No Preview Night This Year
This morning was Open Registration for San Diego Comic-Con. I already had picked up tickets for Thursday through Sunday – the main days of the convention – but missed out on Wednesday. So Preview Night was the only thing I needed and those tickets were the first to go.
Angels split a couple
The Angels lost their final matchup against the A’s up in Oakland and went 2–2 in their opening series. Not too bad, but they did place Garret Richards on the 10 day disabled list. 3 days into the season and they’ve got their first major injury. Hopefully it’s not a sign of things to come and he’ll heal up quickly.
The good news is the team won their first engagement with Seattle this year. They got some good pitching from their 5th starter to win their home opener…not bad at all. A 3–2 start is better than a lot of people expected of them and I’m happy so far.
SMITE on PC
I had a bit of time to give SMITE a try on my PC this morning as I was waiting for the Comic-Con registration to start. The Steam download is free but I had to set up an account and other than that, things are pretty similar between the PS4 and PC. The main difference is obviously the control scheme. Using WASD to control a MOBA character is definitely different from any other MOBA I’ve tried out. It also makes things interesting when trying to use abilities. Rather than using the controller buttons for abilities, the 1234 keys are used and it’s totally a different set of muscle actions from what I’m used to with League. I kept hitting QWER and expecting something to happen…no, I have to stretch further to the 1234 number row for spells.
I only had time to play through the tutorial, which I did to gain worshippers and what is essentially IP, I think it’s called Favor in SMITE. In any case, I played as Neith and find that I like her better on the PC than on the PlayStation. I think her kit fits better in my thinking when I’m on a PC. Tomorrow I might give the game a whirl in Conquest mode, but today I only played the tutorial and an Arena match and had a winning day all around. The game is definitely fun on console or PC so I think I’ll keep it in my rotation for now.
Morning Ramble for March 28th, 2017 in which I get an email about Comic-Con Open Registration, another about Comic-Con Parking, and miss the second auction deadline for one of my fantasy baseball leagues.
Things have been pretty busy lately and I’ve been struggling to keep up on email. I’m actually working to get to Inbox Zero, but man-o-man is that difficult. Not that I have a bunch of emails I need to respond to, but I get a bunch that I have information I want to read about, videos I want to watch, or other stuff I’ve signed up for because I’m interested in expanding my knowledge about all kinds of things. If only I had the time to get through all those emails – right now, I’m marking them to be read and archiving them, but space is finite and I’ll have to make decisions to cull them eventually. This swamp of emails is part of the reason I didn’t get to my fantasy baseball auction – so I’ve had to prioritize messages from the league so I don’t miss out on the 3rd deadline later this week. I’m just happy I haven’t missed out on any email about Comic-Con so far.
I have to say it’s such a relief to finally see the day that registration for returning con-goers (hmm…what is the word for someone who attends a comic-con?) has arrived. I was so stressed before the announcement of when this day was gonna happen, I was having nightmares about missing the purchase window. So here it was…San Digeo Comic-Con 2017 Registration.
Would I be able to get tickets now or have to roll the dice in general registration?
I admit, this is my most hated day related to Comic-Con. I’ve had plenty of years where I would get a single day or even get shut out on pre-reg day so I really hate it.
Back in the day…I would pick up tickets to the following year’s convention right after I walked into the convention center. They were actually for sale on-site and it was great. I knew right away, a year before the convention started, that I would be going and had all 4 days with preview night. It was such a wonderful, blissful feeling.
Fast forward to now, and the whole thing is impersonal, fearful, and a crap shoot…I just want to get my tickets!
But you can’t always get what you want.
This year I’ll have to try to get Preview Night tickets at the general badge sale…but who knows when that’ll be.
MMM…and I might have to get Saturday at…
Oh, look here…
I got in!!!!
I didn’t get the Preview Night tickets to go with the whole package, but I did manage to pick up passes to all 4 days.
…and So Relieved!!!!
Well…no, I didn’t get into Hall H for the Pokémon panel, but I certainly experienced the effects.
But that didn’t you stop people from “participating”…these were outside Hall H.
Needless to say, there were plenty of Pokémon to be found…
In all, it was a fun day at the Con…I’m sad it’s the last for 2016.
I started the day off with my first line of the Con other than waiting for the lanyards on Preview Night…
The line for the Indigo Ballroom was pretty long, considering it was my first real line this year. Fortunately, it was A) overcast this morning so it was not as hot, B) there was a nice breeze from the bay, and C) I got into the room for the Lucifer panel I wanted to see.
The panel was great and I am looking forward to the next season of the show, but Saturday at Comic-Con is always about the cosplay…
George was there, but he promised that no one was going to have their head chopped off at the con this year.
