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COMIC CON: Preview Night!

My family and I made it to San Diego safely late yesterday afternoon. After checking into our room at the Mariott, we all went to Ralph’s, the nearby grocery store and stocked up on ramen, fruit, and sandwich ingredients for the next couple of days. Then it was time to go to bed. Getting a good night’s rest was important last night, especially knowing that once Comic Con is in full thing, we’d better get used to going to bed around 12am and waking up at 5.

This morning, I woke up and decided to figure out the hotel’s WIFI situation. I found out the hotel does indeed have free WIFI – WOOT (even if it can be a little weak)!! This means I’ll be able to blog and post photos while here in San Diego!! I’ll do my best, although, with the craziness that is Comic Con, you’ll have to be patient with me.

Anyhow, today went very smoothly and was a good start to this year’s Comic Con outing. As Preview Night inched closer, we picked up our Comic Con, as well as NerdHQ, badges. Zachary Levi was hanging outside the NerdHQ venue, talking and taking pictures with people in line (aww!). Then we waited in our first of many long lines to get into the Exhibit Hall. The place was, needless to say, packed and there were more lines waiting for us at every booth. Every year, people seem to get more aggressive about getting free promo swag and this year was no exception. ¬†At the end of the 3 hour sneak peek of madness, we managed to get a decent amount of swag, do a few interactive activities, and even got a quick superhero portrait done by artist Dan Conner.

Tomorrow, we head out first thing to the NerdHQ Welcome with Zachary Levi and then join my dad in Ballroom 20 for a day of various TV show panels. What am I looking forward to most? TV Guide’s annual “Fan Favorites” panel. This year’s guests include Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Zachary Levi (of course), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Nelsan Ellis, Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Nestor Carbonell, and Jorge Garcia (Lost). What a line-up!

Alright, time for bed now, stay tuned!

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