The new system for San Diego Comic Con & WonderCon registration is live. Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but you’ll want to get an account ready before they launch (whenever that ends up being).
Not that I was planning to go this year (with Long Beach just a month later, and Comikaze just a week after that), but it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the WW cons. The next time I do plan on going to a Wizard show, I’m definitely not getting advance tickets.
For the techies: TicketLeap dissects the bottleneck that led to Saturday’s Comic-Con ticket sales meltdown. (TLDR version: Hostname lookups were turned on in the database, and it was blocking on DNS.)
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this pun when Comic-Con’s registration crashed and burned again.
This was a fun panel…and surprisingly hard to get into for a Thursday night! If you have the time, it's worth at least skipping to the parts where they show and discuss the clips.
Back from Comic-con, mostly unpacked, and now sorting & uploading the rest of the photos.
At Comic-Con last(?) year, O'Malley mentioned that the movie crew tried to visit real locations when he referenced them specifically. In one case, a phone booth had been removed, and they rebuilt it for the scene.
Wow. Some downtown San Diego lots are pre-selling parking now. If you want to park underneath the convention center, I’m guessing you’ll need to buy it today.
New post: Comic-Con Hotel Deadline & Second Chances
I like this characterization of the San Diego/Los Angeles battle: “Are you a fan show with trade elements, or are you a trade show that lets in fans…?”
Wow. Saturday tickets for Comic-Con International (San Diego) are 95% sold. If you want to go Saturday but don’t have tickets yet, you’d better hurry!
Need last-minute tickets to San Diego Comic-Con? The show sold out weeks ago, but the con is re-selling canceled memberships on eBay. They’re going FAST, within minutes of each auction going up, so your best bet seems to be to follow their updates on Twitter to find out when a new auction goes up.
Wayne Lippa wrote:
So, I was looking at a few of your other pictures, Kelson, and just out of curiosity, what was the story behind the photo of you and Misty Lee?
Early last year I followed Mark Evanier’s blog for a while, and in one of his posts he recommended a magic show in the Los Angeles area. It was a one-weekend show with one act of Misty Lee and one act of Sylvester the Jester. I got tickets and went. I think it was around March, or maybe May.
So during the 2006 Comic-Con, I was walking around and saw someone who, at first glance, seemed to be wearing a very good Zatanna-style costume. I asked her if she’d pose for a picture (which unfortunately turned out to be out-of-focus, so I didn’t post it). As I lowered the camera, I recognized her as Misty Lee.
I told her I’d been to her show in Burbank, she said something about “I hope it wasn’t ___ night, that one was terrible!” I couldn’t remember which day of the weekend I had gone, and she offered to pose with me for another photo. She also offered me tickets the next time she did a show in the area. She seemed very happy to be recognized as Misty Lee, magician, rather than as random attractive woman in hot costume. I handed my camera to the man she was walking with, and glanced at his name badge: he was her husband, Paul Dini.
So I got my picture taken with Misty Lee, by Paul Dini! (It’s too bad I look terrible in that photo — I’m 5-10 pounds heavier than I am now, only half-smiling, and starting to blink.)