This year's geek-a-palooza, or what's more commonly known as the San Diego Comic-Con 2009, has now come and gone. What once was a mass pilgrimage of only comic book geeks, to downtown San Diego has become the "geek-chic" it-place-to-be. It was a tough four days of battling the ravenous horde of over 120,000 attendees. But somehow I made it thru, mostly intact. My wallet took the brunt of the damage. I scoured the floor as best as I could for great art, books, toys and cool swag. And while I had fun hanging out with friends, there was one thing missing this year. My brother usually attends the show with me, but this year he was too sick to make it. I tried my best to bring a piece of the show back to him, but if you've ever been to the con you would know that there's nothing like being there. To top it off, I made the mistake of inviting some other relatives to go to the show with me. They proceeded to do what they wanted, when they wanted. There's a saying that comes to mind when I think of what happened. "Don't forget who brought you to the dance." Part of what makes going to this show is so great is not just experiencing the convention. It's sharing the experience with others that makes it memorable. What I remember of them is very little. I guess I shouldn't have expected as much as I did. I'll remember next time.
Despite this one regret, I had fun. Comic con week went by fast and for the first time in a long time, I actually felt like I didn't see everything. But you wouldn't know it by all the photos I took. It's going to take me a few days to go thru everything. I'll post them to Flickr once I'm done processing them, but here's a few photos in the meantime:
Some Indiana Jones fans.
Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis & Denzel Washington promoting their new movie Book of Eli.
Cameron Diaz showed up to promote her new movie, the Box. What a great smile. =)
John Lassetter and the legendary Hayao Miyazaki. Among all the celebrities that showed up, I was only in awe of this man.
Kevin Sorbo of Hercules and Andromeda.
A large, but not life sized version of Mazinger Z.
Indy looking for some "vulcan" lovin'.
One of the restaurants at the Hard Rock Hotel was transformed into Cafe Diem from Syfy's Eureka.
One of several new dolls of the adorable Coraline. This one is the cutest IMHO.
Iron Man, mark 1 from the movie.
Axel comforting the somewhat sloshed Jay.