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sdcc 2013 catching fireIt was barely noon that Saturday as I sat in Hall H at Comic Con and  I had seen an incredible parade of celebrities that morning.  I thought I would be bored enduring the time until the Catching Fire panel, but I was on the edge of my seat to see who was next.

Next was the biggest surprise of all-Tom Cruise.  I know he is sort of controversial, but I have watched his movies since Risky Business and I have loved them.  He is definitely an icon in the movie industry.  His new movie ,Edge of Tomorrow is a sci-fi thriller.  Emily Blount is  in the movie and was also on the panel. Tom was very animated and kept interacting with the audience members. They had to try to get  his attention to make him participate in the panel.  Then they announced that Bill Paxton was also in the movie (major crush of mine woo,woo) and that he was in the audience with his daughter.  He stood up a few rows from where I was sitting and Tom insisted on bringing him up.  There were no stairs from the audience, so Tom literally grabbed Bill’s hand and pulled him up on the stage.  It was a little precarious for a moment and I thought he might not make it.  He joined the rest of the panel at the table and it was an exciting turn of events for me.Tom Cruise Bill Paxton

I couldn’t help but reflect on how San Diego Comic Con had become the Mecca for the movie industry and a preferred venue to present upcoming film projects.  I wondered how this humble comic convention had evolved to a prestigious who’s who of Hollywood.  I tweeted “Who’s minding the store in Hollywood?  Everyone is at SDCC!”

The next surprise was “I Frankenstein” starring Aaron Eckhardt-another heavy hitter.  I loved him in Thank You For Smoking  and of course The Dark Knight. The new rendition of the classic Frankenstein story looked interesting- a return to the original story of the Mary Shelley novel.  Aaron did some fitness training for the role and kindly flexed his biceps for us with the encouragement of the MC. He was looking good!aaron Eckhardt

There was a break before the Lionsgate panel which featured my reason for being there- Catching Fire.   I convinced my friend’s husband to trade seats with me so that I could be a few rows closer to the stage. Once I got settled in my new seat, I pulled out my McDonald’s salad and enjoyed my lunch.

I held my breath as the Catching Fire flaming Mockinjay symbol appeared on the screen.  There were rumors about which stars would be there, but no guarantee.  The crowd went wild as Lenny Kravitz, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth,  Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence and the other cast members came to the stage.  All my favs were there!Jen josh sdcc 2013

After the cast was introduced, they went directly to showing the new trailer for the film.  It was so exciting to be the first to see it in an audience filled with other fans and with the cast as well. Then the cast was interviewed.  Jennifer Lawrence is so unassuming and hilarious.  She and Josh had some funny stories to tell.  She talked about a scene in the movie where she must give Josh’s character Peeta CPR.  She was crying and slobbering so much that she filled his mouth with snot.  She said that it was awful for her.  Josh interjected, “What about me? I’m the one who got covered in snot.” The audience roared with laughter!  They showed the trailer again after the interviews.sdcc 2013 Liam hemsworthWillow Lenny sdcc 2013

I was able to escape the Hall for an hour.  You were allowed a “Hall Pass” and would be readmitted as long as it was during the same panel that you exited on.  After the excitement of the Catching Fire was a panel on “Women who Kick A_ _”-not something I was interested in- so I took a break.  I headed to the Expo with hopes of seeing the Catching Fire cast signing autographs at the Lionsgate booth.  I did see a few of them there but not the main ones I was interested in Jen, Josh and Liam. The Expo was more crowded that day than my other visits.  The aisles between the booths were so packed with people that there was barely room to walk.  I had had enough after a few minutes and headed back to Hall H.

The “Women ” panel was just wrapping up.  I was tired but had to stay for the Marvel panel because I hoped to see Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor-the most beautiful actor of all.

