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The Archie Afternoon-Comic Con Day 3 Continued

10/12/13 Continued

After the Once Upon a Time panel I immediately had the Archie panel. The Archie panel was located several hallways over, which meant I had at least a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute dash ahead of me if no one was around. Add thousands of people and I was attempting the insane. I pushed, shoved, and ran. I made it to the line and was completely out of breath. I texted Cesar to let him know my current location and proceeded to wait. I didn’t have to wait long before some rude Comic Con staff member informed everyone around me that there was no shot we were getting in. This caused a lot of people to leave the line, but I stayed. Several other staff members came by to the say the same thing, but I was determined to get in. People were trying to sneak into the panel room, but they got caught. The issue was the panel was extremely popular, but they gave the panel one of the smallest rooms in the convention center. Not good planning. They let a chunk of the line is and told the rest of us to leave. Wasn’t happening. I’m stubborn. An Archie hotshot comes down and apologized to us about not being able to let us in, but the room was just too small. He was upset. He got a roll of tickets and gave everyone still on line a ticket. The ticket would be good for a $100 Archie swag bag. Sweet!! They told us we had to redeem them in exactly 1hr at the Archie booth. I planned on getting there early.

Next on my list was to meet Raphael Sbarge. He plays Dr. Archie Hopper on Once Upon a Time. There was a very small line. The girl behind me in line was dressed as Regina aka the Evil Queen. She looked great. When I saw her it dawned on me that I easily could have dressed up as her as well. O well, too late now. I turned around and was face to face with an older gentleman. I knew I knew him from somewhere and then it dawned on me that he was Stan Lee. I was too stunned to take a picture and then I remembered as he walked away from me. I decided to get an autograph and a picture of Raphael. All the money would go to charity. It cost me $40 total. Raphael was super nice to everyone. I had him sign a picture of me in Steveston outside of his character’s office. He loved the picture and asked me about my time in Steveston. He also asked me how the Once Upon a Time panel was. He wrote me such a sweet note about missing me at his office. We went to pose for our picture and the woman who took it got really close to us. I was also very stupid and pushed my hair to the back. I HATE WHEN I DO THAT. When I do that I look like I have no hair. Grrr.

I headed up to the show floor to head to the Archie booth. I texted Cesar to meet me there. I explored the other booths as I headed to the Archie booth. There was already a line and it was still really early so I got on line. After a short wait they had us come up one by one and gave us each a bag. The bag was so heavy. They weren’t kidding about the $100 worth of swag. I was super excited. I went to another booth and got a free Marvel poster. Cesar met up with me at that point and we hit all the booths that I knew had free swag. We picked up free 50 Shades of Grey buttons, Marvel comics and pins, a signed Superman poster and postcard, a Lemony Snicket t-shirt, and I grabbed a tote bag. I was so happy for the tote bag because my arms were breaking with all the separate things I had. Cesar bought an Adventure Time book and it came with a free medal. We wandered around the show floor taking it all in. Cesar bought some bacon lollipops. We passed insane bathroom lines. There were even lines for the Men’s room! We passed a cart selling super yummy grilled cheese sandwiches. They were about $6, but in the end I decided not to get one. 😦 They looked so good though.

We headed to Artist Alley next. I wanted to get my Thor magazine signed by the two people who drew it. I couldn’t find the first guy even though it said he was there. At that point we were both exhausted so we took a break. I used the restroom which was the first one without a line all day! Then we sat and munched on snacks we had brought. Cesar fiddled around with the instruments he had bought. We discussed teaching and observed all the different costumes. We headed back to the autograph area to wait on line for Cesar’s Adventure Time autograph session. The line was insane and wrapped around two corners. It was probably going to be at least an hour wait. I was willing to wait with Cesar, but he said no. Back to Artist Alley.

This time we were determined to find the other artist (Michael Mckone) who worked on the cover of my Thor magazine. It didn’t take that long before we found him. When we got to his booth there was a fan there discussing big money items so we patiently waited until they were done. I didn’t want to interrupt a big sale with my free autograph. While we waited we listened to the guy next to the artist make reservations at an Italian place on 37th and 9th ave. We listened to the guy go on and on about it. We even heard the name the reservation was going to be made under. Cesar and I teased about showing up to the restaurant at the time and joining them for dinner. Michael eventually finished talking and I asked him to sign my magazine. I was nervous that he would say no since I wasn’t buying anything. However, he was super nice and even offered to personalize it for me. He said he was surprised no one else had asked. The guy sitting next to him then picked up one of the magazines and asked him to sign it. Cesar and I then started to wander through the aisles. Cesar told me he had spent too much money and not to allow him to spend anymore. It didn’t take long before he had his hand back in his wallet.

