Okay, now, other things. This is only over a month after the convention, hahahahaha…
Warnings: Swearing everywhere, rambling, fangirling. 7 Photos.
- Woke up at 5:30am
+ Got to read some Otomen as I waited for Nur to finish getting ready
+ On the road by 6:30am
+ Wow, this ride is going by fast
+ Early lunch near Six Flags holy shit how did we get here so fast?
- Traffic in LA. Always traffic.
++++ Is that an aircraft carrier out there off the coast? Is that a caravan of helicopters flying with suspended boxes from it to the shore? IS THIS SO AMAZING TO WATCH????
++ Marines doing training all around the freeway in cool-looking armored vehicles.
--- Battery is almost out on my 3DS
++ Get to our hotel by like 2:30-3:00ish?
++++ See Thy and Mark for the first time… since like… last Comic-Con?
+ Laze about hotel room
- I really should work or something
- Iron costumes
-- This iron is broken or something
--- Fuck you iron, do your goddamn job
-- Things aren't ironed well
+ Go get dinner at Rubio's
++ See Pacific Rim
++++ HOLY CRAP THIS MOVIE IS SO GREAT
++++ SERIOUSLY GO SEE IT
++++ It's like a badass live action anime omg there are some many anime tropes and MECHS AND KAIJUU AHHHHH
++ Fangirl to Mark and Thy about the movie when we get back
--- Sleep poorly
- Wake up early
- Slowly get into Book!Hiccup costume
- Make up suuuuucks
+ But drawing freckles is super fun
+ Get Nur in his Movie!Hiccup costume
- Dammit, I told you three times, your shirt is on the bed
+ Get to parking lot just after 8am
++ Drawing freckles on Nur
+++ Damn Nur, you're adorable
-- Looooong walk from parking lot to the convention center
- Soooo many people
+ Oh, people like our costumes and our dragons
++ Walk through pro badge pick up
Photo taken by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage/Getty Images, reposted without permission.
+ Before I even get my badge on, a lady asks for our picture (posted above), it ends up on ABC News' site (somehow my mom saw it there?)
-- Hustle over to Room 6A's line and ugh it's humid
- Dragon basket isn't very comfortable
+ Chatting with nice people in line
++ They let us into the room way early
+ Play on 3DS, aw yiss streetpass
++ Chat for a tiny bit with a lady sitting three seats away who works in the lighting department at Dreamworks
++ Panel we were in because we wanted to be in the panel after is actually pretty neat, it's about music in superhero films
+ Hey, that handsome guy looks like the husband of that one Disneyland trip reporter I read
+ Oh, it is him. And his wife is here too, sitting just a bit behind us
- Except her trip reports annoy me because she seems so picky and whiny in them.
-- Why do I even read them? Maybe the for the pictures? Let's say it's for the pictures.
+++ Dreamworks panel!
+ Mr. Peabody and Sherman movie actually looks sorta cute!
++++++ HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 CLIPS
+++++++++ HICCUP!!! DAMN BOY YOU SO HOT
++++ Get pictures taken by excited Dreamworks employees outside of the panel, they say they can't wait to show our costumes to their colleagues back at the studio (gaaaah, blushing everywhere)
--- There was a really good Ruffnut and Astrid at the panel, but I didn't see them
+ Everyone in the Dreamworks panel got a ticket for the fulfillment room for a How to Train Your Dragon 2 poster
++++ Poster is SUPER sexy (I knew about it, but thought it was just going to be for sale, not a giveaway), on nice paper and hand numbered out of 2000. Daaaamn, Dreamworks, thanks.
++ We also get small plush Belts (the sloth from Croods) and button sets
- Try to pick up a book for Nik, they were already sold out for the day
+ Exhibit hall is impressive as always
-- But way too crowded
+ Nur goes back to car to drop off posters for their own safety
+ Go way early to the room the VIZ panel will be in
+ Adorable kids talk with me about CinderClaw
+ A Nickelodeon panel is next? Oh, cool.
++ THE ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE? AHHH THE MEMORIES
-- Some of these newer shows look pretty crappy and these clips are not funny
--- I think my feet are getting blisters
+ Sister asks if we went to donut shop she told us about on Wednesday
- No we didn't
++ Move to the front for the next panel, sat next to a nice girl and chatted for a while with her
+++ Panel is about visual effects? Awesome!
++ VIZ panel, showing support for the company that signs my paychecks
+++ There's going to be a digital manga sale in August, HUZZAH
+ Go to Kodansha panel
+ Dallas is getting better at these panels
-- Get hipster upset again about the sudden popularity of Attack on Titan (Where were you guys last year, UGH /terrible manga hipster)
+++ They licensed the My Little Monster manga! Eeee!
