Comic-Con Hotelapocalypse fails


See hotel del Coronado above.  Photo Credit: Caprice Conley

The lotto for hotels during Comic-Con has come and gone.  Many did not receive an email, many didn’t get into any hotels and have kindly wait-listed.  Some got a whole lot of tears.

It’s hard, I know, to truly understand that  when a company, and definitely if it’s a Comic-Con company (or doing their dirty work) says their process is going to be randomized, that it REALLY will be random.  If we could all just accept that it might hurt a little less.

I always expect to get the worst hotel not on my list.  That’s how true randomization works.  It makes no sense.  I also don’t feel I have to be in the Gaslamp packed in there like a bunch of sardines.

Getting out out Mission Valley is not that bad.  I’m staying here now (I travel) and it’s quiet, and very accessible to the convention center area.  If you can score parking or hop on a trolley, you’ll be fine.  Don’t drop all the shelter islands and Coronado island hotels.  They are beautiful.  Having time to decompress might actually be nice.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze is here again in Los Angeles California.  We always see the best in Cosplay here.  The atmosphere is fun and exciting.

I’ve spoken to a lot of vendors who are here and they really seem to like setting up here.  I always find the really hard to find comics that I am looking for.

It is also a good chance to see some of my good friend who like to cosplay.  In fact they do fashion shows, which is amazing.  I will be posting pictures shortly of some of the cosplayers I’ve met.

Best of all it’s  place where we geeky nerdy folks can come together and meet one another.  I’ve met some great people at Comikaze, Comic-Con and WonderCon.  They are all great places to meet like minded people.

If you’d like to keep up with my travels follow me @capricefilms on twitter and instagram.

San Diego Without Comic-Con

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For many of us the one time we come to San Diego is when the yearly Comic-Con convention takes place here.  Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the Gaslamp district, in search of the pop culture mecca that is San Diego.

But what about visiting when there is no convention.  What about Comic Non?  I’m spending a week here, and it’s a very bustling town with a lot do to, even without the con.  It has a lot of culture and amazing food. It is also the best time to check out the hotels that you may be staying in during the beloved convention.

That is one of the things I’m doing while I am down here.  Last night I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Its usually a hotel that is always picked on the hotel lottery, but not that many people get it.  It is a party hotel, and for me that isn’t ideal.  However in off season it was great.  The bed was comfy and it was nice and roomy.  I also found out that you can rent a dj system or guitars if you feel the need.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

Today I’ve moved over to the Keating hotel.  A quaint hotel with the feel of Palm Springs and sounds of New York City.  It is right in the heart of the Gaslamp district.  In walking distance of all the spots you would ever want to get to.

I just happen to be staying here on the day where the Padres are playing the Dodgers at the ever accessible Petco Park ( sorry no zombies this time).  Luckily we can walk there, as traffic is crazy during this type of event.  In all honesty, the Comic-Con organizers do a much better job of directing traffic than regular event planners. Last night was almost impossible to get to the Hard Rock.  We made it, but it wasn’t pretty.  And when there is a baseball game letting out, the foot traffic is insane. Oh and one way roads everywhere don’t help, nope.  Not one bit.

I’d also like to mention a great place for breakfast, in addition to the amazing Richard Walkers for pancakes.  A ways up on 5th street is a place called Snooze.  Great food, mostly breakfast.  They are big on using cage free eggs, recycled paper, and saving where ever they can.  I like that in a restaurant.  It was definitely fresh tasting and had a great selection of food.  Highly recommend.

So if you enjoy coming to San Diego Comic Con in July, its definitely worth it to stay in San Diego when the convention is not ongoing so that you an truly enjoy the city.  It won’t have sci-fi cafe’s everywhere or giant Viking boats in random places, but you will definitely find a lot of fun things to do.

SDCC: DC Comics Brought to Life in New Lego Exhibit

Master brick builder, Nathan Samaya, who you may remember reimagined all the 2015 Oscars out of Legos, has now brought DC Comics to life.  Lego life that is.  His latest exhibition “The Art of the Brick: DC Comics“, celebrates the company’s 80 years of history with over 100 statues.  The exhibition is set to have it’s debut is Sydney, Australia at the Powerhouse Museum in November.  However San Diego Comic-Con attendees will get a sneak peak of the show during a panel titled “DC Comics Meets LEGO Art” where they will be able to select pieces of the art.  Here is a glimpse of some of the Lego statues that have been created for the exhibit:

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Kelly Sue Deconnick Leaves Captain Marvel

Carol Danvers will never be the same.
Kelly Sue Deconnick will be leaving the Captain Marvel series. At HeroesCon the writer announced that she will not continue on with Captain Marvel after Secret Wars this fall. Sighs could be heard around the room from her legion of fans.
Deconnick explained that once the Captain Marvel film was announced she would have to ” dig in for three more years or drop the mic.”
Deconnick made some changes when she took over writing Carol Danvers. Most notably changing her name from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel. She also implemented a costume change.
Deconnick has made a huge impact on the series with fans calling themselves “Carol Corps”. The film has even taken on the Captain Marvel name, which shows just how powerful her influence has been to the series.