San Diego Comic Con is one of the many things I look forward to when summer comes around. This year I was fortunate enough to get a 4 day pass with preview night! After putting the finishing touches on my Princess Leia costume and replenishing my makeup supplies for my Cortana costume, I was ready for anything.
Preview Night (Wednesday)
Preview night was just the beginning of the craziness. This was my first time going to preview night, and I was not prepared. It was a lot like shopping on Black Friday… only there were freebies left and right. I didn’t stay long knowing that Thursday would be a long day. After walking the show floor and finding all my favorite booths, I was ready to go.
Day 1 (Thursday)
343 Industries was holding a Halo Panel Thursday morning, which meant Cortana had to make an appearance. Unfortunately that also meant getting up at 4:00am to make sure Cortana made it out the door in time. But it was well worth the lack of sleep.
At the panel I ran across a whole section of 405th members dressed in armor. The panel itself was good, although sadly there was no information about Halo 5 or the Halo TV series planned for Xbox One (guess we will just have to wait for news on that). There was a lot of discussion about the new Spartan Assault game as well as the new Halo comic book series being produced by Dark Horse, both of which look incredible. After the panel, the people dressed in Halo costumes were invited to take a group photo with Frank O’Conner and the other panel members.
At the end of the panel, we were informed of a Halo Scavenger Hunt occurring at Comic Con. On the show floor there were various booths with exclusive Halo pins to collect. Each booth only had 500 to give out each day. After taking photos, I joined a group of 405th members who decided to go as a group (and in costume) to collect all of the pins. Imagine 15 Spartans, 1 Cortana, and about 7 handlers, trying to stay as a group on the Comic Con Show Floor. It was nuts! But totally fun. The Spartans who had weapons held them in the air for those in the back of the line to follow. After successfully collecting all but 1 pin, we took a much needed break outside (although not all of us seemed to need a break…).
Day 2 (Friday)
Friday was a pretty laid back day. Traditionally, Friday is Star Wars Day at Comic Con, so it was the perfect day to showcase my Slave Leia costume. The costume was a huge success (and no major wardrobe malfunctions!). The big agenda for Friday was attending the Assassin’s Creed panel. To make sure we got seats for the panel, we got into the room early and planned to sit though whatever panel was set just before Assassin’s Creed. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was a panel for The 100, a new TV series set to come out later this year. It looks really good! Imagine Lost, Lord of the Flies, and Battle Star Galactica all mixed into one show.
Day 3 (Saturday)
Saturday was another jam-packed day. The 405th was having a group photo shoot, which meant Cortana had to wake up at 4:00am again. It worked out perfectly because Major Nelson was hosting a Xbox One panel that morning (how could Cortana miss that?).
The panel was full of new information about the Xbox One which got me even more excited to play one. First and foremost, it was confirmed that the Kinect has been improved and will work in considerably smaller spaces (which is fantastic seeing as you need an empty house to make the current Kinect work…). Kinect will also be able to use face recognition to adjust the games controls to your specific needs. This means you won’t have to go into the game settings to switch off inverted after a friend uses your controller. One final announcement at the panel was the ability to record and upload in-game footage. Simply say “Xbox Record” and the Xbox One will record the last 30 seconds of gameplay footage and save it to your hard drive. You can then upload the clip to Youtube or other social meadia sites.
After the Halo Panel, the 405th members met up outside of the convention center for the group photo shoot. While there, we also had the privilege of be shot by a few other photographers passing by. One such photographer was Deb Anderson from DebShots who took a fantastic photo of my Cortana costume next to another 405th member dressed as Master Chief. The photo was later posted on Halo Waypoint as well as Halo’s Facebook Page where it received over 25,000 Likes!
Day 4 (Sunday)
I was sad to see the last day of Comic Con come, I wasn’t ready for it to end. Sunday is Kid’s Day at Comic Con, so there weren’t any panels I was interested in attending. Instead I got in touch with DebShots and asked if she would be interested in taking photos of me in my Slave Leia cosplay. She was very interested and arranged to meet me in the morning. I also had the opportunity to take photos with a few other photographers as well.
After taking photos, I made one more lap around the show floor to see any last few things I had missed and then it was back to the Xbox Lounge for the Project Spark demo. Project Spark is a game which allows players to build and create their own video game. Players can construct their own world, add animals and characters, program how they move or interact with the world, and create game objectives and a background story. Worlds that players create can then be shared with others players. The demo was fun to watch and I can’t wait for the game to be released.
There was plenty more to see and do at Comic Con this year. To see my full adventure, be sure to check out the pictures in my Photo Gallery!