July 31, 2009

We wake up on Saturday to several messages from Rachel and Perkins (my orientation buddy Freshman year who is randomly friends with Rachel and her gang and is also a published young-adult author and superfox and generally a credit to NYU DDW class of ’07) saying that if we get our asses down to Hall H in like ten minutes they think they can get us into the LOST panel. We make every effort to get our asses where they need to be in the time allotted because like all right-thinking people LOST is the center of our universe. We run. Pedicabs are employed. It ain’t pretty but we get there and Rachel snags us and leads us inside.


“How did you sleep?” a female fan asks a male fan behind us. “4 hours,” he says. “But it’s okay. My pants got wet from the dew.” He is referring to the fact that people slept in line overnight to get into the LOST panel. Apparently they were visited by Lindelof and Cuse in the middle of the night. Those guys are fucking rad.

Again, the panel has been well-documented elsewhere but I will say that it was retardedly fun and exciting and the “Those We Lost” montage, set to Boyz II Men, only made me tear up a little. We have to book it directly after the panel as we are doing a signing at our booth. If you came to said signing and you are reading this: Hey! What’s up? I think you’re the greatest! Thanks for hanging out with us.


Later, I am going back to the hotel to pick up another box of Mystery Team trading cards. People from a socialist worker-type political party have lined the sidewalk between our hotel and the Convention Center. “You should care about people, not some comic book characters!” I hear one of the guys say to someone who isn’t me. On the way back I am lugging a box and a Socialist Worker woman attempts to give me what I can see is a pamphlet in the style of a comic book. I decline to take it because my hands are visibly full. “It’s a comic!” she says. “Something you guys like!” I am hot and tired and something about the way she says you guys really hits me weird and I say something about ten percent bitchier than the situation warrants. The Socialist Worker guy from before chides me and repeats his “care about real people” line. I ask him not to be a dick. He says he isn’t being a dick. No one wins this argument. I am half a block a way by now anyway.


Later, I am walking behind the owner or manager of a gentleman’s club who is leading some of his girls around the showfloor. Later, on the way to lunch, I see a street musician serenading Wonder Woman.


Back at the hotel, a nap puts me miles from where I need to be. I know it won’t help, that it will just give me that foggy unsatisfied post-nap feeling, but at that point it’s less about feeling refreshed or less tired than it is about “fuck, a nap sounds nice.”


I am on my way to get coffee when someone yells “Hey!” I look over and on a balcony, a little boy and his sister are playing. The little boy yelled at me. He is dressed as Buzz Lightyear. His sister is dressed as a princess. A block away, at a café table, a dad and his son both draw in their very own sketchbooks.


We meet up with the illustrious Drew McWeeny (editor of Motion/Captured) who has just come from the "Iron Man 2" panel. They showed the exclusive footage twice and thus he is able to describe (almost verbatim) the footage they showed, as well as the Robert-Downey-Jr.-instigated lead up to it. We get fucking geeked. Drew is welcome to recount anything to me any day. He kills it. It’s like Threepio telling the Ewoks the story of the Death Star's destruction, if instead of cowering behind their blankets the Ewoks said “Fuck yeah that sounds awesome” and then they all went to get drinks and discuss their own upcoming Comic Con panel.


We approach a restaurant where we can sit and drink and talk and I tell a guy “Five,” like there are five people in our party. He gives me a strange look. It turns out he doesn’t work there. He’s just walking around with two handfuls of napkins.


I notice there are silver Sharpie stains all over my hands from the signing. I look like an android whose flesh-tone is washing off. At this restaurant a margarita comes in a different, ridiculous glass every time your order one, probably not on purpose. By gathering’s end our table looks like a futuristic glass metropolis in which all the buildings have frosty salted rims.


Speaking of drinking, it's a joy to do it indiscriminately knowing you can just walk home to the hotel. Someone needs to patent cheap rocket-enhanced sneakers and turn LA into a walking city.

Posted by DC at July 31, 2009 02:45 AM
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Aw, I was looking forward to your comments on the LOST panel. But "those guys are fucking rad" will do, pig. That'll do.

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