3) The Scott Pilgrim Experience
My second time to Canada had me visiting the wonderful city of Toronto. As a very recent convert (at that time) to Scott Pilgrim, it only behooved me to visit as many of the places that were mentioned in the book as possible: A Scott Pilgrimmage, if you will. It’s amazing how accurate each of the places are… then again considering Bryan Lee O’Malley was a Torontoite (Torontonian?) it’s easy to understand why: Toronto is a beautifully unique city and it’s quite easy to fall in love with it.
Perhaps the highlight of the Pilgrim-age was that I was leaving Toronto just as book 6 was being released, and I managed to get my copy signed by Bryan just before we got to San Diego Comic Con. And the icing on the cake was being able to introduce myself to Ellen Wong (Knives Chau) during the midnight release, who was nice enough to let me take a picture of her.
Segue to SDCC. My fellow HBGers have already talked about how awesome the Scott Pilgrim Experience was (together with watching SPvsTW with hundreds of other like minded fans), but I was lucky enough to be at the Dragon Age II area, which was also the backstage of the Scott Pilgrim Experience, and as luck would have it I was there when the stars of Scott Pilgrim were heading off to a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs The World.
And as you can see Jason Schwartzmann liked my T-shirt (because he’s a Gideon Graves fan ;)). But probably the most memorable thing was when they were running off and Ellen Wong was the last one to exit. I shouted and waved, she turned back, had a glimmer of recognition, and said ‘yeah.. Wai, right?’ Cue instant perma-fan. In a place where celebrities are so swamped with fans, it was amazing that I had those moments where I could connect.
2) Singapore Toys Games and Comic Convention
1) San Diego Comic-Con
Flynn’s Arcade. I got to meet the Mythbusters. I got to see Matt Fraction for the first time at W00tStock. I shot the breeze with Tycho and Gabe. I got a buttload of great art. I got to the Scott Pilgrim Experience. I got to go into the hallowed Hall H!
SDCC was like a Mecca for me, I think it took a whole two days before it finally sunk in that I was at the heart of all things geeky – mostly because the first two days were Scott Pilgrim related, and I was a very very late convert. While the other two were at the Barenaked Ladies concert, I sat in at a documentary screening of Stan Lee’s biography, with the man himself up on stage and I’m still reeling from how close I got to the living legend.
It got even better as I attended one of the most anticipated panels that weekend, the Marvel panel featuring upcoming movies Captain America and Thor, as well as the Avengers cast reveal that followed, even though it had been spoiled on the Intarwebs for more than half in attendance. More awesome than seeing sneak peaks from both movies was getting the t-shirt freebie for that particular panel, and I can’t wait to wear it this year.
On Sunday, we were very much on our own, so I took the opportunity to meet up with my favourite Star Trek author Keith R.A. DeCandido as well as Star Trek: Deep Spaace Nine actress Chase Masterson. It was also at this point of walking around the part of the convention hall I had yet to explore that I discovered Marjorie M. Liu was signing for the Hunter Kiss series away from the craziness of the Marvel booth. SCORE!