Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dharmalars-Comic Con Survival Guide '08

It's that time of year again and the Dharmalars are here to share their past experiences at the San Diego Comic Convention and help you to prepare for your fun filled weekend! What is Hall H? What should I do about food? Should I bring a sweater? Where can I meet some of my favorite LOST Podcasters? All these questions and many more will be answered in six easy to follow chapters. Join Ben and Ralph as they guide you through the jam packed San Diego Comic Con 2008!!

Chapters:
1) Intro: Ralph and Ben introduce you to the wonderful world of Comic Con International 2008
2) LOST/OCTAGON RECRUITING: Find out the ins and outs for the big day in Hall H as well as getting your job in the Dharma Initiative!!
3) The Essentials: This is your guide to what you should have on you at all times. For all of your Dharma Initiative field work.
4) The Exhibit Hall: Filled with more mysteries than the Island!
5) Panels: What famous people are going to be making appearances at the convention.
6) Contact Info/How to approach Ben: This will show you how to get in contact with the Dharmalars!

We will see you in San Diego with buttons to hand out!

Playlist:
Selections from "Battlestar Galactica" - Stu Phillips

Click to listen:
Comic Con Survival Guide '08

116 comments:

memphish said...

Firsties!

Holli

Herlihy said...

gutted!

i wanted to make it three threads in a row....

Alirio said...

In the immortal words of Kool-Aid man:
Oh Yeah!

Stephanie said...

I wish I had some money so I could go to Comic Con. I just want to go anywhere.

memphish said...

Misspelled tattoos.

Holli
/home from the last swim meet!

PalmerEldritch said...

ooooooooh... new dharmalars!

andrew. said...

- although i'm not going to Comicon, this podcast will come in handy when i play along with the home-edition.
- i just watched Hellboy 2. It was a good time. It felt a lot like a throwback to the fantasy films of the 80s. It's going to get squashed by Dark Knight but i hope it does okay.
- those tatuus are hilarious. I really hope some of them are photoshopped.

PalmerEldritch said...

Tattoos?

Petunia FTW.

Alirio said...

Great episode you guys!

Looking forward to meeting Ben for the first time knowing he won't snub me... phew!

MB said...

Thanks Ralph & Ben - a treat going into the weekend :)

also,

Some info from the mouths of Damon and Carlton (on the ABC press tour) about Season 5 over at the SPLOG!

Chris JC said...

Excellent! I wonder if one day I might be able to manage a Comic-Con trip? After I hear this I'll be two "survival" guides down so I'll really know my stuff.

Also - on your suggestion I've FINALLY managed to see King of Kong this morning.

It's fecking excellent, despite all of the "corrections" I've read online.

PalmerEldritch said...

"ATTENTION ALL RECRUITS
DHARMA HEAD OF RECRUITING TO ATTEND LAUNCH

Octagon Global Recruiting, on behalf of the Dharma Initiative, is pleased to announce that Dharma's Head of Recruiting, Mr. Hans Van Eeghen, has confirmed his availability for the launch of our latest recruiting drive at Comic-Con 2008.

"My colleagues at Octagon Global Recruiting assure me that Comic-con hosts some of the brightest minds in the country," said Mr. Van Eeghen. "As Head of Recruiting it is my intention to personally assess the very best of this talent in the hope that they may join us."

The Dharma Initiative will be conducting eligibility assessments at Booth 3529 at Comic-Con, San Diego between July 24th - 27th.

If you are attending Comic-Con and would like to submit your name for a randomly selected drawing to secure one of ten (10) pre-release appointments with one of our recruiting officers, please click here.

The volunteer eligibility assessment will be available online from July 28th for a limited time at www.dharmawantsyou.com

The Dharma Initiative hopes you will spread the word. Invite your friends to join the team at www.octagonglobalrecruiting.com

If you can't view the images in this email please click here

THIS IS AN OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION OF THE DHARMA INITIATIVE:
This message and its attachments are confidential and may contain information which is protected by copyright. It is intended solely for the named addressee. If you are not the authorized recipient (or responsible for delivery of the message to the authorized recipient), you must not use, disclose, print, copy or deliver this message or its attachments to anyone. If you receive this email in error, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete this message and its attachments from your system. Any content of this message and its attachments that does not relate to the official business of the Dharma Initiative or its subsidiaries must be taken not to have been sent or endorsed by any of them. No representation is made that this email or its attachments are without defect or that the contents express views other than those of the sender."


- octagon letter this morning

memphish said...

The Octagon Global Recruiting stuff is heating up. There's a new email with a hidden message. You can read about it here if you haven't gotten your email yet. Which I haven't.

Holli

memphish said...

