[Photo by Christopher]
Okay can we just say, we now officially hate the Hyatt? WE HATES IT WE HATES IT FOREVER. We have various reasons for this but catch us in person and we’ll go down our bitching and whining list.
Anyway, an early flight and lack of REM sleep made yesterday kind of shiny and blurry. We walked around the floor with our DiVX Crew, Bruce and Michelle and got interviews with folks like Bob Burden and Kyle Baker. We’ll see how all that goes, but we should have video tomorrow. Walking around Comic-Con video blogging is surprisingly tiring!
Anyway, we saw a few things. Top Shelf brought tons of LOST GIRLS. The parody book KRAMER’S EGO (available at Global Hobo) is hilarious. Sci-Fi Channel brought their big shiny object again. DC’s booth was huge. Wow, these are not very revealing anecdotes are they?
One of the things we’ve been tracking is the uneasy relationship between the city and the con. Now we’re no strangers ourselves to being a grumpy local — ask us about St. Patrick’s Day in our neighborhood: yuck — and it’s understand that seeing battalions of Darth Vaders roaming around Ralphs can be annoying. However, city planners’ ambivalence towards the show is becoming more and more inappropriate. When we got off the plane yesterday morning the airport was PACKED, and it was obvious that everyone was coming in for Comic-Con — and it wasn’t just geeks and freaks, it was execs, and dignified looking Japanese folks, and Euros and everyone else. It’s all well and good to bemoan the lost days of San Diego the city, but to say that this weekend doesn’t have a MAJOR economic impact on the city is ridiculous.
DAY 0 PEOPLE AND PLACES: The 8:30 JetBlue flight from JFK to SD was a little bit less that Comic-Con express than in year’s past when everyone seemed to be on it. We did spot B&N'[s Jim Killen, Kyle Baker, Charlie Kochman and others. We sat in the terminal — which was, tragically really only a trailer, and not the luxurious WiFi enabled JetBlue terminal we were counting on — with Lauren Weinstein and Bongo Inker Phyllis Novin, and listened to these two incredibly talented curly haired ladies talk about their dual careers as cartoonists/musicians. Good stuff.
Once at the show we ran into EVERYONE. So…Saw rapidly shrinking Mark Evanier, who is looking fantastic after his GBP surgery…saw the traveling, blogging McCloud clan for a second or two. Chatted with Melinda Gebbie briefly as well as Dancing Shane McCarthy…there sure are a lot of Pirate-y things at the show.
A lot of artists hadn’t shown up yet for Artist’s Alley.
DO NOT EAT AT THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT IN THE EMBASSY SUITES, because it has no food. We went there for some chow with Len Wein, Christine Valada, Maggie Thompson and our ever-suffering CBG editor Brent Frankenhoff, and the restaurant seems to somehow have become surprised by the fact that the hotel is completely booked solid, and people want to eat food there. Mark Evanier was supposed to join us, but he didn’t which, was sad, because he isn’t really eating now, and this restaurant would have been perfect for him. The Beat had a big tummy ache and just wanted a bit of soup, which took 90 minutes to bring and was served with a TEASPOON. We asked two separate waitstaffers if they had soup spoons and both got a funny look on their face and said “No, we don’t have any soup spoons.”
So there you have it — A RESTAURANT THAT SERVES CHOWDER THAT DOES NOT HAVE SOUP SPOONS. The chowder was way too salty, as well. So ixnay on that.