The last day you get to go to a con is always a little sad, but you suck it up to try and get as much stuff done as possible.
I had to start my day off with a little Minimates fix since they mentioned on their blog before the show that if you come find the marketing supervisor between 9 and 10 on Saturday and say the phrase that pays, you’d get a free figure. This was the first place I went on my way back to the Hallmark booth to try and score another set of ornaments for a local collector who couldn’t make it to the show. The line wasn’t too long and I was able to get the 2nd set of ornaments pretty quickly. By now, I’d spent all my money and gotten all the exclusives I really cared too (or at least remembered about since I forgot to pick up the SDCC exclusive version of Walking Dead #87), so I was just planning on walking around the exhibit hall seeing if there were any video games I wanted to play and basically just killing time until the noon Minimates giveaway.
Lucasfilm hired this artist Ken Lashley to paint a 2012 Volkswagen Passat with images from the 6 Star Wars films. He’d been working all weekend and I decided to hold off on taking pics until my last day and it was more complete. It’s so awesome and the whole thing was done with a sharpie.
After checking out the cool Star Wars car, I wandered around just checking out the different booths from the other toy manufacturers and movie studios. At the PlayStation booth, I played some of the new Ratchet & Clank game in 3D, but I was at the far edge of the screen, so the 3D didn’t work too well. Then I played Resistance 3. It’s very brown. No other games really stood out to me and I wasn’t in the mood to show everybody how a pro does it on Just Dance 3 so I made my way back to the Minimates booth to wait for the freebie.
– Ashley Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano) spends some time with a fan while promoting her line of Star Wars girl attire
My phone’s internet service was slow to spotty for pretty much the entire weekend, but I was still trying it and reading the convention center’s twitter feed about lines made it seem like the Hilton’s Indigo Ballroom was getting packed before the Community panel. I figured I’d check out the Minimates panel instead and headed over there to rest during Terry Moore’s panel. This is the second time in the year’s I’ve been coming to SDCC that I’ve sat in on one of Terry’s panels while waiting for another one to start. I’ve become a bit of a fan and I’ve never read any of his stuff. He’s very entertaining in his panels and now I want to check out some of his work. During the Minimates panel I asked what is I think the first question I’ve ever asked at a convention. I’m not the type to ask questions at these shows, but they were giving away Minimates. That brought my total collection of free Minimates for the weekend, up to 5.
There were two other panels I wanted to see today and they were both over at the Hilton. My plan, before I found out about the noon freebies was to head over there for the Community panel and sit through the Legendary Comics panel until the other two started. Since I didn’t do the Community panel, my plans were now in Jeopardy and considering how lines can be at this show I figured I might be able to get into the Joss Whedon panel and stay for The Guild afterwards. Right outside of the Indigo Ballroom, the Hilton had set up a food table with hamburgers and hot dogs, so since I hadn’t eaten I considered this as good as anything. The food stand was get your own condiments and they had these little tiny bottles of Tabasco. I took some for future use and not necessarily for my burger. Once I found the end of the Indigo Ballroom line, we basically walked right in and I got into the Legendary Comics panel while I finished my lunch. Frank Miller is a very entertaining personality and it was one of those panels where you feel bad for the other people up there since everyone just kept asking questions to him. Now the Indigo Ballroom is some kind of ray-shielded cell phone blocker because I was receiving no signal in there at all and neither was the panelist who was trying to have people tweet questions in to be asked, but she couldn’t retrieve her tweets. The upside though is that the ballroom does feature the most comfortable chairs of the entire con. The padding’s nice and soft and the backs give just a little bit to help you relax. The Joss Whedon panel was my favorite of the show. He’s funny and engaging and he seems to know what his fanbase wants and plays to that. He did reveal that there will be a Dr. Horrible 2 and continued to crush our dreams for a Serenity sequel. The Guild panel was okay, nothing to write home about, which is kind of what I’m doing now I guess. With those over I really had nothing else planned for the day. I decided to head off site to try and play Mass Effect 3 at the hotel Bioware was setup at.
I got in line to play and the Bioware staff started tossing out inflatable weapons from the game and chanting “Destroy the Reapers”, which is a reference to the game. Apparently they had planned some sort of march at this time after which they would have some sort of reveal. I had been talking to someone else in line who already played the demo and they said it wasn’t on PC, so I was kind of disappointed and thought what the hell, I’ll join this march. It was a lot of fun just acting a fool as this huge crowd of people with inflatable blades on their wrists all walking around the block. I totally lost my spot in line to play the game though and the reveal really didn’t amount to much. By now they closed off the line to play the demo since the number of people that were already in would put them past closing. No big loss, I really wanted to play it on PC anyways and I don’t even want to see any media for this game so it’s all a surprise to me when it comes out next year.
With that my 2011 San Diego Comic-Con experience was ending. We got some food and walked around some more and while my mom and cousin went back to the room I made my way to the Sega arcade and played some games. The Captain America game wasn’t completely crap, so that was worth it. I ended up leaving there about 9 when they closed and made my way back to the room to rest.
Sunday we drove home in the morning and nothing exciting happened.
With the hassle of getting tickets to this year’s show and with Celebration VI next year, I was wondering if I would be concerned with going to San Diego next year. As much fun as I had this year, I know the answer is definitely yes.