Saturday, July 22, 2006

Serendipity

Today I was Charles McGee of Irvine, CA. I've never met Charles McGee of Irvine, CA, nor do I know how good a job of impersonating him I did. I was also Albert Rielly for about 2 hours, who I did meet. I didn't do a very good job of impersonating him. More on that below.

As you are all aware, this weekend was Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention. Since I live down here, it seemed logical that I go. It's not like I have anything else to do.

I should've guessed today'd be kinda different when I got to the Coaster station to get down to Comic-Con. Today was one of those days when the public transportation schedule coincided with my own, so I took advantage of it. When I got to the station, this guy asked me if I was paying cash for my ticket and if I wanted to buy his spare ticket. I did, and it saved me a buck.

I got to the convention center and noticed the huge motherfucking line. This did not make me happy, as I didn't really feel like standing in a line all day. After standing in line for about an hour and a half, one of the staff announced that they were at capacity and were only letting people in as others left. I continued standing in line since I didn't have anything else to do. After all, I had to wait for the train anyways.

About a half hour after that, someone approached me, telling me he had an extra pass to get in. I kind of scoffed at him, thinking he was going to try to sell it to me, like someone did about 15 minutes prior. That would have been the normal thing to do. Not today. The guy said he'd let me borrow a badge to get me in, for free, if I'd take a picture of a friend of his with Matt Groening. I pondered this for a bit. It seemed like a very weird request and too good to be true. But I went along with it, mostly because he wasn't wanting to charge me for the badge and because he was trusting me to uphold my end of the bargain. So I agreed to his terms, and in we went. Saved me $30 and at least an hour of time.

I talked him into letting me keep the badge until I took the picture. I needed it to freely move between floors, which I wanted to do. I headed over to the Questionable Content booth and bought a shirt from Jeph. I figured that his comic's enhanced my life enough that he should be monetarily compensated for it. Plus I like his shirts. I bought the Teh one, so now I can walk around looking like Marten. I know Jeph's written that he doesn't look or act like Marten in his strip, but I guess I just expected Jeph to look like him. He doesn't; not even close.

At 3, I went over to where I needed to take the pictures, the guy gave me a badge I could keep for the rest of the day, I took the pictures, and away I went for the rest of the day.

I'm still blown away at the size of this thing. I walked around for like 5 hours in large circles around the center and still had trouble seeing the same thing twice. Amazing. Next year I might have to actually plan to see something.

Oh, and I found Jesus today. Turns out he's really into cons. But even though I found Jesus today, I got Saved on Wednesday. I highly recommend it.

Anyways, fun times. I'll post pictures as I get around to it.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Will said...

So what kind of comics are at the Comic Con? Was it like Marvel/DC comics, or newspaper style Far Side/Calvin and Hobbes type comics?

7/24/2006 6:33 AM  
Blogger Aaron *@ said...

They had both, though between those 2, they mostly had comic books. But that's not all they have. They also have people who do webcomics, people who do TV animation and web animation, they have video game booths and movie booths, anime and manga, actors from TV shows and movies. One guy I talked to on the way to the convention center called it a "convention of geek culture", which is a lot more accurate than limiting it to comics.

7/24/2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Had I known you were there, I would have called you.
Check out my LJ for the post on what I did.
Needless to say, it was hella fun, and it sounded like you had fun as well.

7/25/2006 11:42 AM  

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