Saturday, July 25, 2009

Inaction Man: updates and new link


Friday, July 24, 2009

The Adventures of Inaction Man

One of the highlight's from today was my best freebie from SDCC 2009 yet. The peeps at booth were giving out free "action figures". I was all bubbly and excitable and I asked for a face and hair and they ever-so gentlemanly obliged.

My husband is a naming genius, he dubbed the little guy Inaction Man. And a epic journey was born. Since then, I've been toting him along on our virgin journey into Comic-con happiness. It makes me giggle as well as the people around me. I'll be posting his adventures here throughout Comic-con.

Click here for the photos.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

SDCC Honeymoon: Preview Night

The day had finally arrived. We had scoped out the convention center on Tuesday afternoon, well at least from the outside and a friendly guy let us know that door E would be the place to be with lines forming around noon.

After the morning at the zoo, we managed to make it the there by 2:20. We went as directed to door E, the door was already open and we were ushered up escalators, through open-air hallways, around corners to at least 10 neat rows of people with computers ready to register us. A quick scan of the ticket, check of the ID and printing of our badge, we were hailed to a free loot station and done. All said maybe 5 minutes. Then what?

This begins the part of Comic-con they don't tell you on the site, in programs or in blogs: it really does help to actually have been to Comic-con before SDCC virgins, though accepted are at a disadvantage. Anywho, after about a half-hour, and a quick change into my well-loved Supergrover tee, we found the right line. By 3pm, Rob had registered for the blood drive and we were hunkered down for the 3 hour wait til 6. Thankfully, the huge program book kept us entertained for a while; Rob started in on his right away while I perused the big ads.

At 4pm, I promised myself a snack, and when I returned with nachos, I started a local line trend.

Finally at 5:30, the good people of Comic-con started letting people into the Exhibit Hall. Now, other events were occurrring at 6pm, such as TV screenings and I think some cosplay folks were meeting up as I saw a bunch floating around on my nacho run.

Again, the line moved through the maze of the center and ended up in the hall. Rob and I meanandered around trying to get our bearings in this vast land. The overhead numbers range from 100 to 5000 and that alone was a little overwhelming.

As we got closer to te Hasbro both a long line had formed and we started to sense something was up. At this point we also started seeing large bags for Harry Potter. Hmmm... As we walked closer to the studio tables, things became insane. People and lines everywhere, pushing, shoving, little children almost trampled. It was so overwhelming. Since no one seemed to hear my plantive "excuse me", I started to shoulder my way through the crowd. Rob's crowd aggression was on the rise, so we manuevered out of the mayhem.

I admit I did have big bag envy and tried twice for the HP bag (but had the worst timing - the line was shut down each time right as I got there. ) We also saw Dark Horse, SyFy and some others. In retrospect, there's not anything even practical about those bags. And they're all yucky non-eco plastic. We did score some buttons, including my I heart V, and free comics.

Our attempt to visit the California Browncoat table was even thwarted as they were packed all night. (It's ok we're volunteering on Friday). We did see several Jayne hats which made me curse the mail for my lack of one. One highlight was seeing Felicia Day and having her sign the California Browncoat page in my program. She didn't know it was there. I admit I was surprised too, but it works out really well as people have to sign the program for free regardless of if they're charging for other stuff.

Although it was kind of fun, I'm not so sure I'd wait in line for 3 hours again, unless I was waiting specifically for something. It was definitely nice to get on the shuttle and head back to our pad in Little Italy, escaping from the scene.

Off to start Day 2...

Click here to see our photos on Flickr

Friday, June 26, 2009

Con-fessions: Granitecon 2009

It's a Friday night and Rob's away. Meanwhile, I'm glued to my monitor looking for the newest and shiniest SDCC news on panels, events, rumors, angry geek girls. Between today's news of a Mythbusters panel and prior news of BSG possibly including Edward James Olmos, David Tennant and Dr. Who, V, Dollhouse, District 9 including Peter Jackson, browncoats and rumors of Megan Foxx in a Slave Leia outfit, it's a wonder I can live a normal productive life with normal restful sleep.