Jinx showed up with her launcher.
And Inuyasha brought his sword.
But of course, the Hulk didn’t need any weapons.
And even though the cosplay was great, there were still Pokemon to catch, and I finally caught a Pikachu!!!! I’m pretty sure we can all understand his power now stem from his Jedi roots…
It was a good day.
Just wanted to share a bit of the crazy greatness that is San Diego Comic-Con 2016…so far, I’ve been able to make it to all my top panels and have barely waited in line. I’m not sure if that’s because of my strategic panel selection or my approach of trying to target panels in the same room I’m interested in, but earlier. It really doesn’t matter, I’ve seen a bunch of stuff and I’m happy. I’ll have plenty to comment on as the days progress and I assimilate everything I’ve seen, but for now…
The iZombie panel was once again great.
American Gods looks really cool and they just added Kristen Chenoweth to the cast.
Preacher was great and the table read was awesome!
And then of course…Stan Lee was the MAN and it was wonderful to see him!
It was another great day at San Diego Comic-Con.
The first panel I made it to for Comic-Con 2016 was the Comixology Ask-Me-Anything panel.
Technically, it was the second panel, but I went into the Gears of War panel – there was no line – and set myself up for the day and then went out walking. The Comixology panel was one I was interested in, but was not on the top of my list for today.
It was an informative panel with discussion about getting your comic published via Submit, reading the French comics using the app, and if the Windows Tablet version will get a download option. The panelists were knowledgeable and answered everything. They’re really a quality act over at Comixology. I’m using them for most of the comics I read except for older Marvel titles which I can get through Marvel Unlimited.
A couple of good questions dealt with the Comixology Unlimited and they said they’re adding more titles every month, and another question dealt with comics available on Kindle but not Comixology – apparently they are working to make sure the availability is the same for the app as for Kindle. I’m pretty sure Matt is a regular host of the Comixologist podcast and Tia has shown up on it a few times as well – at least their voices sounded familiar.
As for the Gears of War panel, instead of having a NECA exclusive this year, they went with Funko…everyone seems to want a Funko these days.
One thing that makes having Comic-Con International in San Diego is the wonderful weather we have here, and this week looks pretty good – that is if you trust any of the weather forecasts…
From The Weather Channel
So it looks as though we’re due for some nice sunny weather for Comic-Con. The high seems like it will come on Friday and is predicted at either 81 or 82 degrees except for Accuweather which claims Sunday will be the warmest at 83 degrees. There seems to be a bit of higher pressure moving in on Friday to Saturday and the humidity seems to be in the low to mid 60%. That 9-10 mph breeze should make it seem a bit cooler on the beautiful San Diego bay. Not bad for a late July week.
Be sure to wear sunscreen if you’re gonna wait outside in any lines.
Saturday’s schedule has quite a few panels I’d like to see, but they are all over the place and as usual, they occur at the same time.
Ballroom 20 looks pretty good though there are a few gaps in what I’d like to see. I really would’t start until noon when The Simpsons panel runs. Then I’d skip to 2:30 with the Grimm and Supergirl panels and then skip to 5 for The Flash. The inbetween panels aren’t bad, but not something I’d be focused on seeing.
Hall H is jam packed starting with Warner Brothers at 11:30 then Star Trek and Aliens 30th anniversary. Those cover the afternoon and then the big hitters of Marvel and Kevin Smith starting at 5:30. While I’d like to see all these, it means getting a wristband on Friday to get in as I doubt the room will be easy to get into after things start.
Indigo is a bit less crowded today with only Lucifer at 1:30 and the a couple of SyFy shows – The Expanse and The Magicians at 3. Son of Zorn and Last Man on Earth might be decent as well, but I’ve not heard of Zorn and Last Man got a bit old last season.
6BCF might have he most consistent panels for my interest Saturday starting at 4 with Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency which looks like a promising new show on BBC America. This is followed by Outcast, a show I’m really enjoying, Riverdale which is basically Archie live action, Frequency which is a new show based on the movie which I enjoyed, and Time After Time which covers the adventures of a young H.G. Wells. Not a bad run of panels.
There are a couple of Manga panels starting at 7 in 23ABC that I might take a look at. 6A has the panel I’d be most desiring to see particularly if I miss the earlier panel, but Stan Lee is there at 1:45 and of course I’d like to see anything he does. 24ABC has the panel I’d like to start out my day with – William Gibson who is making his first Comic-Con appearance. And then 30CDE has a panel I enjoy most years, the spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski.
On the whole, Saturday is packed but all over the place. I’ll probably try to spend most of my time in 6BCF again but might try a foray into ballroom 20 for a couple of panels. Always so much to see.