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DarthShiva’s Magical Mystery Tour – aka SDCC Experience

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 8:33 am by Darth Shiva

me at SDCC!

Hi! I’m DarthShiva and this was my Comic-Con experience.

First off, my tale will be a bit different from the others, as you might have noticed, I am wearing a beige polo with the Comic-Con logo on it, and that’s because this year I volunteered and was only able to wander the floor and do my nerd thing when I was not working.  I had a fabulous time, and it’s interesting to see how much there is to do when you’re not spending your days trying to get into panels and/or signings!

I started there on Thursday morning and as a volunteer, my main working was done on the exhibit floor and coordinating escorts, so if someone asked you (hopefully very politely) to keep the aisles clear, then you may have seen me or someone like me!  Throughout my time working, I was able to see a lot of the talent for panels and signings, and although I was not really able to talk to them much more than a passing hello, it was really cool to see which cast members of a TV show or movie had shown up for a panel.

IMG_0500Among my sightings were Francis Capra of Veronica Mars (who is in the picture with me), Stan Lee (a couple of times), Joss Whedon (super geek out time for me), Tom Hiddleston (Thor / Avengers), The Walking Dead cast (including Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, and Norman Reedus), the cast of How I Met Your Mother (plus Alexis Denisof, husband of Alyson Hannigan and no stranger to nerd culture himself!), The Legend of Korra cast, the Adventure Time cast, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick of The Venture Bros., cast members from Family Guy, American Dad (including Patrick Warburton!), Futurama, Jason Momoa (Conan, Khal Drogo from Game of Thrones, and Ronon Dex from Stargate: Atlantis), as well as Edward James Olmos (aka Admiral William Adama of Battlestar Galactica), and many others who I’m probably just not remembering now.  I even got to talk to Richard Madden (or Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) about his experience on the exhibit floor after walking around.  All in all, my experience of working the Comic-Con was really great!  I wish I had been able to take the time to go to some panels, but the lines are so long that it would have taken too long to see them.  It’s okay, I’ll just read about them here on the Geek Legacy site!

Well, the 2 main things I did besides working at Comic-Con happened on Thursday evening.  First up was Secondline Production’s 30 Minute Musicals presents: Jurassic Park in 4D.

Dinosaurs come to life in 30 Minute Musicals’ version of classic, JURASSIC PARK. This time in 4D! That’s right, 1-D better than Spielberg. So, don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY event at The Horton Grand Theatre.  “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution…How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?” EXPECT ORIGINAL SONGS, DINOSAURS THAT SING AND DANCE, AND MORE LAUGHS THAN YOU CAN HANDLE!   Starring: Tom Lenk, Sandeep Parikh, Tara Perry, Brooke Seguin, Tommy Hobson, Michael Bernardi, Tom Detrinis, Tania Possick, Greg Lynch, Leslie Marrero, Jim Hanna, and Lindsay Wray.”

Cast Malcom & Muldoon

 

 

 

You may recognize Tom Lenk’s name, and hopefully the reasons are because of Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
Cabin in the Woods, and Joss Whedon’s remake of Much Ado About Nothing.  The other name that caught my eye originally was Sandeep Parikh, from The Guild and The Legend of Neil, and I was very excited to see this.  It turned out to be absolutely hilarious and quite an accurate representation of the movie, but completely condensed into 30 minutes and containing a bunch of songs about and sung by dinosaurs and even a DNA strand!  I have included some pictures of the event, and apologize if it’s hard to see, a lot of the times we weren’t allowed to take flash photos.  Coming up in August in LA is their version of Hook, which should be a lot of fun!  Here is a link to their website, so anyone who’s interested can check them out! http://www.secondlineproductions.com/#!

After Jurassic Park, it was time to hurry over to the Balboa Theatre to attend w00tstock 5.0, listed as “the variety show for the internet set”.  Below is the site description of w00tstock in general:

 “For decades, geeks were ostracized, picked on, laughed at and punished by the sun’s harmful UV rays. But there is only so long that a people can be kept down before they rise up against their oppressors; and, indeed, the dawn of the 21st century has seen the ascendancy of geeks and geek culture.  We now celebrate that rise to power–and let’s face it, nerds pretty much run everything now–with w00tstock, a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage (“MythBusters”), actor/author/blogger Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Stand By Me”) and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (The Internet, Da Vinci’s Notebook) present a high-energy night of music acts, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.  This is the dawning of the Age of Geekdom–and its voices will ring true at w00tstock.”