I had no idea what the 20th Century panel was, but was willing to sit through it for the chance to see Chris.  What a shock to find out that the next film was Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman who was there in the flesh!  The trailer for the film was pretty exciting.  He spoke a little bit more about the film and then began telling us about his other film project X-Men Days of Future Past.  Then one by one the incredible cast came to the stage Patrick StewartIan McKellenHalle BerryAnna PaquinShawn AshmoreEllen Page, and Daniel Cudmore from X-Men and  Jennifer Lawrence,(again)James McAvoyMichael Fassbender, Nicholas Holt from X-Men:First Class.  Wow what a star-studded stage it was- Gandalf ,Captain Picard, Juno, Catwoman, and Gnomeo. I felt like I was in a dream watching all my heroes gather in one place.Hugh Jackmanxmen panel

We didn’t get to see any clips from X-Men days of Future Past but nobody seemed to mind.

Finally the last panel of the day came-or at least for me (Kevin Smith was the last panel-not a big fan of his).  We were all enthralled as Loki himself came to the stage (Tom Hiddleston in full costume)  He asked us to join his rebellion and the crowd enthusiastically agreed.  I must say he was more beautiful in person than I imagined.  This helped my disappointment at not seeing Thor.  We did get to see clips for Thor the Dark World so I did get to see Thor on the screen.  Unfortunately the battery in my phone was dead so I didn’t get a picture of Loki.

As the Marvel panel ended I packed up my stuff said good bye to my friends and maneuvered through the crowd back to my shuttle bus. The crowds on the sidewalk outside the Convention Center were so bad that I decided to take the stairway over the light train rail to Petco Park and walk on the other side of the rail and cross back to the Convention Center.  I’m not sure if I saved any time with my circuitous route, but I did make it to the shuttle bus finally.

I came back to an empty apartment because my friends had gone away overnight.  I had decided not to return to the Convention on Sunday.  I was exhausted and was ready to get home.  I was able to enjoy a nice relaxing evening and fell asleep to the sound of sea gulls, sea lions, fireworks and a foghorn.  What an amazing experience I had. I can’t wait for next year!

Jeff BridgesAt about 10 am Saturday morning, we walked into Hall H after waiting in line 71/2 hours (most of them spent sleeping on concrete at the San Diego Marina). As we ran the gauntlet of CC Staff they applauded us for making it into the Hall-(Really). We split up in confusion trying to find the best possible seats in the dark hall.  Text messaging ensued as we tried to determine the best place to sit.  I ended up in a row surrounded by young 20 something guys.  My friend and her daughter were in the row behind me and her husband was about 3 rows ahead of us.  The girl from Ohio was nowhere to be found.  The seats were pretty crowded because nearly everyone had some kind of camping gear with them.

Once our seats were secured we tackled one more long line-the ladies room. To manage the crowd there were lines painted on the concrete that we had to wind around. It reminded me of a cake walk at a carnival. Crowd control was managed everywhere!!!

It was surprising to me that with the huge number of people maneuvering all over the San Diego Convention Center, I never saw any kind of confrontation.  Everyone I encountered was polite and patient and I never heard complaints or frustration. So much for my preconceived ideas of the crazies of Comic Con.

I made it back to my seat and waited for the first panel. The lights went down as the MC introduced Warner Brothers.  Then they blew our minds as curtains were pulled back and two more screens appeared on the sides of the main screen so that the picture now wrapped around the room!ben barnes

The first movie that was presented was Seventh Son starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes(Prince Caspian).  The movie is a cool mythological epic story and Jeff Bridges plays Zeus.  So cool to see Jeff and Ben in person.  I did my usual tweeting the pics and hashtagging the names of the actors and the movies.  Ben Barnes Brazil Website tweeted me and asked me if they could use my pic and give me credit.  I looked it up a few days ago and it was pretty cool!

The next surprise was the cast of Godzilla.  Kerry Russell walked out another favorite of mine.  Then a bigger surprise as Bryan Cranston came and pulled off a rubber Walter White mask(his character in Breaking Bad).  The crowd went wild.  I didn’t know this until later, but apparently he was walking around the Expo in the Walter White Mask and no one knew it was him.  Everyone loved the mask and took his picture, but he didn’t reveal his identity until the panel in Hall H. We saw some clips of Godzilla and heard from the panel.Bryan Cranston SDCC

As I mentioned in my last blog, we really had no idea what movies would be previewed.  The only movie I knew I would see was Catching Fire and probably Thor the Dark World but all of the other movies I saw were a surprise. It was like Christmas morning each time a panel was introduced.