Hmmm... but even that is questionable with last week's Can't Stop the Serenity bash.

Anywho, Rob re-organized his comic book collection which meant multiple trips to Double Midnight Comics for comic book boxes (really non-nerds, there are special boxes for your comic books AND even special card board and plastic bags to protect them - almost like scrapbooking but without Martha Stewart). On one of these trips, he returned home with a flier for Granitecon.

We'd been to one in the past and it wasn't all that fabu, but since it's the year of the con, we gave it another shot. And I had a blast! I was so happy, chatting with indie artists, finding a way cool Super Grover print. And the most exciting was meeting Juli Mayers. Who not only is a browncoat, but also had browncoat fan art and personalized it for us (it says "Have a good damn wedding") AND her own funny Nathan Fillion story. Whoa. That was just way too cool.

Yep, I was jumping around like a super-happy freak after that.

Oh oh and there was Marek Bennett, who uses comic books to help teachers teach literacy, is pretty neat-o too. And he let passersby, including my adult self, make our own comics. Yay for interactive, fun and dare I say educational freebies. I'm a sucker for people who encourage reading.

Granitecon itself has gotten better as the years have passed. More vendors, more people, still gaming. I would love to see some panels brought in and maybe some live action demo stuff. More people in costume make me smile. And it's good for press to grow your event. Speaking of press, those youngins working the 92.1 booth did not seem like they were nerdy. Maybe they were, maybe they weren't. Just in case, here's my shout out: Don't judge me; I had a rocking time.

All in all, our $10 contribution was worth it (5 big ones each), so we'll probably be back next year. Yawn, must be time for bed and a peek at Nathan Fillion's tweets. Don't judge me! They're amusing.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Get your Con on!

So far, we've managed to hit two conventions this year in prep for our big Comic-Con debut. The first was Boskone in Boston which was more literary than TV/anime/video game/movie stuff. Still very fun. And we tried out our new Browncoat Brigade lanyards.

Early in the AM, I hit the a panel about attending cons on the cheap. A few good tips to be had, but nothing new or thrilling. Lots of good stories about adventures at cons past.

Throughout the day, members from the Higgins Amory Sword Guild in Worcester, MA performed fighting demonstrations, including a Jedi light saber sequence. The coolest part is that the broke down the sequence move-by-move and explained the probable fighting style and logic for the move. (more pics available on the wedding photo site)

Another "highlight" from our day at Boskone included a panel about inadvertent messages authors send in writing, such as in the Twilight books. Although the write up specifically included the book, none of the panelists had actually read them. That and the panel ended up being overtly 70s feminist, so much so that I turned to my son and said "Um, you can leave it you want. You're not really the enemy."

We ended our trip with a quick shopping excursion: Rob bought me beautiful leather photo album with a cat face on the cover. Actually, the artist shaped the face into the leather from the backside using organic materials. For Rob, I bought a cute little print of "Doctor Whomster"by Charlene Taylor D'Alessis, a hamster dressed as Tom Baker Dr. Who in front of the blue tardis. The little print comes in very handy when explaining exactly what a tardis is.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Wedding Invites and Joss Whedon

As we finish up the invites for actual factual mailing, I'd like to take a moment share our recent adventure to hear Joss Whedon and garner his signature on our wedding invite and save the date. Sometimes, I feel like people think we're a little off kilter for having a Firefly/Serenity (aka sci-fi) wedding, but there is a certain level of respect when you get the creator of your theme to sign your invite.

For those outside of the cult-like following, Joss Whedon is the creator of the shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and of course, Firefly. He is also the mastermind behind last year's smash internet success, Dr. Horrible's Sing-along-blog. We've listened to interviews on shows, such as NPR's Frech Air, and when you listen, he seems like a quiet but smart guy. And in this house, quiet, smart guys are kinda kick-butt.

Joss Whedon's fans are so dedicated that every year, in honor of his birthday, cities across the globe hold theater viewings of the movie "Serenity" and raise money for the charity he supports, Equality Now. (Yes, we'll be attending the Boston CSTS on 6/20 and yes, I'll be posting about it.)

