Marvel Cosplay at SDCC 2013

Marvel Comics Characters Cosplaying at Comic-Con

I finally got around to it. I have thousands of pictures of stuff from Comic-Con. I already posted the ever-so-popular sexy cosplay pictures. Now it’s time for the pictures I shot at the Marvel space during Comic-Con. I snagged as many as I could but got there late and was near the back. Not surprisingly, my HTC One S under-performed. Yes, I know! Next time take a real camera. Got it! Sheesh.

Even though most of these pictures are pretty crappy in quality, it will give you an idea of the diversity of cosplayers that paraded across the Marvel stage. Most of the characters were from the Avengers and X-Men team. The Galactus dude nailed it (and Mini-Galactus deserves props for being a li’l cutie).  I have no idea who the hell the person with the boxing gloves is supposed to be. Help? I threw in Harley Quinn since she showed up at the booth and was right next to me. Say, did you notice Rocket Raccoon?

Anyway, nicely done, guys!

Cosplayers at the Marvel Stage, Comic-Con 2013

SDCC 2013 Promos and Exclusive Swag on eBay

The Comic-Con is a blast but it’s also expensive, so I have to pay for my trip somehow. Here are some items that I picked up at the Comic-Con that I’m putting up for sale. Visit my page at eBay.

What’s I gots:

  • Mockingjay pins from the Lionsgate booth. These were probably the most popular swag item. Nice looking metal pin.
  • Comic-Con big bags
  • Ender’s Game T-Shirt
  • Lemony Snicket T-Shirt
  • Red 2 Sunglasses
  • Original art
  • Lanyards
  • Family Guy Stewie Pins
  • Enders Game pins
  • Divergent Pins
  • Marvel Comics stuff
  • Lots of other items

Shades of Comic-Cons Past: 2005

Comic-Con Program Guide 2005OK, here is the second in my series of Comic-Con pics. This go around is from 2005. I wish I had pictures from the Cons I visited in the 1990s, but digital cameras didn’t exist back then and I was too cheap to go buy a 35mm. Wish I had though.

Speaking of wishing, I wish I could find all of the other pictures I took at this Con. I had a horrible little 1 megapixel camera on my HP IPAQ PDA (remember those?) that did poorly in the light, but I had some interesting shots of cosplayers and professional guests. Oh well, here’s what I found at the bottom of one of my folders.

The display case showing artifacts from the Star Wars movie were pretty cool. That’s Luke Skywalker’s prosthetic hand, his lightsaber, and Han’s blaster. Why the hell I have three shots of the Hot Wheel’s car and nothing for Batman Begins, Sin City, V for Vendetta, Pan’s Labyrinth, cosplayers, The Masquerade (oh, yeah, I didn’t go to that), and the long lines? At least I found my picture of Michael Chabon writing a sign for my friend Terry asking him to stop stalking him. Terry had the habit of sending every one of Michael’s books to him for signature. I think Michael was doing that at that point in his career, but still…

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Shades of Comic-Cons past: 2004

2004 Comic-Con Program Book cover by Jack KirbySince the Comic-Con is coming up, I rummaged through my old pictures and boxes and found a bunch of treats. I’m going to post a sampling of them over the next couple of weeks in nervous anticipation of the July event.

2004 was a big year for Lord of the Rings. I think it was because there were so many residual products that were introduced to take advantage of the massive success of the films. It seemed like everyone had something related to the Lord of the Rings … statuettes, games, DVDs, artwork etc. I loved the costumes that were used in the films. Check them out in the gallery.

In addition to the Lord of the Rings, Hellboy and AVP (Alien vs. Predator) peaked my interest. Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman signed autographs in the Dark Horse booth so I snagged a couple of pics of them. AVP ended up as a huge disappointment for me (and apparently for audiences in general), but the tie-in items at the Con were interesting.

If you want to see big images of the pictures in the gallery, click on the lower right hand corner. Enjoy.

Storm Troopers at the Comic Con Gollum, My Precious

Joker Poster at Alex Ross

Comic-Con Infographic, sort of

We haven’t done of these before so we decided to give it a go. We’ve seen sites that use infographics — images that pack a lot of text and graphical information into a single picture. Since we’re part of the comic book crowd,  pretty pictures accompanying our reading literature is always welcome. Anyway, our thought was to create a big ol’ stream of pictures with commentary showing what we’d seen at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. After more than an hour of flipping through images and trying to pack them into the picture, we decided to drop the commentary and let the mess speak for itself.

Here is an example of a good infographic.

Jim Lee, comic book artist

This is an example of an infographic from Haley Barbour’s website. It lacks punch.


If you been on this blog before you know how we like to kvetch about the fact that we only got Thursday and Sunday badges to the Con. Damn your eyes, comic book gods! So, anyway, these pictures are from those days. Please do not point out what we missed the other days. It will make us sullen. Maybe worse.

San Diego Comic-ConOh, yeah. Speaking about badges — wanna know what happens when you lose a badge? First, you feel sick. Then, you feel angry. Then, you feel all panicky-like. Once reason has been restored, you go to the convention center and tell Security that you need to replace a lost badge. They will smirk and direct you up the escalator and along a cordoned off path against the wall to the registration area. Once you are there, you will stand in line with a handful of other poor sods. Your turn will eventually come up and you will quickly surge to the counter where your pleading and desperate eyes will be met by cold and WGAF eyes. Only the DMV will suck more juice out of your soul (OK, the staff is actually direct but not unkind; we just need to deflect our pain to someone else. And we all know that pop culture pain is the worst kind there is. Oh, the humanity and stuff).


Hey, how are you? Say, is that your badge? ‘Cuz that’s my name too. Kind of weird, huh? Same name and … oh, will you look at that … same city! Wow, what are the odds. Well, anyway, I was wondering if you would mind very much if I pull the bottom end of your intestine out your back door and stuff it back down to connect at the top end . You know, for a poop loop-dee-loop. Give back the damn badge!

You will fill out a lost badge document explaining in as much detail as possible what happened to your badge. Then, if everything is in order, you will be issued a new badge and pay a minimum of $12 (that’s just to get a new Sunday badge; if you lose a four day badge – get out your wallet and sit down). You will be told that the first time you lose a badge, this is the process you will go through. Your information will be entered into a database. If you lose your badge again, you will be blacklisted. Meaning, no soup for you, dear boy/girl.


How should I know where it is? I can’t even remember where I put Mommy’s keys and boy is she sure sore about that. Go away! I gotta  concentrate on finding them before she sells me to the gypsies like she’s always threatening.

Why all this brouhaha? Apparently, there is a propensity among attendees to “lose” their badges into the hands of another person and then go get a new one. The Comic-Con staff is becoming much more active in its enforcement of attendee registration violations. We can only hope that wherever our badge ended up that it was not in nefarious hands. We don’t want to be black-listed because some degenerate took advantage of our good standing and used the badge for some untoward activity. Dunno, maybe like trying to get into a panel and getting pulled aside for a random check. These things are happening now, so be forewarned.  One of us didn’t know how to use a lanyard very well. He has learned.

San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con

See? This attendees on top of things. Notice the careful placement of the badge in a tightly secure and clearly visible location. No worries about a fan boy diving in after that! They’ll think about it all day, but they won’t do it.

On to the infographic thingy!