Comic Con – Day 2

 

Quatum Quest Panel

Quatum Quest Panel

So my day got better today after a mess dealing with a broken down car while being 300 miles from home. I went back to Comic Con today and had so much fun, except for when I started being shoved every which way by impatient people. In order for me to get my car into the mechanic in time, I decided to skip the New Moon panel. I more than likely wouldn’t have gotten in anyway seeing as people spent the night to be in line. It was way too long this morning when the panel didn’t start until 1:45pm. While wondering around the Exhibit Hall looking back at everything from yesterday, I noticed some girls wondering around with TV screens in their shirts. They were promoting the upcoming animated movie Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey and the panel that was starting in about an hour and a half. I figured what the heck – I heard Chris Pine’s name and I was there. So I headed upstairs and sat next to a could of fellow Stargate and Sanctuary fans and waited patiently for the panel to start. I got a wonderful seat in about the fourth row and nearly screamed with excitement when the name place holders came out. No Chris Pine, but Robert Picardo was there!! For anyone who doesn’t know who he is, he played Special Agent Richard Woolsey in the Stargate franchise. Janina Gavakar joined him in the panel as well, who had appeared as Sgt. “Dusty” Mehra in the episode Whispers on Stargate Atlantis.

Quantum Quest is an animated movie (which will be in 3D is some theatres) coming in February 2010. It uses real images captured by Cassini a telescoped that was launched in 1997 I believe. It looks pretty cool and it has an all-star cast including both actor who have portrayed Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek and Darth Vader from Star Wars. I even got to see a video that Chris Pine recored because he couldn’t be there and a recorded message from Neil Armstrong who lends his voice in the movie. This year marked Comic Con’s 40th anniversary and monday just so happened to be the 40th anniversary of when Neil Armstong landed on the moon.

Plot: Quantum Quest centers on the story of Dave, a young photon, who is forced out of the Sun on a journey of discovery. He must get to the Cassini Space Craft and save it from the forces of the Void, only Dave does not know exactly what he must do or even where the Cassini Space craft is or what it is. The forces of the Void must destroy Cassini before it sends its great discoveries back to Earth, Dave is the only thing that stands between them and victory. (Taken from imdb)

And I leave you with pictures from the 2009 Comic Con in San Diego, CA.

 

Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

A closer shot of the Quantum Quest Panel.

A closer shot of the Quantum Quest Panel.

Doug Jones on the big screen as well.

Doug Jones on the big screen as well.

The director, Robert Picardo and Janina Gavakar.

The director, Robert Picardo and Janina Gavakar.

The Quatum Quest panel thanking the audience.

The Quatum Quest panel thanking the audience.

A shot of the Stargate Universe trailer they were showing at the Exhibit booth.

A shot of the Stargate Universe trailer they were showing at the Exhibit booth.

Me in front of the active Stargate.

Me in front of the active Stargate.

Road Trip!!!!… or Rather 2 Road Trips and the Bumps Along the Way.

 

 So here I am sitting in the lovely Imperial Beach, California and I must say it is gorgeous. I’m staying at my friend Robert’s house who is unfortunately being deployed on a ship the day after tomorrow. I did get to spend a little time with him while I’m here. He showed me around a bit and took me to a few of his favorites. I think I’ll wrap up my road trips so far since I will be forced back to work on Monday (that is if I can get back to Bishop).

Lassen National Park

Lassen National Park

Saturday, July 11th: I left Bishop only a few minutes behind what I wanted to leave. I then got half way to June Lake and had to turn around and go back to Bishop because I forgot my blankets and pillows. After wasting an hour and a half and a quarter tank of gas, I was on the road again. I figured I’d be able to make it to Roseburg, Oregon (about 600+ miles) in one day. Sadly I was mistaken. I did manage to make it through Lassen National Park before spending the night in Redding, California. Lassen was beautiful and I need to plan another trip where I can spend more time really looking at the park, not just driving through it. What Mindy forgot to tell me was that the road consists of VERY windy roads with no shoulders, no guard rails, and sheer drop off cliffs. Other than that it was a very pretty drive and I’m glad I took Mindy’s advice and went through. The bad part was that the pressure from going up and down all of the passes popped my last wisdom tooth through almost in one day. That hurt like hell. But I made it to Redding where I stayed with my mom’s really good friend Debbie. One of her dogs slept with me all night then took over my pillow first chance he got.

  

 

The Sundial Bridge

The Sundial Bridge

Sunday, July 12th: Debbie introduced me to Dutch Brothers’ Coffee and I have to admit, it’s better than Starbucks. Shh don’t tell anyone. I have the Annihilator which is chocolate and macadamia. It was so good. Then Debbie showed me the Sundial Bridge. If you are ever in Redding, California please check this place out. It was incredible. I couldn’t stop taking pictures. Then I was on the road again. Luckily the drive from Redding to Roseburg isn’t that long just kind of boring. I stopped to get gas and to pull something to eat out of the ice chest and noticed that my scones had fallen into the water of the melted ice. I couldn’t save any. Just my luck. I got to see Mount Shasta on my way. I loved the drive when I got close to and entered Oregon. It’s so beautiful with all the trees everywhere. It kinda of reminds me of Mammoth or June Lake. I found a Raley’s in Yreka that had an entire isle full of gluten free foods. I was ecstatic but managed to contain myself. So many choices. Then before I knew it I was driving over a pass into Oregon with fog covering everything and then I met up with Mindy and her boyfriend Mike. Mindy and I last saw each other at Christmas and I almost didn’t call her beforehand but I’m glad I did. She would have been in the woods somewhere with no cell reception.