I didn’t want to leave my seat but nature called and I had to wade through the line again to the restroom.  I could hear that another movie was previewing and I tried to get back out to the Hall as fast as I could. I couldn’t really tell what the film was-something in outer space.  Then the lights came on and the panel came out and I realized it was the new George Clooney film Gravity.  George wasn’t there, but the other star Sandra Bullock was.  She is another fav of mine-(mind blown again!)

For most of the actors, this was their first experience of Comic Con. They were amazed by it, especially the response of the avid fans to seeing them and viewing clips of their upcoming movies.  Sandra Bullock said she tried to dress appropriately and was wearing a bright red knit dress that could easily be a super hero’s costume.Sandra Bullock

The Director of Gravity is Alfonso Cuarón.  His other films include Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of  Azkaban, and Pan’s Labrynth. His films are amazing.  He talked about the challenges of filming Gravity by creating the illusion of the anti-gravity of space. They created an acrylic chamber that the actors were suspended in by wires. The camera moved around the chamber to film them from different angles.  There were questions from the audience about the film Children of Men, which had a rough documentary style filming.  Due to some accidents in the process there was actually real blood splatted on the camera.  No wonder it looked so authentic.

More in my next blog…

 

SDCC interview 2After very long day I made it back to my friend’s apartment in Point Loma.  After all the excitement and some unhealthy eating I wasn’t feeling very well and made it an early night to bed.  I knew that if I had any chance of getting into Hall H on Saturday for The Catching Fire Panel, I would need to get back to the Convention Center very early in the morning.

The parking space that I had been using had “No Parking” signs between 3-4:30 am.  I figured I would park around 4:30 to get the shuttle.  I set my alarm on my phone for 3 am and fell asleep to the sound of seagulls, sea lions and fireworks.  I woke up at 1 with a sense of urgency to “Go”.  I know when God is telling me to do something and this was one of those times.  Strangely enough I felt rested after only 3 hours of sleep.  I dressed quickly in the warmest clothes I had brought with me, which were my black sweats and a long sleeved t-shirt.  I grabbed a couple of bottles of water and crept out of the apartment so I wouldn’t wake up my friends.

I knew I would be stuck in Hall H for the whole day in order to see all the panels. The convention food didn’t do well with me the day before so I made a stop at a 24 hour McDonalds.  I got a couple of breakfast burritos and a Southwest Chicken Salad to have later for my lunch.  I was learning Comic Con Survival skills!

I brought my large tote bag with the batman cape that was my registration package and the other tote bag that I had received as the Lionsgate swag.  I anticipated sleeping on the ground as I waited in line- they might be some protection from the wet grass.  I found some parking a few blocks from the hotel shuttle pick up without any restrictions .  It was now about 2 in the morning.  I put my backpack on (an old purple REI back pack that my daughter used as a book pack in 5th grade) and put the Lionsgate tote inside the Comic Con tote and strapped it on my back over the back pack.  I headed down the street my batman cape flapping in the breeze behind me.

It was a little creepy walking along down the street at that hour. I saw a car slowly pull into a side street and stop as though it was waiting for me.  As I passed I saw that it was a patrol car.  God had San Diego’s finest keeping guard over me.  The officer didn’t even question me-I guess the batman cape and my large Comic Con badge gave away my purpose for being there.

