Sunday, July 19, 2009

Opinion: How To Survive San Diego Comic Con

With San Diego only days away, I thought some survival tips would help out to get through this con a lot easier.

1) Shower and Use Deodorant: Cons are extremely crowded & it can get extremely warm in there, do your fellow con goers a favor and shower & use deodorant. I can't stress this enough. Nothing is worse than a smelly fanboy.

2) Bring Bottled Water: Hydration is extremely important. Plus at what the conventions halls charge, it's best to bring your own. I suggest either one of those camping plastic bottles or one of those aluminum bottles. Most of these halls have plenty of water fountains around, & it's really easy just to fill it up when you're running low.

3) Bring Snacks: You're gonna get hungry, so bring some snacks with you. And again, the convention hall is going to try to charge you an arm & leg to eat something. I know I don't like paying $8 for a small turkey sandwich. Personally I suggest something with protein in it like a energy bar.

4) Wear Comfortable Clothes and Shoes: Might as well be comfortable, seeing how you're going to be on your feet all day.

5) Use Deodorant

6) Keep A List: I find it easier to keep a list of items I'm looking for. So when I'm thumbing through the bins I know what I want.

7) Keep Your Autograph Items Ready: There is nothing more annoying then waiting in line for an autograph, and the guy in front of you doesn't have anything ready. Take the comics out of the bag & get them ready for signings.

8) Use Deodorant

9) Bring a Bag: Personally I find it easy to bring a backpack, with an extra collapsible bag for bought items & swag. Just makes it easier. I suggest bringing a poster tube, seeing how a lot of the swag is posters & you don't want to get them messed up.

10) Mind You Manners - It takes very little effort to say "Excuse me". Try it.

11) Use Deodorant - Notice a trend here. This is something I just can't stress enough.

12) Have a Good Time - Just enjoy yourself.


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TV News: Anchor Bay Entertainment events at 2009 San Diego Comic Con

Fan favorite Anchor Bay Entertainment reaches out at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con, taking place July 23rd through the 26th at the San Diego Convention Center! Anchor Bay Entertainment will have a major presence at the SDCC – globally acknowledged as the world’s greatest and largest genre convention!

Fans stopping by the Anchor Bay/Manga booth #3345 at Comic Con will experience:

  • The all-new theatrical trailer for the next great horror spoof! Stan Helsing stars Leslie Nielsen, Kenan Thompson, Stevie Howey and some of the world’s greatest movie monsters!
  • Trailers for upcoming Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD and Blu-ray releases including Grace, Rob Zombie’s The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, Dante’s Inferno, the original Children of the Corn Blu-ray, The Shortcut executive produced by Adam Sandler and the Starz Channel original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” executive produced by Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and Josh Donen, starring Lucy Lawless
  • Authentic production props from “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” and Laid to Rest
  • Fans can enter a drawing to win an authentic “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” prop shield, actually used during production!
The following Anchor Bay Entertainment-sponsored events will allow fans to meet, greet and talk with their favorite ABE stars and filmmakers!

Thursday, July 23rd
12:30pm – 1:30pm Dante’s Inferno Panel (Room 8)
Following up on the success of Dead Space: Downfall, Electronic Arts, Starz Media’s animation studio Film Roman, and Anchor Bay Entertainment partner again for the latest fusion between videogames and animated feature: Dante’s Inferno!
Fans can enjoy the official premiere of the trailer for the game and the animated feature, along with a Q & A with Jonathan Knight (executive producer, EA), Ash Huang (art director), Victor Cook (feature co-director) Brandon Auman (writer), Christos Gage (writer), and Diego Latorre (artist) about the challenges of adapting the literary classic for pop culture!

Friday, July 24th
12:45PM – 1:45pm “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Panel (Room 6BCF)
Preview the new Starz Channel original series premiering in January 2010 with stars Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”), Peter Mensah (300, Avatar), producer Rob Tapert and writer Steven S. DeKnight. Be the first to see the official trailer!
All fans attending will receive a “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” Ultimate Fan Pack with:
Flashdrive with photos and video footage;
First issue of the “Spartacus: Upon the sands of Vengeance” graphic novel series, with exclusive Comic-Con cover;
T-shirt, trading cards and official poster!

4:00pm – 5:00pm Stan Helsing poster signing at Anchor Bay booth (#3345)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live,” Space Chimps), Diora Baird (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Steve Howey (“Reba”), Desi Lydic (The Real Wedding Crashers), Ben Cotton (Slither, The Chronicles of Riddick) and writer/director Bo Zenga will be signing Comic-Con exclusive Stan Helsing posters at the Anchor Bay booth prior to their panel.

7:30pm – 8:30pm Stan Helsing Panel (Room 6BCF)
Clips, interviews and Q & A with writer/director Bo Zenga (Scary Movie) and stars Leslie Nielsen (the Naked Gun films, Airplane!), Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live,” Space Chimps), Diora Baird (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Ben Cotton (Slither, The Chronicles of Riddick), Steve Howey (“Reba”) and Desi Lydic (The Real Wedding Crashers). Stan Helsing horror spoof parodies six of the greatest movie monsters of all time: Freddy/Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason/Friday the 13th, Leatherface/The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pinhead/Hellraiser, Chucky/Childs Play, and Michael Myers/Halloween.

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