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Posted on Friday, August 1 @ 14:25:12 Eastern by Blake_Morse
After our chat, I was given a brief demo of the new episode. If you're at all familiar with www.homestarrunner.com, then you know the kind of humor to expect. I don't know how much I can say about the newest installment, but suffice it to say, Strong Bad secedes from the King of Town (that's right, the person) and so does everybody else. Now Strong Bad must go around and rally comrades to his cause (i.e. his side). How will you point and click your way out of this one?

By this point I had been trying to weasel my way into a ticket for the [Adult Swim] event all day. The only booth they had was a magical cat that told your fortune and would randomly give out invites to said party. I never got one but fortunately, my good friend Amber happened to be dressed up like a character from the Venture Brothers and had scored a ticket with a plus one guest. So, of course, she was going to take me. (Or so goes the tale... ~Ed.)

The party was well-catered and had a ton of [AS] propaganda everywhere. It took place along the top promenade of the Petco Park Colosseum. When you looked down onto the baseball diamond, you could see they had placed a plastic deer on the pitcher's mound for some reason and another on home plate. It was a real WTF moment for me but not the last of the night.

The next WTF moment happened quickly when Tim and Eric came on stage. Let me just say now that I am biased, because I don't find these guys funny to begin with, but after seeing them live, that opinion has been cemented. Sometimes I feel like the joke is on me with [AS] and this is one of the reasons why. It's almost like they're testing the waters to see how much crap we'll watch just to get to the good stuff like The Boondocks and the aforementioned Brothers of Venture.

After Tim and Eric's brief (thank god) appearance, we were forced to watch a band calling itself "Cheeseburger" play. The lead singer was way fucked up and kept throwing glass beer bottles at the audience. All their songs sounded like Leonard Skynard riffs with new undecipherable lyrics thrown over them. While they were playing, I spent most of the time chatting with a nice gentleman dressed as Dr. Henry Killinger (I can't escape the Venture cosplayers...).

Once "Cheeseburger" had finished vomiting up chunks of what they called a set, it was time for a real entertainer to take the stage. Hardcore gansta rapper David Banner. He showed up and rocked the mic like a pimp. At one point, Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green showed up, jumped into the dance circle, and spazzed out in exactly the way you would imagine a white geek would spaz to gangsta rap.

The next morning, I woke up and prepared for what would be my final day at SDCC. I was beat. I had been already running around a convention center for three days straight doing interviews, checking out panels, and occassionaly taking the time to check out a comic book or two. But I'm a pro and was bound to pull through.

The last thing on my list: an interview with Adam de la Peña of Code Monkeys, Minoriteam, and I'm With Busey. It was a shining oasis of a one-on-one interview out of all the folks I talked to while I was there (in fact, I related with him the most). He is such a hardcore geek - if it wasn't already apparent from watching five seconds of Code Monkeys, that soon becomes clear after talking to him for about ten seconds. We discussed old-school gaming, comics, and Rush. By the end of the interview, he was telling me about an episode of Trailer Park Boys that I simply had to see.

It was great way to end my first San Diego Comic Con. I grabbed a bloody mary at the Marriott bar and was on my way back to northern California with a ton of memories and stories to tell. Thanks to everyone I interviewed, and I hope to see you again next year. Until then... 'Nuff Said.

Outside of all my adventures I took away a few lessons that I think we can benefit from and that this:
1. Comic-Con is as much an excuse for girls to dress provocatively as is Halloween.
2. Famous comic writers/geek celebrities are extremely grateful for your fandom.
3. Make sure you bring extra luggage for all the free useless crap you will get.
4. Nothing will make an overweight guy feel as skinny as he does next to some of the fat-asses at a comic convention.

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