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Friday, August 19, 2011

Random Comic-con Chat

Comic-con week began with a bang when 17foreverLisa flew halfway across the United States to brave a whole week with my family and attend the festival of nerds known as Comic-con. Nearly a year had gone by since the one time we'd ever met in person, but when we saw each other again it was as if no time had passed (I’m feeling so poetic right now).

TwiredJen, 17foreverLisa, and TwiloveSue (aka Jen, Lisa and Sue) at the San Diego airport. You know, I can't help but notice that we fail at having super secret online identities since all three of us include our real first names as part of our screen names.

Jen and I surprised Lisa at the airport with an embarrassing Rob sign, balloons, and a box of her favorite beverage (wine) decorated with Rob, Kristen and Jackson pictures. We had a great lunch at Seaport Village next to the bay (yes, Lisa overcame her fear of being eaten by killer whales!) and had a fun afternoon on the Old Time Trolley Tour through San Diego. I'll save the story of our BookClub fieldtrip to Hollywood (and all the embarrassing pictures) for my next post.

Because we take our Twilight extremely seriously and lost all sense of logic years ago when Edward first walked into the cafeteria, we then spent the next three days waiting in line for the Breaking Dawn panel. It was a little frustrating since Comic-con security didn’t quite know what to make of us being there so early (yeah, nothing weird about that). We kept trying to tell them it was only a matter of time before our group of thirty would grow to thousands.

Eventually they accepted our presence and went from threatening to call the police to “trying to work with us” to making us the official line and providing shade and bathrooms. Ah, the power of well-behaved Twilight fans and perseverance…

I know this sounds nuts, but it really was a fun experience and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. We held back on purpose to be second in line as part of our on-going plan to avoid the press at all costs. The group in front of us was inundated by media interviews from every news outlet and blog known to mankind and I’m grateful to them for representing our fandom so well. They were well-spoken and provided an interesting human interest story rather than the freak story I would have been. Trust me when I say that.

TwiSis Crystal, LuvsMeSumEdward, Twi-daughter D, Mary Lou, 17foreverLisa, and Allye – doesn’t this look cozy? ZanyMouse and TwiredJen made special trips to the convention center to keep us company in line.

Twi-daughter Nicole, Allye, Lisa

I will admit, though, that outside the San Diego Convention Center was not the most peaceful and comfortable place to sleep. It was cold being right there next to the water (what can I say, I’m a wimp and anything below 65 degrees is cold) and I can’t even say how happy I was when the trolleys across the street stopped running around midnight. That is, right until I realized that once the trolleys stopped, then the freight trains started. Seriously. Freight trains!!

Home Sweet Home

Nicole and I are huge Dr. Who fans and this picture from the BBC website of Nicole shows the beautiful Cosplay dress ZanyMouse made for her. Nicole had her picture taken tons of times over the weekend by other Who fans and also was interviewed for a BBC special. Is ZanyMouse incredibly talented or what?

My goal for Comic-con was to get as close to Robert Pattinson as possible and Nicole’s goal was to meet Matt Smith (he plays The Doctor on Dr. Who). I still can’t believe we both met our goals with flying colors (you can read about when I met Rob HERE – sorry to keep bringing it up, but I still can’t believe it!). Thank you again to my anonymous friend-who-shall-not-be-named that gave us the hot tip on where to find Matt!

Matt and Nicole

Sue and Matt

It was so cool to meet up with two of my Twilighty friends who also happen to be fellow Whovians, Dangrdafne and MissTejota.

I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that Nicole and I are total geeks, so we were truly in our element at Comic-con. While I was there first and foremost for Twilight, it was pretty exciting to meet actors from Star Trek and Nicholas Brendon, who played Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was so sweet and gave GREAT hugs. Sigh.

Sue, Nicholas, Nicole

I have plenty more pictures to share in my next post, but here’s a lovely one of Rob to hold you over in the meantime. I may have used this one already, but does it really matter?

TwiloveSue XOXO


Anonymous said...

GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! YOU MET Xander? Sue I had no idea! That is awesome! That just totally hit me by surprise. I loved him on Buffy!

Total props to ZAnyMouse for making that dress for Nicole! It's awesome! I'm not a big Dr. Who fan but I can appreciate the work involved in making something like that! And you guys met dr. Who!

It's great to see all the pics of the girls too!
The trolley stopped and the freight trains started. *giggles*

I loved reading your account Sue!

~kiTT :)

17foreverlisa said...

Wah!!! I want to do it all over again (but 100 lbs lighter - geesh).

I am so lucky to have you in my life. As you said, our friendship has always been easy. It's like we've known each other forever.

Here's to our next adventure in L.A. and to many, many more.

Love you!


Anonymous said...

Amazing!!! I can't believe your daughter was on the BBC website!!!! So cool.

TwiloveSue said...

kiTT - We LOVE Xander!! And he was so nice to us :) Gawd, I still can't believe the freight trains!!!

Lisa - I really am looking forward to seeing you again! Thanks for being my friend <3

Mrs P - Nicole had SO much fun in the Tardis dress. She was also on the BBC America website and quoted in one of their articles. I still can't believe how many people took pictures with her. On Saturday alone, I stopped counting at 100!! We also went to a big Dr Who fan costume meet up. It was hysterical.

Twired Jen said...

You're welcome...from your "not so anonymous friend" :)

I am going next year damn it!

xo J

Dangrdafne said...

I am still going to go with I am glad we chose seeing Patrick Stewart on his panel over the chance to see Matt Smith but it is a very very close race. I am glad we saw Matt later that night and next year we will definitely make sure to meet him somewhere, somehow.

I love your stories and I love that I was there to share in some of them with you. Can't wait for next year!! :)

Not sure I will sleep out next year but I will consider ii more seriously :)

MrsKassieCullen said...

I'm glad security didn't kick you gals out, it must be because they knew how awesome Twilight fans are :) How cool Nicole was interviewed for BBC and BBC America, that is a great dress! And OMG Xander!

TwiloveSue said...

Jen - I didn't want to out you :) Thanks again for the tip! You totally made Nicole's year.

DD - That's one of those rock & hard place decisions cause I love Patrick Stewart too. I'd already promised Nicole we would do whatever it took for Matt Smith, so I was committed. If you decide to camp it next year (and if I am able to get tix), I promise to make you as comfy as possible.

Kassie - Yeah, those security guards had no idea who they were up against, LOL! I think Nicholas Brendon was kinda tickled at how happy we were to see him.

Z Any Mouse said...

I so wish I could have joined you for the weekend, I know you had so much fun! At least I got to experience a tiny taste of sidewalk camping when I visited you and 17ForeverLisa in line, heh. I felt a bit guilty when I crawled into my nice warm bed, sans freight trains, that night.

You have me blushing with all the nice compliments on Nicole's Tardis dress. Thank you! Edward and I can do magical things together ;)

TwiloveSue said...

Z - You know you're always with us in spirit when you can't be there in person :) And I can't gush enough about the Tardis dress!