Tuesday, July 19, 2011, the day before Comic-Con begins
San Diego is calm, there are no folks in costumes, no bombardment of lights and sounds, no horrendously long lines (though there is already one short line, and I’ll get to that).
After checking in to my hotel, I walked down to the convention center for a look around. There isn’t much top see, yet, but here’s what is there.
I don’t remember if it started last year or the year before (or was it even before that), but there is a new tradition of wrapping the hotels next to the convention center in a gigantic advertisement. This year, The Marriott is wrapped with Immortals, with Batman: Arkham City going up on the other side of that same tower.
The Hilton got Cowboys & Aliens, a giant advertisement for the world premiere of the movie, which is happening in San Diego, this Saturday during Comic-Con.
Across the street from the Hilton, the ballpark is getting a giant Arkham City ad put up as I was walking by.
The gaslamp isn’t the insane maelstrom of people that it will be by tomorrow evening, but the Hard Rock building is already sporting its ads for the Amazing Spider-Man movie, coming out next year (seems a bit soon for ads to me).
There is already a line for Hall H. I talked to the lovely ladies who are first in line, they have been in the line since Monday around noon. They are waiting for the Twilight panel, which is the very first panel on Thursday morning. They were excited, and were having lots of fun being there. The line they formed was an unofficial line, and while I was talking to them, one of the event organizers came by to tell them that they would be opening up the official line in one hour. They were thrilled.
Batman: Arkham City is all over the trolley car train, they seem to be pushing this game like nobody’s business. I sure hope it is better than Arkham Asylum…