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Comic-Con Tuesday
Wife Sharon, son Matthew, and I drove down to San Diego. Daughter Hannah has class and will be down in a couple of days. Our house sitter couldn't come over until tomorrow anyway.

Traffic was pretty smooth all the way, and we arrived in Pacific Beach two hours later. LA would hit 100 degress, but he weather in SD is beautiful, though a bit more humid than usual. We had lunch at Ichiban Japanese restaurant in PB. It's a little hole-in-the-wall with pretty good food. We used to go to their main restaurant near Balboa Park, but it's a bit out of the way.

An hour later, we were at the Convention Center. Registration took less than 5 minutes, and we went into the Dealers Room to check out our booth. Handcarts, fork lifts and cranes were all over.



We are at #4906 as usual, and a couple of our neighbors had already moved in or were in the process. It took about an hour to cart our boxes into our area. One of the reasons we arrive early is to avoid the lines at registration and the elevators as dealers cart their goods in. We saw friends, such as Kevin Eastman, as they were setting up. Some exhibits were already almost completed.



We checked into the hotel by three. I love the free wi-fi. There was a cool satchel waiting at the front desk loaded with munchies, pens, the new Comic-con 40th anniversary hardcover, and other things. The book is wonderful with lots of color, great art (including past badge art and souvenir book covers), and articles. There are even some of my art, and even an old photo. All with a cover by Sergio Aragones. It's well worth getting.


We walked over to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner--home of the dancing waitresses. The food was adequate. I had the steamed dungeness crab. I was surprised that my crab had 12 legs. I realized that, instead of a whole crab, I had 3 halves. Out of that, I only had one claw.


We took a leisurely stroll along the walk behind the convention center. It looked nice and quiet. That will change tomorrow.
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usagigaijin From: usagigaijin Date: July 22nd, 2009 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the report, makes up for not being able to go myself. Hope you have a great time.
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 10th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

always wishing

wish i could've been there
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2009 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)

SDCC OR BUST

Awesome Stan! Thanks for posting. See you down there manana!
--Todd Shogun
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 22nd, 2009 06:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Right on. Looking forward to meeting everyone and my first con. Good luck. Peace, maka
chickrockguitar From: chickrockguitar Date: July 22nd, 2009 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Have a good time everyone! Wish I was there.
darrelx From: darrelx Date: July 22nd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome to Town!

It's supposed to be less humid today and through the weekend, but continue to be warm. It won't be too bad downtown, though, as the Pacific Ocean is a nice, cool, ginormous heat-sink that keeps our coastal areas nice year-round.

Good thing you didn't drive down today... It's opening day at Del Mar and traffic passing Via de la Valle from Noon to 2pm today will be tough.

There's also a Padres home game at Petco Park tonight at 7:05... It's really going to be a zoo downtown.

Friday's my day off work to go see the con. I'll probably spend the rest of the weekend avoiding downtown ;)
joshuasmeaton From: joshuasmeaton Date: July 22nd, 2009 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very cool, thanks for sharing. This really does have that calm before the storm feeling.
doodlesthegreat From: doodlesthegreat Date: July 22nd, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
See you Friday!
doronjosama From: doronjosama Date: July 23rd, 2009 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful post, Stan, it feels like being there! (Missing again this year, sadly...)

Goodness, is that Matthew in the Lego Star Wars picture with you?! When did he get so big?!
naniiebim From: naniiebim Date: July 23rd, 2009 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Hope you have a very good con :)
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