SDCC Treasures

Pictured is my final SDCC 2011 swag collection, including my treasured purchases in the front: (1) Fort Freak, accompanied by a postcard autographed by the entire panel of Wild Cards authors including George R.R. Martin; (2) The Kite Runner graphic novel autographed by Khaled Hosseini (I got a photo with him, too!); (3) DVD of Browncoats Redemption, Firefly fanfilm, autographed by the writer and one female actress. The LOTR golf hat was from The Hobbit panel by I also got a free DVD of the Fellowship of the Ring movie soundtrack that I’ve already misplaced. All the posters will go to my superhero-fanatic nephew, except for the aphorisms, which will go in my classroom.

This concludes my SDCC coverage (except for a forthcoming link to my Flickr group, once it’s organized). Now back to your regularly-schedule blog programming.

Knitting content: met with the Sunday afternoon knit group today and almost finished my Gryffindor POA scarf! Oh, and bought a pair of shoes on the last day of the Nordstrom sale.


I spent a lot of time on the freeways last weekend. My favorite license plate was FYERFLY on the way to SD ComicCon. BRAIN WV was a close second. And Honors go to a sighting in Newport Beach of IMDB ME. Oh, you ironic Californians ….


Knitting content: Had a great time at Knit Night last night and made more progress on my POA Gryffindor Scarf.


Hermione’s Bag is Bigger on the Inside


Today was a bad day (the word “mice” was involved) except for the shining moment when this Hermione’s Beaded Bag arrived from the Noble Collection. Having a bag that “is bigger on the inside” allows my geek worlds to collide in a satisfying manner. Non-geeks, please google TARDIS.

Knitting at ComicCon

This first picture is the most original knitted headwear I captured. It’s Aang of Avatar: The Last Airbender. The knitter created her own flesh-colored skullcap, stitched on a blue arrow that she’d knitted separately. Brilliant!

Below are pictured some of my favorite Jayne hats from Firefly. The couple with service dog were at the Castle panel; the next was a lovely woman who asked the question after mine at the Dragon Age: Redemption panel; the guy was a Browncoat who’d purchased his from their booth. Evidently people make and donate them to sell as a fundraiser. I might do the same instead of infant hats for the hospital. Several booths sold knit hats for all kinds of characters, but none as charming as these handknits.



SD ComicCon Sunday

Such a full day! This post will just list the highlights and I’ll go into more leisurely detail in the future. Pictured with me is Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner,” who’d just autographed my copy of the graphic novel version.

* Got a choice pre-paid parking spot at the Horton Plaza. No wonder – it was 7:30 a.m., yet I wasn’t the first! Then I got a take-out breakfast sandwich from The Cheese Shop deli, which impressed me so much I stopped there for a late lunch on my way out, too. The SDCC discount helped.

* Got in line about 1-1/2 hours early for Ballroom 6 for two panels. Met some great geeks (mostly girls!) and knitters, and congratulated myself for missing the crowd craziness of the GLEE and Doctor Who panels in Hall H.

* Was introduced to a wonderful new fantasy world of Wild Cards books, edited by George R.R. Martin since 1968. Later downstairs I bought the newest one and received a card autographed by everyone on the panel. Karma!

* Fell in love all over again with Nathan Fillion on the “Castle” panel. Now I totally get why being there live is such a kick. If I had a Timeturner, I would have endured the wait for Hall H after all.

* Wandered the aisles of the Exhibit Hall and scored lots of freebies, mostly bags plus comics and books to share with my classes. Bought “Browncoats: Redemption,” a Firefly fanfilm that was autographed by the writer and one of the actors. Also got some autographed posters to give to my nephew who loves his superheroes. I finally left when I realized I was hauling around at least 15 pounds of stuff. Oh, yes — below is a picture of me on the cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 😉

* Drove home in hideous Sunday afternoon traffic, put my feet up on our front porch sofa, and snoozed alongside Dusty until sunset. Happy times.

SDCC Nerdist Saturday Night


I didn’t have a pass to the con itself on Saturday, but this is how close (about 8 rows) I got to Matt Smith and Karen Gillan of Doctor Who that night. I attended the taping of the Nerdist podcast. That’s Chris Hardwick on the far right, Wil Wheaton next to him, MS and KG in the center, and other Nerdist regulars Jonah and Matt on the left.

Before the show, I shook Wil Wheaton’s hand! What a gracious guy! He and his son Ryan were getting drinks at the bar, just to the right of our seats (thanks DC!). I got up, waited my turn behind another fangirl, then gushed to him about how wonderful W00tstock 3.o was the night before and how both my daughter and I laughed until we cried. Wil assured me we were hardly the only mother-daughter audience members.

About halfway through the show — which included a monologue by Chris, a great interview with Wil and a few musical numbers with Mike Phirman — I decided to forego waiting in line for Hall H on Sunday morning. I’d gotten intelligence from other fans that folks had started lining up on Saturday afternoon, and that I’d probably get into the hall if I lined up at 5 a.m.! Given that I’d have to leave my house by about 3:30 a.m., I had some reservations. Then, I realized no panel in a room of 6000 where the “exclusive” videos would be released on the internet within hours could top the intimate and funny 45-minute interview I’d just witnessed. So I drove home happy, and got up at a more leisurely 6 a.m. for a full Sunday. More details on that later.

Oh, yes, at the end of the show, Matt and Karen gave out free BBC America-branded burritos to about 25 people, and the staff of 4th and B gave out the rest. In retrospect, I should have at least sampled mine last night because it didn’t hold up well, even refrigerated.

San Diego ComicCon Thursday

Thursday was Day 1 of San Diego ComicCon 2011 and pictured is me with my new treasured possession: a picture of Alfred E. Neumann autographed “To Theresa” by long-time MAD writer Dick DeBartolo. This is awesome on so many levels.

First, I’ve loved MAD since I was in junior high. Second, I’ve been listening to Dick on the TWiT Network podcast “The Daily Giz Wiz” for years.  I’m kinda embarrassed to admit how many of the gadgets he’s reviewed that I’ve purchased, including a Starfleet Academy branded titanium spork

Third, having him misspell my name was icing on the cake, given the MAD’s irreverent etos and Dick’s self-effacing GizWiz persona. It’s like the collectible stamp with the plane printed upside down — priceless! (I refused to let him give me a correct, although he did also autograph my souvenir SDCC program accurately.)

Fourth, I actually got to ask a question (that he even answered!) regarding his thoughts about the internet during his hugely entertaining Spotlight panel in which he told hilarious stories of the Bill Gaines era of MAD and his own days writing for “The Match Game” show with Gene Rayburn and “To Tell The Truth.”

Also, Dick’s panel and signing and our brief conversation followed a fabulous panel about The Evolution of a Web Series, with actress Felicia Day and the team that produced the new Dragon Age: Redemption. I got to ask a question during that panel, too (starts at 32:18). I also got to meet in person her agent George Ruiz who serves on a board with DH.

My day continued with my finding a secret, quiet sanctuary with an OUTLET for my charger where I could eat my sack lunch and watch the crazies go by on the sidewalk outside. Then I met some new knitter/geeks who’d made their own Jayne Cobb hats and an original Avatar: the Last Airbender skull cap with a blue arrow. I caught a wonderful final panel called Magic & Monsters in which sci-fi and fantasy authors discussed their books. I’ve added them to my Kindle wish list!

Tomorrow I will post more pix and give a synopsis of how I ended my Thursday with dinner with DH and the amazing W00tstock 3.0 concert.