July 21, 2010 by Rob Hurlbut
Comic-Con Has Just About Arrived In San Diego
SDMTS and a local San Diego radio station, Rock 105.3 teamed up at the Gaslamp trolley station to hold a Comic-Con inspired contest where the prizes for every participant turned out to be passes to Comic-Con! How awesome is that?!? There were only 12 entries, so each and every one of them got their 15 minutes.
The best thing about Comic-Con is the people. Lwaxana Troi, mother of Deanna Troi of Star Trek: The Next Generation was on hand with Super Rocky. These two were the most energetic of the participants and really knew how to work the crowd. Super Rocky has a great pair of gloves doesn’t he?
Above we have a Death Eater from the Harry Potter franchise and The Scarecrow, which debuted way back in 1941. The Scarecrow is the only participant that I actually talked to, and it was a very good conversation. We talked about costume shows being very under-attended. The grand prize for this costume contest was a 4 day pass to Comic-Con, and there were only 12 entries! A one in twelve chance to win tickets to the sold-out Comic Convention?!? I like those odds!
By far, the creepiest thing pedaling around the Gaslamp trolley station was a child, dressed as Jigsaw from the SAW franchise. This kid had it nailed… He pedaled around randomly and never spoke to anyone. It was creepy and it was awesome. The weird Spiderman, above on the left was a different story. He actually wasn’t Spiderman, he was something else, which he explained which I have since forgotten. He had silly string for webbing and “accidentally” sprayed all over the contestants waiting in line. It was a sorry attempt at subterfuge that was noticed by everyone, including his fellow contestants.
Being a photographer, Comic-Con offers you a lot of lee-way. It’s OK to not get a perfect shot because when people are in costume, there is no perfect shot. All the photos in this post were taken at the Gaslamp trolley station with a radio station broadcasting and hundreds of people around. There is almost no way in Hell to get the perfect, clean shot you want, so you have to learn to incorporate a million people into a shot where the subject is a single person. No problem. Use your widest aperture and then work some magic in photoshop. It takes practice, but you’ll learn. If you keep in mind that you are infinitely more aware of imperfections than than ANYONE else that views your pics, you will be able to see just how great your photos are.
Erica Fox Interviews Comic-Con Superheros
People get get their news from independent bloggers these days because we are the ones that dig and speak plainly. News crews at comic book conventions are not reporting news, they are entertaining municipalities, and people are starting to realize that. The ironic thing is that what Erica Fox is seen reporting above is what bloggers should be doing, and the in depth reporting that bloggers do is what mainstream media should be doing.
A Taste Of Comic-Con 2010