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SDCC ’15: How was your Activation?


y first event on Wednesday was a preview of preview night. I foiled the intent of this by not writing about it until now. But i did get to meet SD Union Tribune columnist Peter Rowe who is like a real lie Ben Urich. Sorry it wasn’t  a better picture.

IDW’s Rosalind Morehead was showing of their exclusives including a beautiful Little Nemo book and that gorgeous Essex County slipcased edition. I definitely need to upgrade!


Freeman, the decoration company, had this command post set up on Wednesday for set-up. It was gone the next day.

ome of the BOOM! sawg.

The clearest look I ever got at the DC booth. I had to promise not to run the picture until now.

After IMage, IDW and Boom! we toured the Nickelodeon and AMC booths! I was so looking forward to learning about how these booths are put togtehr since this is usually outside my range.


This very nice fellow whose name badge was turned over was in charge of setting up the Nickelodeon activation and explained that they start planning it early in the year with something new every year for the people who put in so much effort to get in. The big thing this year was a little studio where you could do you own facial mocap. I was invited back to try it with no wait but…I never made it back. I did get a boss Ren and Stimpy t shirt though. 

 lot of Legend of Avatar stuff at the booth!

he AMc Booth was mostly zombies. There was a woman who was training the zombie to walk and all the special characteristics they have to have. She had a lot of zombie lore and I asked her how she knew all this stuff. “Just hanging out with Greg Nicotero,” she explained.

hese zombies were scary. I ran into many zombies around town and realized that people who like to be zombies have a very special mind set and I began to feel a little more sympathy for the guy who panicked last year during the zombie walk. Not that he should have urn over anyone, but some people are REALLY into this.

The Royal Thai, site of many a cartoonist budget dinner over the years was gone last year but it has replaced by Sovereign, which is a brand new VIetnamese restaurant run by Michael “Bao” Huynh, who used to run the banh mi place across from the Armory where MoCCA was held….until he went back to Vietnam to reconnect with his roots. I ADORE VIetnamese food but wasn’t able to get to eat there this year. I heard differing reviews. CB Cebulski said it was amazing but some other folks said service was slow and portions were bad. Given that it just opened I’m going to go with CB’s recommendation and give it a try next year.

The view from my hotel room, revealing the secret tennis courts of the convention center. I was determined to discover them on foot, just like Admiral Peary!

This was about as much as I saw of the DC booth but (does happy dance victory lap) I WAS RIGHT! I WAS RIGHT!

The fabulous ladies of D&Q, Tracy Hurren, Julia Pohl-Miranda and their new intern whose name I forgot but will add when someone posts it in the comments. That’s Peter Birkamoe at 9 o clock.

I don’t really know what this statue was about but it was very impressive. Now knowing what an impressive, expensive display is advertising is not great marketing.


Too late for this con but the CBLDF sells a great con survival pack. Check it out at their next show.

And they had many other great items.

2000 AD had this great art edition of Jock’s designs for Ex Machina. It’s one of the first non 2000 AD projects they’ve put out.

Warcraft the movie was the biggest thing on the floor with this display at the WETA booth.

I already alluded to this annoying bear at the Adult Swim booth. It is this kind of absurdism that makes Comic-Con a truly great experience.

A model of the primary villain in the Warcraft movie at the Legendary booth. Richard Taylor and director Duncan Jones being interviewed in the background.


Better view of Taylor and Jones. YOu can hear my interviews with them here:  OMG! I got to talk to Richard Taylor. He explained how a lot of the armor for the Warcraft aries was fabricated on 3D printers. Amazing stuff. Jones has a bit of a big bite to chew with a Warcraft movie but…he’s a gamer.



WEdnesday night was the Annual Elite Beat Operatives Dinner at El Pulpo. Such good times with great people! I think that’s left to right, Edie Nugent, Victor Van Scoit, Harper Harris, Juliet Kahn guest starring from Comics Alliance, Zach Clemente,   Ben McCool, Henry Barajas, Alex Jones, Hannah Lodge, Kyle PInion, Oasis Rim, his wife, and David Nieves. THE WHOLE CREW MADE IT OUT!

BAck at the Marriott for a night cap and this fellow ordered a BACON MILKSHAKE WITH WHISKEY. I vowed I would have one but…I never came back to the bar.


  1. Great photos, Heidi! And a great recap.

    One thing: that photo of Trina isn’t her getting into the Hall of Fame; it’s her accepting the award on behalf of Marjorie Buell, who was one of the two Eisner-judges’ choices for the Hall of Fame.

  2. Y’know, during Comic-Con, I told some author acquaintances that the general industry term for these event experiences is “activation,” but I don’t think they believed me. I hope they see this and sense my validation.

  3. I generally love the cbldf party, but the decision to put a giant bar on one end instead of 3 or 4 smaller bars scattered around was not great. Nobody knew where the line was, it was chaos, and it took so long to get a drink that we left early in favor of the hyatt bar rather than hang out there. It’s a great cause that I actively support, but not sure I’ll be able to convince our group to go again next year.

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