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Dispatch: Creating Crazy Memories at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | July 14, 2015

Dispatch: Creating Crazy Memories at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con

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I went. I saw. I got nice mileage out of my Darth Vader hoodie.

Going back to my second Comic-Con was especially wonderful in that I had the opportunity to bring along my wife to the event. This is someone who over the transom of our relationship has learned the finer nuances of DeLorean versus TARDIS time travel. This isn’t a noob by any stretch, but she doesn’t necessarily have a Batman onesie in the closet like I do.

But like a testament to how inclusive the con can be, she had an absolute blast. And that is what I would like to convey here: If you have never been to Comic-Con, you need to go.I say this fully aware that every last bar, restaurant and hall are teeming with geeks. And I say this knowing that every last experience will differ from that of my own.

In an awesome twist, Comic-Con is one place where having a good time is a given, like food and drink at an all-inclusive resort. 

The hall was just as insane as I had left it, replete with Supermen, Batmen and characters from myriad television shows and movies. Starting at Artist’s Alley and moving on down, you afford a chance to immerse yourself in the con, making this the go-to first stop when visiting.

Such a trip is never easy on the wallet—although you can’t put a price on an Adam West “Batman” print to hang on the office wall.

The highlight of the trip had to be stopping to take in Friday’s episode of “Conan.”

Better than any panel, Conan O’Brien treated the crowd to cast from both “The Walking Dead” as well as “Game of Thrones.”

Miraculously, the body count rested at zero by the end of the episode.

And, again, I stopped by the back of the convention center to take in the grace and grandeur of a medieval battle:

Nothing, however, could top running into the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi:

But this was just one experience over a few days. As we have seen through the course of many leaked trailers and teasers, there were other people having a grand ol’ time.

For a closer look at walking the floor, take a glimpse at Adam Savage and astronaut Chris Hadfield in “2001” cosplay:

Or witness what happens when Darth Vader force chokes a bunch of Comic-Con revelers:

As you can see, this is the one place where everyone is in on the joke, and you can’t help but giggle at every corner of the undone city. San Diego, as if a nerd itself, is completely transformed from its normally cool and inviting self to resemble a scene from “The Lego Movie.” You can’t walk half a block without running into something or someone that mandates taking out the phone to snap a pic.

The best part is that the entire intoxicating adventure seems to shift and mold to whomever is attending. There is nearly something for every nerd interest, which makes Comic-Con the kind of exhausting trip you need to make at least once in your life.

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