San Diego Comic Con 2016 & Stan Lee (Friday Edition)

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Comic Con has descended upon our bustling city of San Diego.
Though I was supposed to and promised to write multiple updates on my latest trip to the Philippines, me and my company got swept up with the Comic Con #SDCC2016 fever.
My work are currently hosting several of the Fox and Comic Con HQ Panels by the convention & Hilton hotel park area, keeping us up on our toes since Monday.
I was lucky enough to be granted a preview night badge in which I was able to test the new Sony Playstation VR featuring the Batman Arkham game. Which by the way is pretty sick.

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Testing out the Batman Arkham VR via PS4

However due to work commitments, I wasnt able to enjoy most of the morning and early afternoon conventions. But today Friday the 22nd, I made a few reservations to scratch off a few things to write for my Comic Con articles. In addition I was finally granted with my sweet Press Badge – i have to thank some very very helpful friends in the old media industry for this ūüôā

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Press Badge with my hidden identity

Lets start with the Stan Lee appearance at the Chuck Jones Gallery located in the heart of Gaslamp San Diego. Stan Lee was there to present artwork from his digital work & poem “God Woke”.
Many of of the attendants RSVPed days before the event, Me included. I was lucky enough to have my very first Press Badge this year and be able to seriously participate in a lot of media panels and events.
However, Stan Lee’s people and the Marvel team were very specific on which media outlets (big named ones) were allowed to enter inside the gallery before the attendees, so me and a few other press people had to wait in line.
I barely had the chance to see Mr. Lee and after some explaining with the organizers, they allowed me in.
Only attendee who¬†bought prints from ” God Woke” and the invited media outlets were allowed to have a picture with Stan Lee by is own photographer (photos will be emailed to them individually). No autograph sessions were done. The meet and greet was quick and unfortunately due to large volume of people lined up outside the gallery added with Stan lees already packed Comic Con scheduled appearances- they had to cut the meet and greet
short under an hour.

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Stan Lee and the Chuck Jones Gallery & friends

As for me, I was content on getting a clear photo  of him with the rest of the Chuck Jones Gallery & Marvel Team.
This is my first time being in the presence of this great artist and story teller, and I have to applaud the man, given his fragile state & age (the stress of the convention was showing as it was late in the day) he was very accommodating to his fans and fellow artists, welcomed those lucky enough to shake his hand with a warm smile and encouraging words. (SOOOOOO JEALOUS)

Before my appointment at the Chuck Jones Gallery, I was given the coveted pass to the Resident Evil: Biohazard Experience located at the CAPCOM booth. I have a GREAT fear of dead things…and undead things. This would be my 2nd VR experience at SDCC and I was both excited and dreading my fight or flight…and vomit reaction.

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Resident evil booth at in SDCC2016

A short summary with minor spoilers of the Resident Evil VR experience- the game is played via Playstation 4 VR. The whole demo¬†would be around 7 minutes tops. You are ushered in a room with an oldschool box TV. The attendant will outfit you with the PS4 VR and headphones and with some minimal instructions asks you to sit. The VR experience starts with you in a room tied up…..and there begins my 5-7 minutes of hell…screaming and closing my eyes only to hear this crunching sound….
Anyway GREAT Game preview….the fact I nearly threw up afterwards speaks volumes of how the PS4 VR will immerse its player into whatever game environment the player encounters. And those lucky enough to test the game demo also get some sweet swag.

The rest of my time before the Stan Lee meet up was a quick tour of exhibition hall. I was able to take pictures of the Stan Lee Pop Up with autograph at the Stan Lee Collectibles booth as well as merchandise from various vendors including my 2 favorite Good Smile and Kotobukiya.

Tomorrow is a new and fuller day of activities. One I hope I can catch some Suicide Squad Coverage, and some great cosplay pics.

