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Authentic Superhero
Congressman John Lewis didn't need a costume -- he really is a superhero. Lewis participated in the civil rights marches that desegregated the US South in the 1960s and was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders who risked police tear-gas and beatings with clubs. Lewis has written a series of graphic novels to teach about the experience to a new generation. He was there to promote it dressed as... himself, wearing a raincoat and knapsack, as he wore on the marches.
Congressman John Lewis didn't need a costume -- he really is a superhero. Lewis participated in the civil rights marches that desegregated the US South in the 1960s and was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders who risked police tear-gas and beatings with clubs. Lewis has written a series of graphic novels to teach about the experience to a new generation. He was there to promote it dressed as... himself, wearing a raincoat and knapsack, as he wore on the marches.

 
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mhhf1ve
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mhhf1ve,
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8/6/2015 | 6:53:51 PM
KFC hotspots!
The Colonel Sanders WiFi hotspots!

https://archive.is/YOkzD

That is awesome... will have to get comic-con tix someday... 
mhhf1ve
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mhhf1ve,
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8/6/2015 | 6:51:42 PM
the feels for kevin smith...
/ sad trombone:

http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/11/8932689/sdcc-2015-day-2-star-wars-the-walking-dead-kevin-smith
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/15/2015 | 1:29:49 PM
Re: Comic Con tickets
Mitch, and you might have some additional fun and everything. :) -Susan
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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7/15/2015 | 1:21:57 PM
Congressman Lewis
By the way, I can be pretty cynical sometimes -- particularly regarding politicians -- but I was genuinely awestruck to be in Congressman Lewis's presence. He's the real deal -- an authentic American hero. I wish I'd stayed to chat with him longer but I was a bit tongue-tied. 
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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7/15/2015 | 1:20:30 PM
Re: Comic Con tickets
Susan - Yeah, I think I'm going to try for press credentials at next year's con. 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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7/15/2015 | 7:48:42 AM
Re: Comic Con tickets
Mitch,

I knew no matter what you were going to bring all the spirit of Comic-Con here. :D And I was right. Nice hat you had this year, too. If I remember correctly from your last years' Comic-Con report you had a brown one, kind of Indie Jones? :)

I believe you would get it easier if you get press credentials for the 2016 con. You have also all the evidence of your previous reports, which certainly accelerates the process.  

-Susan
Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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7/14/2015 | 10:49:32 AM
Re: Comic Con tickets
Sarah - Yes, it's very hard to get tickets. For the past two or three years, they've had this online system where you queue up virtually by logging in to a Web page, and making sure to keep your browser window open. Then you're forwarded to another web page where you actually buy your tickets. Ticket sales for previous attendees start 8 am on a Saturday in November -- eight months ahead of the con itself!

A buddy in LA and I usually tag-team it, communicating over iMessage as we do. First one in buys tickets for both. This year I was the first in, and I was able to buy only one ticket for one day -- Sunday. My friend may forgive me for this one day.

I've thought about getting press credentials, but it seems like even MORE trouble. May do it this time for 2016.  

I also went downtown on Saturday. The convention spills far beyond the convention center, and takes over all of downtown. 

It's a great time. We should have a Light Reading event in conjunction!

 
Sarah Thomas
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7/14/2015 | 8:31:46 AM
Comic Con tickets
I just watched the Big Bang re-run where they try to get ComicCon tickets, but it sells out immediately (the one with James Earl Jones). Is it really that hard to get into? Looks like a fun -- and definitely interesting -- time! 
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