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Doing Comic-Con on the cheap: Day 2

I spent most of Friday in Hall H…the giant hall that holds approximately 6,500 people. I mainly wanted to try to get in to see Hayao Miyazaki who was making a rare U.S. appearance to promote his movie Ponyo, but once I spent about an hour and a half in line to get in and saw what the following panels were about, I decided to stay for a while. I will probably have additional photos to post later when I am able to sort through them, but here are a few highlights…

Before going into Hall H, there was an unscheduled signing with current Playboy cover model and G4′s Olivia Munn…it got out of hand and the SDCC staff came and shut it down, so she moved it outside. It was pretty interesting. I shot some, but here’s one where she’s giving me a crazy look:

Then it was off to Hall H and Miyazaki:

He was presented with an Inkpot Award by the SDCC folks:

One of the other panels featured Tim Burton and a film that he is (I believe) producing called 9:

Another panel included footage of the Peter Jackson produced District 9. I was able to see the first ever screening of this film on Thursday and it is OUTSTANDING! Check it out! I was surprised at how much footage they showed at the panel…kind of gave away too much info about the plot I thought. I’m glad I had already seen it, but I guess if you don’t know what’s going on, maybe it won’t hurt too much. Here’s a photo I shot of Peter Jackson moments before making his Comic-Con debut:

You never know what you’re going to see on the trolly at the end of a day at Comic-Con:

More to come…2 more days of this madness!

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