Thoughts on SDCC 2015


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:


This guy could’ve been the real deal!



Sadly, Bob was not selling anything…


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





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





Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015)


I went to the IMDB filmography today.  I have seen x42 movies in which Christopher Lee was an actor.  Dooku and Saruman were mere frosting on this man’s legacy.

One of my personal favorite “evil” roles beside SW/LOTR was “Jaguar Lives!” (1979)!

While not a Hammer film, having both Lee & Cushing in 1973’s “The Creeping Flesh” always put a smile on my face!

And don’t forget the heavy metal albums he released…


R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy

I used to watch the syndicated show in the 70’s and my Dad would tell me of how the original run was so popular when he was in college.  Everyone would gather at a house with TV on Friday nights.  I’m sure it’s what helped cement Star Wars many years later for me!  I had a special connection to Mr. Spock.  For the bulk of my childhood, we shared the same haircut.

Good night sweet prince.


Walking Dead Season 5 Ep. 11



This episode of the walking dead the group are sitting in the barn think of what to do next when Maggie and Sasha return with a guy named Aaron. Aaron tells the group that there is a safe zone called Alexandria. Aaron tries to convince the group that this place a good and safe place for them to live. He shows them pictures of Alexandria and tells them that no walkers can get inside of the safe zone unless they want them to. Rick, being the bad ass he is does not believe Aaron and knocks him out cold and ties him up. The group ends up searching his bag and finds a flare gun in it. Aaron explains to them that the flare gun was in case he gets in trouble his partner would know. He also explains that he has two cars close by just in case they would like to return with them to Alexandria. The group later comes to a decision to take up Aaron proposal and go with him to this safe zone on one condition, they take an alternate route. Aaron tells the group not to go that way because they have not cleared the route yet. As they travel to Alexandria the group ends up running into a herd of walkers and gets separated from the other half of the group. As the group rejoin each other and regroup. In the morning the group ends up at the front gates of Alexandria with a sign of relief.

The Marvel Legends Line is Officially BACK!!!! Preview of the 2015 Line

From 2002 – 2006, Toy Biz, the now defunct Marvel toy maker, put out what I felt was the most outstanding line of 6 inch Marvel figures to date. When Hasbro got the exclusive Marvel license and took over the Legends line in 2007, I felt that the new figures didn’t quite hold up to their Toy Biz predecessors. However, when Hasbro introduced their Marvel Legends Infinite Series in January 2014, the line went from so-so to amazing. Much of the improvement did come with the change in packaging. With Toy Biz figures, you have more of a collector’s piece. With the earlier Hasbro lines, you had unaesthetic packaging that looked like they were hanging from box store pegs along with all other toys.   Beside aesthetics, I think the notion to pout figures out with distinct themes helped. At San Diego Comic Con two years ago (2013) when Hasbro made the announcement at their Marvel toy panel, there were boos in the crowd. Nonetheless, in 2014, Hasbro started releases series based upcoming Marvel movie events. Hence, in we had two waves of Spider-Man figures (Ultimate Green Goblin Build-a-Figure (BAF) series) paired with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, two waves of Captain America (Mandroid BAF series), paired with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the X-Men (Jubilee BAF series), paired with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy (Groot BAF series) paired with the movie of the same name. All four series line were deemed highly successful. During the SDCC last year at the Hasbro Marvel toy panel, the fan’s reactions were 180° from the year before. They were more than happy with Hasbro’s line. Consequently, Hasbro announced that the Infinite Series surpassed their expectations and that had many exciting things to come this year. [Read more…]

Welcome to Comics and Pop: Comic Book and Pop Culture Discussions, Debates, and Reviews

Welcome to Comics and Pop!  Unlike other websites, not only will we be reviewing the latest and greatest newly released comic books but we will cover burgeoning pop culture topics (TV, Movies, Electronics, Video Games, Collectibles, Craft Beers, Facial Hair, etc.).  Our team of writers decided to start this blog after the numerous lively debates and discussions we have had over the years [Read more…]