Palmer got his though. There's a message in the source code too P. Calling all bluetools. Where's T-dot Kim when you need her. :-)

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

ah, message in the source code of http://www.octagonglobalrecruiting.com/site/emails/0716.php where they stuck the email online.

PalmerEldritch said...

trevor... you have a new hero:

Batfan with a couple of battoos.

Trevor McFur said...

That guy is awesome.

I got the email this morning too. Hopefully the recruitment site will be open all day on the 28th, and not for an hour or two.

My little cousin went to an open tryout for Survivor yesterday and did awesome. They kept him around to do multiple interviews, and he was told on the spot that he made it to the second round, in August (going into the audition, they were told that they wouldn't hear anything for about a month). It's for the 18h edition, starting in January, I think.

Chris JC said...

Helen Mirren. nearly 63 and yet holding up well.

Excellent stuff.

(Sorry to link to the Daily Mail. Don't read anything else on that site.)

MB said...

63!?!? Wow, she is indeed doing well apparently. Taylor Hackford is a lucky man!

Trevor McFur said...

I'm holding out for Judi Dench bikini pics.

Stephanie said...

Damn, Helen Mirren! Who's your plastic surgeon? Excellent work. Speaking as a 35 year old who can say that body is not natural. Not even with great genes.

[ally] said...

This should explain how hot it gets here in Texas, in case anyone is wondering. Even though some of them sound crazy, sadly they're true.

Chris JC said...

Steph - I believe it is a natural body. Just an annoying one.

I'm not going to see Wall-E tonight after all and you know why? Buses. Three buses went by with too many people on for me to also get on to get to the film in time.

I'll just have to throw down $18.90 another time.

andrew. said...

- Stephanie & other movie podcast fans. I listened to an episode of the Errata podcast on my commute this morning and really enjoyed it. It's a bit more dry than a Filmspotting, Scene/Unseen or Mark Kermode (what would you expect with a name like Errata) but they seemed to have a wide exposure to films and were thoughtful with their analysis. Because i needed yet another movie review podcast to listen to...

- now it's time to retreat into a cave until i can see The Dark Knight.

Trevor McFur said...

CTFers, where should I send my Dark Knight review? Assuming that I can actually figure out how to record properly, hopefully I should be done with it late this evening.

Chris JC said...

Why, cuethefilm@gmail.com of course!

Oh shit - I've just realised I'll have to edit this into the show. It may go in unchecked, Trevor, so it'd be your chance to say whatever you want!

Trevor McFur said...

I'll have to have a few drinks before recording. When are you planning to release your next show?

Chris JC said...

We had some tech issues recording on Monday so we'll be recording this coming Monday instead. Hopefully we'll be able to get back into sync soon afterwards. I thought about doing a quick solo Splice for release this evening, but it didn't happen.

[ally] said...

a drunk movie review? and it'll be unchecked/unedited?

sounds like it'll be a good show.

PalmerEldritch said...

i'm trying to buy imax tickets to batman but the site is experiencing "technical difficulties." methinks the site collapsed under the weight of batmania.

memphish said...

Is Batmania like Bird Flu?

Holli

[ally] said...

I haven't even tried to buy tickets, but I think I should, just so I can have a sure seat once I get there. I'm hoping the mania has died down by Sunday, but who knows.

Chris JC said...

Listened to the show - dude: all you guys are going to fucking LOVE Spaced.

"I know you - you're a massive wanker!"

"I said I was sorry..."

Benjamin said...

Palmer, the win is yours with Petunia. Well done!

I always struggled with the dual notions that it was cool that little Pete had a tattoo, and probably better off not explained, vs. the thought that it would also be cool at least once to find out how and why!

PalmerEldritch said...

batman imax tickets have been purchased. sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

Ralph- said...

i wish i would have listened to Metrobuzz prior to doing our show, but the Internet didnt allow me to download it just yet. Apparently in our 07 Survival Guide we mentioned not to bring Sun Screen, probably cause i never use it cause i dont like being greazy and my golden flesh laughs at Earth's Yellow Sun!

I cant wait to see you folks at the Con, for those of you who can't make it, we will try very much to get shit up on the site as well as the myspace so that you can live through the dharmalars!

there is no free wi fi at the convention center so all that stuff will go up late at night.

Can't wait to report from comic con and to get this (pictured to the right) --> SUPER FUCKING SWEET Darwyn Cook Madman Poster that they are giving away at the Image booth. Fingers Crossed on that one!!!!

[ally] said...

So everything is sold out at the IMAX where I was planning to go. And now that I've psyched myself up to go see it on a bigger screen, I refuse to watch it on a regular screen.

So I guess I'll be watching TDK next week/weekend.

