Comic-Con 2012 All Wrapped Up

Alas, I did not get to see my sweet Nathan Fillion at Comic-Con last weekend. I did, however, get to meet some amazing writers and see some pretty cool stuff. Not only that, but I hung out with Debra Kristi for most of the weekend, which seriously took away the heartache of missing Nathan.

Everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect Comic-Con. For some, it’s purely about the comics. For others, it’s a chance to show off costuming skills. Many see Comic-Con as a chance to get close to their favorite stars, whether they be on TV, in films, or a rock and roll legend. Like this guy. Yep, that’s Gene Simmons (he was at the My Little Pony booth. Hmmm…)

Me? I go for the panels. Writing panels, mostly.

This year three of my favorite fantasy authors were on the same panel and I was in geek girl heaven. Not only did I get a chance to see Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, and Patrick Rothfuss talk about all things fantasy, I spent many hours tucked way in Room 2 with Debra Kristi learning about the craft from another fantasy writer. Maxwell Alexander Drake may not be as well-known as the Sanderson’s or Martin’s in the fantasy genre, but I’m fairly certain he will be soon.

I’m going to do a whole post on him, so I’ll just tell you briefly that he gave amazing ‘how to’ workshops on plotting, fight scenes, marketing, and much more. All of his writing tips can be found on his website because he’s just that awesome. A writer who gives back to the writing community ~ love it!

Comic-Con just isn’t the same without all the zany people who attend each year. And the costumes. Oh! The wacky costumes these people think up. Of course steampunk was huge again this year and I saw a lot of cross-costuming, if you will.

Steampunk Super Heroes? Yes, please.


Star Wars is always popular. I’m pretty sure Chewbacca was flirting with me with that smile. What do you think?


There were a lot of Stormtroopers and Jedi… Which mean you also see quite a few Slave Leias. Some are hot…


…and some are, well, I’ll let you decide.

My favorite costumes had to be Alice and her Mad Hatters. Why she needed two, I don’t know, but I love them.

For more pics from Comic-Con, check out my Pinterest board where you can see Elijah Wood, Batmobiles, and a three-breasted futuristic chick from Total Recall. It was disturbing and yet fascinating at the same time.

So tell us, would you dress up for Comic-Con? Would you stand in line for hours to see your favorite stars? Or would you be like Debra and I, sneaking off to workshops on writing? The more I look at that dude Slave Leia, the more I think he’s sexy. What about you?


43 thoughts on “Comic-Con 2012 All Wrapped Up

  1. Amazing pictures, Tameri! It looks like so much fun! I’m not one to stand in long lines, but wandering through the crowds to see whoever is also wandering work for me. I probably would have spent most of my time at the writing panels, too. When you’ve seen one stormtrooper, you’ve seen them all. That guy does look sexy as slave Leia, except for the bra, which is kind of disturbing. πŸ™‚ Glad you had fun and learned a lot!

  2. Looks like so much fun! I keep scrolling back to see the guy Leia–that is so funny. He’s certainly using his creative license–and why not? Glad you had a good time Tameri πŸ™‚

    • I know! At first he was disturbing, but now I’m all about him. The weird thing was, when I was taking his picture, his friend was taking mine. They did that with everyone who took his photo. Kind of strange to be on the other end of the lens.

  3. I’d be at the writing panels. I may stand in a long line if the charcters were worth it. I love the show, “Being Human” If they were there I would have been in a long line. Glad you had a blast. I may go next year. I didn’t know they had writing panels.

    • I can totally see you and Lissa going! Lissa would look awesome in one of her costumes (I’m thinking Black Widow since that’s her FB pic right now). We could all get together and be crazy. It would be so much fun!

      • haha, somehow I have to find a way to pay for all these travel expenses next year . . . DFWCon, Comic-Con, Night of Writing Dangerously . . . at least for two of those I can stay at your house, right? πŸ˜€

      • Yes! Except, what two? I’m only close to Comic-Con, but you can totally stay here for that. I wish I lived closer to San Francisco (night of writing dangerously), but that’s a good seven hour drive from here. California is huge.

        I’ve heard we can write off travel expenses if they are for writing purposes. Sweet. Now, to figure out how to fund them so we can write them off… that’s the fun part. πŸ˜‰

  4. My! My post will/would look much like yours. LOL. Kids have kept me so busy I haven’t had a chance to write anything yet. It was so much fun! I need to send you some pictures.

    • Yes you do. I was thinking that today when I was uploading all the pics… wait, didn’t I have this pic? Oh, nope. That was Debra. All my predator pics were blurry, so I couldn’t put any of those up. Next year, I’m using big camera. Baby camera couldn’t handle the pressure of Comic-Con!

