Observations about the con: 1. For the first time, security was really strict about sitting down in the outside hallway. You had to stand or try sitting in an area with no direct walking traffic. 2. The hottness level of booth babes was the highest I've ever seen. 3. There were a lot more female fans as well. Not sure if it was because of Twilight, or just boyfriends dragging along their girlfriends. For all of the guys in the latter group, I hate you all. 4. If you want to get into Preview Night next year, you better buy the 4 Day badge WITH Preview Night ASAP. They're going to be selling a 4 Day badge with and without the option. I already bought mine at the con, and they were the same price. On to the pics! Some exclusives swag I bought. PM me if anything interests you. Thursday: Arrived a little late. In line here to pick up my badge, and caught G4 interviewing Blanka. Only at SDCC could you see this without being high. Going up the escalator. Took this artsy photo. Insert vagina joke here. Snaking my way through the line. Archie Panel After getting my badge, I got into the Archie panel halfway through. If you haven't heard, a "future" story is coming out where Archie marries Veronica. Someone asked the writer why doesn't Archie choose Betty? He said (paraphrasing) "Sometimes the most respectful, trustworthy, loyal, and perfect one for you is staring you in the face, and you don't even realize it. Archie is still fairly young in this story, and thus he still isn't thinking with his heart, and does what most of us would do, and makes the juvenile choice." The panel then showed some pictures featuring Veronica, one in a bikini. Another woman whispered to her friend "That's why Archie chose her." Star Wars Lego Panel I'm not a die hard fan of Legos, but figured I'd try to get a freebie and hear about their upcoming book showcasing them. It was full of kids and their parents. An interesting note is that Star Wars legos are the only brand to have non-yellow figures. They have the exclusive license to flesh colored legos. I thought about being politically correct and asking "Whom's flesh color are we talking about here?" but let the kids ask questions instead. When the book comes out, it's going to come with a brand new figure that was unveiled at this panel. They had kids guess the figure, the prize being the book when it's released. It happened like this: Lady Announcer: "Who do you think it is?" Boy 1: "A ghost." Lady: "Be more specific." Boy 1: "Ghost yoda." Lady: "Ok. How about you?" Girl: "Luke Skywalker." Lady: "Be more specific." Girl: "Long haired Luke Skywalker." Lady: "Ok, last one. What do you think?" Boy 2: "Darth Maul." Lady: "Be more specific." Boy 2: "Darth Maul without his shirt." Drum roll please, for a terrible pic... A guy near me said "That was a good guess. A little too good...". My sentiments exactly. Started walking around a bit. These lanterns could have been yours if you were brave enough to face a riot (I was not). Chris Giarusso's booth. This is the original art/prototype for the above print. Bruce Timm art. He'll be back in a bit. Him doing a button sized sketch for someone. Took a break. While they've always been allowed, this is the first time I've seen an eye-seeing dog. This was supposed to say "Have a beautiful San Diego Day." Batman costume from Morrison's run. Friday Image Panel Forgot my camera with a friend . 2 little things I haven't seen mentioned in online transcripts. 1. I think it was Todd McFarlane basically saying Tyreese has a good comic coming out called "Mayhem", and wanted to give it a shot at Image. Kirkman then said "He also promised to introduce me to Megan Fox." 2. At Tyreese's request, Jim Lee stopped by really quick as a surprise guest since he'll be doing a cover for it. Jim said "Unfortunately I can't stay, I have a signing at the DC comics booth at 12PM." When he said that, it was already 12:20PM. Jim Lee running late on something...why am I not surprised? Checked out the comics area, and took a picture of this dude's free poster. For the past 3 years, WB gives out huge bags. For 3 years I've seen this chick make a dress out of the one's given during the con. Bumblebee. "Please do not touch." I think he caught something when Isabel Lucas sat inside him during Transformers 2. Good Disney cosplayers. Because of the monster the con has become, some booths with exclusives have to resort to this. Some Deadpool. Bat-pod. Not sure if this was used in the movie, or just a replica. Toy Story stuff coming soon. For the Avatar movie. Guy trying to make a megaphone to shout the winning tickets for some toys. It didn't work. Some booth babes helping out. Notice the Vanessa Hudgens look-a-like on the right. Went to go wait in line for a Darwyn Cooke signing. Caught Bill Morrison, editor of Bongo Comics (anything Simpsons or Futurama related). While in line, saw Jim Steranko pimping it. Max from Sam & Max. If this Terminator was doing his job instead of kicking back, maybe T3 and T4 would have never happened. Finally, here's the man working his magic on his new GN. I told him "I've been waiting for this since you announced it last year." He said "I apologize for taking so long " Before the Darwyn Cooke magic. After the Darwyn Cooke magic. Went into the hall for a break, and saw this Pirate group playing. They were pretty good, and it made the girl in the yellow apron dance around. After they stopped playing, the old dude on the right asked for the leader, and told them to stay outside. Not sure if it's because they didn't have badges, or just to make sure they didn't stop the flow of people walking through. Lousy fascist. Checked out the Image booth quickly to check for signing times. I thought about getting the preview comic for Image United, but didn't feel like it. The next day when I said, "eh, why not?" The bastards raised the price to $10. I didn't buy it just out of principle. Checked out Phil Noto's art. He does "Infinite Horizon" from Image which is reaching Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk lateness levels. Went back to Image for a Robert Kirkman/almost every artist he's worked with signing. While waiting in line, I saw this babe. The one in green, not that thing on the left. Right before she kicked me in the groin for taking her pic. Just kidding (thankfully). I stopped paying attention to the crowd for a while, and when I turned back around, 20ft away from me is Phil Lamarr from MadTV and Futurama! Kitana babe. Spider-man hitching a ride. Hey sexies. Ruh-roh. Kirkman and crew. Checked out some of Erik Larsen's art This is not an optical illusion. He really holds the pencil like this to draw.