July 10, 2012

The Compost Pile

SDCC 2012: Calm Before the Storm

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San Diego Comic-Con happens very fast.

I mean, the weekend happens fast, sure, but it all goes up and gets created fast.

I’m sure there is a lot of planning that goes in to it, but it seems like within a day, San Diego goes from sorta quiet downtown to maelstrom of chaos in just a day.

It’s Tuesday, the day before Comic-Con starts, and not a whole lot is going on. Most of my friends arrive tomorrow, and almost everything is in the process of going up.

Every year, the hotels surrounding Comic-Con get “skins”, giant advertisements covering the side of the hotel. There don’t seem to be too many of these this year, I’ve only noticed two on the the Marriott, and the Hilton. As of Tuesday afternoon, the skin on the Hilton, and one of the skins on the Marriott are still being applied.

Injustice Skin on the Marriott

Injustice Skin on the Marriott, still being applied


Defiance Skin on the Marriott

Defiance Skin on the Marriott


The convention always spills out across the streets to the gaslamp and surrounding areas. Any flat open area within sight of the convention becomes overrun with something every year. It’s hard to tell what though, everything at this point is random stages and structures being put up. The only thing set up that actually looked like anything was the big Grimm setup at the Tin Fish across the street from the convention center.

And there are, of course, folks already lined up for Hall H.

People Queuing For Hall H

People Queuing For Hall H


I found out not too long ago about the terrible accident that happened this morning and claimed the life of a fan. It looks like it really was just a terrible accident, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this fan. It’s a sad way to start Comic-Con, and serves as a solemn reminder that we all need to be careful, be safe, and watch out for each other.

Since it’s a quite day, I was able to take care of a few things before Con starts. I got soem shopping done, and made a quick purchase to finish up the preparation for my costume (yes, I said costume).

I was also able to set up the mobile OTV audio recording and processing station.

OTV Mobile Studio

The OTV Mobile Studio


Tomorrow the chaos really starts, I’ll try to keep up with these daily reports from Comic-Con.

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