July 24, 2010 by Rob Hurlbut
The Second Day (Friday) At Comic-Con 2010
Friday was the most crowded day yet at Comic-Con, and I don’t just mean the number of fans. There were more celebrities, security, police and handlers then I have ever seen ANYWHERE before, and to top it all off, there is a new “no sitting” rule on the convention floor. The 160,000 fans are now only allowed to sit in chairs and NOT on the floor… We’re gonna need a bigger boat!
There were a couple ensemble casts signing autographs today, as well as several individuals doing signings as well. The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” seemed to be the big hit of the day, even though they were surrounded by lots of security, I managed to get a couple shots. It would seem to me that the best way to get a clean shot of any celebrity at Comic-Con is to take a shot while having them sign an autograph for you. The problem with that is that the lines for the signings are long, move slow, take a long time, and even if you are in line, the celebs might bail before you get up there. Above, on the left, Kunal Nayyar glances around during the cast signing, and on the right, Kaley Cuoco reacts to finally being done signing hundreds of autographs.
Jessica Hamby Is Interviewed
Directly above the cast signing of The Big Bang Theory, the cast of the HBO show True Blood conducted interviews and milled around with those that were worthy enough to gain access to that upper level.
Comic-Con is not only for the new kids on the block, there are some faces that have been familiar to us for many years as well. Stan Lee, the godfather of comic books was on hand signing posters for a throng of fans. He was very cheerful and even stuck around longer than he was supposed to so that everyone in line could get an autograph. What a classy dude! Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark was also present, sans make-up doing a signing as well. I’m covering a press conference with her tomorrow and we have been told that we must address her as Elvira (not Cassandra Peterson) during the conference, so I think I’ll have some very different photos of her to share on my next post.
I am a very big fan of candid, unposed photography. People smiling into the camera while they saying “cheese” is one way to take portraits and there’s nothing wrong with it, but I love it when I can get a shot of someone in a more natural looking way. Above, on the left we have Lafayette Reynolds from True Blood reading a magazine, and on the right is Cindy Morgan, looking at a line of fans in front of her.
Cindy is known best known for her role as Lacey Underall in the cult movie classic, Caddyshack. Caddyshack was the first R rated movie I ever saw, and to this day, watching that movie is a right of passage for anyone that would aspire to be a movie buff. Just about every line in that movie is memorable, and even today, 30 years later, if you want to distract or mess some one up from what they are doing you just have to shout, “NOONAN!”
Morena Baccarin, on the left, even without her long, dark, curly hair is elegant, classy and beautiful. I know her best as Inerra Serra from the sci-fi show, “Firefly” but she is now starring in a remake of “V.” Alison Haislip, above is a member of the ensemble show, “Attack Of The Show.” Morena was not the only Firefly cast member I saw at Comic-Con today. Ron Glass, who plays the shepherd was also there, but I don’t have a photo of him. Want to know why? Because during his signing, he had people around him that held sheets of paper in front of my camera, preventing me from getting a shot. They told me that Ron requested that no candid photography of him be permitted. Can you believe that?!? An actor in the middle of Comic-Con that had people physically preventing photography! Whatever, dude. Morena is way more photogenic then you anyway.
Olivia Munn Is In There Somewhere
The last two photos I’ll be presenting in this post are to demonstrate just how difficult and time consuming it can be to get a good shot in a room with 160,000 other people. You can’t always get the shot you want right off the bat. You have to be patient and methodical, and even then, you still might not get the shot. So, the shot above, which is the best shot I was able to get of Olivia Munn, was taken as she arrived at her signing table. I was not in the autograph line, so I found a spot off to the side that was about a hundred feet away that I thought might work. It almost worked. Almost.
Kaley Cuoco Surrounded By Security
The shot above of Kaley Cuoco was taken as she was being escorted away from her autograph signing table. Once again, my careful planning did not really pay off. I actually happen to like to photo above, but it is not the shot I wanted. From watching previous celebrities being whisked away from this particular table, I knew the route that the entourage would take when they left the convention center floor. So, I positioned myself in a strategic place along that route, where there were no other fans and patiently waited for them to come by. Unfortunately, she and her other Big Bang Theory actors had about 20 security guards with them, instead of the 3-4 guards that most of the other celebs had which made my carefully picked spot a moot point. Oh well, tomorrow is another day at Comic-Con and there will be many more costumes, celebrities and merchandise to photograph, so until then, cheers!