CCI, Day 3 - CBR Photo Parade

The most insane day on the floor at Comic-Con International is always Saturday and this year was no exception. The floor was packed most everywhere you went, with the Lucasarts pavilion seemingly the most jammed-up location on the convention floor. While in years past that meant sections of the convention floor were surprisingly hot, this year the airflow seemed to have improved greatly. In fact, if you found yourself at the far end of the convention center, near the Art Auction, you could actually feel quite cold; a welcome change compared to previous years.

In today's photo parade, you'll find a noticable lack of traditional Stormtroopers. Now, there is a pic of the Samurai Stormtrooper because he's just cool, but none of the others. I decided on Saturday morning to invoke a Stormtrooper moratorium. For the most part, if you've seen one Stormtrooper, you've seen them all. You know, I could just include some Stormtrooper snapshots from last year and most of you wouldn't know the difference. Hmmm ...

Honestly, there were so many costumed people to take photos of today that I had to finally say stop! I'd snap one shot, turn around and see someone else and once I had finished taking that shot there'd be another. It got ridiculous a number of times. This ain't worth getting dizzy over! There was one I missed, though, that I really wanted -- the guy dressed up as The Question. I saw him from afar while I was in a meeting and couldn't excuse myself to chase after him. Nice-looking costume.

Now, some of you know I'm from Los Angeles, the land of fake this/fake that, beautiful beaches and celebrity. It's absolutely not unusual for you to run into a star or two once a month, if not more often, in Los Angeles. Comic-Con International is like living in Los Angeles for two years, but compressed into four days. The number of stars at CCI Saturday was frankly amazing. Some of the ones I saw randomly were Maggie Grace ("Lost") signing at Dark Horse, Gene Simmons walking the con floor, Joss Whedon walking around, Seth Green and Tom Jane. Of course, there were many, many more up on panels throughout the day. Now, some say all this star power at CCI is a distraction from the world of comics, but if you're someone who really wants to meet some TV and film stars, clearly CCI is the place to be.

OK, that's all. It's terribly late and I must be getting to sleep at some point. Still much to do. You can expect the next photo parade to hit during the upcoming Wizard World Chicago.

"Are you crazy?" was actually one of their responses. Cracked me up.All right, some cool make-up work here.Catwoman. Batman. The back of some chick's hair.At 1:00 Saturday IDW held a mass signing and the masses came over.Christopher E. Long ("Dude, the camera is over here. Over here!") Nick StakalWhen Kieron Dwyer gives Rick Rememnder a nipple swirl, apparently his face goes all blurry, while Matt Fraction is perfectly in focus.Alex Di Campi &Chuck BB & Hector CasanovaAshely Wood and Ben TemplesmithDan Wickline behind Ashley Wood and Ben TemplesmithPeter David and J.K. WoodwardReally, not kidding here, the guy playing Batman talked like Adam West. Freaky!Two very depressed-looking Jedi.Some great costumes and some dude's arm. Jagoff.Low Rent SpideyOne of my favorite pictures of the day because it just worked, David Lloyd and Karen GerberJill Thomspon and Brian AzzarelloJill Thompson and Brian Azzarello, with tongue. (Sorry for the much blurry, but it was too fun of a photo not to publish)"Hi!"Andy RuntonTop Shelf's Chris Starros and "The Surrogates" Robert VendittiNow it's Brett Weldele and Robert Venditti. Notice how Robert's look is eerily similar to the first photo? Creepy!It's "I'm About To Pass Out" Storm.Evil Homer was a big hit at the con."Ravenous" creator Dawn BrownHigh Rent Spidey and Mary Jane ... with Evil Homer creeping around the background!I do like me a good blue bodice.OK, look, I know Jedis are a serious folk and all, but do they have to look so bored? C'mon, break it down Sam Jackson style!Samurai Warrior Guy. Sorry, no way to make this caption more interesting.I bet each one of these girls could kick my ass!Those "Bad Planet" guys Thomas Jane, Steve Niles and Tim BradstreetErik Larsen and CBR's own Augie De Blieck Jr.See, at least the Sith know how to party.Jeremy HaunColorist Russ Lowery and "Hero Camp's" Greg ThompsonAnina BennettThe Sith bring their game face. The Jedi bring their lame face. Go Sith!I dunno.Nunzio Defilippis and Christina WeirSean Murphy and Chris MittenMatthew Clark sketches for a fanThe heroes assemble outside the DC booth. This goon takes pictures of them.Fsc and Serena ValentinoA bored Zelda dude (I think). Or maybe he's a Jedi.Cave girl. Or is it more appropriate to call her cave person?"Rocketo's" Frank EspinozaSho MuraseI haven't used this caption yet, so ... Hello Ladays!Dig that John Stewart costume. Not the one from the Daily Show, clearly.Gene Simmons, who wouldn't stop for fear of causing a fire or something and since I didn't have my flash on, we get blurry Gene Simmons.OHHH, I get to use it again ... Hello Ladays!Gary PhillipsEric J & Ben RaabEA gives gamers something to do at the con.OK, so moments before I snapped this chicks photo she was ...... riding the back of some dude strumming her guitar. You never know what you'll see at CCI.OK, this guy was just awesome. Roaming the con floor in full character and creppy as all hell. When I asked to take his picture, he went into this pose and his mouth opened wide. At that moment a young kid walking by with his mom literally cried out, "Mommy!" Poor kid. Scarred for life at CCI!.The lovely Snow White. Moments after I snapped this pic, a 14-year old or so kid came up to her and said, "You know, if Snow White were like real and stuff, she'd be just like you." I bet he hopes that's the case!I've seen this lady at the con before.Probably something. You guys helped me out yesterday, wanna give it another go today?Mike MignolaI seriously can't use the "hey, ladays" line again. Wait, I just did! Eat it!More costumes. I need more costumes!The SciFi booth was just ... bizarre.Dreamworks came out, had some stuff about some robots that can transform or something.The Lucasarts pavilion, this being only a small section of it, was a hub of activity.Work it.Because everyone needs to build their own life-sized Darth Vader."Lost's" Maggie Grace signs for a fan at the Dark Horse booth."Living In Infamy's" Deric A Hughes and Ben RaabDuncan Rouleau and Joe CaseyRichard Isanove and Richard StarkingsDavid A. Williams and Sandy ColloraAhhh, Samurai Stormtrooper!Those "Supernatural Law" folk Batton Lash and Jackie EstradaThe Ultra Creepy Willy WonkaSallyOK, if you recall back when "Batman Begins" came out, we ran some photos from the Batmobile's appearance at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The guy on the left was there, too! He gets around.Karaoke at the Speakeasy Booth"The Gatesville Company's" Partick McEvoyAnd that brings an end to the CCI Photo Parade for Day 3.

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