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Jul
27
2010

Toasters, Wookiees, and 102 photos from SDCC

OMG is this really happening!?

Our away mission to San Diego Comic-Con is complete, and the photo above of Timmy and our own Mike Kochis posing with Chief Tyrol pretty much says it all:

IT WAS AWESOME.

We wandered the floor and met folks from Marvel, Dumbrella's @rstevens & @jonrosenberg, and Penny Arcade; finally met @geekgirls and @geekgirldiva and @nerdrage42 at the Geek Girls tweetup; admired the beautiful artwork on display and sale; saw luminaries such as Kari Byron, Doc Hammer, @donttrythis, and Marian Call standing only a few feet away from our very own persons; met @grantimahara and @bonniegrrl; hung out with SDCC staff; stared at some really awesome (and some kinda sad) cosplay; and gave away stuff.

Highlights included handing out free ice cream with @icecreamman at w00tstock and chatting with @rifftrax and @molly23, Barenaked Ladies playing the Big Bang Theory theme before the panel, The Guild panel where we saw a preview of their Bollywood video (posted today!), hearing random stuff (like Incognito) discussed at the Venture Bros panel, and Jamie Hyneman's beet-red face all during the Mythbuster's panel.

We found the crowd respectful and in high spirits, and pretty pleasant-smelling even through Saturday. Between the panels, people-watching, and parties, everything unfolded exactly as they should have: it was like stumbling into a new restaurant and finding precisely what you were craving.

(Click through to see the entire SDCC set.)

The one thing we didn't manage to do is tragic: Timmy's costumes didn't make it out to San Diego in time for the Con. You may have heard us quietly weeping via Twitter, but in case you missed it, UPS didn't get our boxes of RPSLS totes, Geek A Week card packs, Timmy clones, and Timmy's extra-awesome-super-amazing closet of cosplay to us.

We shall make this sad fact up to Timmy's Volunteer Costuming Corps (TVCC) by taking photos of Timmy in each of his getups, and we're planning on displaying the entire collection at ThinkGeek HQ ever after. And the other freebies that didn't make it will be dispersed via Twitter and Facebook, which is maybe even better for you guys. You may thank UPS for that. (And a sincere thank you to @EvanAtUPS for trying to intercept our boxes while they were somewhere in New Mexico.)

And that photo of Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day all romance-novel-ized was to distract you from the FAILage. Did it work?

"So," you may be thinking, "I was at Comic-Con and you guys didn't have a booth so I couldn't frakkin' find you because you kept moving around and how the heck was I supposed to get my free stuff!?"

Sorry if you couldn't find us! We wanted to fully experience the exhaustion of being an attendee and not a booth monkey. The upside to this is we had a good time and got to meet lots of people. But next year--we'll see about next year. This trip was officially reconnaissance and we'll try to be more accessible in 2011. (No promises, mind you, but we'd like to try.)

That also means that if you have suggestions for next time--or our Twitter coverage (was it too much? too little?)--please leave a note in the comments. What would you like to see us do? If you're a vendor or organizer or party-person, how could we work with you to multiply our powers of awesome?

Because that's what we learned from Comic-Con: geeks are better together. Awwwww.


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meaningless icon! I searched for you guys at SDCC, but somehow ran into you and I managed to snag a nice discount card (Huzzah!). You captured the essence of the Con very well. It's hard to pick a favorite moment, though I think mine was singing with the Bare Naked Ladies.
DawnAZ said this 1546 days ago.
meaningless icon! Will ThinkGeek reps be handing out goodies at Dragon*Con?
Pamster said this 1546 days ago.
meaningless icon! Glad you were able to find us, DawnAZ! And Pamster, I believe we will have someone at Dragon*Con and you should follow us on Twitter--we'll announce where to find the monkey and harass him or her for stuff.
CarrieGouldin said this 1546 days ago.
meaningless icon! Who's the Mandalorian fan, or did you guys just randomly come across the Mando Mercs?
Aarla said this 1546 days ago.
meaningless icon! Aarla, it was all kismet. Or the Force.
CarrieGouldin said this 1546 days ago.
meaningless icon! I was enjoying the pictures and... SQUIRREL!
Robot-Girl said this 1546 days ago.
meaningless icon! The costumes didn't make it?!?! After all that work? They can go next year right? I NEED photos of Timmy in my costume being fondled by someone famous. At least an admittance that my Dalek completely EXTERMINATED the other Dalek.
DalekEmpress said this 1540 days ago.
meaningless icon! Comic-Con. Zombiewalk. We want to help ThinkGeek get attention at next year's con. Let's talk! :D
readysteadystop said this 1502 days ago.

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