Hello there friends, just a quick update from my first day at San Diego Comic-Con. I’m going to keep this brief as we just got back to our hotel at around 11 and we’re exhausted. But I just wanna give a quick update as promised. Pardon the lack of our own photos as we haven’t got time to load them into my laptop, yet, so I’m borrowing other people’s pics for now.
Well, we survived our first day ever at comic-con! Phew! Truthfully, even though we arrived early at the event (just before 7:30 AM), it seemed we weren’t early enough. Lots of people were already lining up for various things, registration, getting into the exhibit hall, etc. It’s quite frustrating at first as people gave us wrong information on where to get stuff, etc. I won’t bore you with the details as it’s probably just the case of us being a newbie, but I wish that all the volunteers had been more well-informed (not to mention friendlier) and have consistent information to help people like us. In any case, by around 8 or so, we’re already lining up to get to the Exhibit Hall that opens at 9:30.
As soon as the door opened, we rushed to get to the Marvel booth, or you can call it The Avengers booth as the whole stage is emblazoned with the movie’s logo and paraphenilia. There’s the Captain America uniform and boots right in front of the stage in a glass case, as well as other Marvel items. Speaking of the Captain… well, a couple of days ago I told you about the Chris Evans signing at the booth? Well, that’s the reason we rushed to get there so we could get in line for the raffle.
Guess what friends… I WON! Thank you for your prayers, I ended up being one of the 100 lucky ones who picked up the winning ticket from the bucket! 😀 😀 So after about two hours in line (PLUS the waiting to get inside the hall) I did get to meet Chris Evans up close and got a signed poster and postcard from him. I’m glad that I didn’t end up getting the free screening tickets for that morning or I wouldn’t have been able to get to the Marvel booth to win the signing!
I wish I could get a picture taken with Chris but the guy in front of me wasn’t able to take a clear shot, but that’s ok, I think my hubby who was in front of the stage took some pics of him up on the stage that I’ll post later. As we’re so rushed by the Marvel staff, I didn’t really get a chance to say a word to him. Partly I was also in some sort of a daze so when he said, ‘hi, how’re you doin’?’ All I said back was, ‘Good, how’re you?’ Seriously!! He handed me back the signed postcard with a friendly wink, and I was sort of speechless when I left the stage. I feel like such a dork now, I wish I had said something intelligent to him.
Ah well, in any case, he definitely looks just as handsome in person and genuinely affable. He’s got a dark navy blue sweatshirt on and khaki cargo pants (see pic of him on the right that someone took at the screening) Nothing flashy, he seems like a regular, humble guy with no superstar attitude. At the end of the signing, he made a brief speech about how proud he is of the film and that it makes it easy for him to promote the film (I think he said something about this being the first time he had to do a full promo ‘tour’ for a movie as the lead actor).
Speaking of the film itself, we just got back from seeing it over and hour ago. I’ll have my review when I get back [review is now here] but my initial reaction is I really like it! I truly sympathize and respect the man behind the hero, and he’s a much more relatable person than most superheroes out there as he starts out as such a weakling. The movie also looks good, LOVE the retro vibe but that’s to be expected from the director who made The Rocketeer. So far the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes stands at 70% and I agree with the critics’ consensus: With plenty of pulpy action, a pleasantly retro vibe, and a handful of fine performances, Captain America is solidly old-fashioned blockbuster entertainment.
Of course it’s not every day that I meet the actor the morning of seeing the actual film, but I think I’d still enjoy it as much if I had seen in under an ordinary circumstance. Oh, we also scored this awesome retro Tyler Stout’s posters at the screening. Pretty awesome stuff!
Anyway, that’s all the update I can give you right now. It’s way late and I have to be up early again to hopefully get into Hall H to catch the Tintin panel and The Amazing Spider-man later in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more updates folks!
In the meantime, let me ask you this – what do you think of Captain America so far? Are you gonna see it this weekend?