Since vendors tend to go all out for SDCC, I thought I’d post some pics from some of the booths (both inside the Exhibit Hall and outside in surrounding areas). However, I don’t have a pic of the infamous Hobbit trolls since I there was a huge line and everyone wanted to pose with them. Eff that.
I also used to have a picture of the exhibit hall on preview night up there, but I took it down for copyright reasons. Instead there is a completely accurate and realistic drawing by me of what the exhibit hall looks like.
Kotobukiya’s Bishoujo line. I’m not usually one for collecting sexy figures, but I couldn’t pass up this blend of Japanese style with superhero women.
I don’t buy all of them though. I mean, look at this grotesque Huntress. She would be a gorgeous figure if they hadn’t decided to deform her boobs into eggplants. WTF.
On the other hand, this Power Girl is the first figure from them that I’ve gotten excited about for a while. She’s famous for her rack, so her chest doesn’t bother me too much. Plus they didn’t make her stick thin and gave her some bone-crushing thighs to balance out her top, so major props. I love her.
Changeless cutout at the Hachette booth, where I unfortunately dealt with some terrible vendor person. I wanted to ask if the Gail Carriger freebies had all been given out, and when I asked someone if I could ask a question (she was wearing a Retailer badge and standing talking with some other vendor people in the booth), she just looked at me and said flatly, “No.” That’s it. Nothing else. Not, “I’m sorry, I’m on a break” or “I’m sorry, I don’t work at this booth” or “No, but you could ask that person.” Just “No.” I was so pissed off that I left the booth and never went back. Not that it mattered, since all the freebies had been given away in an hour, but it was just so irritating. Having worked in retail, I detest uncalled for rude customer service. I seriously just asked, “Hi, can I ask you a question?”
Anyway, I enjoy the manga renditions of Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, and thought this cutout was very pretty.
Adventure Time took over a nearby children’s museum and transformed it into Adventure Time Land. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see it because the line was crazy long when we ventured over there. I did like the gigantic Finn balloon though.
The nearby Ralph’s was very clever with their store decoration.
Warner Brothers brought in all the Batmobiles throughout the years and lined them up. That was pretty cool.
I’m not a fan at all of the Nolan Batmobiles. I think a Batmobile should be more car-like, not tank-like. While I love the original 60s Batmobile on a pure car aesthetic, I think Tim Burton’s Batmobile fits my image of the Batmobile best.
The dark and mighty Maleficent, greatest of the Disney villainesses… looking SUPER CUTE.
John Layman and Rob Guillory signing Malvitas’s trade paperback of Chew vol. 5. So here’s the story about this. Our first days at SDCC this year, I asked Mal if he wanted to get something signed (I forget what it was) and he was all, “Eh… no, I’m not really into autographs.” Then he met THE Warcraft artist, Samwise, who had a table in Artist Alley, and was all fanboying out (he’s going to bring his Warcraft II box next year to get it signed) and bought a print, and had him sign it.
After reading Chew v. 1 & 2 and falling madly in love with them (like I said he would, the doofus), we went to the Image booth and he picked up 3 & 4 and had Layman and Guillory sign all of his copies (I had them sign my Secret Agent Poyo comic). But they had sold out of vol. 5, which just came out recently. So on our final day, we tracked down a booth that still had a copy.
Me: Ok, cool. So we done?
Mal: No, I need to get this signed.
Me: What? I thought you didn’t care about autographs!
Mal: But… I have the other four signed! It won’t match!
So back we went to the Image booth. However Layman was AWOL and Guillory was giving an interview.
Me: Aw, that’s too bad.
Me: Oh well. Let’s go to lunch and then head home. I’m done with everything, I think.
Mal: No! Let’s go to lunch and then come back to see if they’re free!
Me: OMG, you crazy obsessed person!
After a nice lunch at Old Spaghetti Factory, we come back, and this time both of the guys are being interviewed.
Me: Well, so much for that.
Mal: I’ll wait.
Me: What?? You’re crazy!
Mal: I think they’re almost done!
Luckily, they were almost done, and Mal was able to get his comic signed, and he was super happy. He’s also now ahead of me in the comics, since the Omnivores which I collect, have two trades worth of comics in there (or ten issues, as opposed to the trade’s five issues).
I really really like the Image booth. Their writers and artists are completely accessible (with the possible exception of Robert Kirkman, because of Walking Dead‘s exploding popularity, so he’s harder to get to). Layman and Guillory were really nice and approachable. I need to read more Image comics so I know who the rest of the people are at the table.
Next up: all the stuff I ended up buying in the Exhibit Hall!
Part 1: SDCC 2012: What I Watched is here.
Part 2: SDCC 2012: What I Saw is here.
Part 4: SDCC 2012: What I Got is here.
Part 5: SDCC 2012: What I Ate/Drank is here.