Today was the first day of panels at Comic-Con and they were fun. I didn’t get to all the ones I wanted to attend, but I didn’t expect to since many were conflicting in time, but I got to plenty. The BSG Reunion panel was pretty cool and they even did a remembrance of Richard Hatch. It really put me in the mood to rewatch that series, it was so good.
I only watched one season of The Strain and I forgot that Walter Frey aka Argus Filch aka David Bradley was on that show – he was pretty good at the panel for The Strain.
Adam Savage participated in the Great Debate panel put on by SyFy. It was pretty funny listening to him, Orlando Jones, Aisha Taylor, John Barrowman, and Charlie Jane Anders talk about Star Wars, Star Trek, the best John Williams movie theme, and many other fun and interesting things.
On the whole, it was a pretty cool day at Comic-Con.
The first day of Comic-Con is usually not quite as crazy as the following 4 since it’s only open from 6-9, but it still packs a whalop. After picking up my Preview Night badge, I made my annual pilgrimage over to the Tick booth to pick up my new shirt.
But then back on the floor, I think I got a sense of some of the focus of the convention this year and it seems things are broadening out a bit from the past few years. Sure, movies are represented quite a bit but there are a bunch of television properties that seem to be making a splash and they’re not always the big names like Game of Thrones and Westworld…though they were both there in force.
Today has been pretty crazy but I’ve got a few random things to mention today. Taking a look around the web at the cool sites covering Comic-Con I saw the Knightfall banners going up at Petco, the Legion wrap going up on hotels, and the new Gifted posters. Marvel seems to be going into TV big this upcoming year and I hope these shows are well thought out and written.
With the Con only a few days away, I’m feeling a bit more confident today that we’ll get an opportunity to see Stan Lee. This past weekend, he showed up at not just one, but 2 events and I certainly hope to see him here in San Diego.
Here’s Stan at the Opening of Spider-Man Homercoming (from MarvelousTV).
And here he is at the D23 convention where he was awarded Disney’s Legend award.
I also wanted to take a look at the weather for the con…
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and the people who run Comic-Con International announced earlier this week that the convention center will remain the host for the next 4 years…at least.
While the city council of San Diego keeps working to keep the citizens of the city from voting to improve and expand the convention center, at least the mayor wants to keep this great event in America’s Finest City.
Of course my plans are to attend the next 4 conventions, but I’m still pulling for a long term commitment to expand the facilities and keep SDCC in San Diego forever.
I’m kinda all over the place in todays morning ramble taking a look at another comic I’ve been reading, stepping back into Destiny, reading about the upcoming Steam sale, and reading a newspaper article about honoring Luke Skywalker.
Mark Hamill Drive
While the city council recently voted to keep the citizens disenfranchised in choosing what to do with Jack Murphy Stadium in Mission Valley and expanding the downtown convention center, they have no problem unanimously approving a street name change to “Mark Hamill Drive”.
Apparently Luke Skywalker lived on the street way back when and went to school nearby so the council decided to take action. Sure, it’s not as expensive as a allowing the citizens to vote to expand the convention center so Comic-Con can continue to be held in the city for the foreseeable future, but at least I get to drive by an homage to Star Wars on my way home from work everyday.
Destiny: World’s Grave
It’s been quite a while since I put together anything related to Destiny, but I have been playing it somewhat. I’m hoping to make some traction in posting about where I’m at in the game and get rolling again. When I last left off it was April and I was standing in front of the Temple of Crota and gearing up for my next big fight.
Getting though the initial bad guys wasn’t much of an issue but I did meet an Ogre for the first time. This guy is pretty tough but I got past him alright and I headed down to the World’s Grave.
But that didn’t stop me – I quickly respawned and came back to take them on again. This time I remembered to wait until their shield went down before I started shooting the big guys. They didn’t stand a chance.
Getting past them, I shot up a bunch of Acolytes as I headed to find the Siphon Witches…they were my next big target.
This guys had a very fast fire rate but I quickly figured out that I could easily take them out with my sniper rifle – bam, bam, bam 3 head shots and no witches. But there was more to this section of the World’s Grave.
