Here are some highlights from our trip to Everett for two nights of Steam Powered Giraffe shows.
James and I went to Gallifrey One for the first time last weekend! I wish there had been more guests from the new Doctor Who, but we still saw a lot of people that we love and had a lot of fun. I got in line early on Friday and Sunday (James had to work for the first half of Friday) and got the front row for room A on both days. Taking photos is usually my favorite part of any convention, and getting the front row allowed me to get really great photos. Naturally, John Barrowman was the most fun guest to photograph. He walked around the stage for the whole hour doing handsome and hilarious faces and poses. I’ve only just started going through my photos, and I know his are going to be the hardest to sort!
The photos I’ve posted so far (and eventually the whole set) can be found here.
I didn’t get any autographs or photo ops. I would have liked a photo with John Barrowman, but photo ops are really expensive, so I have a short list of people I’ll spend the money on if I get an opportunity. For Doctor Who, it would be David Tennant and Billie Piper.
Here are a few photos from the weekend. I was very happy to finally buy a Ten, a Rose, and a K-9! They all live on my desk now.
I got in line for Saturday’s Hall H panels at 5 PM on Friday. One of the reasons I was so determined to get a good seat (more on that later) was to see Jennifer Lawrence. She’s talented and gorgeous and amazing and I really wanted to see her in person and get good pictures of her. (I only accomplished one of those things.)
I love The Hunger Games. The panel was pretty good. Not as spectacular as some of the other panels, but definitely fun. I think all of my favorite moments involved Jennifer. My favorite part was probably the story about the spit. Look it up on YouTube if you haven’t seen it!
I started watching Orphan Black just a few days before Comic-Con. My husband had a Nerd HQ ticket for it that he was going to give to me if he was able to get in as press, so we both watched all ten episodes in just three days in order to catch up in time for the panel. I’m so glad I did, because not only is the show amazing, the cast is also amazing in real life. That was one of the most enjoyable panels I’ve attended. Everyone was lovely and kind and well-spoken, and you could see that they were good friends in real life.
There was no panel for Thor. There was just Loki. Tom Hiddleston came out in full costume and totally in character and took over Hall H for about two mesmerizing minutes. He had total control over the audience. It was spectacular.
This one is high on the list just for the number of amazing people who were on the panel. Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, and many more. There were about 18 people total. The star power was pretty dazzling.
Walter Robotics Expo is sort of a mini one-day convention with vendors, performers, autograph sessions, and photo ops. This was a huge part of the week for me. I didn’t set foot in the convention center on Thursday because I was at WRX all day. James and I did the photo ops, printed the 8x10s in time for the autograph session, and took video footage of Steam Powered Giraffe’s show. Working with Steam Powered Giraffe is always fun and rewarding. WRX was by far my favorite thing during Comic-Con.
My least favorite thing about Comic-Con 2013
As I mentioned earlier, I got in line for Saturday’s Hall H panels at 5pm on Friday. There were about 60 people in front of us when we got in line, but by the time we were let into the hall it was close to 300 people. Our seats weren’t terrible, but they were far enough away that my photos weren’t anywhere near as good as they would have been if so many people hadn’t cut the line.
I have more photos to edit, but I couldn’t resist posting this one first! Here I am with Travis Richey, Community’s Inspector Spacetime! This was taken while my husband James was doing a photoshoot with Travis for Linoleum Magazine. I geeked out quite a bit about getting to do a Doctor/companion type pose!
Travis was really nice and great to work with during the shoot. He’s a very talented guy, so be sure to check him out!
My curiosity was piqued, and I clicked the link. It lead to Hank’s Tumblr post with an embedded video. A person in weird makeup made odd movements and opened a skeletal umbrella. I was confused, but I kept watching. Now there were three strangely costumed and made-up guys on the beach. Everything was in black and white except for the red details on their outfits. Then with the strum of a guitar, everything was suddenly full color and a beautiful voice began to sing.
“You didn’t have to look my way
Your eyes still haunt me to this day
But you did. Yes you did”
From then on, I was hooked. From their Patronism site:
Steam Powered Giraffe is a San Diego based band of three movement artists portraying malfunctioning antique musical robots. With backgrounds in improv, street busking, musical theatre, mime, and illustration, the performers have created a unique act that has entertained thousands.
I watched all the videos on their YouTube channel and subscribed to every social networking site they had. I bought a bunch of merchandise. When I was finally able to see them live on March 31 at Balboa Park, they more than met my high expectations. I would encourage everyone to check out these talented performers.
This video I took at Balboa Park gives a sample of the humor you see in their live shows.
I took another video from that show that you can watch here, but if you haven’t experienced Steam Powered Giraffe before, I highly recommend that you start with the first video of theirs that I ever saw, Honeybee.