Geek Girls Reflect on San Diego Comic Con Experience!

Geek Girls Reflect on San Diego Comic Con Experience!

 

GeekxGirls Jenn Marvel and Leen Isabel recap their experience from Comic Con. Check out Comic Con from the perspective of an attendee, cosplayer and exhibitor...

Wednesday Preview night:

JENN MARVEL - Wednesday was preview night at the con, I was lucky enough to get inside before the show had started to prepare myself before the room became packed with people. I enjoyed being able to walk around and look at everything before the crowds became overwhelming. I saw lots of great stuff and the booth set ups this year were amazing. Exclusives are a HUGE part of this con, everyone was running around like the building was on fire trying to get first in line for the next big exclusive.

LEEN ISABEL - I knew right away San Diego Comic Con was going to be different for me this year. This was my 11th year in attendance (20th for my husband), but my first time as an exhibitor in the Small Press area. My husband, Nguyen Dong, and I brought our small press company, Dark Productions to help showcase our creator-owned comics. Prior to opening and shortly after, I took a stroll around Artist Alley. I was able to see some old and new faces and was surprised to see some big-names moved into this area. (Like Bernie Wrightson and David Mack, who in prevoius years had exhibitor tables in the middle of the floor.) For me, I usually use Preview Night to calmly walk to my favorite artists and vendors to purchase my must-have books or art. I'm not huge on the big-name exclusive toys. I had a chance to chat with Raina Telgemeier and pick up a copy of Smile and grabbed the newest Mouse Guard book by David Petersen. Then I spent the rest of the evening back at our table. Small Press was slow on the opening evening which was to be expected with attendees rushing to large vendors.

Thursday:

JENN MARVEL - Today was the second day of the con, I decided to wear my Cyclops cosplay and just walk around and enjoy. I had gotten a lot of great response of my costume as I made my way around the convention centre. People had started sleeping outside waiting for the Hall H presentations of all the big productions coming out soon. Star Wars, Batman vs Superman, Deadpool Fox Entertainment, and Suicide Squad were among the most coveted of Hall H events.

LEEN ISABEL - For Thursday, I cosplayed as Stormer from Jem and the Holograms. (It's the year for Jem with the new comic out by IDW!) Anyway, Thursday was mad for me as I was helping at two tables this year. I was back and forth for two shifts at Girls Drawin Girls and was at my table in between. Being with GDG was fantastic as I was able to meet other international members of the group and connect with old friends. I loved it. I attended one panel on Thursday which was one hosted by NASA! (A first for San Diego Comic Con!) The title was "NASA Journey to Mars." Ridley Scott's upcoming space adventure "The Martian" took a somewhat unconventional approach. Instead of having star Matt Damon on the stage, audiences were treated to a panel with best-selling author Andy Weir and the real NASA scientists who are working on putting a human on Mars. The audience also saw a clip from the film, showing Matt Damon's Mark Watney and his crew at rest in the ship before the launch. In the evening, I moseyed on over to Chuck Jones Gallery in the Gaslamp District to support my fellow GDG artists for the "What's Pin-Up Doc?" art show featuring exclusively GDG members. It was fantastic to come out and support working female artists. After the show, I attended the Women in Comics NYC Collective International Dinner Party.

Friday:

JENN MARVEL - Friday Was the first real kick off day to me because it became more and more busy as the weekend was upon us, I walked around got my swag bags, and other items the booth were giving out. Friday was also The Walking Dead panel and signings in which most of the main cast attended. As the isles filled up with fans it became impossible to travel anywhere near that booth. Friday I decided to wear my Deathstroke cosplay, It wasn't overly hot so I thought it was a good time to wear it. Friday evening I got to dress up and feel glamorous for the evening when I was able to attend the NBC/Universal party thanks to my amazing job. While at the party I got to meet Sarah Wayne Callies (Walking Dead, Prison Break) Christian Slater, parts of the cast of Suits, and Mr Robot. All shows slotted this year/early next year. I also saw Guillermo Del Toro, Joss Whedon, Ian Somerhalder, and Nikki Reed at my hotel.

LEEN ISABEL - Friday was more of the same. I was able to escape the booth to do a bit of browsing, but when you're invested in a table, it's important to stay put and hustle, as they say. =) Nguyen and I had a great time speaking to PDA and Hiraku fans and having conversations with attendees. I also enjoyed browsing Small Press and even made friends with fellow indie creators. Overall, it was a rewarding day. We had a chance to sit back and realize that we went from being an attendee for years and now we're finally comic-book creators. I'd say that's living the perfect nerd-dream. Don't you think? After the con, I hosted the 2nd Annual Cosplay Pole Dance Jam at a local dance studio called Fun Pole Fitness. We raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Yes! It was as awesome as it sounded!

Saturday:

JENN MARVEL - Saturday is by far the most intense day of the con, it's the busiest and the most is happening. Big panels, the Warner Brothers booth was lively with signings from, Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and many other up and coming shows. The Fox booth had shows like Salem, and Gotham signings. The place I wanted to be Saturday is the Marvel booth by far my favorite booth out of the entire convention. It by far is the best booth, they are very friendly and fan oriented. Michael D'Alessio Runs the booth for his company the promo guys, and every year he does a fantastic job. Today was cast and crew of Peggy Carter, and Marvel's Agents of shield signing. Although MAOS was late he held the crowd's attention with all kinds of stories and jokes which really made the feeling of the booth very personable. I had a chance to meet the cast and crew of the show. And even was able to network with some of the actors. Saturday I also attended the 12 Monkeys panel. Season 2 is slotted to come out early next year, and it looks promising its based off of the film 12 Monkeys and it will be its 20th anniversary since it came out, you can catch it on Syfy.

LEEN ISABEL - It was another busy day at the booth which turned out to be one of our best. (Theory goes, attendees make a mad dash for exclusives at the beginning of the week and towards the end, will trickle down to the creator-owned properties.) It was another wonderful day of meeting fantastic fans. Besides, that, I slipped away for the Hannibal Pannibal in Ballroom 20. (Yes, I'm a Fannibal, you guys. Though, I was sad that Mads Mikkelsen was not in attendance. The panel was bittersweet and lots of fun. No good news on a new home for Hannibal just yet.

Sunday:

JENN MARVEL - Sunday was my departure day. Although I missed the con, that day, I got to meet the entire cast of 12 Monkeys, who were on my flight.
All in all, this Con was an amazing experience to meet new people, see old friends, really enjoy comic book culture and fandom. Looking forward to attending next year.

LEEN ISABEL - The day was a day to focus on sales so I didn't leave my table around the panel I was a part of. I was invited to participate in an off-site panel for Women In Comics NYC Collective International. The topic was "Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender & The Comic Book Medium Panel" and was held at Logan Heights Library. Interested in the discussion? Check it out on storify. It was my first panel and I was absolutely equal parts nervous, terrified and excited, but many wonderful things were said and I was happy to be a participant. Till next year, SDCC!

San Diego Comic Con Experience
Geek Girl Leen Isabel as Jem

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Geek Girl Jenn Marvel with Brett Dalton

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Geek Girl Leen Isabel as Chun-Li

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Geek Girl Leen Isabel as Jem

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Geek Girl Leen Isabel

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Geek Girl Jenn Marvel

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NASA Panel

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Hannibal Panel

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Photos/Article by: Geek Girls Leen Isabel & Jenn Marvel

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July 15 2015



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