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Comic Con: Day Three

This is Saturday, traditionally the most packed day of the convention.  The above photo is from when I tried to board the trolley at Old Town at 9:15 AM. It was like Tokyo rush hour… no one could even get ON the train; it was already full to capacity. In any case, I started my day at 8:30 AM and I am just now getting home at 12:37 AM to post.  I have so many pictures, so many good stories, and so many crazy things to tell.  I will tell you one story now, and post the others when I get back to LA on Sunday night/Monday.  The story I am going to tell you involves Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

I received an email from Maggie at The Costumers Guide asking me if I could get pictures of the Alice in Wonderland costumes (designed by Colleen Atwood) that were on display at some “secret location” at the convention.  I searched the booth list – nothing for Disney, nothing for Alice in Wonderland, nothing at all.

I asked this nice lady at the Comic Con booth if she had any ideas.  This was her answer.

I don't know, honey!

I don't know, honey!

I got another email from Maggie with some text and pictures of props from the display.  There was also some mention of Tron and Princess and the Frog, along with the AIW stuff.  Hmmmm… These pictures looked to be in a dark room, and I wondered if there was some kind of secret rabbit hole at the convention somewhere.  I continued my search.

I went to a booth that had material for the Princess and the Frog, but when I asked them about Alice in Wonderland and the costume display, this is what they said:

I don't know, honey!

I don't know, honey!

I went to my comic-book-artist-friend Dan Panosian, a nineteen-year Comic Con veteran, to see if he knew of any secret chambers at the convention center.  Here’s what he said:

I dont know, honey!

I don't know, honey!

And then I found THESE GUYS.  Who would know better than Alice herself?!  This little minx in the red wig and green hat gave me a clue.  She said that she had heard about a “tea party” happening on 7th street between J & K.  The rest of the bunch answered my question thusly:

Mehhhh???

Mehhhh???

I got another email from Maggie with an article describing the AIW display, and the outside of the building in which it is housed. Aha!  I took off for 7th Street, and here is what I found:

Crafty buggers!!

Crafty buggers!!

It looks like a catering company setting up for an event.  But nooo.  Look at the large poster next to their table:

Off the main strip in the Gaslamp district

Off the main strip in the Gaslamp district

THIS WAS IT!  In order to get in, I needed a ticket with a golden key.  These people at the table were kind enough to give me that ticket and key, and I made an appointment to come back at 5PM for my trip down the rabbit hole.

The ticket and golden key!

The ticket and golden key!

It was an impressive display, let me assure you.  They set up the exhibit with production design, so it felt like you were on the set, a part of the world of Alice in Wonderland.  There was a tea party, and a big throne, and lots of cool stuff.  I have uploaded some PICTURES on Flickr for you here, so have a look!  Beautiful stuff, I must say.  I am giving all of the photos, all of them, to Maggie at The Costumers Guide, so please check her site for the full range of photos from this charming exhibit!

The entrance to the rabbit hole...

The entrance to the rabbit hole...

More to come tomorrow and Monday.  I have the most amazing Steampunk story and photo essay for you.  It was overwhelming.  I am just too dang tired to transcribe, edit and post everything… especially considering I will be at it at 8:30 AM tomorrow.  So forgive my humanness, but I must sleep.

One of my steampunk heroes - this is the tip of the iceberg; they were so incredible.

One of my steampunk heroes - this is the tip of the iceberg; they were so incredible.

More tomorrow – have a great weekend, everyone!

— KMB

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