SDCC 2014 is over, but its revelations carry over into all areas of popular entertainment for years to come. I am thankful for the crowd and navigation training I received from Disney Park attendance. How else would I have survived the tight quarters with thousands of my closest strangers? I am not new to the, “get in line for a ticket to get in line for a ride ending in a line for a cash register” model, but I was surprised that many toy vendors were unwilling to take my money when I had time to spend it due to Con requirements to limit daily inventories in an attempt to spread the LE Exclusives over the course of the Convention. I saved a lot of money, but Christmas will be Comic-Con light this year.
The grand exhibits on the floor left little room for this visitor to comfortably enjoy the space and if the booth was offering a special treat it was more dangerous than Costco at a sample table. Exhibit lines and giveaway time tables were random and I never quite understood them. What was in the ABC network castle? When did they give out the special pins for Galivant, Once Upon a Time, Resurrection, The Quest and Toy Story That Time Forgot? We went to the Toy Story panel only to find out the special limited edition poster was distributed to the first served at the booth (great panel story to follow). I did tweet a pic with my favorite huggable robot Baymax at the Big Hero Six booth to get a huggable plush after missing the daily allotment of Bandai toys by three people (who already had a tickets and got back in line). I guess that’s what I get for not sleeping on the sidewalk the night before. Don’t worry, I promptly spent the $30 I saved on art work.
Artist Alley, sponsored by Deviant Art, was a congested market place to rival Portobello Road. An abundance of Fan Art and original pieces satisfied visitors looking for that intimate meeting with their favorite artists. I added three pieces from San Francisco artist Sho Murase (shomurase.com) to my growing collection of Bold prints. I started my collection after a visit to The Wonderground Gallery in Downtown Disney, falling in love with her Jasmine and Raja from Disney’s Aladdin on wood. She is working with Twistory Entertainment Studios (www.twistory.com) on the upcoming comic The Rose Garden.
I love it when a conversation starts with, “I worked for Disney, but I can’t talk about it.” Artist and Illustrator, Chris Kawagiwa (chriskawagiwa.com) lured us to his table with his Lucasfilm licensed designs for MightyFine Inc and we walked away with “Postcards from a long time ago…” Chris is Art Curator for Teefury.com where I go when I want to push laundry day a bit further and he did not talk about his work for Disney (in case you were wondering or Disney is reading).
Artist Alley was not the only place on the floor to meet Disney artists. Story artist for Pixar Animation Studios, Bobby Rubio (bobbyrubio.com) was promoting his personal fan art and original comics. Bobby contributed to Treasure Planet, one of my underappreciated favorites from Walt Disney Feature Animation. I will be reaching out to him in the future.
The Marvel booth featured stage demos of props and the future of Marvel Entertainment. Guests played Disney Infinity while they waited for free comic giveaways and costume contests. A who’s who of the Marvel movie and television universe were on hand for special revelations and signings. After a decade of “in development” limbo, nothing made Ant-Man more of a reality than the announcements and signing at Comic-Con. Did any of you play one of the Marvel game shows? After calling in sick, I hope Stan Lee is feeling Excelsior!
With episode 7 on the horizon and a new animated series on Disney XD premiering in October, the Lucasfilm Ltd. booth was a tribute to the models, costume and creative licensing that made Star Wars a household name. As a fan of the original and expanded universes, I am waiting to see how the galaxy unfolds with the new year!
What were your favorite Disney moments from the floor of Comic-Con? Did you see the Mighty Thor wearing the Steam punk Iron Man armor? What about Vanellope Von Schweetz glitching around in a candy car with a “butt load of frosting”?