I used to go to the San Diego Comic Con every year. I started going in 1993, when the convention (and the convention center) were much smaller. Since then, it has expanded quite a bit, to include movie and television promotions and huge booths, not just from the usual suspects like DC Comics, but other media like the Sci-Fi channel and Sony.
This year, I found myself with only one day to devote to the convention, so I headed down on Thursday. My main reason for being there was to photograph the cast of Twilight, particularly Kristen Stewart, for an article for Premiere. I met up with my awesome journalist colleague Pamela Chelin and joined her for a roundtable interview session with the cast, a short photo session outside the interview room, and their panel to discuss the movie. As I was mainly there to capture the leads, Kristen Stewart (photo also included in the article on Kristen at Premiere) and Robert Pattinson (pictured above), and had limited time, I didn't capture all of the cast, but there are a few more candids and some shots of the panel in my Twilight set at Flickr.
More Comic-Con fun, nerdy goodness, and links to good-looking people after the jump!
Before the interviews and panel, we had some time to walk the floor, which was of course filled to the brim with geeky goodness. After the panel, I met up with my friend Wil at the pro registration area and expertly navigated him to his booth and then all the way back across the convention center and upstairs to his panel room in well under the 25 or so minutes we had before the panel started. He commented on my knowledge of Comic-Con geography. I've been going to the thing for 15 years (though I missed the last 2), so I guess it's all just muscle memory, or it's that kind of conditioning that rats get when they've gone through a maze enough times. I know where to find the cheese.
I also got to meet a few awesome people, including Jeff, OC Metblogger and car-pileup-photographer extraordinaire, some extremely nice people from ThinkGeek (one of my favorite purveyors of awesome things), and Phil Plait, aka the Bad Astronomer, which was totally freakin' awesome because I love his blog. (If you don't read it, you are a bad geek indeed. Naughty! Add to your feed reader immediately!)
After Wil's panel, Atom and I had to leave to head up the coast for dinner with my daughter (who, incidentally, thinks Rob Pattinson is awesome, hence my inclusion of the photo I shot of him in this post), so I didn't catch Phil's panel or get to walk the floor much after that, but I am glad I got to spend at least a little time there. And fortunately, Atom had enough time while I was off photographing things to pick me up a little Deathbot goodness from Gama-Go, one of our other favorite purveyors of awesome things.
The rest of my photos can be found in my San Diego Comic-Con set at Flickr (though there aren't many more there). I can't wait to go back next year!