I have never been to Comic Con for one very good reason, I’ve never owned a comic book. When I got an email that Steve Wozniak was throwing the Silicon Valley Comic Con this year with William Shatner as the host I had to go. I was really excited to attend and that they invited me as press for SF Examiner, Cutegeek, and Hi-Tech Chic. In an era of the geeks the convergence of technology and comic books is a no brainer and Silicon Valley is the perfect place for Comic Con.
Silicon Valley Comic Con kicked off day one with a keynote and Q & A from William Shatner at the San Jose Convention Center. He went from one topic to another along with some funny rambling. The best part was during the Q &A is when Steve Wozniak waited in line to tell Shatner that he was the biggest fan. The look of confusion on Shatner’s face was classic flattered and confused. What a great compliment from the almighty and powerful Woz. You can view part of Shatner’s keynote on the below video I took while at the Silicon Valley Comic Con. That same night I also snuck a picture in front of the Ghostbuster’s car with my Flashion Statement T-shirt.
Day two (March 19th) was not only the best but busiest day of Comic Con and as soon as the doors for Silicon Valley Comic Con opened it was mayhem in downtown San Jose. Day two consisted of fan photo ops with Stan Lee, William Shatner, Back to the Future Cast, and many other celebrities. Also on day two of Comic Con Madame Tussauds of San Francisco honored Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak by unveiling his wax figure live on-stage for the first time ever at the San Jose Convention Center. Steve took pictures next to it and then they united Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak once again but in wax form. The Wozniak wax figure was so alike to the real Woz even down to how he dresses. Can you tell which one is the real Woz?
The rest of day two I spent exploring the show room, helping kids find their mom, getting probed by little kids light sabers, playing with adult sized light sabers, waiting in lines that never end and doing an on camera interview.
One of my favorite booths was the Light Saber Team which is a company that works out with light sabers and have teams throughout California. When I came up to the booth in my head I’m thinking “NO WAY! Are they for real? Light sabers and working out?! Where do I sign up?!” The Light Saber Team had the coolest double ended light sabers and a great concept of working out while using your light sabers, talk about a geeks dream! If you live in California and a geek like me that loves the idea of working out with light sabers check them out here. Sadly the Light Saber Team is not in Texas yet, sorry guys!
While I was walking around the San Jose Convention Center the Echoit.co team stopped me and asked if I would do an interview about technology on camera. My first thought and I think most women would agree was “Crap why didn’t I touch up my make-up?! Oh Well Que Sera, Sera!” The Echoit.co team was very nice and had some great questions on technology present and future including what tech product can you not live without (my iPhone). Not sure if Echoit.co posted it or not but fair warning if I look like a mess it’s because it felt like it was 100 degrees in the convention center.
I also had a bonding moment with a 5 year old while standing next to the huge Iron Man when he said “Why is everything so BIG?!” My response “Honey I’m 5’8” and I’m right there with you.” Everyone was cracking up, I guess I reverted back to 5 years old for a second!
Towards the end of Comic Con I started taking pictures wearing my Flashion Statement shirt with random strangers which included the dude from DVD.com, the girl from the Mass Effect- New Earth booth, the dude from Point of Geek, the team from Echoit.co and lastly Star Wars characters.
Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the Back to the Future cast because I’m press which makes absolutely no sense. Oddly they invited me to Silicon Valley Comic Con but they deny me to see the one event & photo op that I wanted to partake in. My suggestion for Comic Con next year is to keep track of the press you invite, turn down the AC (it was so hot everyone was sweating), include more modes of transportation to the Convention Center and remember that press are fans too.
On day three I didn’t attend and I heard it wasn’t that busy so I took the time to defrag from my Comic Con sensory overload and visited friends. The show totaled 60,000 attendees and is said to be the largest turn out in North California history. I heard people say that next year will be even larger! For information on the Silicon Valley Comic Con click here.