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San Diego Comic Con From a Distance, Day 1

sdcc The first day of Comic Con was yesterday, Thursday the 19th. I'm not sure how much fun it would be to ever attend something like that in real life, as from what I understand you spend most of your time standing in lines hoping to get lucky enough to see a couple of the panels over the course of the weekend. I do wish there was a webcast of the various panels, but I know a lot of that leaks out over time onto YouTube anyway.

Here is a list of pictures I liked that were posted on Twitter yesterday by various people that I follow.

I watched the livestream of W00tstock last night. It started at 7pm and ran until 11:30pm. West Coast Time. I'm on the East Coast. It was a late night!

The show started with surprise guests. Paul & Storm came out and started playing "Write Like the Wind". They were interrupted by George R.R. Martin who took Storm's guitar and smashed it into flinders. Neil Gaiman strode onto the stage and demanded an apology from the duo for the song they'd written about Martin. It was all quite funny.

Then Strong Bad was played on the screen talking about various things (and occasionally interrupted by Homestarrunner) and he eventually introduced Wil Wheaton. Wil kinda geeks out about being introduced by Strong Bad (who wouldn't?) and the gives a chat about the history of W00tstock and the rules for pictures & video.

Paul and Storm came back out and played "My Favorite Band", "Opening Band", "Who Are You" and showed some YouTube videos which weren't discernable over the livestream (the camera was in the back of the theater and apparently had no zoom capability). They discussed merchandising that was available, and pimped JoCoCruiseCrazy4. They closed with "Irish Drinking Song" which was most recently featured in Despicable Me 2.

Nathan Sawaya took the stage. He's apparently a LEGO artist whose works I had seen pictures of but I had never heard his name. He was a humorous and engaging speaker who started his career as a lawyer but discovered he could make a living making LEGO sculptures for people. My favorite quote from him was "The worst day as an artist is still better than the best day as a lawyer."

Pat Rothfuss came on and announced that his books have been optioned for TV. He said he didn't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing but was hopeful. He then read his not-for-kids picture book "The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below". It was a terribly inventive tale.

Various humorous videos then ran, none of which could I actually see. One was a lot of dick jokes. One was the song "Nothing to Prove" by The Doubleclicks. And the last one was a video I'd seen previously called Sexy Pool Party.

Molly Lewis came out and played four songs: "How Its Made", "Thanksgiving Song", "It's Not You It's Me" and "The Year of the Beard".

Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA Mohawk Guy) came on briefly and introduced Wil Wheaton. Wil came out and told great personal stories for about 30 minutes. He was, as always, engaging and funny. Then it was intermission.

When the show returned, Grant Imahara came out and introduced Jonah Ray. Jonah did his stand-up for about 10-15 minutes. I didn't hear a lot of laughing from the audience.

Garfunkel and Oates took the stage and did three songs that were all very dirty but terribly hilarious.

Adam Savage came out and was just great. Talked about raising teenagers, birth control, sex, condoms, the Internet. Talked a bit about Mythbusters stuff. Took questions from the audience. Sang "Commander Thinks Aloud".

Aisha Tyler came on and talked about geek gamer girl topics. She was quite funny -- I had not heard of her before this show.

For the finale, the founders of W00tstock (Wil, Adam, Paul & Storm) took the stage for a rousing rendition of "The Captain's Wife's Lament". They started telling Krull jokes and I could've listened to that all night long. As it was, however, they performed this song for over 30 minutes. It was late (for me)!

Paul and Storm have a BLANK is the name of my BLANK cover band joke. My favorite one of the night was "The Ridalin spray finally kicked in is the name of my New Kids on the Block cover band."

You're welcome.

SDCC From a Distance, Day 2