More to update in the next day or so.
So for now its a few more hours of Tweeting and instagraming hashtags for #SDCC2016 and #ComicCon2016

P.S. The San Diego Convention Center and surrounding areas are hotspots for Pokemon Go battles, pokestops w/Lures and Pokemon Hunting

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A Look at San Diego’s Marvel Experience

The domes of the Marvel Experience Tour

The domes of the Marvel Experience Tour

On February 7th The San Dieo Del Mar Racetrack opened its doors to host the Marvel Experience. A Hyperreliaty tour of the Marvel Universe as a SHEILD Agent recruit.
The Marvel Experience is a hands on adventure, great for kids and adults alike with hands on activities like the Starks Industries Holobrast, Spirdeman wall climb challenge and the Black Widow Agility test.
The best reward for me was getting my SHEILD Badge

The event is extended for another week till 28th of February.
Here is a photoblog of what you can expect inside the Marvel Experience

You can still purchase passes for the Marvel tour at http://themarvelexperiencetour.com/ and check out other city tour dates like for San Francisco in March Continue reading

The Marvel Experience Comes To San Diego

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                                                                                        Marvel Experience Dome

2015 is definitely Marvel’s movie year.¬† With two films on the release Avengers:¬†Age of Ultron on May 1st and Ant Man on July 17th (right around Comic Con Month) and the just released mini TV¬†series on ABC’s¬† Agent Carter¬† everyone is on a Marve-licious high.

Now what can top that.  Why a 3d/4d SHEILD Training chance Marvel Experience of course!  The Marvel Experience will be coming to San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds starting February 7- 22.

Keeping this brief so that you can immediately click on the Marvel Experience Website to purchase your soon to be Sold out tickets, here is a brief look on what the experience can offer you.

Marvel Experience

General Admission   Starting from $33.00-35.50

Seven 2d Stereoscopic Dome
4D Motion Ride

VIP SHEILD Special Operative Package  at $99.00
‚ÄĘOne (1) Pass to The Marvel Experience*
‚ÄĘInvitation to the Marvel-Themed VIP Lounge featuring light fare, cash bar, charging station, coat check, VIP bathroom, and more
‚ÄĘPriority Access into the experience and the Simularium Theatre
‚ÄĘOne (1) Limited Edition The Marvel Experience poster ‚Äď signed and numbered by the artist
‚ÄĘOne (1) Spider-Man Climbing Wall Photo puts you in the action high above the city!
‚ÄĘOne (1) Customized Merchandise Item to commemorate your heroic day
‚ÄĘAccess to Premium Parking (one spot per order)
‚ÄĘOn-site Experience Concierge with expertise of the show and the Marvel Universe

Go to the Marvel Experience Website or Ticket Master for more Admission details

Comic Con 2013 Friday Madness and Thrones

I was hoping to get out of the office a little earlier to catch up with some Comic Con Goddies and were able to enjoy some of the perks outside the Convention center.

Here are a few highlight you can enjoy

Just cross the bridge that leads you to the parking lot right next to Petco Park. No need for a Comic Con Badge and you can enjoy

1.Wolveriene Simulation Experience
2. Falling Skies – free shirts and goodies
3. Gravity – Free movie premiere plus giveaways
4. Smurfs – with a bouncy castle for kids
5. Adult Swim – Fun House. Get there early the line is long
6. Food truck food freebies (and some really good paid ones)

Across the Omni Hotel if you already follow in Twitter #jointherealm is the Game of Thrones Exhibition. Get a chance to sit and have a professional shot taken while sitting on the Iron Throne plus free shirts and other giveaways.

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Walk towards 6th Ave and you will see the Samsung Lounge, this seems to be an invite only (there are promo ladies giving away passes). You can get a super hereo snap shot of yourself, free shirts, tank tops, speakers, cocktails and drinks

The Game Spot lounge is just right next to the Gaslamp Arc, if you are lucky to get in line, there are free snacks plus previews and demos of new games.

That’s all for now. I am poofed and will gear up for the Saturday event ūüôā

Comic Con 2013- Preview Night Refresher

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Comic Con 2013 Thursday Picture Collage

July 17 began the kick off for Comic Con 2013 preview. I was lucky enough to get a preview night pass and barely made on time into the exhibition hall. I’ll keep my report today short but sweet as pointers on what to look out for

Comic Con Bags – They all come with custom capes. the one that is most wanted is the Red Bazinga Cape from the Big Bang Theory Bag.

Pop Cap Booth – they are giving away cool Plats vs Zombies bags. You need to follw them at Twitter to get alerts of the freebies Summit Entertainment Booth – Giving away¬† movie shirts and freebies from Films like Hunger Games XBox and Playstation Booth- Demo of games such as Drive Club and the new Fighting game for XBox One. Get a chance to test drive the new PS4 and Xbox One consoles Marvel – Marvel merchandise such as glass tumblers and a cool picture with Thor’s Hammer sans Loki warriors.

 

More to come for Thursday Day 2 of Comic Con 2013