Another San Diego Comic-Con has ended. Like many conventions, it’s been enjoyable to catch up with fellow exhibitors who have also become friends over the years, talking to many people who read Paul’s comic strip that have filtered over to my food blog and making new friends. It’s always sad when it’s finally over.
I attended all four days of the convention, including the 3 hours of preview night. I was backup and support at the Cool Jerk table located in small press — the same spot we’ve been in for the last 8 years. It’s a lot of hard work with most nights going to bed near midnight and waking up at the crack of dawn to get down to the convention center early to hopefully beat the crowds (we never did) and set up the table.
Luckily I had the opportunity to walk around, check out a few of the exhibits and return to the table when the aisles were overflowing with people.
Part of my job helping Paul was to get lunch every day during the convention. We avoid the convention food like the plague. A hot chicken sandwich for $8.25? No way. But it seems like the Monarch can afford it. But it seemed to be a popular option with many people with long lines around lunch time.
Instead, I went to Ralph’s to pick up a sandwich or a burrito. It was nice to get out in the sunshine and take in some fresh air. It’s not every day you see someone dressed like Joker walking down the street. Even more interesting were the stares the “common folk” on lunch break would shoot them.
On the way to Ralph’s, I walked by the Scott Pilgrim Experience across the tracks from the convention center near the Hilton. They offered free garlic bread every day. Not very good garlic bread but people were eager for free food, especially while waiting in line to grab a free t-shirt. During the convention, Scott Pilgrim was the talk of the convention especially with the upcoming movie and the new book out. Unfortunately I had an two encounters with my own evil ex-boyfriend #1, the first while buying issue 6 of Scott Pilgrim. An ironic coincidence, no?
Saturday on the way to grab some lunch, I saw a small gaggle of people gathered around a guy with a megaphone. As I came closer to the group, I saw it was Joshua Jackson, holding his very own Pacey-Con. With the theme song to Dawson’s Creek blaring, he was selling Dawson’s Creek fanfic for $10. And yes, I did buy a copy of the script aptly named “Pacey and Joey Have 6 Kids” — I was refunded my $10 shortly afterward despite being asked questions about Dawson’s Creek I had no answer for. “Who was the principal of the high school?” “What was the name of the restaurant Pacey worked for?” I knew none of those answers but still walked away with the script and it was signed to me! Admittedly, I took a few photos with him — he was Pacey after all! — but I later found on Sunday night this was a spoof for Funny or Die. You can watch the gag here. It’s pretty funny.
If I learned one thing this year, it was not to take photos of props from the Marvel booth before the convention hall was open to the attendees. I saw a very important prop from the upcoming Thor movie and thinking it was a great opportunity, I whipped out my crappy camera phone and attempted to take a photo. I guess I didn’t hear them shout “no photos!” because I was soon stopped by security so they could erase the photo. Fortunately for me, there was no photo and I was allowed to walk away. With my phone intact.
Despite the comics theme for the event there were a handful of vendors that didn’t sell comics. Take for instance this woman selling fake food. Fake turkey drumsticks were going for $50 and a small slice of pizza is $15. There was fake food jewelry available as well.
Speaking of food, several people stopped by Paul’s table hoping to find me there: Kirby Cravings and her boyfriend bought some original art and filled us in on the stabbing in Hall H, Canine Cologne‘s husband dropped off candy for me — unfortunately I was away from the table, Kim the cat girl, initially a Cool Jerk fan and stopped by to tell me she reads my blog as well and like to bake cakes from a box and finally Rebecca from Dine & Devour who was told to look for me by her friend Morgan. Although it’s a bit of a surprise for me initially, it’s always nice to meet people familiar with my blog.
Other highlights were seeing Abby Denson again from City Sweet Tooth, helping behind the tables for JustJenn Designs and Agreeable Comics when I wasn’t working at the Cool Jerk table, being an honored recipient of a huge bag of candy and other goodies from Bavarian Erin, a new addition to my Batgirl collection from Sarah Kuhn and her husband JustJeff and an adorable squirrel print from Jodi. It’s just like Christmas but in July.
Check out the rest of my photos here.
A comic-con update from Paul will be available later this week.