We stumbled upon an artist neither one of us had heard of. His name is Daxiong Guo. We didn’t know it while we were speaking to him, but he’s led an incredible life. The short version includes him being arrested in 2008 and was sent to a prison in China because his art offended the Chinese Communist Party. In prison he was tortured for about two months, but was then rescued by friends in the U.S. His work was so beautiful that we couldn’t help but stop and admire. He was so talented. Cesar decided to look through a book of the artist’s work and he made a comment under his breath about the artist being talented. Daxiong went, “Thanks, I know.” This of course cracked us up. We loved all his work. While Cesar was going through the book he stumbled upon an Egyptian themed one. It was awesome! They decided to cut Cesar a deal so he bought several prints, including the Egyptian one for me. 🙂 Here’s some of his work below:

After that we decided to purchase plastic holders for the prints and we pooped out on the stairs. We were way too tired to move. A girl on the steps admired our prints and asked me for more info on the one Cesar had bought me. It was my first time really examining it and I noticed the cartouche on the man’s clothes indicated that he was King Tut. I also noticed Abu Simbel, the pyramids of Giza, the Nile, papyrus, and Kheper Ra. After chatting for a bit on the steps and discussing the metal hair clips Cesar bought for the girls in his family we decided it was finally time to get up and go home. We were wiped. As we left Artist Alley we walked behind Snow White and Captain Hook. On our way back to Madison Sq. Garden aka the train station, we looked up at one point and there was a nice looking Italian restaurant. My mind flashed to the guy and his reservation so I looked up at the street signs and sure enough it was the place. Too funny. We teased about crashing the reservation. Then I remembered the special code words to say to the Marvel booth for special free stuff. Too late now. After 3 days at Comic Con I was exhausted. I had no idea how Cesar was going to do another day. Turns out he decided not to. My first Comic Con was a success. Here’s to next year…

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Once Upon a Time at Comic Con-NY Comic Con Day 3


The Comic Con panel I was looking forward to the most had finally arrived. I am a huge Once Upon a Time fan so I was beyond thrilled they were having a panel. I was really nervous about it. I had a feeling the panel would be packed full of fans and people that just wanted to meet Jennifer Morrison. I not only wanted to see the panel, but I wanted their autographs as well. If you know me then you know I am not a pushy person when it comes to meeting celebrities. I have been thisclose to celebrities that I love before and have let other people push me aside to meet them, get pictures, and autographs. NOT THIS TIME! I was determined this time would be different.

The Once Upon a Time panel was at 1:30pm. I wanted to be there super early. I actually wanted to be there for the previous panel so I could just stay in the room. I decided to get in the Comic Con spirit and donned a comic book t-shirt and some pink fake hair. I arrived around 11:45am. The panel before Once Upon a Time was the Marvel Video Game panel which was set to start at 12:15pm. I didn’t want to sit in that panel if I found out they were going to clear the room in between the two panels because then I would be screwed. I found a nice Comic Con staff member and asked her if they were going to clear the room in between. She promised me they wouldn’t and said it would be my best bet for the Once Upon a Time panel. So I got on the Marvel line. A group of 3 got on right behind me. One was dressed as Robin Hood, which was a clear sign they wanted the Once Upon a Time panel as well. Sure enough they did. They decided to do what I was going to do after they also talked to a staff member. They had been to Comic Con before and told me crazy stories about what happened when they didn’t clear out the rooms between panels. People got trampled trying to find a seat and panels were overbooked because of it. We waited on the line for a bit and then they finally let us in. I kept texting Cesar throughout the wait because I was going to meet up with him later. I wanted to get as close as I could now so I wouldn’t have to do too much moving up in the future. We settled in rows 8 and 9 on stage left. I left my stuff with them and went to use the bathroom. The line was about 15 mins long and everyone on line was complaining about the lack of women’s bathrooms.

