Logan Has Arrived in Theaters

I’ve found myself over the years increasingly becoming a fan of the X-Men.  We all understand their mutants, and each has their own different specialty.  But Logan, he was deeper than the rest.  He had a past that we (as viewers, I’m sure the comic book readers saw) never really saw.  Sure we knew he could be violent.  That was always kept to a PG status.

Logan is a complex deep character.  Always has been. Even before this stand alone film.  There was so much to be seen and felt and learned in this film about Logan.  A lot of emotions were felt, not just for him but also for Charles.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers.  But if you are a fan of the X-Men, or maybe just a fan on Wolverine, please take time to see the film.    It may surpass your expectations or be dead on.

I found myself loving this film, fight seems, under tones, and character development.  I highly recommend it to any fan out there who even remotely likes X-Men or Logan.

SDCC 2017 Returning Registration Date Announced!

Comic -Con is a mecca for comic and pop culture fanatics from around the world.  The hardest part is actually getting a ticket and hotel.  The date we’ve all be waiting for: March 11, 2017.  This the date that the returning registration will be open.  This is open to all past attendees who are eligible.  You can find out whether you are eligible by signing into your Comic Con account.  It will tell you up in the right had corner if you are Ok’d for returning registration.

Don’t worry though, if you should be unsuccessful on that date, you will have another chance on a yet to be announced date for Open registration.

On March 11th make sure you have a few things handy to make it a smooth morning for yourself (well as smooth as a day like this can be).

  1. Know your comic con id, and any comic con id’s of people you may be purchasing badges for, and their last name.
  2. Credit card information.  The quicker you can access it the better. I am hearing its going to be nearing $265 this year, that is including  Preview night.
  3. The link you will receive to the registration waiting room.  This is going to come to you in an email the day prior to the registration date. March 10.
  4. Know what type of badges you want to purchase and have a back up plan.
  5. There will be a registration code specific to each comic con id.  It will be in your Comic Con Id under “registration info”.  Very important.
Photo courtesy of Caprice Conley SDCC 2016

Badges will be mailed to the address in your member ID.  Make sure you check it so that it is updated.  Do that as soon as you can.

Historically the registration process will begin at 9 am on the date decided, which is March 11.  It is a Saturday.   It can be a quick process or take a little longer so set aside some time.

Remember you can’t use a mobile phone or iPad, so you will have to be  at a computer.

Will you be ready for next weekend?  Best of Luck to you all!  Remember, there is always open registration.

Photo Courtesy of Caprice Conley SDCC 2016

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.

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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