Posts Tagged With: Steveston

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…

Categories: NYC, USA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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!

Categories: NYC, USA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Once Upon a Time in Steveston


We headed out to Steveston so I could see the town where they film Once Upon a Time. We took a 30 min train ride and then transferred to a bus. The bus ride was another 20 mins or so. Our first stop in Steveston was a chocolate place. They gave my mom a chocolate cup. I wanted to buy the #1 teacher chocolate bar, but there was no price. We then went to the Candy Dish where I bought two Once Upon a Time maps. My mom bought some salt water taffy which wound up being very good. We went into some thrift and consignment shops. We also went into a couple souvenir shops. Everything was overpriced. Tax was crazy, 12%. We went to their popular places to eat such as Outpost Doughnuts, Bell’s Bakeshop, and Sara’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Nothing really looked good and everything was expensive so we didn’t get anything.

Then we did the Once Upon a Time sites. We saw the library, pet shelter, clock store, pub, pharmacy, shoe store, post office, Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop, Archie’s office, Mary Margaret’s front porch, and Granny’s diner. I enjoyed seeing it all but wished they left some more of the decoration up. I also wish they sold souvenirs. You could only buy a $30 t-shirt, a $25 tote, a $6 postcard, and an overpriced pin. I bought the pin. I wanted the shirt and postcard but it was too much money. We used the bathroom at Starbucks and boarded the bus.

Once in Richmond we stopped to go to a mall. We want to an overpriced pharmacy and we visited Swarovski. We used the restroom and boarded the train.

We went to Vancouver Lookout. We were informed that despite them closing 4 hrs early we would still have to pay full price. I had a $2 off coupon for my mom and I got in as a youth. It was $27, which we thought was a lot. We look the glass elevator up, which was very cool. The view was amazing, but not worth the money. We liked looking at the mountains. I got two press a pennies. I used their free wifi to check in with some people and so did my mom.

We got back to our hotel in time for appetizers at the Regency Club. I had mozzarella balls, garlic bread, and bruschetta.

We went back to our room to unwind and could barely keep our eyes open. We were waiting for 8pm which was dessert. We watched Storage Wars and the Bachelorette while we waited.

Dessert was cookies, lemon bars, and chocolate mini cakes. I had everything but the lemon bars. At 9pm we heard a loud noise that sounded like fireworks, but wasn’t. We couldn’t figure out what it was. We climbed into bed and watched the Tony’s until 10pm.





Categories: Canada, Family Vacation, Richmond, Steveston, Travel, Vancouver | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Postcards from Canada

Categories: Canada, Canada, Postcards, Richmond, Steveston, Travel, Vancouver | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Blog at