I got back to my seat in time for the Marvel panel to start. They showed us the latest video games they were releasing and it kept me entertained for the hour. I’m not a video game fan nor am I big on Marvel superheros, but I could appreciate the talent that went into creating the games. I loved the little old lady character they had in one of the games who uses her purse as a weapon. They told us they were giving out free gifts at the end of the panel, but that meant losing my seat to get one. So I passed on it. They also gave us codes to get free stuff at the Marvel booth (something I forgot about until we were on 9th avenue later that night). Once I sensed the panel was coming to a close I grabbed my stuff and started to head to the front. I could only move up about 3 rows. I wanted to be closer. Once the panel officially ended chaos ensued!!!!!!

The first two rows were reserved and nobody in the 3rd row gave up their seat. Everyone was looking for seats. The first two rows were empty except for one family in the second row. I asked the family which passes allow you to sit in the reserved row. They said there were several, but didn’t know them all. They had medical ones. I had a special pass and hoped it would be good enough otherwise I would be royally screwed very soon. I asked the family if I could sit with them and they said yes. The little boy was the one with the medical issue. The family didn’t want anyone sitting immediately next to him. So I sat one seat over and made it look like the seat between the boy and I was taken so both parties would be happy with the arrangement. I talked with them for a while as the room started to fill up. I showed them my pictures of Steveston and kept the boy entertained. A Comic Con staff member kept coming around to kick out people who didn’t belong in the reserved rows. She never asked me anything because she assumed I was with the family. The place filled up quickly and so did the reserved rows. The panel was about to start and I thought that I was home free when a staff member addressed me. She asked if I was with the family. I wanted to say yes, but if a handicapped person needed the spot I would not be happy with myself so I said no. She said she had two people with reserved tickets and if she moved me then my seat and the seat I was protecting for the kid would be open to these two girls (they had VIP passes and not medical ones by the way). So I nodded as I felt devastated inside. Then she said to me that she would move me to the first row because there was a single seat and only a skinny person could fit in it. FIRST ROW!!!!!!!! OMG!!!! I tried not to act too excited. She wasn’t kidding about it being a tight squeeze, but I managed. I was legitimately right in front of the panel. The woman to the right of me had a super duper exclusive Comic Con pass and had never seen Once Upon a Time at all. The couple to the left of me knew famous people. They weren’t into the show either. So here I was a fan girl with fake pink hair squeezed in between two hot shots who could care less about the panel while I was doing everything in my power not to fan girl out.

The panel started and I was ready to go with my cell phone camera. They were going to start with a clip of the upcoming Once Upon a Time in Wonderland episode but the picture wasn’t working. The majority of the audience spent 3 minutes screaming “no picture” at the top of their lungs. Real mature. I took this time to answer the questions of Miss Super Duper Exclusive Comic Con pass lady. She wanted to know more about the two shows. While they tinkered with the DVD, the panel decided to come out. It was Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. I was in their line of vision the whole time. Several times they smiled exclusively at me or chuckled to themselves when I mouthed answers or reactions to their comments. I even had a staring contest with one of them at one point. It was clear in my section that I was the only fan in the front row. Everyone else belonged to the press or were just there for no real reason. I was in heaven! I felt like we were all just sitting around my kitchen table chatting. They talked for a bit about Wonderland and then they showed the clip from the upcoming episode. I was so happy that characters from Aladdin were being worked in to the show. I wonder if we’ll see Jasmine and Aladdin soon.


After they showed the clip they brought Jennifer Morrison out. She plays Emma Swan. I was immediately surprised by how beautiful she is. She’s kind of a tom boy on the show and in House she was never really done up. She looked great and you could immediately tell she had an awesome personality. Adam and Edward moved down and allowed Jennifer to take the seat across from me. They showed us a clip from the upcoming episode of Once Upon a Time (the original and not Wonderland) and then began their discussion. They told us Hook and Emma would hook up (pun intended), which just aired this past Sunday. Jennifer also hinted that Mulan and Sleeping Beauty might become a lesbian couple. They also hinted that Neal and Emma most likely won’t go back to being a lovey dovey couple right away. They have a lot of unresolved issues. They discussed the deer that happened to wander into a shot and how it wasn’t meant to be Bambi. They told us we’ll see more Disney characters soon. Adam and Edward mentioned how they think Peter Pan is scary and the actor playing him is intense. They avoided him at a party because they were just so freaked out by him. Towards the end of the Q&A I got ready to make my move. I took the pictures I wanted signed out of my bag and I had my sharpie ready. Once the Q&A was over, I pounced. So did everyone else. I got to the guys first even though Jennifer was closer to me. Adam and Edward signed the picture of me in Steveston at the Storybrooke Pet Shelter. Both of them commented about my picture and asked how my trip was. At this point I am being squished by the mob of people trying to get to Adam, Edward, and Jennifer. I am also the only one with a sharpie and everyone wants to borrow it. A girl asked me first and had Jennifer sign her poster. Then Edward took it and used it to sign some other people’s stuff. Others wanted it, but I wasn’t parting with it. I wanted Jennifer’s autograph. Edward saw I was waiting for a while and was trying to get to Jennifer so he helped push my picture toward her. At that point she was so mobbed taking photos and signing things that she was in robot mode. However, when my picture and sharpie came to her it caused her to look up to see who the owner was. She then gave me a huge smile. Yeah for bringing a conversation piece for them to sign. She signed it and I tried to put it back in the folder to protect it. However, I couldn’t move. People wanted to move forward, but they wouldn’t let those of us who had got what we wanted to leave. I felt trapped. So the New Yorker came out in me and I pushed past people. I put my stuff away and left the room. I found the group I waited on line with and we exchanged info so I could send them pictures (they never moved up). Time for a mad dash across Javits to the Archie Panel!

