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.