      I had so much fun hanging out with you. Now we get to do it again at RWA… I’m wondering if there will be as many costumes? πŸ˜‰

  5. Sounds fahhhbulous and Chewbacca was definitely flirting with you…oh yes..he wanted you! LOL!
    I think I’d be like you – interesting in the sites and scenes that passed by me here and there but more into the workshops and opportunity to learn and expand my knowledge. Waiting in line for hours to see a celeb doesn’t do it for me…I’d rather bump into him or her at the bathroom…LOL!!
    GREAT trip…I’ll be checking out your pins later…squeee!!!

  6. I am so jealous!!! I don’t know if I’d dress up for Comic Con, but I would definitely pose for pictures with any of the characters!! I’ve been glued to G4 watching the footage. You’re a lucky girl, Tameri!!

    • I wish I’d known about G4 before I went ~ I would’ve DVR’d the coverage! You would love, love, love Comic-Con. One of these days, you’ve got to come out. I’m trying to get Amber West to come out next year ~ you too!

  7. I have never thought about going to Comic Con even though I love all that it represents. I think I will have to put it on my to do list for next year. Looks like so much fun.

  8. Great post and photos, Tameri, loved them! It looks like a wonderful time! I’d definitely be haunting the writing panels … but I loved the Alice and Mad Hatters, too! πŸ™‚ xox

  9. I definitely would if I was into it! I dress up for almost everything else! Hahaha! You should see the costumes in my basement. Accumulation after years and years of garage saling!

    • You are way too cool, Susie! I can see you dressing up as Wonder Woman and stomping around in your boots. I have tons of costumes that I buy, but then never wear. I need to find my inner Susie and put the darn things to use.

      • Oh definitely! I wore that red wig (from my Facebook profile picture) to a fund raiser! I was having a really bad hair day and it was close enough to Halloween. I liked the wig so much, I cut off all my hair before Christmas!

  10. You must still be on cloud 9!! I would have definitely been at the writing panels…that and the Being Human panel. Oh, and the Fringe panel…ahhhh. Maybe next year. Going to go check out your pinterest board πŸ™‚

    • If you’re into those shows, then YES! You need to be here. There are always great panels for the shows, but I don’t have the patience to wait in line. One of these years I’m going to… We can wait in line together and keep each other entertained. Next year!

  11. Great post! I wouldn’t dress up, but i would try to find the guys from one of my favorite podcasts. I didn’t know Comic-Con had writing panels–I’d be all over those, too. My husband and I had planned a SDCC trip a few years ago, but had to cancel because of a family emergency. We haven’t made plans to go again. 😦
    Next stop, RWA-Anaheim!!

    • Podcasts? That’s so cool. You and your husband need to plan a new SDCC trip! Until then, we have RWA next week. It’s going to be too much fun. Yikes, I better look at the schedule and figure out where I need to go…

  12. Sounds like you had a blast! So great. I tend to be a mingler at events, though I love slipping away to write in between. I might sport a costume, especially if there was some awesome prize, like meeting Oprah or being featured in her book club. πŸ˜‰

    • See Sheri, it’s like you’re there without having to leave your house! That’s what is so great about blogs, you can visit other places from the comfort of your home. Glad you enjoyed the post. Next week I’ll take you to the RWA conference in Anaheim. I’m looking forward to traveling with you as well. πŸ˜‰

  13. I have never once, not once, wanted to participate in Comic-Con. Until this post. Obviously, I’m missing out. Love all your pics, and will pop over to Pintrest to see more. Thanks Tameri!

    • Comic-Con is one of those things you either get and really want to do, or it is a complete mess and you want to stay far away from it. Insane is the word that keeps popping up in my mind. With the focus moving more toward TV and movies, it’s become more mainstream over the years. Still, the costuming and craziness calls to that chaotic part of my heart. Glad to provide you with some fun!

  14. Thanks for taking us there with you! I would have been joining you at the writing panels – sounds like they were AWE-some! Even though it’s not remotely close to my genre, the events at Comic-Con sound like a ton of fun with something for everyone. Love your pics!

    • You are so welcome, Patricia! It’s not as gorgeous as France, but it certainly is entertaining. The writing panels were exactly that ~ AWE-some. I just read over my notes today and thought of things I need to change in my WIP. That to me is priceless. Now I’m off to RWA to learn even more. My head is going to explode. Seriously.

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  16. Hee! I figured out how to like your posts. The super squirrel should be showing soon on the liked part of this post. Good, I started that last sentence with a lot of alliteration.

    • Alliteration is your friend, Paul. If indeed the incident does require the proper poetic response to a reply, then by all means, do allow alliteration. Amen.

      I’m off to find the super squirrel, that sounds like something wicked.

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