It’s almost that time of year again. That’s right, Comic Con is just around the corner. San Diego has been host to the pop culture convention for years, and now it’s become a mecca not only for comics, but for toys.
Hasbro has unveiled it’s Legendary Daredevil, which will be $59.99 available at their booth. If there are any left over I would imagine they would be available on Hasbro’s website. This is not the Daredevil that is currently played by Charlie Cox on Netflix. It does include some pretty awesome artwork from Joe Quesada.
Daredevil will be part of the Defenders on the Netflix show. If you’re a Daredevil fan, check this out. I think it looks amazing.
I have been going to Wondercon since it came to Anaheim a few years back. This year I personally thought it was a bigger convention than in past years. I’m the type of person who goes to conventions for comic books. I go with a list of obscure comics by number of what books I’m looking to read.
There were plenty of vendors to suit even the pickiest of collectors. The badge pick up went rather smooth for me. I went on Thursday, the day before the convention began.
The variety of food trucks in between the Hilton and Marriott hotels was great. They had some of the best food trucks. They each had their own niche with a lot of choice.
The only gripe I had, and I think most attendees will agree with me is on parking. Parking was an absolute disaster. If you could find a spot consider yourself lucky. If you had a Disneyland annual pass, even luckier. Next year Wondercon has to come up with a better parking scenario. If they do that it would make it so much more enjoyable.
Wondercon 2017 has come and gone. Here are some photos we took as we walked the convention floor. We will be putting up a Cosplay slideshow soon, so check back. Overall, it was a great convention with something for everyone!
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.
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.
The Star Wars Panel of Hall H Was Epic
The biggest panel of San Diego Comic-Con is over, and while the attendees have long left the beloved Hall H, we’ve been left with the super awesome Force Awakens Comic-con reel. While the crowd knew that J.J. Abrams wasn’t going to show a new trailer, what they didn’t know was that he was going to show a behind the scenes reel and then invite everyone to a Star Wars concert outside the convention center. (J.J. told everyone to follow the storm troopers, how cool is that?)
Here is the exclusive Comic-Con reel show to Hall H on Friday.
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: