Comic-Con Blog

From Paradise to the Geek Prom


When we arrived at the Convention Center, we got in at Gate A, and stepping into the expo floor… it was almost calm. Huge crowd, but lots of space, and I was starting to feel relieved. Perhaps somehow Preview Night was just unusually frantic.

Then I realized we walked into the comic book end of the hall.

Sure enough as we pushed into the center, it was wall to wall people. Hogs masses trying to move past or each other, gridlock at every row, people futilely trying to clear space to take a photo or watch a presentation.

It was as crazy as everyone warned.

And it’s only Thursday.

People were handing things out everywhere. And people were in costume everywhere. Overwhelming.

We hit the booths we had to hit to pick up stuff for friends back home, then headed back to the DHARMA booth. There was a second set of appointments to give out at 1 p.m.

There was a mob waiting. They weren’t allowed to have a line, so, a mob. The crew seemed nervous.

By magic (not really), we got the second and third slots. We saw Jay Glatfelter fight his way through, nabbing the 5 pm slot. In a flash, they were booked up.

Jen took the Ganymeade (?) test, I took Amalthea.

What was your first live concert? What is the sound of terror? What was the first album you bought? Who is your constant? What is the sound of red? When were you last truly happy?

Word association for photos: a tree-lined road at night. Skeletons. A child in a sprinkler. Little red riding hood in bed with the wolf.

We both passed and got our super secret access cards. the cards are for Phase II of the ARG, though apparently our tests (which were videotaped) could turn up at the Saturday panel (and be published or “otherwise exploited” by ABC.

Exploit me!

At the DHARMA booth, we met a woman from Mexico. She’s going to camp overnight to get into Hall H for “Heroes” and “LOST.” I’m worried.

Out of curiosity, we picked a panel at random: “Middleman” with former “LOST” scribe Javier Grillo Marxuach. Big crowd, a top show on ABC Family. Funny!

The “Dexter” panel was three hours away, but the line for Room 6CDEF was already wrapped around the building. Since rooms aren’t cleared we weren’t sure what our prospects were. So, we joined the line.

After about 40 minutes, the “Red Sonja” panel ended and a crowd flowed out. After that, the line zipped ahead. And we found ourself in the “Street Fighter IV” panel.

Huge, enthusiastic crowd. Video clips with loud applause. Some poll where “Cami” won. I don’t have any idea what’s going on. But it’s exciting to be around people excited about something.

And I had time to blog!

“True Blood” is up next, then “Dexter.” What’s “True Blood”? I guess I’ll find out!





July 24, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,


  1. Thank you for your take on things, I love how you described it.

    Comment by XMOZZAZX | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Good to see you got some nice LOST stuff. Would be interesting if you show up on the panel. Did you have to sign a release or something?

    I like the Middleman. The premiere episode was a free download on iTunes a few weeks back and I really enjoyed it.

    Comment by ManilaRaf | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Thank you so much for all the work you have put in to keep those of us unable to attend ComicCon informed. I have been checking your blog every hour all day.

    Comment by KansasGal | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. WOW!! This is so awesome! You guys rock! My sister and I’ve been reading your blog all day long! You make us feel as if we are there too! Thanks for all your hard work! Can’t wait to hear/read about your coverage over the weekend! Woohoo!

    Comment by Agladravioli | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  5. Thanks Ryan and Jen for letting those of us who can’t be there feel like we’re a part of ComiCon as well.

    Comment by Guinevere | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. The good thing is Hall H is huge – while the line is going to be long, you should get in if you arrive before the panel in front of Lost or even the one before that.

    It’s great that this year Lost is in Hall H, since previous years it has not.
    More pictures and more of your discovery!

    Comment by Daniel Podschadel | July 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Oh, I was at the Middleman panel! So sorry to miss you guys. I tried to get interviewed for the Dharma Initiative as well but was told (after being in line) that they were done until 1 p.m. so must have been around the same time that Jay was in line too. Hope to see you all at least on Saturday morning.

    Comment by Nels | July 24, 2008 | Reply

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