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Comic Con/LA Trip

Had a blast last week going to Comic Con. It was exhaustive but I was glad I was there amid the chaos. The only celebs I wanted to see was Jackson Rathbone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) and Matt Damon. JGL & Matt were in Hall H, which is the largest exhibit hall available at the convention center. We waited in line from noon to 4. We were one of the last 3 rows they allowed to go in before they closed the line so we got in right before the panel where JGL was going to be at. He was there promoting his new movie, Looper. Matt was there promoting his new movie, Elysium.

While Jackson was at the Breaking Dawn 2 panel, I was not able to spend days in line for that. Instead, I decided to attend the Nerd HQ panel with Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz & Peter Facinelli. That was so entertaining. Plus, I got to sit in the front row, courtesy of my NKOTB-developed, quick ticket-buying savvy fingers. It was preassigned by how fast you bought your ticket and I got seat 5! Whut whuuuttt!! *raise the roof* You can watch the panel online right here!

I also got to attend some very invaluable workshops about writing and I also went to one about Photoshop. All were very inspiring and I have to say, I enjoyed them much more than I thought I would. I even pulled out a notebook & a pen to take notes! What a nerd I was being. I don’t care, I enjoyed myself. And just in case you’re wondering, no, I didn’t see Will Friedle. I know I went last year looking for him but alas, I’ve come to accept that he probably would not go to such an event since I heard he does not like crowds. I did miss Jason though. It was cool to see him last year but he already said he wasn’t able to make it this year and I think he’s the type of celeb to let you know if he was going to be somewhere like Comic Con. He loves his fans. In addition to Comic Con, I was able to squeeze in a music lesson with my friend who taught me a new song! He also took me to taste the locally infamous carne asada fries! They were well worth the wait.

After Comic Con, we headed off to LA. Our first stop was at Umami Burger. I had never been there before but I heard it’s awesome. And what could have made this experience even more awesome? Sitting in the same restaurant as Jack Black. I love celebrity sightings. I didn’t talk to him or anything. I just enjoyed the fact that he was right there at a table across from me. This day, we pretty much did a food tour. We hit up Umami Burger, Lette’s Macarons, Sugarfish, and Fosselman’s. They were all splendidly satisfying.

The next day, we headed out to Disneyland/California Adventure! We rode Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Radiator Racers, Astro Blasters, Star Tours, Soarin, and others. They also brought back Captain EO as a tribute to Michael Jackson. We checked out World of Color, which was a beautiful water, light & fire dance with images projected onto the water’s mist. It was beyond my expectations.

Overall, I had a great time and I loved that my vacation didn’t end after Comic Con was over. It’s always nice to feel like you’re off to a new adventure, whatever that may be. Check out some of my pics!

Discovered two of my friends from different circles are friends with each other! And they are both artists!

3rd hour in line for Hall H with my BFF

Emily Blunt & Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Looper (HitRecord button, represent!!)

Jodie Foster & Matt Damon for Elysium

I met Kadeem Hardison!! Funny because just a week before meeting him, I happen to come across “A Different World” on TV; didn’t know it still airs!

Carne Asada Fries! (Courtesy of Super Sergio’s)

This amazing musician blows me away…

On Space Mountain, my favorite ride ever!

World of Color was mesmerizing

Finally got to eat at Blue Bayou, in the middle of Pirates of the Carribean ride

Nerd HQ panel: Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz & Peter Facinelli

My favorite vacay photo! I love that he looked right into my camera for the shot. Awesomesauce!

Twi-Hards Vs. Nerd Herds

My BFF sent me this article today. I just had to laugh. As much as I would like to blame Twi-Hards, it’s difficult to really pinpoint what was the exact reason the sight crashed during ticket sales. I mean, Comic-con IS the world’s biggest comic book convention after all.

