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Our Adventures at Comic-Con

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There are many comic book conventions in the United States, but there is only one that is considered the place to be for all things geeky - it’s close enough to Los Angeles to attract the major studios and celebrities, more than 160,000 people attend, and the lines to get in have their own Twitter accounts - this place is San Diego Comic-Con. My husband and I went in 2011 and 2012 and had the most unbelievable experiences. This year we brought our oldest kids (Joey age 12, and Aaron age 9.) We left our three-year-old daughter back in Florida with her grandparents.

Here are some of the best moments (good, bad, and ugly) from our trip:

  1. On the first day in the convention, after a few hours of walking around the floor, the boys got tired, so we took a break in the hallway outside. While we were rejuvenating with Gatorade and snacks, I spotted Adam Savage from Mythbusters walking by. My boys are huge fans! So my husband grabbed the boys and ran up to Adam asking for a picture. Even though he was running late for a panel, he posed for a photo - which was so incredibly gracious of him - a thrill for us!

  1. The boys got to play Mario Odyssey - a new Nintendo game that doesn’t come out for a few months. They were REALLY thrilled to wait in line for an hour to do so…while they waited, I walked around to find my own treasures…

  1. While they were waiting for Nintendo, I made my way to the Profiles in History booth, where there was a large display of items that will be auctioned off from the estate of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. I was in awe of an autographed poster and costume from Singing in the Rain. I feel privileged to have been able to see some of the items from their personal collections. They were both such legends.

  1. On my way into the convention center we passed the musical group the Black Eyed Peas dressed as the characters from Star Wars. That’s not something you see every day.

  1. The cosplay was unbelievable. Cosplay - a fancy word that means dressing up as a character from a book, movie, or video game - is a very important part of the convention experience. My son dressed as LinkPool (a combination of the character Link from Zelda and Deadpool). Dozens of people took his photo - a complete thrill for him! People watching at Comic-Con is the best that it gets - anywhere! (below is a a great example of cosplay - and my favorite of the trip - Vanellope von Schweetz from the movie Wreck It Ralph)

  1. Besides the convention floor, there are rooms where panels take place. The casts of popular television shows, movies, and pop culture in general gather to participate in discussions led by well-known moderators. The coveted place to be for the best of these panels is Hall H on Saturday. The room holds 6,500 people, and the line to get in is long. I don’t mean long like “oh that ride at Disney World is 145 minutes long,” I mean long like people camp out for TWO nights to get in. We weren’t willing to be quite so overzealous, but we knew if we were even going to have a chance we’d have to plan it out. With our friends taking turns, we got into line at 5:30 on Friday morning. We entered the room on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. - BARELY making it in. But once we did, it was worth every minute.

  1. We sat in Hall H from 11:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. and it was EPIC! Warner Brothers was up first. They brought the cast of Ready Player One, including director Steven Spielberg. Then Bladerunner 2049 with Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and the rest of the cast. Finally they presented the Justice League with Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and the rest of the gang. The next panel was Charlize Theron discussing her new movie Atomic Blonde. She was beautiful, smart, and passionate. Following her discussions were panels for two of my favorite television shows - Stranger Things and WestWorld. Both panels were fun and interesting. The day concluded with Marvel’s panels. They brought the cast of Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther. My kids were delighted to be in the same room as Thor, The Hulk, and Black Panther. To end the day, Marvel surprised the audience by playing an exclusive trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. That is when 6,500 fans collectively lost their ever-loving geek minds.

All in all, we’re glad we traveled across the country and spent a lot of our vacation funds to bring our boys on this trip. It was a one-of-a-kind experience that they aren’t going to see again. Will we be back? Right now, we say probably not, but I have a feeling once the hype starts to hit the internet and tickets start to go on sale, we might have forgotten about the lines, the heat, and the sore feet, and our geekiness will just take over.

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