So when Rob heard that "the man" was going to be accepting an award from the Harvard Humanist Society AND that it would be open to the public, we decided we had to go. For the bargain price of $10 a ticket, we headed to Harvard's Memorial Church to see him.

*So it's May 30th and we're working on the invites, but yes, we did have one lone invite ready to be signed. Just because we had one, didn't mean we had the other fifty waiting in the wings.

We headed down on the Friday evening and chatted with other Browncoats in the will-call ticket line. Thankfully we were will-call, as it started to rain and our small line smooshed under the shelter of the pavillion. While in line, I learned valulable tips for attending San Diefo Comic-con (our honeymoon destination), such as the fact that the panel rooms don't clear out after each session and that people will stake out seats all day for panels occurring that night. I honestly would have never of thought of that. Good to know.

Once the doors opened, we scored seats about 9 rows away.

The presentation opened with a video montage that showcased moments in his shows that pointed to religion or humanity. Joss Whedon did make a short but very interesting speech and I have to admit, I'm really, really glad that we got the opportunity to see/hear him in such a venue. We were able to listen to him speak intellectually with a dash of sci-fi, rather than just all sci-fi, all the time. Even the questions from the Harvard Humanist group as well as from the audience, were a smattering of the two, hearty questions about humanism with a light dose of sci-fi appreciation.

Afterwards, the moment of truth came as we herded into the line for autographs. Only one item was allowed per person, no personalized, and no photos after a certain point (to keep the line moving). Although he seemed tired, he was very nice to all, and even included "Happy Wedding" on our invite. Yay! Rob gave him a save the date to which he replied, "If I come, I'm eating all the food." A very sweet gesture. We all know he's not really coming, but as a story-teller himself, it's all about the stories you get to share.

For more information, and better reporting on the event, check out The Signal's Season 5 #8 podcast or the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard story (bonus if you click the link at the bottom of the story for more photos, go to page 16 photo 242 and you'll see Rob at the end of the row in front of the lady wearing the green shirt holding a tripod in the aisle. Rob's in a purple long sleeve shirt and black sweater vest.)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

8 weeks to go - you've still got time

As I mentioned in the last post, my package came with some special Browncoat touches. Jen from JLH Jewelry was kind enough to let me know that the idea comes from Wear with Style.

This woman knits one of the most recognizable pieces of fan costume: the Jayne hat. In the show, Jayne receives the hat with a letter from his mom. His normal tough-guy exterior gets a little mushy and the audience can't help but like him just a wee bit more.

The Wear with Style site also has a special note to those who purchase the hat, explaining that the owner's special family circumstances and how buying a hat helps someone you don't know in a very real way.

So if you're coming to our wedding and aren't quite sure what to wear, consider a Jayne hat paired with army green cargo pants, a tshirt, black boots and Vera. Cheers!

Monday, May 18, 2009

And we will call it this land

I was tickled today to open a package to find this:

I had ordered some special Firefly-inspired jewelry from the online site JLHJewelry. When I turned onto my road this afternoon and saw the mailbox slightly open, I couldn't help but hope that it had arrived. I had first found her site months ago, but the piece I wanted was not available. On a whim, on May 14, I googled "Inara Jaynestown jewelry". The site came up and behold, there was the piece with an updated posting dated May 14, 2009. I was so excited I checked the calendar to make sure I really knew what day it was. I then emailed the owner as fast as my little hands could type explaining the Browncoat wedding bit and hoping beyond hope that someone else hadn't spied my prize first. Thankfully, I received an email that same day telling me they were all mine. Yippee!

