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WonderCon 2011

For my friends who do not know, WonderCon is a mini version of Comic-Con but even cooler because it’s in SF. It’s a gathering of geekery including comic book, video gaming, anime, television and film. The last time I went was three years ago when I still had my magenta hair. That was an epic day – asked Andrew Stanton a question about WALL*E, sat front row to see John Cho talk about Harold and Kumar 2, and infamously meeting Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway:

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Lita, Neil, Peter and I with a Storm Trooper & R2D2.

After receiving our badges we headed to the DC Universe panel to guarantee a close seat for the Super panel. They started off playing the Green Lantern trailer which somehow had more footage than was shown on Friday’s GL panel with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.

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Here’s another trailer:

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I do not follow any comic books but even if I did I would say the discussion was lack luster. Every time the moderator asked a question all the artists were very vague and just encouraged everyone to buy the next issue for the answer. Understandably, they did not want to give away any key plot points.

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The most entertaining part of the panel was the Q&A with the audience. The best questions were asked by a couple kids under 10 and the moderator gave each of them the new Green Lantern ring.

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Photo Credit: Jody Jill, Examiner

Next up was the panel for Super with director James Gunn and star Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute on The Office).


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After the panel, we walked across the street to place with tapas Peter recommended.

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Mmm, paella.

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Fun to see other WonderCon attendees in the restaurant.

I was so stoked I Heart Guts had set up a booth. I learned about them after my friend Sharon received their journal as a going away to med school gift.

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I’ve been wanting to get something from them for a while but didn’t want to pay shipping. I purchased the testical and ovary plushies and named them Elvis & Olivia respectively. My bf and I thought it’d be funny if we each kept one. Had to get the Heart of Gold pin, too!

My family and I are really big Seinfeld fans. My cousin even played the Chinese delivery man in the episode Elaine gets blacklisted for ordering outside their limit. So I was thrilled to meet Larry Thomas who played the Soup Nazi.

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For all my fellow peeps on Tumblr:)

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We tried out the Nintendo 3DS – trippyyy. I wouldn’t be able to play for long though out of fatigue.

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Nerdy shirts galore.

My favorite part of WonderCon was meeting all the artists.

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Brian Kolm of Atomic Bear Press. He gave me some tips on painting with watercolors which I’ve been meaning to get back into. I want to paint succulents and sea creatures.

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Debbie Huey of Bumperboy and his Bumperfriends.

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I got to meet Peter Chan who works with Kei and Bobby for Imaginism Studios.

Beautiful concept artwork. If I was a bigger Alice in Wonderland fan, I would have bought a print in a heartbeat.

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Paul Friedrich‘s painting are so funny.

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Shing Yin Khor of sawdust bear and the web comic marlow the monster.

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Lady being drawn as a super hero.

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Colorist Jeff Balke working on the Hulk.

Who knew coloring could be a career?

Neil ended up buying his signed drawing as a souvenir.

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Nice bumping into my cousin Ryan as I was heading out. What a fun and inspiring con! I may have to take up Lita’s offer on attending Comic Con this summer.

Davis Eats: Mikuni’s

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

I’ve been wanting to go to Mikuni’s ever since my roomie Melanie told me they have $5 rolls on their happy hour menu. Happy hour is 4:30-6:00PM during weekdays.

Last Thursday was a beautiful, sundress weather day. My friends and I made it just in time for happy hour. It was the last day to buy a Rescue Roll to go towards the American Red Cross for Japan disaster relief and so a perfect day to go.

Spicy Scallop Hand Roll – $3. Amazing! There were chunks of scallops all the way to the bottom.

Spicy Tuna Roll $5

Fair Oaks & No. 8 Rolls. Unagi and shrimp tempura goodness. Both $5

Rescue Roll $5

Lauren, Todd & I ready to get our grub on – AggieTV fo lyfe. Lovely place to eat quality sushi on a budget. I’ll never go to Oshio’s for a $5 roll again. We were so full at the end we sadly had to skip dessert. What is your favorite thing to order at Mikuni’s?

Badminton

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

Melanie and I met up to play badminton at the ARC. I don’t think I’ve played since high school – so fun! It was a pretty good work out when we were running from sides of the court. It was also relaxing when we got into the swing of rallying back and forth.

We’re planning on meeting up twice a week to get our work out on. What’s your favorite thing to do at the ARC? Reminder: I’m scouting new bloggers! Apply here: http://bit.ly/ucdblog