I didn’t have to wait too long for the shuttle and by 2:30 a.m. I was at the Convention Center.  I befriended a college girl on the bus who was also planning to camp at Hall H.  She was from Ohio and this was her first visit to big bad Cali.  We had to walk to the other end of the Convention Center because our shuttle left us off at Hall A.  There were people camped out on the sidewalk in front of the CC who were waiting for ballroom 20-a panel for Once upon a Time was scheduled on Saturday.Comic Con camping

By the time we made it to Hall H the awning-covered lawn area was filled with campers so we were directed to the line that began across the street and wound along the Marina behind the CC. I realized I would be sleeping on concrete.  We found the end of the line as we passed fellow campers in their sleeping bags, blow up mattresses and tents.  I was not very well prepared.  We took our spot near the ramp to the Ferry to Coronado Island and set up camp.  I put my tote bags down on the concrete and leaned against the railing.  I chatted with my friend.  She was waiting in line to see the Marvel panel with the hopes of seeing her favorite Tom Hiddleston.  I happened to look up in time to see one of my friends walking passed us.  I started calling out her name.  She was shocked to hear her name and even more shocked when she saw me.  It was another blessing coming my way.  We have known each other for over 25 years through our Mary Kay business.  I had no idea she was a Comic Con fan.  She had been attending Comic Con for 14 years!  Her husband had to wait until the parking garage opened at 5 so she joined us in line.

My stomach was beginning to hurt again so I laid down on my tote bag and was given a pillow and a blanket by my newly arrived friend who happily chatted with the girl from Ohio while I got a little rest. My friend’s husband found us a little after 5 and before too long the line was moving as we inched closer to Hall H while the sun rose over the San Diego Harbor.

My Mary Kay friend’s daughter joined us in line just as we reached the awning covered lawn.  We were about halfway through the line when I saw some commotion to my left and I heard my Mary Kay friend say “She is!  She is!”  There was a camera crew looking for Hunger Games fans and my friend let them know about me.me interview

Coincidentally I had just refreshed my makeup from the long night. As  I walked toward the camera I said ,”Yes I am a fan and I wrote a book about the Hunger games too.”  So they interviewed me and asked me how important is was for me to be there for the Catching Fire Panel.  I said “Important enough to give up my sleep.” They also asked me who were my favorite characters and asked me about my book.  It was awesome!! My friend told me, ” This is the reason you are here!”

My friend’s daughter took pictures of me being interviewed so I later figured out that it was the TV Guide Network.
The other publicity I got while I was there was thanks to Twitter.  I had just recently opened a Twitter account .  I quickly got hooked on Twitter and saw that it was a great venue for me to promote my books , my business and my new political interests.  I became a Twitter photo journalist while I was at Comic Con and got some retweets as well as posts on websites and added followers.

God has increased my sphere of influence so I can influence for Him.

By 10 am we made it into Hall H and were far enough in the line to sit in the second section of seats behind the VIP reserved seats.  I was not prepared for the excitement that was to follow.

More in my next blog….

DespicablimpThe Second Day of Comic Con, I felt like I was finally hitting my stride.  I had learned a lot and now knew most of the ropes of this adventure.  It was Metallica day for me because there was a Metallica Panel that evening.  I wore my SF Giants Metallica shirt and my jean shorts.  I finally looked like I belonged at Comic Con.me metallica

I attempted to attend a Seminar on Writing for TV.  The Seminar was full so I wandered around and did find the section of the Convention Center where the fan tables were.  It was kind of a hidden section on the Mezzanine level.  I was on the wait list for a fan table so was glad I stumbled upon the area so I could see what I had signed up for.  Maybe one year in the future, I could be there manning a table promoting my books and my fan pages.

I ended up back at Ballroom 20 with hopes of getting in to see the panel for the TV show Bones.  The line seemed manageable so I waited and waited.  I missed the Bones panel but knew that The Following was coming up-Kevin Bacon’s TV show.  This was my opportunity to really be “six degrees of separation ” from Kevin.

I finally got in the Ballroom just in time for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I didn’t know what it was. I was super excited to find out it was a brand new TV show based on the Avengers.The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are the government agency that tries to manage super heroes in the world.  The director of the show came out with a T-shirt reading “Coulson Lives”.  Avengers fans know that Agent Coulson was killed in the movie.  We were immediately privy to insider info!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.The next surprise was when Coulson himself, aka actor Clark Gregg came onto the stage for the panel.  Then the crowd went wild when we heard that we were going to be the first to see the premiere episode in full.  It was a thrilling episode with great actors and an interesting plot.  The audience loved it!  We were able to meet the rest of the actors and had a question and answer panel for the audience.

