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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Sleep and Food Are For The Weak

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Comic-Con time again, and you know what that means--the traditional escalator shot of the sign.

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This year, my con experience started off with Disney Infinity's preview event. Here, con-goers could take a turn playing the big upcoming Disney Infinity video game, enjoy snacks, and even get character sketches drawn by Disney artists.

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D23 members were given special access on Thursday, the first day of the con.

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Later in the con, Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy' Marsh, creators and executive producers of ‘Phineas and Ferb' stopped by the Disney Infinity space to announce that Phineas and Agent P would be part of the 2nd wave of figures developed for Disney Infinity, and give out a handful of hand-painted figures.

Out on the Exhibitor's Floor, ABC's Once Upon A Time (OUAT) was represented with a pirate ship complete with tiny screening area inside, and huge lines outside.

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The people managing the lines were, however, fairly familiar to viewers of the show.

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Inside the ship, a short trailer showing scenes from the last season was played, after which we were given some small gifts extracted out of one of the Evil Queen's heart-vault-drawers.

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I believe there were four different pins given out altogether, and if you managed to collect all four, you could get a VIP pass to the OUAT panel later that weekend. Given the length of time required to navigate the line however, it was a daunting task.

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From the sounds of it, this may be the same pirate ship OUAT will be bringing to D23's Expo in a few weeks.

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As two of the latest Disney acquisitions, Star Wars and Marvel were out in as much force as you'd imagine.

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Want to get your car wrapped with stormtroopers? You can get that!

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Want sunglasses with light-up lightsaber earpieces? You can get that too!

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Over at the Her Universe booth, Star Wars Weekend veteran Ashley Eckstein was working hard moving merchandise...

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...but hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for an Imagineer in your booth, such as Jason Surrell.

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Meanwhile over at the Marvel booth, displays rotated in and out constantly to promote their huge slate of upcoming films.

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Of the many panels Marvel offered this year, one I enjoyed (of the few I was able to get into,) was on the Avengers TV spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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All the major cast plus several of the writers and creator Joss Whedon were there to answer questions and set up a surprise showing of the complete pilot episode.

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Full of action and Joss Whedon's trademark humor, if the Comic-Con audience was any judge, it should be a huge success. [It is probably also true that if the Comic-Con audience was any judge, Firefly would still be on the air. Caveat Emptor.]

And of course the cosplay. So. Much. Cosplay.

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The main difficulty is getting a good look at all the amazing costumes people concoct for themselves amidst all the constantly moving crowds.

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So it was one more year of one of the largest, most hectic fan gathering in the world. As fun as it is, however, after a weekend of existing off of no sleep and one carefully rationed bag of M&Ms I grabbed at a screening, it's usually a comfort to get back to normal life, away from all the fantastical, chaotic elements that have no basis in reality...

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...oops.


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Comments (1)

gena yates:

Did they announce when the new Star Wars movie or the new TV series would come out ?? This event looks exciting !! Thanks for the nice Pics.

Jeanine: I think the only thing I've heard is that Star Wars: Episode VII, is supposed to be slated for release in 2015. It seems pretty early in development.

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