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Some rad figures on the floor at San Diego Comic-Con this year.




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This is a busy week! So, I’m just going to dump photos here from our daily Comic-Con adventures. Enjoy!




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One of the secrets of ComicCon: the nearby hotels are some of the coolest places you can hang out. We spent several evenings lounging in the Marriott Marquis and Marina bar, surrounded by bustling attendees and celebrities, and we loved taking a break from the Con to lunch at the Marina Kitchen, also located at the Marriott.

For lunch, we couldn’t help but start with their warm potato chips, which are covered in cheese and crispy prosciutto, with a chive crème fraiche on the side. The warm housemade chips in and of themselves were excellent, but add all that other goodness? Forget about it. It was love.

(warm potato chips)

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After a long first day at Comic-Con, we debated whether to brave the superhero-clad crowds in the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego or just call it a day and order room service. Let us tell you, we were so glad we decided to go out and experience this awesome thai food.
The atmosphere was dark, nice, and romantic. Large french doors opened to a cool night patio and the place was doused in lots of warm, inviting colors. And the best part: it wasn’t too crowded, and the service was fantastic.

Talking to Tarantino

Ashley Walton —  July 17, 2012 — 7 Comments
Hey readers! Jeff here. San Diego Comic-Con was a few months ago, and looking back, I have to say that my favorite moment was watching my wife finally get to meet her filmic idol, Mr. Quentin Tarantino. We camped out on Friday night, braving the brightly-lit San Diego streets in the hopes that we could make the 11 a.m. Django panel. Camping out paid off–and in some unexpected ways.
Alien egg. This needs to be the centerpiece of my living room.
“You think this A on my forehead stands for France?”
Daenerys from Game of Thrones
With Kato
Kid Robot
Conan O’Brien Lego Superhero
Adult Swim Party
Venture Brothers. Shortly after this photo was taken I rubbed shoulders with the creator of the show.
From a bar in downtown SD that was transformed into Fangtasia.
A museum dedicated to the superhero awesomeness of Conan O’Brien.
Went to a party hosted by Robert Rodriguez. Hung out with Grant Morrison and Paul Shearer, and met some industry peeps. When we walked in, I could not stop freaking out. The place was garnished with original Frank Frazetta paintings. Unreal. Open bar. Fantastic catering. Best. Night. Ever.
Downtown SD
Making friends at Robert Rodriguez’s party.

It’s going to take me forever to post all the cool stuff at Comic-Con, so I hope my readers will bear with my self-indulgence. Here are two panels that I wasn’t excited for, but that won me over with their Comic-Con charm and super-cool movie clips.

If you couldn’t tell from the picture, Will Ferrell dressed up like Megamind for the movie’s panel, which I have to say, was pretty charming. There weren’t as many people who dressed up this year, and it was fun to see an actor go the extra mile and do something that took time and effort. Not to mention, his banter with Tina Fey and Jonah Hill made the panel the funniest at the Con.
The clips also made the movie look better than I’d thought. I’m going to give away a little bit of a spoiler, but I think it’s worth sharing because it made me want to see the movie. It was clear that Megamind kills Metroman at the beginning of the film, and that the rest of the film deals with Megamind coping with the boredom that comes after killing his archnemesis. It seemed like a much more sophisticated plot than the previews had shown.
The Cowboys and Aliens panel was a surprise hit. First of all, it was Harrisson Ford’s first appearance at Comic-Con (hence he made it look like it took handcuffs and an escort to get him there). Since Ford is a geek god between Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Blade Runner, it was the most insane reception I’ve ever seen in my 5 years in Hall H. Between the screaming and roaring applause, it felt like the walls were going to cave in.
The panel also included Daniel Craig and Sam Rockwell. What could be cooler than Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Justin Hammer all in one place? I acknowledge the dumbess of the title Cowboys and Aliens, but the actors were impressive and the clips looked pretty awesome– like a classic western with some aliens thrown in. I was sold.