Reasons could have ranged from overpopularity, Twi-Hards, movie buffs, curious georges, business, or in my case, birthday gift…okay, maybe it turned a little more into “good Will hunting” for me but still, it started as a birthday gift. :0P No matter what the reason was, one of the ultimate goals for this convention was to sell out and they did their job in that respect. It probably would have been less stressful for ticket buyers if Comic-con never announced the day tickets would go on sale but then again, they would have to keep the registration site live for that much longer. I don’t know if there are any fees or contracts involved between Comic-con and Ticketleap but if there are, maybe it’s just cheaper to have the site live for a few hours than to have it live for a few months. *shrug*

I’m just trying to justify the madness. All in all, it was a lot more satisfying getting those elusive tickets when I had to go through hell to get them. It will make the experience that much more worth it. I’d probably go through it all over again if I knew I was going to have the time of my life over there. Wouldn’t you? See ya there!

Comic-cockeyed

I never blog on the weekends but today, I just felt the need to share my thought for 5 minutes. This morning, I spent the greater part of my breakfast pressing refresh, resend, refresh, resend, refresh, resend and staring at my computer at this all morning.

I was trying to get Comic-con tickets for my BFF’s birthday present because that’s where she wanted to go. From 9 AM to noon, I went through excitement, sadness, frustration, anger, hopelessness, revitalization, insanity, jubilance and relief all in a span of 3 hours. I wanted to give up but since it was for my BFF, I couldn’t.

I thought buying New Kids on the Block cabins circa 2010 were bad but this was similar to that experience tenfold. In the midst of trying to buy tickets, I found out that Twilight folks might be there so it’s no wonder it was such a hot mess on the server this morning. When I was trying to buy cruise cabins, I was competing with probably about 50,000 Blockheads for 2,000 spots on the boat. However, I underestimated Comic-con ticket buyers because apparently, I’m competing with comic book enthusiasts, Twi-hards, cartoon lovers, convention freaks, and only god knows who else could be trying so hard to get into this building. I might as well have been competing with the world. I’m surprised the lettering hasn’t come off from my F5 button yet.

In the end, I ended up with a ticket to Thur, Fri AND Sat but I’m trying to get a refund for Thur because my BFF does not want to go on Thur. What’s in it for me? Well, I’m hoping Will Friedle falls into the category of Comic Book Enthusiast or maybe even Special Guest or Exhibitor and I can go and propose to him. It’s a slim chance but he’s well worth the risk. If not, hopefully I’ll get a glimpse of Jason Marsden if he goes, or even Jackson Rathbone if they really do come to Comic-con. He’s a nice substitute but he can’t replace my Will.

*UPDATE* In the middle of writing this blog, I just heard that Summit is planning on releasing a clip from Breaking Dawn Part 1 AND the cast of Breaking Dawn will be there too. Don’t know how true that is but either way, I’m still going to be running around look for Will Friedle. Sorry, it’s just not that big of a deal to me. Love ya, Jackson! :0P

Jackson Rathbone

I’ve decided to add another category. Since I’m aspiring to be a photographer, I’m going to begin posting photos I like whenever I go out to practice. My very first practice shoot was, of course, the 100 Monkeys show on 7/25/10. Here is my favorite pic, which is such the beautiful subject, Jackson Rathbone.

Jackson Rathbone, what a cutie.

Got to see Jackson Rathbone again, this time in Sacramento, CA on 8/4/10! God I love that left dimple.

100 Monkeys ROCK!!

I love them! I hope I can get to another show. They are beautiful subjects to practice photography on!! The venue put some great colors on them too! I was in heaven that night because Jackson smiled at me twice for knowing the lyrics! I also got to shake his hand that night along with Jerad’s hand. Not that soft though, I must say. However, I didn’t expect them to be since they are guitar players.

If anyone is curious about their music, they have a website: http://www.100monkeysmusic.com

Lawrence Abrams (Uncle)

Jerad Anderson (J.Rad)

Jackson Rathbone (J.Action) & Ben Johnson (Ben J.)

Ben Graupner (Ben G.)