Most of the crowd left the ballroom after the Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. I took the opportunity to move closer to the stage for Kevin Bacon.  We saw the opening scenes of the new season’s first show and of course saw the cast including the man himself-Kevin Bacon.  I was so excited to be close to the stage-another star-struck moment for me!!Kevin Bacon

After The Following, I knew it was time to get to Hall H if there was any chance of seeing Metallica.  I was hungry but figured I could get food once I got into Hall H.  The line wasn’t too bad but it was hard to know if we would get in at all because we would only get in based on how many people left to make room for us.

I made a friend in line.  He was not as hopeful as I was that we would get in.  I told him that I seem to end up in some pretty cool panels, sometimes on accident.  I told him about my books and said,  “Good things happen, when you write about the Bible”.  My friend had a portable battery pack that I could use to charge my phone-another blessing.  As we entered the hall it was apparent that we did make it in time for a cool panel “The Amazing Spiderman 2”  My new friend saved my seat while I found the ladies room then I saved his and watched all his gear.  When he returned he brought a pizza and cookie for us to share and a diet coke for me-(all girls drink diet Coke) Good guess my friend.

Spidey himself entered the Hall in his costume along with the actor that is playing his nemesis Electro-Jamie Fox. Spidey made some jokes about the actor who plays Peter Parker.  He said he thought it was played by Eduardo Saverin (the character Andrew Garfield played in the Social Network). I was excited to be among the first to see the premiere clip of the movie and then Spidey left and the actor Andrew Garfield came to the panel.  Jamie Fox makes a great Electro and the movie looks really cool.Jamie FoxAndrew Garfield

The crowd thinned a little after The Amazing Spiderman 2 so we were able to move closer to the stage for Metallica.  The Metallica movie was in 3D and the clip and of course the music was amazing.  What a great partnering-a futuristic story of rebellion  and Neverland.  The movie looked as though it was filmed in downtown Oakland California and it reminded me of an Occupy Movement protest I had seen there a few years ago.SDCC Metallica

It was definitely worth the long wait. As we left the Hall I was caught in the slow moving mob back to my bus at the other end of the convention center.  There was already a line starting for those that would camp overnight to insure entrance into Hall H for the Saturday Panels.  The Saturday Panels included the Hunger Games.  This was my main reason for being at Comic Con so I realized I might need to do some camping myself.

I finally made it to my bus and tried to get a little R and R before my next adventure.

More in my next blog….

BnB autograpghThe first day of Comic Con began on a beautiful Thursday morning in San Diego.  The morning fog was “burning off”-as the locals say (I was once a local so, I know this) as I parked my car a few blocks from the hotel where the shuttle picked up.

I had poured over the events guide before nodding off to sleep the night before and circled those that interested me.  I was surprised to learn that there were seminars like a “real” convention where you could learn things like “How to write for TV”.  It took a little longer than I had anticipated to arrive at the convention center that morning so I missed the first Seminar but found my way to one called “Masters of the Web” .

I thought it would be about how to promote yourself through Social Media and your website but there were a couple of movie Directors-Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The Adventures of Tin Tin, and the newest one The World’s End) and Marc Webb (The Amazing Spiderman parts 1 and 2) along with Web Hosts of Movie Review Websites.  They shared about what inspired and motivated them and where they got their ideas.  It was cool to be in a small venue with such influential Hollywood icons.  I got a free movie ticket for attending the Seminar.

I learned Comic Con 101 Lesson #3-Expect surprises.  The descriptions of events were pretty vague and there would be star sightings and film previews that blew me away.

My next stop was to Ballroom 20.  There was a panel for the TV show “Beauty and the Beast”.  This time I knew better than to try to enter the ballroom, but dutifully headed for the long and winding line just outside the doors of the Convention Center.  As the time passed I regretted that I had not picked up something to eat before I got in line.  I also learned Comic Con 101 lesson 4-One does not simply show up at an event in Ballroom 20 at the appointed time, but at least 2 hours before the event if one expects to get in.

