Comic-Con 2017: My Best Attempt at All the Things Related To Food

What can I say about this year’s Comic-Con? Aside from it being the 15th year in a row at Paul’s Cool Jerk table and us being in the best of health, it was business as usual. While we didn’t offer any new books this year, we did offer limited edition enamel pins each with customized art work. (Buy pins and books online here.)

As usual, I was all about the food and by far, my favorite thing at this year’s event was meeting up with friends for dinner and lunch or even at the table. But let’s get on with the con stuff!

This was the first year there wasn’t any exciting food stuff.

Cup of Ramen

Colonel Sanders

Powdered Toast Man


Pizza Guy


Costumes spotted this year included people dressed like a cup of ramen soup, another as Colonel Sanders, Powered Toast Man, Master Chef/Master Chief “Halo” video game mashup and a guy wearing pizza-everything. McThor, a character I spotted last year, was joined by the self-dubbed McAvengers sporting logos from KFC, Wendy’s, the Hamburglar and a gal with had a giant French fry as a sword. With so many costumed characters all five days, I missed this ingenious In-N-Out costume.

Like at the Cool Jerk table, enamel pins were huge this year. I avoided the lure, happy with last year’s haul and focused my attention on prints for the home.

Little Friends of Printmaking pennant

Eat Shit

The Little Friends of Printmaking from Pasadena won my heart with this limited edition print depicting a sweets shop. And I also purchased a pennant with the words “Eat Shit.”

Carrie Fisher's Star Wars collecton

A sobering exhibit was Carrie Fisher’s personal possessions displaying scripts, collector’s items and these mini cereal boxes with a Star Wars theme.

Comic Con lunchers

Outside the convention center was the usual vendors and restaurant’s hoping to draw in con goers. This guys who were promoting a heavy metal magazine were totally into their lunch.

XFinity meals

Direwolf Bread

I usually don’t geek out on exhibits but Xfinity’s sets from Orange Is The New Black, Game of Thrones and Marvel’s Luke Cage were by far the most exciting thing. I wrote about it for Huffington Post but here’s a look at the meals served for each show. (P.S. If you follow me in Instagram, I posted a photo of me at Pop’s Barber Shop.)

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a cosplayer at Comic-Con? I now have in-depth knowledge when I brought Doctor dressed as Doctor Strange on Wednesday night. We hung around outside an hour before closing and were swamped with people wanting to take a photo.

Doctor Strange

Doctor and crowd

Doctor surprising took it in stride. He sat politely for photos (above photo by friend Wendy Buske from Nerd For A Living) and even let people pet him. As a handler, I heard people thank him for protecting the convention and give him nicknames like “Dogtor Strange.” No surprise, Paul is already thinking of dressing him up as Doctor Doom for next year.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and made this the best convention yet!

Related: Comic-Con 2016: A Tale of Two Stents
Destroy All Hunger: Where to Eat At Comic-Con (2014)
San Diego Comic-Con 2014: I Crashed A Party and Saw and Made Friends
The League of Extraordinary Appetites: Where To Eat At Comic-Con (2013)
Comic-Con 2013: A Mish Mash of Things
Agent of L.U.N.C.H.: Where to Eat Downtown During Comic-Con (2012)
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Wrap-Up: All Things Related to Food
Crisis on Infinite Plates: Where to Eat Downtown For Comic-Con (2011)
Culinary Culture in Comics: Comic-Con 2011 Wrap-Up

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  1. I felt like it was one of the best years ever too, with one major thing lacking. We had no meals with friends. Hopefully next year! I’m also bummed I didn’t make it to the Luke Cage set.

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