Peter Pan and Henry

Rumpel doing his signature move! Love this man.

“Roasted Swan. He He. You’ll understand that later.”

1st look at Tink!

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Walking Around with my Shirt Open-NY Comic Con Day 2


Night number two at Comic Con. This time I was allowed to enter at 35th and 11th. It was packed!!!! It seemed like almost everyone was doing cosplay. I had some time to kill before my Beatles panel so I decided to head to Artist Alley first.

I had found some rare Archie comics for Dan Parent to sign. I also bought a Glee Archie comic from him. I went to Fernando Ruiz (another Archie comics artist) and I had him sign an old one he did. He was happy to see it and skimmed it. I could see he remembered some of the stories. He told me that some of them were cut off. I also bought a picture from him.

After that I heard from my friend Cesar so I walked back to 35th to meet him. He picked up his pass and activated it. We walked though the crowd and discussed the costumes we saw. He walked me down to my panel and even though it was an hour early there was already a line. He went exploring and I decided to use the bathroom before the panel. The line was super long. While on line I realized that my Comic Con lanyard had pushed my shirt button open. I had been walking around with my shirt open for who knows how long. Normally when that happens I realize when I see someone looking. It’s Comic Con, people probably thought I was doing it on purpose. At least I didn’t run into anyone I knew besides Cesar. The previous night I had run into one of my old high school teachers. Glad my shirt was closed then.

I ate my dinner on the line for the panel and started to read through the Comic Con program. Some of the booths advertised that they were giving away stuff so I made note of them on my phone. We finally were let in to the panel room and it was clear right away that the room was going to be packed. They made people stand in the back of the room. We were all sitting on top of each other and I was kind of far back. The light above me was blinking and driving me nuts.

The panel finally entered and there wasn’t a surprise guest. We all were hoping for Paul McCartney since he was in NYC the day before. They informed us he was on a plane back to England. One of his best friends was there. The panel was about the 5th Beatle aka Brian Epstein. He was gay, Jewish, and is considered the guy who discovered the Beatles. He died very young. The panel wrote a graphic novel about him. We got to see the graphic novel and we heard about the creative process for both the novel and the movie coming out. It was hard to concentrate on the panel because I couldn’t see, the light was distracting me, the woman next to me was farting, the room was stuffy, and the door kept slamming because this little boy kept running to the bathroom. They passed around the graphic novel and the images were great. I definitely wanted to read it. The panel spent more time on Brian being gay and Jewish then they did on the Beatles connection. One interesting thing I learned was that the Philippines removed their security detail on the Beatles and asked the army to bring them in after the Beatles snubbed their Queen. The panel likened it to the end of Argo. They passed around a notepad to win the graphic novel. I didn’t win. We each got a free mini comic.

Here’s an article about the graphic novel.

After getting out of the panel I texted Cesar so we could meet up. He told me that the exhibit floor had closed so they kicked him out. I decided to find the location of my Once Upon a Time panel room so I would know where it was for the next day. After struggling to get through the crowd I finally found it. I was exhausted and knew I still had a long day at Comic Con ahead of me.

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Random Conversations with Random Strangers-NY Comic Con Day 1

It’s my first comic con and I’m excited and nervous. I got a 4 day professional pass and hope to go for 3 days. I spent the weekend planning my 3 days using the comic con app. I decided not to dress up which is funny considering I own at least 30 costumes, but none of them work for comic con.