While I was waiting I chatted it up with a young girl who was waiting in line for “Teen Wolf”.  She wasn’t a fan of “Twilight” but was interested in my Hunger Games fan page.  As the time passed, I realized I was going to miss the “Beauty and the Beast ” panel and I knew that there would be a long line for Hall H where “The Divergent” Panel would be held at 3:50.  I also was ready for lunch.  As I said my goodbyes to my new friend in line she handed me a ticket and said “You might want this”.  It was a ticket to get autographs from the cast of “Beauty and the Beast”.

Comic Con 101 Lesson #5-Expect a Miracle and be flexible!  So my next hour was spent waiting in line then playing follow the leader with “B and B” groupies through the Convention Center, downstairs through the Expo to wait  for my autographed picture of Kristin Kreuk and Jay Bunyan.  As I waited in line, I made new friends and gave out more of my business cards.

The more I got to know my fellow attendees, I realized they were not different from me at all.  They were my compadres- fellow sci-fi and fantasy fans who were smart and articulate.  The reality was sinking in that I am and always have been a Geek.  I was the one who was masquerading as a normal person.  This should not surprise me since I was tested as “gifted” as a child and have a degree from Geek capitol- the University of California, San Diego.

As I pondered this reality, I realized Geeks are smart enough to understand the real battle of good and evil in the world and love the sci-fi /fantasy genre because this battle is the core of all their tales.  As a Christian this battle is the heart of my Faith.

As I approached Kristin and Jay to get my poster, they looked at me like I didn’t fit the demographics of their usual fans.  I told them, “love your show” and they thanked me and handed me the poster.

There was a snack bar in the Expo, but the food didn’t appeal to me and I was ready for a breather away from  the throngs of crowds in the Convention Center, so joined the mass of humanity on the streets outside.

I managed to find a spot at the bar of an Asian restaurant and had a healthy lunch of salmon sushi.  Revived, I was ready for my next adventure.  As I headed back for the Convention Center I passed the Christian protestors and their big  yellow signs.  Most of them were dressed in Comic costumes. I guess they were making an attempt to relate to the CC attendees.  I did notice someone asked for one of the Bibles they were passing out, so maybe their outreach was somewhat effective.  I just kept thinking they might do better if they passed out cold water bottles to the crowd.

The Divergent panel was my next target.  I sent a text to my friend who is on CC staff to see if she could get me into Hall H.  She was in Ballroom 20 so didn’t think she could help me.  I got in line and managed to get into Hall H with time to spare before the Divergent panel.  I sent a text to see if they cleared the hall before panels, but my friend assured me that once I was in-I was in.  I made it into the infamous Hall H!!!
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The Divergent panel was very cool including Academy Award nominee Shalene Woodley and the purpose of my quest to be there-Theo James.  What a pleasant surprise to find out he is British and lovelier in person than on TV.  We were the first to see a clip of the movie.  There is such an energy in this hall of 6800 diehard fans as they view the film version of their favorite books.  It is exciting for the actors and directors to get the reaction of the crowd and an amazing experience for all. It was also exciting when the audience was allowed to ask the panel questions.  To see the star-struck fans speak to their heroes was amazing.
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The big thrill of the afternoon for me was the panel that followed for Ender’s Game.  Imagine my excitement when Harrison Ford came to the stage! Another mind-blowing surprise. We were the first to see the trailer.  There were a few more panels that day, but I was spent after Enders Game, so I headed back to Point Loma.

The friend I was staying with sent me a text that dinner was waiting, so not to worry about picking something up.  Another blessing!  I sat on the balcony and watched the ships on the harbor as I ate a delicious rice and beef dish and watched the sunset.

More in my next blog….

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My first experience of SD Comic Con was Preview Night.  I had a lot of misconceptions about what Comic Con was.  This was because my information was based on what I had seen through the eyes of MTV.  I had the idea that everyone was in costume and that the people that attended were a wild liberal, partying, sexually promiscuous and hedonistic group of people.  I saw it as a mission field to be conquered with my Christian values.