So, when on a Monday afternoon, I spied that semi-open mailbox cover, I was already excited. But when I opened the envelope and saw them. It was all too cute. So much so, that I almost didn't notice these:

The box containing my piece was carefully stamped with notices from the 'verse. Wow, I'm am definitely impressed now. It's really all in the details.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

DIY Engagement Photo Shoot

Saturday morning was met with mixed emotions in our home. Friday mid-day, we had rearranged our plans due to a last-minute-impending-weather-doom (aka rain) for our engagement photo shoot from Saturday evening to Saturday early-to-us morning. Rob doesn't necessarily like having photos done and tends to get a wee bit angry the day of, but to his credit does suffer through photos because it makes me happy.

We awoke bright and early, checking our email accounts, CNN and Facebook for the most important updates of the day and proceeded to beautify ourselves for immortal photo goodness. As we were about to head out, I checked my email for one last thing, only to find our shoot canceled. All dressed up and now down trodden, we had an epiphany:

We had a digital camera with a self-timer.

Armed with our camera, we headed out for coffee and made our way to Valley Cemetery. Unknowingly, choosing the cemetery worked to our advantage as sans tripod we improvised using headstones, stairs and poles. Rob did most of the set up, as it was easier for him to run into place than it was for me.

When we were done with the cemetery, we hopped in the car for a quick trip to Building 19 for a TableTalk pie (for those who don't know the story, I'll be posting it in the near future). While at the 19, I received two compliments on my dress and was asked if I was going to prom. Hee hee.

We ended our journey at Victory Park with our pie for a few funny shots. Rob was tickled that our shoot has a story arc (which is available in full to our family and friends on Flikr). Click here to see the public version.

All in all, we're happy with the pics and have a fun story to share. Remember, the glass is always half full. Cheers!

Friday, May 15, 2009

May the 4th be with you

In the realm of geeky goodness, I have to say our appropriate-dress required Browncoat wedding could rank a lot higher on the totem pole. At least Rob loves all things cowboy and western and I have a past with "Cowboys in Italy" and am obviously Asian. But some people take wedding themes to a whole new level.

Sometimes Rob assumes my geek meter is higher than it actually is, so when he told me that people were already posting their May 4th wedding pics, I had no idea of the full meaning. So I asked the silly question of "What?" until I got the joke. Remember when you were in junior high and weren't swearing with phrases like "sofa king" and "sh it's around the corner"? Well, just say May the 4th out loud and let your geek flag fly. While you're at it, use the Google (shout out to Julie for the use of "the") and search on "May the 4th wedding" for geeky Google goodness.

Makes a Browncoat wedding seem pretty tame by comparison.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The free chair hunt continues

100 chairs. 100 free chairs. Lonely, abandoned, left out for the trash pickup. Mismatched from sets or old styles that no longer fit the decor. They're almost like lost puppies, staring back at my from the curbside, calling to me to take them home. And since we've decided to go recycle/eco for our wedding and forgo tent and chair rentals, many of those lost souls have come home with me. It's a bit of a challenge, fitting them into my little Civic, but I've become a master at the Tetris-like stacking. Moving the passenger seat all the way up, twisting and tilting the chair at the appropriate angle and then slamming the seat back to hold it in place, work the best. When I come home, I sneak around my driveway to see if Rob's around, as he tends to give look at me strangely each and every time. My new-to-me chairs are currently be housed in the garage and getting spruced up in stages. In my mind, I think it will be cool after the wedding to line them up along the road, all 100 of them, to be picked up for another adventure.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

CSTS Boston tickets are a-go!

Sah-weet! Our local Can't Stop the Serenity event in Boston is set to show both Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long blog as well as our beloved Serenity. Since our sci-fi calendar has landed on the year of Browncoat, our tickets have been purchased and we're making the trek out for the midnight showing. Yes, I did say midnight. Well, it's technically 11:55, so people who bought Friday tickets know which show they really are attending.

Enter stage right: As I am typing this very entry, Mr. Wonderful walks in, kisses my head with squeaky kiss noises, and not knowing I'm updating with our swanky new-to-us-but-old-skool-blogger, informs me he's downloaded the This American Life with Joss Whedon, reminding me that our geekdom has certain limits as we did not attend the theater showing nor the re-broadcast. Not that I didn't want to, but because I forgot.

Ok, off to make dinner. The stove timer just beeped!