#SDCC2014

The days seem to be going by faster and faster each year... It's going to be August in just a few minutes, and it will be another year until the next Comic Con!

Day one!  Waiting in line for Ballroom 20!  Man it was hot!  Exclamation point!

Day one!  Waiting in line for Ballroom 20!  Man it was hot!  Exclamation point!

As some of you know, San Diego Comic Con was held at the downtown convention center (& its surrounding Gaslamp area) last week.  

It has now become tradition as we sat around our computers many months ago... (& DID NOT hit refresh! *cough* Big Bang Theory *cough*) for the struggle known only as "Pre-Registration".

(dun... dun... dunnnnnn...)

Day 2 was panel day in Ballroom 20.  Lots of surprisingly hilarious panels & panelists, and also a lot of good downtime in between to sit and doodle.  

Day 2 was panel day in Ballroom 20.  Lots of surprisingly hilarious panels & panelists, and also a lot of good downtime in between to sit and doodle.  

By some magical miracle, it was my computer that was able to jump on the queue that fateful Saturday morning.  And for the first time since the first time in 2008, we bought 4-day passes!  I almost couldn't believe my luck.  Four whole frickin' days!!  It was unheard of!! (Not really, but kind of...) Needless to say we were pretty excited.

Day 3!  Random shaved-head guy!  And just kidding Korra!  I don't know why I can't draw a decent picture of her...

Day 3!  Random shaved-head guy!  And just kidding Korra!  I don't know why I can't draw a decent picture of her...

Fast forward to July 24, as we arrived at the hallowed halls of the San Diego Convention Center, my husband, my friend Lorance, & I embarked into the first (of many, many, many) lines that weekend, and waited patiently as the hard-working escalators & volunteers helped us ascend into the arena of badge pickup!  Which is actually one of the most efficient parts of any con I've ever experienced.  (I'm lookin' at you AX!!)

Meager attempt at Captain America, Steve Rogers.  

Meager attempt at Captain America, Steve Rogers.  

And so began our 7th annual celebration of the popular arts.  We've only gone for a few years, but I feel that it's grown exponentially since the first time.  There weren't too many things that I really *had* to see.  And honestly, it's better that way, because I am terrible at waiting in line for longer than an hour.  And it also guarantees that my disappointment is kept at a minimum.  

This year's theme was "waiting for panels", but it wasn't all bad and was an overall fun time.  Sunday was probably my favorite as it redeemed a lot of the missed opportunities from the previous days.  

Not only did NerdHQ deliver some top-notch panels at PETCO park all weekend, but all proceeds benefit Operation Smile.  Again, with magical luck on my side, the weekend tapered off with a FABULOUS talk featuring Joss Whedon (who called in since he had just gotten surgery), but also Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Chloe Bennet, Seth Green, and Liam McIntyre.  And then after that, we were able to see the ridiculously hilarious and good-looking cast of Supernatural -- Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Mark Sheppard.  (moderated by the equally hilarious and good-looking Aisha Tyler).

Always a good time to get back into the nerdy things...  I can't wait for next year!  Here's hoping my ticket-acquiring luck carries over!  And just to prolong the nerd-high a little longer... Here, have an old Batgirl doodle!  Does this count as a #TBT?  

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