(Apparently I was not the only person with this perception because there was a group of protestors outside the convention center with large yellow signs that read “God Hates Sin” and other condemning slogans.)

But as I waited for the shuttle to take me to the convention center, the first attendees I met were a nice Christian couple from the LA area.  I shared about my “Twilight Book” and they were interested and took my business card.  When the bus arrived there were a few costumed participants but everyone else seemed pretty “normal”.

When I got to the Convention Center I headed to registration to get my badge and was given my goody bag complete with the attached batman cape and 200 page events guide. I was official now.  The events guide was a little daunting to say the least and being a first timer I really didn’t know where to begin.  I headed to Ballroom 20 which was where all the TV show panels were held. This was where I had my first lesson of Comic Con 101-There Will be lines-very long lines.  I naively walked up to the door of Ballroom 20 to enter and was politely told by the CC Staff Person that I needed to get in line because the Ballroom was currently filled to capacity.  She pointed to a line of people out the door that wound through ropes under a tented awning that was about a 1/2 mile long.  The line did not appeal to me and the TV shows that were being featured were not that important to me so I moved on.

Comic Con 101 Lesson 2-always have a plan B.  Just outside Ballroom 20 inside the Convention Center was a much smaller line. There was a CC Staff Person holding a piece of cardboard with a handwritten sign reading “Lionsgate”.  Lionsgate is the company that produces The Hunger Games movies so I figured that was the line for me.  After waiting in line about 30 minutes I figured out we were waiting in line for Lionsgate Swag.  In this case it was a T-shirt for the new movie Divergent based on another Young Adult fiction similar to The Hunger Games. 

There was a young man behind me in line who was convinced we would not get our vouchers before the expo downstairs closed which was where we were to get our Swag at the Lionsgate booth.  He left the line but I just felt I should wait it out.  I did get my voucher in time and headed for the Expo.

The Expo is of course the main Hall of the Convention with over 4000 vendor booths.  It is a feast for the eyes of any Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Geek with incredible displays for the various comics, books, TV shows ,Movies and games.  There was an actual penitentiary complete with barbed-wire fence for the TV Show Walking Dead. I was pretty overwhelmed as I entered to search for the Lionsgate booth which was in about the center of the Hall.  I kept walking and walking and finally found it only to have to wait in line again to redeem my voucher.  They asked me which T-Shirt I wanted and there was a design that kind of looked like a cross so I picked that and then I waited while they steam-pressed the design to my shirt. It said Candor which I found out is the name of one of the 7 virtues in the story of Divergent.  Candor is truth or honesty-the members of Candor can’t lie.  It suited me-honest to a fault.  I also got a huge tote bag advertising Divergent.  I took pics of the Lionsgate booth.  It had some cool graphics for The Hunger Games.

Just before the expo closed I got to fangirl the stars of Star Trek Next Generation and get their pics.  I asked Brent Spiner (Data was his character) for a pic with him but he declined.  Guess I was supposed to pay for his $40 autograph to get a pic with him.  As the Expo closed I boarded my shuttle headed back to my friend’s apartment in Point Loma. I fell asleep to the sounds of sea gulls, sea lions, fireworks from Sea World and a fog horn.

More in my next blog….

 

 

 

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Surrendering your life to Christ is viewed in such a negative light by most people who haven’t.  It is viewed as a burden or sacrifice by some that have.  But my life has been a great adventure as I have listened to the voice of my Shepard and He has led me.

My latest adventure was to San Diego Comic Con.  I became interested in Comic Con when I got hooked on the Twilight Saga books two years ago.  Twilight fans flocked to Comic Con and camped out overnight to be the first to see  clips of the latest installments of the Twilight Saga films premiering in Hall H.

My fascination grew to an obsession that led me to write my book Confessions of a Christian Twihard-My Life Lessons and the Twilight Saga. Each year I would watch the events at Comic Con ( sometimes in Live Streams on the internet by MTV) wondering if I would ever experience it.  I tried to get a fan table at SD Comic Con 2012 to promote and sell my book but the waiting list is about three years.

