This past week I was either fortunate enough, or crazy enough to attend Comic-Con San Diego. If you didn't see or don't remember my post from a couple years ago, Comic-Con is an annual convention covering multiple genres of entertainment and comic books. It was originally just for comics and sci-fi/fantasy movies and TV, but has grown exponentially to highlight nearly all of pop-culture arts - animation, anime, toys, action-adventure, card and video games, horror, webcomics and fantasy- novels, TV, movies and 2D art. Forbes calls it "the largest convention of its kind in the world."
|Your's truly, dressed as a Comic-Con tourist, with my beautiful wife.|
|This picture must have been taken on a really light day.|
This is my fourth year in a row and I enjoy going, for the most part. Some of the fun is seeing all the attendees in their costumes- or Cosplay as it's called.
|Black Widow and Hawkeye from the Avengers|
|My Godson, the Predator, and a female Loki (Thor's ne'er-do-well brother or is it sister?)|
|Ms. Marvel looking Marvelous|
Part of what makes the floor so crowded is the ability to get free or exclusive stuff. The lines for some of the booths are crazy long, because they are most likely giving away or selling something that a fan can only get at Comic-Con. The staff does a good job of keeping things organized, breaking up the lines and continuing them against a back wall or even out into the lobby. Pops figures are really popular, although I don't quite get the appeal.
My wife and I wanted to see a Game of Thrones exhibit in the Hard Rock Hotel across the street, but that line was just too long for us. One fan, dressed as Robb Stark told me that he had been in line for seven hours, and he was still 50 people back from the entrance.
The convention has an incredible variety of panel discussions, covering every type of entertainment mentioned above, some with the biggest stars from the biggest movies and TV shows. Hall H is where the biggest of the biggest panels are held,. That's where the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer was debuted last year, to include 100 Stormtroopers marching past the people waiting, and each attendee getting their own Light Saber. This year it covered Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Dr. Strange, never-before-seen clips from the still-in-production Justice League-
And the movie getting the most buzz at Comic-Con might be one of the biggest of the summer- Suicide Squad:
But getting into those events requires some serious determination, a little bit of luck, and a willingness to burn most of the day. For some of the biggest panels as I mentioned, a fan has to line up several hours, if not days ahead of time. I heard that some people lined up on Wednesday for a Hall H event on Friday. I'm a fan of the superhero movies and would have really enjoyed seeing many of the Hall H panels, but camping in the heat wasn't worth my time, and I've grown too accustomed to air-conditioned comforts. I only had a two-day ticket, Thursday and Sunday, so I couldn't have gotten in line for the big Friday/Saturday panels anyway.
The panel I thought I'd have the best chance of seeing was for The Last Ship. I got in line an hour before it started though and barely got in before it was cut off. I didn't realize it was that popular. It's about a Navy Destroyer crew after a virus outbreak across the world. It's not the best show on TV, but it's about the Navy, it's pretty exciting to me, and it's actually really well done. Sure, the main character is a little Harmon Rabb-ish -
You remember him don't you? Good looking Navy guy, Tomcat pilot turned JAG Officer, sniper, Astronaut, all around bad-ass. In The Last Ship, that character is portrayed by CAPT Tom Chandler (actor Eric Dane), good looking Navy guy, Surface Warfare Officer extraordinaire turned Special Ops warrior, Combat Search and Rescue expert, diplomat and savior of the world. He's now the Chief of Naval Operations, mainly because that virus in season one wiped out the rest of his competition. He's still onboard the USS NATHAN JAMES (DDG-150), but has handed over the helm to his former XO, CAPT Mike Slattery who is also an all around bad-ass.
That actor, Adam Baldwin (no relation or political compatriot to Alec), is a big fan favorite at Comic-Con due to his work on one of the more popular sci-fi shows of the past- Firefly. He's played several military roles in the movies and I really like the guy, especially after hearing him rave about the Navy during the panel session. He spoke about how amazing it is that we have young men and women of every race running the ship, from weapons to navigation to engineering, and that the crew, like everyone in the military, are the ones keeping us free.
He knows this because the Navy supports the show, allowing them to film on active Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers a couple times a year. Off duty or former Navy SEALs also serve as technical advisers on the show. In one episode, CAPT Slattery had to carry a heavy machine gun through the jungle. When he was fatigued, he asked the SEAL about it and was met with the response "Get stronger." These advisers help keep the show on course and realistic, as much as a fictional show can be.
The show does stretch the limits of what an actual CO would do and the senior writer, Stephen Kane admits as much, but he says it just fiction, not reality TV. While Eric Dane admits his character always leaving the ship and charging into action is unrealistic, he knows they can't kill him off. Adam Baldwin just asked them not to put him in a red shirt. As for how well the Navy is portrayed, Kane he recently received the Distinguished Public Service Award from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for his work.
|Raven from Teen Titans|
|Thor and Captain America, as well as their female counterparts.|
Unless you really want me post about it again. I can go as a freelance blogger and Sarge can cover my expenses!