Comic Con 2011: Preview Night

Comic Con 2011 began this year for my mom and I with a quick tea from Katy’s Cafe in Imperial Beach. With a some-what quick drive through Coronado and over the Coronado Bridge, I ended up taking the wrong exit since I hadn’t driven over that bridge, in that direction, in two years. Once I got off the freeway, my mom grabbed the map and navigated me through the Gaslamp District to the parking lot we wanted. The pedestrian bridge is now finished and you can walk over the train tracks rather than wait for the trains and the trolly to go by. It makes it easier to get to the Convention Center.

We headed up the escalators to get our badge and my mom had no problem getting her badge, but mine would not print because the lady said that mine was listed as an exhibitor. We couldn’t get tickets for this year when they went on sale because the servers kept crashing. Lucky for us, we know the owner of the local art supply store, who is a vendor at Comic Con, and he got us tickets. We think because Ron couldn’t spell Yahoo when ordering the ticket and he put it under his email address that it caused mine to be placed under an exhibitor. It took us a while to find where to pick up that badge but once I got mine, off we went.

You could tell that attendance was down just slightly, but that didn’t affect the attitude of the people around us. Some of the costumes were absolutely incredible. There weren’t too many people dressed up on Preview Night but the ones we saw were amazing.

My mom and I had dinner at SyFy’s Cafe Diem at the Hard Rock Hotel. I love going in there and look forward to it every year. The prices went up but that is to be expected with the economy right now and you get a lot of food for the price. You have to go into Comic Con with the mind-frame that everything is going to be expensive. Really expensive. There are ways to avoid that as well. We didn’t eat every meal at one of the restaurants around the San Diego Convention Center. Instead we brough our own snacks and lunches with us. It works out great.

After dinner, we decided to walk around the Gaslamp District for a bit because I wanted to know where the Nerd Headquarters was that Zac Levi was putting on. We found the place with ease and weren’t allowed to go in because they were still setting up but I did see Zac walking around in there checking on things. We chatted with the security guy there for a few minutes.

We went back to our hotel and got an early sleep so we could be ready for Thursday and the Nerd Quest.

Getting Ready for Comic Con 2011

I don’t remember if I mentioned that my mom and I ended up getting tickets for Comic Con this year. Thanks to our local art shop that also sells comic books and is a vendor at the big event managed to get us some tickets. My mom and I leave Wednesday morning and get to enjoy all of the wonderful things that preview night has to offer.

If you’ve never been to Comic Con then you cannot understand how big this event is. One a busy day (i.e. Friday or Saturday) you are looking at around 500,000 people (if not more) crammed into the San Diego Convention Center. Even with that many geeks, nerd, freaks, actors, producers, writers, artists and a few absolutely normal people, there is SO much to see and enjoy. I’ve written about my last two experiences and I am glad that I get to experience it again for the third time.

Between the two years that I have been to Comic Con, I have met nine actors and gotten pictures with; three of who I would marry in a heartbeat. In order they are: Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Josh Gates (Destination Truth), Saul Rubinek (Warehouse 13), Allison Scagliotti (Warehouse 13), Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13), Amy Bruni (Ghost Hunters International), Kris Williams (Ghost Hunters International), Neil Grayston (Eureka) and Zachary Levi (Chuck). Josh Gates and Allison Scagliotti I met in both 2009 and 2010. I’ve met with and talked to more actors but never got pictures with them. One I do regret from last year, Mindy Sterling. Best known for yelling, “SCOTT!!” from the Austin Powers movies. My mom got to talking with her and she was very nice. I just didn’t think to ask her if I could get a picture with her. My first Comic Con in 2009, I regret not actually meeting with Kathy Najimy from the Sister Act movies.

This year I’m taking my good camera since last year my smaller one acted up and I got a lot of fuzzy pictures. The only problem with my good camera is that I don’t have a way to download the pictures from the memory card onto my laptop. I can’t find the disk from when I bought the camera so I can’t download the software. I tried getting something from the internet off of Canon’s website that might work but it didn’t. So I bought a portable memory card reader. The only problem is that my laptop will not read the smaller disks, only the standard size. I’m going to try something tomorrow but if that doesn’t work then I just won’t be able to share pictures with all of you until we get back home and I’ll be limited to the amount of pictures that I can take. Sucks. I know.

My mom and I are coming up with a few ways to save money this year since I had my car serviced today and we had to put off some of the work until we get back because none of us have the $1200 it’s going to cost. My mom’s boss gave her a bag that is insulated and on rollers so we have more than enough room to take food with us. I got to thinking about that and I’m going to put my purse, laptop, camera, cords and what-not into my smallest luggage bag that has rollers. That way I won’t have a heavy backpack that bumps into everyone and I don’t have to kill myself lugging a backpack everywhere.

Who know’s who I might end up meeting this year. All I know is that my mom and I are so excited. I cannot believe that Comic Con is upon us already. It seems like we were just there last year. Seriously, where has the year gone? It seems like time is flying by at an alarming rate and I cannot keep up. It’s crazy. anyway, pictures or no pictures I will try to keep everyone who comes across this blog informed on the coming days. So excited!!!!!

A Month Off & Now I’m Back

I said that I only needed a few days off from blogging and here I am one month later. So what have I been up to you might ask? Well, I’ve been focusing on my Etsy shop, A Crafty Witch, and building my inventory. Over the last few weeks I’ve taken up crocheting again and it has been wonderful. I miss it. I also bought the book Stitch N’ Bitch and I have made a vow to myself that I will learn how to knit by the end of this year. My grandma taught me years and years ago but I never stuck with it like I did with crocheting and I have lost most of my knowledge. I’m hoping that between this book and my mom I will learn again.

So to celebrate my return to blogging, which I will hopefully write at least once a week, I thought I would share my wonderful crochet creations with you. I’m also having a Christmas in July sale on my Etsy shop. Type in the code “christmasinjuly2011” in the coupon section at checkout and enjoy free shipping for the entire month of July.

Coffee Press Cozy

Coffee Press Cozy

Coffee Press Cozy

Memo Pad Holder