0 White Queens (boooooo!)
1 Power Man
1 Gaius Baltar and Blond Caprica 6
1 Bionic Commando
1 (totally awesome) Optimus Prime
1 Lounge Fett
1 Pimp Vader
1 Peter Mayhew
1 Scooby, holding 1 Shaggy in his arms
1 Fembot (awesome)
1 Family of Lockjaw, Evil Lyn and Orko (their baby! it was crazy!)
1 Watchmen space pod
2-5 Assorted Phoenixes, both Dark and standard
2 (hot) Black Widows
4 Disney Sluts -- that is, scantily clad female Disney characters;
thankfully none of them looked like Snee or Pete's Dragon
15 Cobra soldiers, including 2-3 Cobra Commanders
22 Solid Snakes, including one (1) Solid Snake with cardboard box over
34 Slave Leias, of varying degrees of overflow
87 Boba Fetts
1830 Anime characters I couldn't identify
2153 Jokers, including 2 Joker-as-a-nurse
17459 Jedis and stormtroopers
125,000 nerds (woohoooooo!)
24,000 Amount in dollars for your very own Nightmare Before Xmas Halloween town
400 Length in miles of line to get into Hall H
103 Volume in db of most of the video game booths
25 Weight in lbs of deodorant not used by con attendees
12 Number of foofy tropical drinks had at the Tiki bar
1 Number of women asking a Klingon to sing opera in Klingon
There was a Dharma Initiative booth at the con, where you could enter a tiny room and were given a series of questions while other operatives filmed your responses. The purpose of the test was never stated, and no additional instructions were given the interviewees. Two of our acquaintances took the test (each test was different, apparently) and they 'passed', but we don't know the significance of this. Though we do know both people have gone missing since the con...dun Dun DUN!!
Richard Hatch, of both original and extra crispy Battlestar Galactica, and also Streets of San Francisco, walked by me right as we were going in. Not as tall as he looks on telly.
Matthew Fox, of Lost and Party of Neve, sighted by our friends, not by us, but they swear it was true. Apparently our friend yelled "HEY JACK!!!" [his character name from Lost] but there was no response; not even a middle finger.
Kiefer Sutherland, of 24, Lost Boys and Flatliners (I know everybody already has the extra-erect Special Editions of these, right?). Kiefer and entourage bulldozed right by me on their way out of the exhibit hall. My ninja reflexes failed me (not enough Mrs. Fields cookies in my system) and I was unable to whip out my phone in time for a piccy. Again not as tall as I expected.
Ray Bradbury, noted author and perennial fixture at Comic Con, was wheeled by in his wheelchair. He looked a little out of it. In fact, he looked barely conscious, which made me a little sad. Does he even like coming to these things?
Though we skipped Whedon Love Fest 2008 the day before due to time constraints, we did manage to see his whole presentation on his new show, Dollhouse, starring Faith from Buffy and Helo from Battlestar. Eliza Dushku, the star of the new show may be physically petite, but has a personality larger than life. Her most memorable quote was when she referred to Whedon as her "career brassiere". Brilliant.
The show looks promising but not outstanding; it is after all, too early to tell. However the most amusing portion of the whole panel was when one girl asked the question of the day in front of thousands of adoring fans: "Uh, yeah, from the clip, uh, the show looks pretty mundane and boring...can you explain why I should watch it?" She got a lot of boos.
* During the Simpsons panel, creator Matt Groening mentioned how his comic strip "Life In Hell" does *not* run in syndication in the San Diego Reader (a local publication similar to the SF Weekly). Por quois, you ask? Because the paper has a strict anti-gay policy and the fez-adorned strip characters Akbar and Jeff were apparently too gay for print.
* During the Spaced panel, featuring all three creators of the show, there was a fake shootout between one fan and Simon Pegg, just like one of the episodes. Good times!
* It was great to walk down the evening streets of downtown San Diego's Gaslamp district, where one can espy lots of well-tanned jiggly bimbotrons prancing amid jedis stopping for photo ops, while 4 masked mexican wrestlers in suits look on from a nearby restaurant terrace. My people!
* Two jokers, comparing notes on purpleness and makeup. Nice.
* Not going to mention Stormtrooper Elvis, since that's the equivalent of saying "the sun rose today".
* Dean Koontz, famous writer that I've never read, was given a whole panel by himself in one of the very large auditoriums. He deftly handled people's questions and gave a few amusing anecdotes. However, his anecdotes failed to cover why he was wearing some sort of mutant Austin Powers wig that soared far above the realm of "helmet" or "ridiculous". He looked like a koontz.