One of the best quotes of the night, “Every time you eat a jalapeno, when you shit, it cosplays as Wolverine.”  Where else other than a nerd show can you say something like that and have the entire audience completely understand?

IMG_0463To kick off this very interesting romp of geekdom, we had Paul and Storm start off performing their song “Write like the Wind”, which is a demanding plea for George R. R. Martin to continue writing the next two books in his A Song of Fire and Ice series (better known to non-nerds as Game of Thrones books) only to be interrupted by the man himself!  George R. R. Martin himself, accompanied by Neil Gaiman, came up behind the two and smashed Storm’s guitar on stage!! Of course, the crowd went wild and to have Paul and Storm get berated by Neil Gaiman for the song on stage was epic and just icing on the cake.

Click this link to watch the fun! http://www.tested.com/art/movies/456840-george-rr-martin-vs-paul-and-storm-w00tstock-50/

w00tstock!After that exciting byplay, we come to the host Wil Wheaton, and he is introduced by Strong Bad, brought all the way to us from 2002!  On the same link with the George R. R. Martin song is the intro of Wil Wheaton and a little bit about the show, so watch both videos!  Among the 4 founders listed above were also the following guests: Garfunkel & Oates, Molly Lewis, Patrick Rothfuss, Nathan Sawaya, and Aisha Tyler.
Here is a quick rundown of the guests and what they do!

Garfunkel & OatesGarfunkel & Oates are an American comedy folk duo consisting of Kate Micucci who I recognized as Stephanie Gooch from Scrubs, and Riki Lindhome.  Their songs are silly and I enjoyed their set thoroughly, with my favorites being Handjob, Blandjob, I Don’t Understand Job (pretty self explanatory what the song is about), and 29/31 (which is each of the girls playing the same person, one at age 29 and one at age 31).  If you want to check it out, here is a link! http://www.garfunkelandoates.com/2012/05/29/2931-by-garfunkel-and-oates/
IMG_0476Molly Lewis is a talent along the same lines, and is a ukulele player who writes comedy songs on pop culture and nerdy topics. Her song of the evening was called “The Year of the Beard” and accompanied by the gentlemen backstage that had beards, which made for some silly TMI regarding the amount of pubic hair that Wil Wheaton claimed to have. http://mollylewis.bandcamp.com/track/the-year-of-the-beard-2

princess & mr. whifflePatrick Rothfuss is an author who read us a little bedtime story complete with pictures.  His children’s book is called The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle, and in his reading it, I soon recognized that this was not a book for children, unless you’re angry at them and hoping they have nightmares!  The book was fantastic though, and I would be interested to read more of his writing after hearing him at w00tstock! http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/content/index.asp

 

IMG_0468Nathan Sawaya was one of the biggest reasons this was a variety show versus a concert.  He is a man who is an artist and sculptor but his medium is not clay or marble or even wood, it’s LEGOs.  This is someone who has had a love of building things with the beloved childhood toy of LEGO bricks and has brought it to the ranks of worldwide recognition as an artistic medium.  Probably the most impressive picture he showed was the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that is 20 feet in length, although the picture he showed of his room of LEGO blocks was mind blowing to think of how many he has.  Check him out and see the kind of stuff he’s done!  http://brickartist.com/
lana kaneAnd last but certainly not least of the guests was Aisha Tyler, who is best known to me as the voice of Lana Kane on Archer (fantastic show, go check it out if you haven’t seen it).  She is a geeky gamer girl who told us some cool stories and read us a letter she wrote in response to nasty comments about her hosting the Ubisoft press conference at E3.  Her writing is thought provoking and witty as well as hilarious.  Also, I am pretty damn sure I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side.  Her second books, “Self-Inflicted Wounds” has recently come out and will be taking over Whose LIne Is It Anyways from Drew Carey.  She is a co-host of The Talk and the creator, producer, and host of a podcast called Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler.  She’s hilarious and fun, and here’s a link to her site!  http://aishatyler.com/

In addition to all of this fun, we got to hear some stories and stand up and not a little bit of ranting from Wil Wheaton and Adam Savage (of MythBusters fame), and then the show ended with the Pirate Drinking song that can take anywhere from 10 to 80 minutes, depending on how drunk the show creators are by the time they take the stage.  The audience participates with a chorus of emotionally directed “Aarrrghs” and the tangents the guys go off on ensures drunken hilarity.

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