+ Go to Chipotle for dinner
+ See little kids watching my dragons as they walk by, make CinderClaw watch them right back
-- So tired
- Gotta get work done in hotel room
- Ughhhh I'm so over this I should be on vacation
--- Sleep terribly again
+ Easiest costume today, just wearing my Toothless hoodie
++ Nur dresses up Cubby, the King of Bread and Donuts, in his Lickitung costume
+ Find donut shop
++++ COMIC CON DONUTS!!
++ These donuts are good but they are too filling
- Wandering around Exhibit Hall with no real purpose?
+ Oh, yeah, let's take pictures with all the game props!
++ Giving away Strider scarves? DON'T MIND IF I DO.
+ Get in line for Ender's Game experience thing?
- When does this thing open?
+ Catching all the bugs in Animal Crossing
+ Line is moving!
?? Is that kid dressed as that dick king/prince guy from Game of Thrones (I don't know GoT, but he looks like that dick I see in macro images and stuff)
?? OH WHOOPS I GUESS HE'S DRESSED AS A JEDI?
- How did I get those mixed up?
+ Get a badge with my name and photo on it for the experience
- Hahahaha, yuck, I look stoned or something on it
- Where is Nur? I think I lost him
+ Get into experience thing
+ Oh, this is pretty cool.
+++++ Found Nur and Cubby! And CUBBY GOT A BADGE TOO
++ Pictures of Cubby on an Ender's Game set tee hee
+ Went to Shifty Look Arcade maybe?
- It's cool, but not as cool as last year
++ In a room for the Thief Panel early, this panel about sci-fi comics is pretty damn awesome
+++ HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THE THIEF GAMES BEFORE? I'M ALL ABOUT COOL THIEVERY!
+++ Panel for Cyborg 009 and the Legacy of Shotaro Ishinomori
+++ I love you, Ishinomori
- Stop it panel, I don't want to buy your American 009 comic
-- I said STOP IT! STOP MAKING IT LOOK SO GOOD.
----- WHERE IS JET'S BEAK-NOSE?
+++ Oh my god the design of the cover of this book is like my design wetdream
-- Alright, fine. I'll buy your goddamn good-looking book
+ Buy book, one of the panelists is there and happy I'm buying it. IT'S BECAUSE OF YOUR STUPID GOOD PANEL DAMMIT
+ Wander around Exhibit Hall, waiting for Nur to finish his panels
+ OH HEY IT'S A KIBOU-HOPE STATUE FROM YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL(I don't know it's real name, but that's what it sounds like whenever he summons it)
++ OH HEY THEY'RE MAKING CUSTOM YGO CARDS, you get your photo on them~!
- Nur gets out of panel while I'm in line for cards
++ Chatting with the card maker while my card prints out, he's a cool guy
++ MY CARD IS AWESOME, and Yuusei is on it.
- I would have made one with Juudai, but my hoodie doesn't match his style of deck
--- Shiiiiiiit so late for meeting up with Nur
+ Meet him at the Sega Lounge (?)
-Sega lounge sorta sucks
+ Go to Nintendo Game Lounge
+++ KING OF RED LIONS YOU CAN POSE WITH
+ Pose will SO MANY SIGNS in the lounge
- Sorry I'm annoying
-- Wow, I'm so freaking lazy, let's go back to the hotel
++ TACO BELL FOR DINNER
- Fuck, I don't want to work
-- Nur's body wash smells like terrible cologne , but after a couple days of using it, I'm almost used to it
+ Sleep well until…
--- FUCK YOU NEIGHBORS, IT'S LIKE TWO AM
--- I'M GONNA SET YOUR CAR ON FIRE, SERIOUSLY FUCK YOU
?? Thy and Mark leave at like 4am to get in line for Hall H. Good luck, get good seats! You are so much stronger than me
+ Dress as Book!Hiccup, it takes a lot less time to get ready this time. Sporting both dragons today. I CAN DO THIS.
+ Nur goes to some panel, I line up for Urban Fantasy: Myth and Magic in the City
++ Wow, the people in this line are super awesome
+ There's an awful lot of Gravity Falls cosplayers here.
+++ This panel is super informative
- The only panelist I'm familiar with is Jim Butcher
+++ I want to read all their books, they sound so cool
- Leave panel after, what's the panel after this anyway?
--- Aw shit, it was the Gravity Falls panel, why didn't I stay? That explains all the cosplayers…
+ Meet up with Nur, go to next panel room
++ Nur describes the next panel as a circle jerk and it totally is, but it's still interesting
+++ Shonen Jump podcast!
