Friday, October 28, 2011

San Diego Comic-Con, Part 5

(aren't you guys glad that I take copious notes all the time? How else would I be able to write about an event I went to months ago, LoL?)

I was so beyond tired by Sunday morning that I slept in until about 6:30am, then grabbed some of the free breakfast that our hotel had been offering but we hadn't been able to enjoy. I also took some photos of the view from the hotel room, which I had been meaning to do all week.
I got to the Con and was surprised at the line for my first pick of the day - "Archaia: The Early Works of Jim Henson." We were allowed to sit though, which was nice. The special thing about it was that they were going to discuss and show some of Tale of Sand, a graphic novel that was never finished. There was a ton of background, a lot of great questions, and we were encouraged to take photographs of the various scenes shown to us on screen. They also aired some of Jim Henson's early works, which were brilliant. You may remember that I saw some of his rare masterpieces a couple years ago

I took the next few hours to explore Exhibition Hall some more, then went to two back-to-back sessions on learning to draw cartoons. I felt that it was a good way to end my first Comic-Con experience. First, they taught Simpsons characters... specifically Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Then, we got Peanuts characters, but the instructor rushed quite a bit there. We learned two stances for Snoopy, two for Charlie Brown, one for Sally, one for Woodstock, and the profile heads for Linus, Schroeder, Violet, and Lucy.

Captain Jack Sparrow... made of Legos

Peanuts heads
I took a long way back to the hotel so that I could see some more of the Gaslamp district. It was an area that I didn't get to last time I was in San Diego (Summer 2007). I got back to the hotel in plenty of time, and was able to catch an earlier shuttle to the airport. I even was also the only one in the van, so it was a nice, quiet ride. We hit no traffic getting there, and security was fairly quick. Shortly after I made it to the gate though, I began to get really tired. I changed into track pants and a sweatshirt and started writing.

I had a nice flight, chatting with the couple next to me who were also at the Con. It was late when I got in, and I had some trouble finding the car (while I was out of town, Jonathan got called to fly to Denver so he left the car at the airport for me), but made it home and fell asleep without much incident.

A few final pictures of the costumes...

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