I have been lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con multiple times over the last few years. Because I always like fans to feel like they are along for the ride, I have lots of video and stories from these trips. Check out my top moments at SDCC, and appropriately, since this is a Josh Gates/Destination Truth fan site, a lot of the moments have to do with all those topics:
SDCC 2010 - Josh Gates and free Pinkberry. At my first SDCC, back when it was easier to get SDCC press passes, I arranged for a Josh Gates meet up, during the "Destination Truth" hey-day. Little did I know it would have surprise appearances! Amy and Kris from "Ghost Hunters" were there, as well as Rex from "DT," and Colin from "Eureka." Josh treated everyone to photos, autographs, and free Pinkberry yogurt. Though that Pinkberry is now a Starbucks, one thing from that meet up did last - I met the person who ended up being my husband there! Watch the video of the meet up here. This is the year I also got to meet Simon Pegg, Morgan Spurlock, the "Ghost Adventures" guys, and got to be filmed for the documentary "Episode IV: A Fan's Hope." What a great first SDCC.
SDCC 2011 - Destination Truth Fan Meetup 2.0. The second meet up for "DT" fans had way more people and caused a lot of buzz. Erin Ryder came, as well as Brad Kuhlman, alongside Josh. Watch the video from this second meet up here. I also got to sit in a screen-used Delorean from "Back to the Future," met Dan Fogler, and had lunch with Josh and Jael de Pardo (she could not make the meet up previously mentioned). Fun times!
SDCC 2014 - Walking Dead BBQ. Getting into the exclusive Walking Dead BBQ event was crazy. It was limited to a very small number of people and I had to start waiting in line at 5 a.m. I did get a pass and ended up not only getting free food and booze, but meeting Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, and more! The video is here. I did not have passes to the Con that year, but despite that fact, I got to take advantage of offsite events like that BBQ, got to meet Seth Green, and scored some fun swag.
SDCC 2015 - Conan Con. Another year of not getting SDCC tickets, but going to the "secret" Conan O'Brien Bingo event was great and unexpected. A stranger on Twitter saw I was upset I did not score any Conan tickets, said she had an extra ticket for Conan Bingo and I was invited to come as her guest. At the event, we were all treated to dinner, dessert, and an open bar. The event was adult, R Rated Bingo where Conan made an appearance, and the prizes were Conan related. During an intermission, I took part in a side game and won two TV show taping tickets. When they brought me up on stage to film me winning my tickets, I announced that I gave one to the girl who had invited me to the event initially. Later on in the event, they sought me out and said Conan heard about my gesture and was so touched by it, he wanted to give me more tickets for tomorrows taping. I got to attend the taping the next day, where I met Conan and Andy after the show. Here is a short video from the Bingo event, and here is the video from the taping and meeting Conan.
SDCC 2016 - Getting engaged. Okay, so I didn't score any Conan tickets this year, but I finally got a SDCC pass this year AND I got engaged at the Walking Dead photo opp this year. Considering we met at SDCC, it was a special moment. Watch the video here. I also got to meet Greg Nicotero on the street, saw my favorite band Blink182 that same weekend, and met Stan Lee! Great weekend.
Honorable Mention moments:
Wow. San Diego Comic Con really upped their game.
To give perspective, you used to pick up your SDCC passes inside of the San Diego Convention Center lobby at a setup of kiosks and desks, then you would wait to pick up your bags and key lanyards. The problem was that the process was a mess. Lines that would make annual Disney pass holders queasy.
I mean, really - SDCC brings an influx of hundreds of thousands into the city. Imagine a large percentage of these people waiting in a huge line in a lobby to get their passes. So recently, they decided to mail the passes out to those lucky enough to obtain one. Smart. Keep reading below and feel free to click on the photos. If you use these photos, I'd appreciate you crediting this blog :-)
So as I was saying, last year when I was lucky enough to be able to get a pass for the first time in a while, we were purely mailed the pass, along with a plastic holder. Pretty much no frills, but I can't speak too ill of SDCC 2016, since that was the setting in which I got engaged. Anyway, this year's SDCC package was very unexpected, in so much that it was a package. A box. Did I win a prize? Nope.
Pretty cool. A little guide, a collector's pin, and an exclusive offer. Looks like SDCC picked up a hint from box services like Lootcrate and Legion of Collectors (or Collectors Corps, if you're a Marvel fan). Be sure to stay tuned for my videos and photos from SDCC 2017!