+ HAHAHAH URIAN DOESN'T RECOGNIZE ME AND GIVES ME A PRIZE FOR CLAPPING A LOT
- Does Alexis recognize me? He keeps looking at me strangely
+++ WORLD TRIGGER IS THE BEST EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT
+ Going to the SJ Fan Meetup
++ Is that a ASSCREED PIRATE SHIP? HOLY CRAP.
- Goddamn crowds!
++ Oh, the crowd is because Mark Sheppard just walked in front of me? Whoa. Comic Con.
+ LIIIIINES at the meet up
--- Why are there no World Trigger drinks? DISAPPOINTMENT.
-- This line for shirts is really long, I guess we won't make it to the Person of Interest panel
+ Ah! Alexis did recognize me! And John! And now Andy! I'm pretty impressed, I'm in full costume and all…
+ Nice chats with editors and people in line
--- HOLY FUCK WHAT WAS THAT EXPLOSION?
+ Oh, just the AssCreed ship's cannons.
-- Area is all smokey now
++ Dude, that ship used it's CANNONS
- Say goodbye to everyone, Alexis tells me to save him three seats in order to make up for not saving him one last year
+ Let's go find the full-size Deadly Nadder!
-- NADDER? WHERE ARE YOU?
- Let's go ask as the How to Train Your Dragon game booth that is sponsoring this or something
- This booth is hard to find, oh, there it is… Hmmm, that guy looks familiar…
+ Oh my god
++ OH MY GOD
+++OH MY GOD
++++ IT'S DEAN DEBLOIS (director of HtTYD 2, co-director of HtTYD 1)
++++ HE KNOWS I'M BOOK HICCUP
+++++ HE WANTS A PICTURE WITH ME
------ Wow, I am embarrassing
++ He shows me pictures of some AWESOME HtTYD he's seen during the con
--- Still the most embarrassing
+ Get info on the Nadder
- But still can't find it
+ Get in line for something random in the area the dragon is supposed to be in because why not
+ Some one asks for a picture, then asks if we saw the other dragon BECAUSE NOW IT'S OUT AND JUST ONE STREET OVER
- RUSH RUSH RUSH
-- Huge crowd
+++++ After a few minutes, the Nadder sees my little baby Nadder, SkySpear, let's out a SHRIEK, and comes over, leans down and starts nuzzling her
+++++ THE CUTENESS OH MY GODDDD
+++++++ COME LIVE WITH ME, BIG NADDER
++ Eventually get photo with Nadder and her Hiccup handler
- Phew, so tired. Text Nat to see if she wants dinner earlier
-- No response, but we had planned for like 7, and it's like 5:30
+ Play Animal Crossing, read manga
- So hungry, text again a bit after 7. No response
-- Text again a little while later, decide to tell her where we're going so maybe she can meet up with us?
+ TIME FOR FOOD
--- Nat texts back, she was in a panel, it got out late, they can't make it to dinner
+ Hopefully we'll get together next time!
+ Take picture of the seats I saved for Alexis at dinner
- Feet hurt so badly, bandages are now too tight on my feet
+ Get back to hotel, take off bandages, shower, relax
++ Thy and Mark come back, tell us about their day in Hall H
+++ It sounds AWESOME
- Fine, I'll get a bit of work done, but just a bit.
+ Pack up some of the car so we don't have to pack much tomorrow
+ Actually sleep okay… until…
-- I'M GONNA FEED YOUR ENTRAILS TO THE CROWS IF YOU DON'T SHUT UP.
---- IT'S FIVE AM YOU FUCKING INCONSIDERATE PRICKS
- Get up at whatever o'clock
+ Yay, the car is mostly packed
-- Say goodbye to Mark and Thy
+ Drive across San Diego to get breakfast at a Starbucks
++ Take another picture of more seats I saved for Alexis
+ DUDE IT'S TEN. IT'S TIME…
+++ …FOUR OUR ONCE A YEAR BOOK-OFF TRIP!!
+ So many pretty books!!
++ I only fill one basket, and it's not even filled to bursting
?? Does this mean I'm better at controlling myself or that there just weren't as many interesting-looking titles as previous years?
-- Leave at 11:40, 40min after Nur's goal time, sorry Nur
+++ Decide to take a different route home, it's a little longer than usual, but we COMPLETELY bypass the LA area and get to see areas of California we've never seen
?? Is there a big Korean community out here? A lot of these signs are in Korean
+ Join up with Highway 5 at the end of the Grapevine, stop for Starbucks right after (thank-you, treat receipts!)
-- Wow, the line here is really long
+ Drive rest of the way is really smooth, goes fast with the help of lots of episodes of This American Life and Animal Crossing playing.
+ Get home safely, call my mom, let her know
It was a pretty freaking awesome trip. ♥
Annnd to finish things off, here's CinderClaw and Skyspear with my Toothless plush! BECAUSE THEY ARE FRIENDS.