Last year I became interested in The Hunger Games Trilogy and its movies.  This interest led to my latest book (soon to be published) Blessed Are They That Hunger-A Christian Responds to the Hunger Games.  As I was in the process of writing my book, I met a friend from church who worked for Comic Con.  I knew that God might be opening the door for me.

At the beginning of the year, I heard that Catching Fire, the movie based on the second book of The Hunger Games Trilogy was going to be featured in a panel at  SD Comic Con. By this time I was a rabid Hunger Games fan.  I had completed my book and had a Hunger Games fan page on Facebook with over 300 fans worldwide (www.facebook.com/hopeforthehungergamesfans).  I followed the Hunger Games actors and saw there movies. I waited in the cold for three hours outside the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles for a chance to see Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Jennifer Lawrence, the actors from the Hunger Games, as they attended the People’s Choice Awards.

I should mention that my passion for my books is based in my love for Christ and a burden for those who don’t know Him.  The driving force in my writing is to spread the good news of Jesus.  It is a God given passion and He guides and leads me in my writing and to those who I can share about Him.

This Spring, my friend from church sent out a facebook message that she was selling comp badges for SD Comic Con. My hope grew that I would get to go.  I responded to the message and was told to wait for confirmation of the tickets.  The months went by and there was no word.  Finally at the end of June with just 3 weeks to spare I got the message that the ticket was in and it was a 4 day pass plus the preview night!

There were a couple of obstacles but faith sometimes means getting your feet wet before the waters part, so with three weeks to spare I needed a place to stay and transportation to the convention.  With 138k people about to converge on San Diego for Comic Con needless to say finding a hotel would be a challenge.

San Diego is my second hometown because I went to college there and lived there three more years after I graduated.  I also have friends that have moved to San Diego from other parts of the state and country.  I wasn’t sure who would let me crash at their place, so I sent out some messages. One of my best friend’s daughter responded that I could stay with her.  It just happened that I had reconnected with her after her grandmother’s funeral a few weeks before, so we were keeping in touch on Facebook.

She had recently moved to Point Loma which made it an easy commute for me to the Convention Center.  As I researched the SDCC website I later found I could ride shuttles from hotels on Shelter Island for free to the convention center.  Shelter Island was only about a mile from her home.  The provision of God was just beginning.

I trusted God about my transportation next.  I hoped to ride share with my friend that got me the ticket, but that didn’t work out.  The upside of that was that I would be able to spend time with some of my friends that live in the LA area on the trip and I could travel on my timeline.  God has blessed me with a wonderful car that I earned from my career with Mary Kay and my car is great on the gas.  Although I was stuck in traffic from LA to San Diego I got over 33 miles to the gallon.

After almost 11 hours on the road I made it to my friend’s house with enough time to spare to unload my car, freshen up a little, and head to Shelter Island to catch my shuttle for Preview night.

More in my next blog…..

Delight and Receive.

best dreams

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

I spoke in my last blog about the rewards of obedience. Blessings continue to come my way as I continue to live a life of obedience to Christ. I have had some wonderful adventures and incredible blessings this summer. I didn’t know what lay ahead for me as I listened to the Lord say “Go” and I did. Though my resources were limited, I went on two trips and every day God provided blessings of provision and comfort.
God has filled my cup with good things that I could never even dream or imagine. He has satisfied desires that I wasn’t aware were in my heart.
I think about those who refuse to seek God and obey Him because they do not want to submit their will to Him. They want to be in control of their lives. They do not know that there is no safer place for their will than in the hands of the One who created it. He “knows the number of hairs on your head” surely He knows you better than you know yourself. He knows the things in this life that will bring you joy.
I am continually amazed at the opportunities that have come my way because I listened to the voice of the Lord as He nudges me and leads me in my life. I will go into more detail in my next blog but my life feels like every day I am walking to the edge of the Red Sea and the waters part as I step in. Thank you Lord for the adventure of following You.