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.
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