Saturday, July 14, 2012
Every year during Comic-Con I have an annual tradition of getting absolutely nothing done here while I obsessively read SDCC tweets and drool with jealousy over everyone there. (Except for the standing-in-lines and being-crushed-in-massive-crowds parts, of course. Those I'm ok with missing.)
Today is the biggest day of the con, so there's still lots, LOTS more to come, but in the meantime I just had to share a few gems with those of you not dedicated/insane enough to spend every waking moment since last Thursday poring over twitpics. See? My obsession = your gain!
- Adam Savage (of Myth Busters) dressed as a Ring Wraith from LOTR
Every year Adam plays "Adam Incognito" at SDCC; he dresses up in some amazing costume, tweets hints, and the first person to find him wins a prize. (At Dragon*Con last year he was Chewbacca, and tweeted hints like "I'm carrying a purse.") This year he was a bit generous with his first hint, though, and was spotted almost immediately upon emerging from the elevator. Kind of a shame, really; I like trying to crack his hints from afar.
- Awesome Cosplay
Cell coverage is spotty at best at SDCC, so for the most part we'll all have to wait 'til after the weekend for the the cosplay slideshows to start - but here are a few teasers that made it out:
I don't pay much attention to most of the toys that come out at SDCC, but my friend Amy (@Amy_Geek) spotted this adorable "Chewbacca Fighter Pod" by Hasbro:
I love it, even without knowing exactly what it is. Is he balancing on a tiny Death Star? Or is that a training sphere?
- Original screen-used Stay Puft head at the Prop Store booth:
Ok, so no one will find this interesting except for my fellow Ghostbusters fans, but I think it's seriously cool. Here's another shot for scale reference:
via Ain't It Cool - And hit that link for tons more great booth photos from the SDCC floor - really amazing stuff. (The Indiana Jones booth has live snakes.) In fact, here's one more:
They're the 'bots from Batteries Not Included! (Squee!) I reeeally want the two guys on the lower right. Like, really really.
- The Firefly Reunion Panel
Probably the most talked about event of the con, this panel was filmed for a TV special that will air on the Science Channel this November, so eventually the rest of us will get to see more than shaky Youtube clips of it. (But speaking of those, you can see one of the more emotional moments of the panel here. So sweet!) Look for the special, titled Browncoats Unite, to air on 11/11.
[Update: Ooh, shiny - the whole panel is already up on Youtube! Grab a tissue and watch it here.]
- And finally, even though the con still has two more days to go, I've already found the Best Thing Ever To Happen At SDCC 2012. If you're a Chuck or Firefly fan, you might want to sit down.
A quick explanation first:
Zachery Levi (aka Chuck & Flynn Rider) does a great charity event each year during Comic-Con called Nerd HQ. He gets his fellow actors and friends together for panels and photo ops and whatnot, and every dollar they make goes to Operation Smile.
Well, apparently this weekend he started selling kisses (on the cheek) for $100 - again, all for charity - and one lady donated a whopping one thousand dollars. For that, she got a full-on dip and kiss on the lips - but then hilarity ensued. Just...WATCH:
Things I love about this:
1. Well, everything, but also...
2. You can clearly see Zach double-checking with the lady that it's ok before he dips her, and he's a perfect gentleman about it all [be still, my geeky heart...]
3. Zach's expression of sheer terror before THE AMBUSH, and sheer delight after
4. Adam Baldwin paying a lot less than Fillion, and Zach complaining about it.
I'm going to need someone to make a .gif out of THE AMBUSH, stat. I've just watched it about a dozen times in a row, and laughed every. single. time.
Happy Weekend, everyone! Stay tuned for a Saturday Steam post later tonight!
[UPDATE: THE .GIF LIVES!! Bwhahah!! That must have set some kind of record. I love it.]
[UPDATE #2: Melanie B., the lucky lady in that video, just contacted me to say she wrote about it on her blog! (Fun fact: Zac had no advance warning; the producer just brought Melanie out on stage!) Go read her post here, you'll love it.]
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