I was so glad to see Russell and his family at San Diego Comic Con. Sometimes I think that seeing people you know in all that chaos qualifies as a Comic Con miracle.
Russell hit the jackpot and got an invite to the Breaking Bad invite only party to meet the cast. I was only a tad jealous. I tried to get into it myself however… That didn’t happen. Grumble.
I’m glad Russell was able to get in though because it sounds and looks like an awesome time!
Check out Russell’s recap below!
As Mike and his crew know, Comicon is a lot of work and you need a lot of luck in pulling the tickets. The wake up calls at 2am every day are not the best medicine for 40 plusers, but for us that don’t get the opportunities like the folks in LA and NY you just gotta suck it up for a weekend.
Anyway, it was a very fruitful weekend and we got everything we actually wanted and as Susan mentioned we got an A-lister come to a signing in Tom Cruise (where else can you get personal time with Maverick). My wife had a ball at The Walking Dead as she was lucky and pulled a ticket
and the Mother of Dragons loved my dragon shirt I wore at the signing (I do wish Warner let you take pictures). Got to chat with Alyssa Milano about the Dodger closer situation,
talk to Evangeline Lily about Hawaii,
and Ming Na about the Joy Luck Club.
Even got to take some pics with Olivia Munn,
Khal Drogo, NPH and a few Vampire Diaries girls that were staying at our hotel (no idea who they were).
Ran into the Fanboy crew on a lot of occasions as had most of the same signings on Thur, Fri and Saturday so it was good to see them in action. Also met some new friends in line as you have a lot and lot of time to kill.
The last day Sunday was the one I was excited to as we had entered a twitter contest for the fan appreciation event for Breaking Bad and had actually made the wait list. I’m rarely on twitter, but just happened to be on that day and noticed that the first 60 tweets got into the party. I was an hour late and even Mike had entered a few times before me so I knew no way, but some some random reason I was put on wait list and to send them your name, number and email. Now in counting tweets I was about 50 after the initial 60 that were actually “followed” by the Breaking Bad so was pretty skeptical about clearing and getting in, but for some miraculous reason I got a call Tuesday that I had cleared and to meet at the 207 at the Hard Rock.
So we got there around 1200ish check in and we get wristbands. You are allowed to bring one other person and they put wristbands on us, but only one got to go do the signing and they put a black one.
They tell you that you can only get one item signed, but I have a few and as Mike mentioned last year, the cast was pretty cool.
The cast arrived after their panel and then entered from the Hard Rock.
They gave you a mini poster and Walt Whitman book which was cool and I had the Walter White figure as well as a few other pics I wanted signed too.
The cast were all nice and Aaron wanted to see that Walter White doll and asked if they made one of him.
I congratulated them all on their Emmy nominations and all were so gracious and another cast that “gets it”.
Bryan Cranston loved the figure and told him it sold out the first day and was on eBay for 75 now.
He said, “really for that?”.
He was really cool and signed all that I had as well as my son’s pic with him and I didn’t read what he wrote till I got home, but it was hilarious.
The swag that they gave out was great too. We each got a beaker that they served us a margarita in,
a book and a test tube with some candy.
All in all a great way to end Comicon. I always debate about going every year, but these memories for my family are priceless and last a lifetime.
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