!!” and Furiosas kept a perma-grin on my face.  Fury Road was easily the year’s best film for me, and I was glad to see it being given some much needed recognition.

I know everyone is gearing up for Supes & Bats, but personally, the release of the “Ash vs. Evil Dead” was my true geek moment.

Celebrity Sightings:  Met Morgan Spurlock my first day (got to tell him I was the winner of his GeekChic autographed book raffle back in 2011).  Lloyd Kaufman was at the Troma booth and asked it I wanted my copy of “Bloodsucking Freaks” autographed.  Said “nah, nearly every film in my Tromography is autographed by you!”  Down in Artists Alley, bought a hardcopy “Mouse Guard” for my niece from David Petersen who was kind enough to do a sketch drawing in it for her.  Saw Hugh Jackman as we walked past one of the back film studio booths.  Had no idea that Wolverine was that tall…

Favorite Purchase:  Avatar Publishing is always one of my first stops.  I’d been waiting to purchase “Providence” #1 from them directly (the new Alan Moore comic that just came out a few weeks ago).  Was pleasantly surprised when they not only had a Con Exclusive, but also had issue #2 that has not even been released to stores yet.

Biggest Bust: Kirk Hammet from Metallica had launched a vinyl toy series that were being sold at the Nuclear Blast booth.  Had seen some advance pictures and thought there were on the small size.  Turns out they were pretty big and $60.  Sorry, can’t justify that, even with the “chance” of a signing.  Was also a little surprised on the difficulty level of scoring Hasbro exclusives.  A big thanks to JW on all of his efforts!

Now onto the pics:

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This guy could’ve been the real deal!

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Sadly, Bob was not selling anything…

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Used to seeing suits like this behind glass.  These were for sale replicas (did not ask the price…)

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This was one of my favorites!  Just could not get a picture without any glare (have x5 different angles and this one was best).

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