That of course meant – there’s gonna be a ton of baddies showing up real soon…be prepared. I counted at least 3 Knights that I had to take down in the 1st wave alone and there seemed to be a never ending series of waves. Then Telthor, Unborn showed up.
For more on my travels, check out my Destiny journal
The Beginning of the Darkseid War
Yesterday I jumped back into a bit of DC Rebirth reading – actually I’m still leading up to Rebirth and am a few dozen issues away from the starting event but there’s plenty going on.
There was a shakeup in the reading list I was following and instead of reading Titan’s Hunt immediately after the Aquaman Out of Darkness story, the list now calls for a read of Justice League Darkseid War. This was coming up fast anyway and since the reading order is a moving target, I’m fine with the switch.
Justice League #40 is the prologue to the Darkseid War which looks like it’s gonna be a pretty big event in the New 52 universe. While I’ve never read any comics with Darkseid in them, I have heard of him and I’ve always thought of him as a pretty big player in the world of DC Comics…as in he hurts a lot of people. For the most part though, this issue revolves around someone called Metron and it seems to cover multiple iterations of the DC Universe.
I certainly didn’t understand all of it but it was an interesting read. Some of the pages have incredibly detailed art and make me wish I actually knew who all the characters depicted are. More important, this is what I remember from reading Justice League as a kid – they always seemed to have pages full of wide-screen, edge to edge conflicts with tons of heroes and villains. But then I used to know everyone back then and that was before the universe was rebuilt multiple times. I don’t know who put together the art for these huge shots, but there are 6 artists on pencils (Jason Fabok, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Scott Kolins, Jim Lee, and Kevin Maguire) and another 7 artists on inks (Jason Fabok, Phil Jimenez, Scott Kolins, Kevin Maguire, Jaime Mendoza, Jerry Ordway, and Scott Williams) and they’re really impressive layouts. In any case, it was a good start to what looks like a major event.
Steam Summer Sale
Finally, it has been confirmed that the Steam Summer Sale is gonna begin on Friday. Multiple sources have published reports about the start date, but I didn’t see anything official on the Steam store. I do believe the reports though. In any case, it’s time to go bargain hunting again. Personally, I’ve got a love-hate relationship with the Steam sales. I love to see and buy all the discounted titles but I hate that it simply builds up my backlog of games I never finish. Worse still, I’m pretty sure I’ve got over 100 games in my library that I haven’t even installed, much less started up. And yet every year I add more. Too many titles sound enticing and like something that could be really good. Or they get great reviews and are in a genre I enjoy.
Sure the deals are great, but I have to work hard this year to resist the urge to buy them all…we’ll see how well I succeed.
With just over a month left until Comic-Con 2017 I’m starting to get excited and prepared. The main thing this week has been parking. Since I missed out on the lottery system, I had to wait till this week – June 12th actually – to get access to prepaid parking.
Here are where the lots are located:
I ended up with the same parking each day and paid a middle of the road amount – I actually managed to keep parking expenses less than the convention ticket cost this year so I feel a sense of accomplishment.
Good luck getting your parking.
Sadly, the San Diego City council went against hundreds of thousands of voters and chose to deny a special election in November for a vote on the expansion of the convention center. The mayor originally vetoed their obstruction but they overrode his veto and denied the voters the opportunity to express their democratic right to vote. With this rejection of the will of the voters, we now have to wait until November 2018 to vote on the expansion. Hopefully this won’t impact Comic-Con and we’ll still be able to keep it here in San Diego, but with continued delays on expansion, I fear there may eventually come a day when the con will move away from wonderful San Diego.
San Diego is a really beautiful town and running provides ample opportunity to see how wonderful it can be.
My speed wasn’t fast and I used the run-walk method I’ve been working with the last few months but the main thing is, I went for a run.
I’m really hoping to get more of these runs out there over the next few months as I get in better shape. For now, though, a half hour run on the weekend is a good start for me and if you can’t run that long, walking is good too.