I headed to comic con straight from work. I had a Holocaust panel I wanted to attend. I got off at Penn station and ran to 34th and 11th in my rain boots. They told me I had to enter at 39th. Turns out I could have entered at 35th since I have a professional badge. Security searched my bags and then tapped my badge.

Once in Javits I went straight to the official store and bought a $5 pin since it was one of the cheapest items. Then I went in search of my panel. I got the official program and a lanyard for my badge. I easily found my panel and realized the place was empty so I didn’t have to wait. I decided to kill time and walk around. I used the bathroom and ran into one of my old high school teachers. I checked out the autograph area, which was empty. I went back to the panel room and they eventually let us in.

The panel was set to start and there was only about 15 people in a room for at least 100 to 150 people. The guy running the panel, Neal Adams, walks in and goes, “Where is everyone? Everyone here go out and grab a Jew.” Everyone started laughing. He continued to crack jokes while they set up the panel. He told us about a young Jewish girl who’s mother was being taken away by the Nazi’s. The little girl elected to stay with her mother and they were brought to Auschwitz. While there a boy found out that she could draw and her paint Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs inside one of the bunks for the kids. Dr. Mengele found out and demanded to see her. She thought she was going to die. Instead he asked her to paint/draw gypsies as inferior in exchange she demanded that her life and her mother’s be spared. She eventually went on the Death March and survived. She wound up coming to the U.S. and married one of the people who worked on Snow White. Years later Auschwitz called her and said they found her work. She wanted it back and they said no. Artists and lawyers have been petitioning for her to get her work back. So Neal Adams turned her story into a comic. Here’s the NY Times article about it.

The rest of the panel was about the DVD they created that tells the stories of heroes during WWII. The stories are all done in a comic book format. We watched the one on Laguardia. I found it fascinating!! I never knew how much he was against the Nazi Party he was. His actions prior to and during the war were incredible. It made me want to read a biography about him. The DVD was $20 so I decided I was going to purchase one. I thought it would make a great teaching tool. After the clip was done playing the lights were still off and the guy controlling them was no where to be found despite his promise he would stay. Someone eventually found him so he could turn them on using his switchboard. Neal teased it was anti-semitism, which made everyone in the room laugh.

After the panel was over I decided to take advantage of the fact the convention center was empty and went in search of the other panel rooms I would need over the next couple days. I headed to Artist Alley to get Dan Parent, one of the Archie artists to sign my comic books. He wasn’t there. I waited and waited and waited. Then a staff member told me that he was at a panel and I should come back. I decided to go upstairs to kill time and I walked through the 1000 or more booths selling merchandise. There were too many and I got overloaded. I found the one I wanted and purchased the $20 DVD. I decided it was time to head back to Artist Alley. Dan still wasn’t there. I picked out the items I wanted and waited. Right next to him was Fernando Ruiz. He’s another Archie artist, but I didn’t have his comics on me because I didn’t know he was going to be there. I saw Alex Simmons (he draws Clayton) come back from the panel and then I saw Dan. I bought a comic book and a drawing from him. I had him sign the comic I brought with me. It was late and I was tired so I decided to head home. On my way out I saw the coolest Inspector Gadget costume. There were so many great costumes!

On my way long way back to the train I see this guy who looks exactly like one of my former students (it was dark outside). I do the “omg hey” face and at the same time so does he. So I’m thinking it really is my student. I go “Nick!” and he makes a confused face. Not him. He thinks he knows me and we try to place where he knows me from. We can’t figure it out. I’m stuck walking with him to the train station, which is about a 10-15min walk. At first I’m super nervous because he’s a strange guy, but then I find out he’s gay. He begins to tell me everything about his life and I do mean everything. Half the time I don’t know what to say so I just nod or make one word comments. He winds up needing my same train and in the same direction. Not good. I already begin to plan what I’m going to do to get away from him. Turns out he needs to get off several stops before me so I’m ok. After he gets off the train I breathe a sigh of relief and can’t believe that the conversation actually happened.

One minute goes by and a man facing me on the train makes a comment about my Comic Con lanyard. I ask him if he went he said he didn’t. He tells me that he works for HBO on True Blood. Since I don’t watch the show that doesn’t impress me. We talk about comic cons, Star Wars, celebrities, etc. He shows me pictures on his phone of his family and celebrities he has met. I eventually have to get off the train. As I walk home I think only in New York and I wonder if I have a sign on me that reads, “Strangers please talk to me.”

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