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The Comic Con Interview

I was going to write about Ali’s first go at Halo but that has been postponed as Gamasutra have finally published the interview that Justin and I did at Comic Con a couple of months back. Here it is, complete with a lewd typo that I promise I never said.

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I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. Combine this with my “mention” on 1UP and I believe I’ll be in full control of the gaming media by next June.

Comic Con: The Aftermath

After what seems like a day-and-a-half’s worth of travelling (thanks to time zones), I can once more say that I walk upon England’s green and pleasant lands.

Apart from Lionhead’s footballing boasts, I’ve returned to find VP DS being recognised in the mainstream gaming media, meaning that Justin and I have done the job we set out to do. We were backed up by our fellow team mates talking about it on our favourite forum, plus footage seems to have been captured of our panel itself so once more I find myself hating the sound of my own voice (I’m the one talking at the start of the clip).

I’ve also had chance to upload the last set of photos, those featuring the little bit of non-show stuff we managed to squeeze in. This included a quick walk around the Midway and finding a bar that had a rooftop beach.

As a little extra, there is also The Adventures of Shroom, my favourite purchase at Comic Con. I blame the jetlag.

Comic Con: Day 3

And we’re done.

Today was the reason we went out there for. After filling my bag with numerous paperbacks and giant mushrooms, Justin and I had an actual panel. It went well and we were relieved to find that people actually turned up and wanted to hear about Viva Pinata. Best of all, though, we got to reveal the new VP DS. A world exclusive to Comic Con and I hope our bumbling style did it justice.

 There will be more from me on this once we’re back as I’ve got to write the entire thing up for work; no doubt I’ll paste the entire thing up hear for you to divulge in detail, should you so wish.

See you back in the UK.

Edit: Here’s today’s photos.

Comic Con: Day 2: Masquerade Parade

One of the great things about going to Comic Con on a Saturday is the cosplay element. People dress up in their favourite geek-related costumes and parade around the floor and generally seek attention (which they usually get). They’re pretty much all willing to have their photo taken to show off the outstanding effort they’ve put into their costumes but the best is saved for the evening when they put on a staged event.

There were a few “interesting” choices for the showpiece event of cosplay but overall there were some amazing costumes, Beetlejuice especially, and some amusing sketches to show them off in; Harry Potter crossed with Grease got an amazing reception.

As per usual, I can’t chat for long, so take a look at these iffy photos. Sorry for the quality, we couldn’t make it into the show itself and so had to watch it on a large screen in the hall next door.

Comic Con: Day 2

Another day here in San Diego and today we managed to go around all (and I do mean all) the stalls. It took us from 9am to just after 6pm to cover everything, it’s that big.

Highlight of the day for me was giving my first ever interview to Gamasutra. Hopefully some news will spring from it shortly but as yet their site hasn’t been updated, as far as I could see.

To top it off we managed to make it to the wonderful Penny Arcade panel, plus one discussing the adaption of Tomb Raider to an animated series – very relevant thanks to the parallels that can be drawn with VP.

Anyway, I’m knackered and hungy so I’m off for a slap up meal at San Diego’s equivalent of Mrs Miggen’s Pie Shop. I’ll leave you with these photos.

Comic Con: Day 1

We were lucky, last night, and managed to sneak in an hour at the convention. Compared to E3 (of old) it’s crazily different; larger, but more relaxed as you don’t have booming music, smoke machines and thousands of TVs to assault your senses.

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Due to the proximity to closing, we didn’t get to do too much but a quick look around has put us in good stead for today’s outing and there is positively oodles to look round.

The one downside of last night is that the pair of us were just too knackered. We managed to get to the Eisner Awards but we were exhausted after being up for almost 30 hours and had to leave half-way through, which was a shame.

Still, you can find our first day’s adventures here: Comic Con: Day One

Welcome to San Diego

Well, we’re finally here.

Greetings from the airport.

It’s taken us about three-quarters of a day to get here but at least it’s been plain sailing all the way: eleven hours from Heathrow to LA and then a short connecting flight, both mainly taken up with me ploughing through the final Harry Potter book before someone spoils it for me.

Right now it’s not even 6pm local time so we’re off to register for the conference and try and gate crash the Eisner Awards.

Our room's view. Not bad, eh?

4am Eternal

Gah, what is this horrible time! For the second time is as many weeks I’m up before the milkman to go travelling. This time, though, there’s a laptop going with me so hopefully if I can find some wi-fi in San Diego and Comic Con I can keep you posted. If not, expect a bumper geek update when I get back.