Torchwood. I believe all of humanity falls into two categories: those who have seen Torchwood and fell madly, rabidly in love with every second and those who have not seen it. John Barrowman was the next panel and I kid you not- he is the most talented human I’ve ever seen with these two eyes. Sorry Celine Dion- he can out sing you. Sorry Adam Levine- he can out perform you. Sorry Carrot Top- he can out comedy you. The guy is the entire fabulous gay package and you just could not ask for more, but he keeps coming. He can switch from a Scottish accent to an English accent to a perfect American accent in a nanosecond. Just when you are falling madly in love with the man and want to have his babies, he trots out the most brilliant writing partner who is just as witty and humble as could be- his sister. Both proceed to tell stories that leave you wanting an invitation to their family’s Thanksgiving dinner. And just when you’re wishing you and your siblings could be this funny, he brings out hands down the sexiest blonde man on planet Earth (so hot my own husband said, “that’s one good looking guy”) and it’s his husband, Scott. Scott didn’t need to say a word because we were already riveted. I just wanted to sit there and drool over him some more. Oh John, when shall we meet again?
My first full day was fantastic! Yes, there were a metric ton of people, the lines were insane, and I got a week’s worth of cardio into one day of walking, but there was so much good that I’ve already decided that I will be coming back year after year. San Diego Comic Con 2013 you have exceeded my every expectation!
Yes, movies and television certainly have brought the big fancy booths, but comic books were well represented and, surprisingly, there were many authors. I purchased some lovely children’s books for my girls and was able to have the author sign them. The creative talent in America is unparalleled. Going from booth to booth it was hard to really comprehend the big picture, but as I looked back at the end of the preview evening, I realized just how many amazingly talented creative geniuses we had under one roof sharing their love of the arts with the rest of the world. I believe most Americans don’t appreciate the arts the way they should and communing with these talented individuals was a gift for my spirit.
G4TV’s Chris Gore and Dwayne
Size matters and San Diego Comic Con delivers on all levels. It is MASSIVE with aisles from 100 to 5600. The sheer size of the convention floor is impressive, but the size of the statues and convention booths is impressive, with no expense spared. Televisions are everywhere, Darth Vader is 3 feet tall (and for $50 he can come home with you), and the costumes are what you would expect from a Hollywood costume director.
*The elaborate Cos Play attendees. Secretly I wish I had the girly balls to paint myself and invest the time and energy that goes into these elaborate costumes, but just dragging out that dusty Wonder Woman shirt was a big deal in my bubble of a world, so getting my Cos Play on will have to wait until next year.
*The Supernatural panel in Hall H. Jared Padalecki is my second celebrity crush (after James Taylor and yes, I do realize how odd that is given my age) and I dare say I may swoon like a tween at a Beiber concert during this panel on Sunday. I don’t care how early I have to be camping out to get decent seats on Sunday, but I will be there.
I’m really looking forward to this adventure and I’ll be sure to share it with you, so make sure you check back to see how I find my inner geek. Cheers to an amazing San Diego Comic Con 2013!
Recently I’ve read some articles about how the Downtown Project can be insular and exclusive, leaving entrepreneurs that are not funded by the project feeling left out from the community. Some even dared to post these articles with the title “Hero” to boldly share what would not be a very popular opinion. During those first few weeks alone in my new condo, I would tend to agree that the community was scary, daunting, and imposing at best.
My kick ass girls love the community!
How about big scary Kim Schaefer? As the fearless leader of the Downtown Project community, clearly she should be around 23, fresh out of Stanford, and wearing skinny jeans. Instead, Kim is in her late 30’s, a long time Las Vegas resident, and looks like a friendly PTA president. Always smiling, usually found at the Gold Spike, and easily available for meetings to discuss synergy and partnerships, Kim is hardly the sorority mother some of these articles would have you believe.
Finally, I offer up my own case study. I am a married mother of two- a college drop out, 30 something, who moved into downtown because I wanted my family and I to be inspired on a daily basis by entrepreneurs and visionaries that were going to change the world. I don’t speak fluent Ruby on Rails, I have most certainly had times in my entrepreneurial journey where I have lived hand to mouth and check to check, and I learned the lessons of corporate culture first hand when the first company I sacrificed to build blew up because I did it wrong. I connected with Tiger by doing a crazy thing: I introduced myself at a Speaker Series. I connected with Kim because both of our children were featured in Romotive’s new video. Yes, it was lonely during those first few weeks, but it wasn’t any lonelier than if I’d move to the ‘burbs. Eventually, I met some great people because I got sick of that tiny strip I was spending all of my time in and I ventured over to the trailer to learn more. I took the downtown tour and met this bubbly guide named Krissy, who is still one of my favorite people. I spent some time on LinkedIn, asked for introductions, and I smiled at random strangers in my building. As I grew more comfortable with the community, I got bolder and my network continued to grow.
My favorite part of this community is how invested all of us are in growing it. Together, we are committed to welcoming new comers- offensive or not- and helping them to achieve their dreams. I am a shareholder in the downtown community just as much as I am a shareholder in the many companies that I invested in. I can’t say for sure, but I like to think that Jody would be pleased that I’ve connected with the community he was so passionate about.