PalmerEldritch said...

free wifi at comic con thanks to SHIA LABEOUF.

PalmerEldritch said...

but not at the exhibition hall cuz his performance in Indy 4.

Ralph- said...

that is the best!!!! look for the show to be up sooner than expected! maybe right before the jay and jack panel starts up!!!

maybe i will post some video blogs too

[ally] said...

i hope everyone has a great weekend. enjoy the dark knight!

set up...

Alirio said...

Kablamo!

Ralph- said...

for those of you impulse buyers out there, you should check out this badass thing that i posted on my personal myspace blog!
myspace.com/casinoskunk
I NEED ONE!

memphish said...

I'm now listening to the Comic Con Survival Guide. I have delayed in protest of the fact that on my Saturday of Comic Con I'll be coming down from the 9-year-old spend the night party instead of standing in line for the LOST panel.

I really hope folks we "know" get to ask some good questions. Here's what I want to know if you need a question to ask:

1. WTF with the plane wreckage in the wrong ocean? If the grassy knoll conspiracy has raged for 45 years, why isn't someone upset that the plane crashed on a route that would never get you to Los Angeles?

2. What the heck has happened to the "storm" around the Island that messed with Naomi, Frank's helicopter at the beginning of S4 and with Desmond's head in The Constant? It seems to be missing by the end of S4 as the Zodiac travels back and forth to the Island, Frank travels back and forth and Juilet and Sawyer's ability to see the freighter when it blows. And don't let them give you any the Zodiac stayed on 305 guff because that's total navigational BS. And as follow-up to that notion you might ask, why Doc Ray's face scar is fresh when he lands on Island, but his throat is still cut.

3. What's with dream Horace's claim he's been dead 12 years when Alex is 16? Did Danielle survive the purge?

And for the Heroes panel: Is Season 3 going to suck like Season 2 or is it worth watching, and can you ever freaking die on that show?

Holli

Ralph- said...

To everyone going to Comic Con, don't forget to print out your Registration with the Bar Code!! You will need it to get your badge!!

I was going to ask about "Further Instructions"!

memphish said...

I knew that Ralph, but I want to give other go-ers some ideas. The Indian Ocean thing drives me bonkers.

Holli

Stephanie said...

Just back from The Dark Knight. I stand somewhere between liked it a lot and loved it. I'll let you know when I decide.

Trevor McFur said...

The Dark Knight -- better than the hype

All I can think now is, when can I see it again??????

Stephanie said...

Andrew, I just started listening to the Errata podcast too. The hosts are very "La Te Da" but enjoyable. Also Battleship Pretension is good. This week they talked about their deceased fathers in relation to movies. Very much a downer but fascinating.

Trevor McFur said...

I think that the Dark Knight review will have to wait for the morning CTFers............

Stephanie said...

Trev, if you want you and I could have a little conversation about it. I'll record it. Maybe 10 minutes.

Alirio said...

good morning blogspottica!

I see some of you have seen TDK last night. Very nice.

Unfortunately I was building some strangely named piece of furniture from Ikea last night. Couldn't leave the house until it was done. No, it's not a Blërg.

Wondering how many blogspotters are going to try and make it to the new X-Files movie while in San Diego?

Trevor McFur said...

Steph, that sounds like fun ... I just set up an AIM accont as TrevorMcFur and added you, I'll have it on if I'm around he house.

Trevor McFur said...

Steph, not sure if you got my twitter reply since I'm now getting a message saying it's down for maintenance. But, my schedule tomorrow is looking unpredictable (my sister is being induced today and expecting to give birth to my neice at some point tomorrow). I could definitely do it today at 9-10.

Stephanie said...

We will shoot for 9/10 tonight. Install Skype. I'm stephsmith38.

Trevor McFur said...

Sounds good, boss. :)

Trevor McFur said...

Do I need a headset mic to use skype, or can i just use the regular old mic that I have?

Herlihy said...

any sort of microphone / speaker combination will work with Skype..

Trevor McFur said...

thanks.

andrew. said...

just watched The Dark Knight.
I liked Batman Begins, but i thought it was a little silly at times. This wasn't silly. This was dense & epic.
fucking awesome. 5 star movie.

PalmerEldritch said...

The Dark Knight in IMAX in an hour and a half.

Stephanie said...

This is big!

Mr. Bill said...

Hello everyone.

The Dark Knight was incredible!

I was really surprised by the twists and turns in this movie.

We did a podcast on it right after we saw it and I think you guys would enjoy it.

http://behindthecuttingedge.com/

Stephanie said...

Hey, you sound like me!

Mr. Bill said...

Yeah, It's a little hard to hide our southern accents.

Mr. Bill said...

Has anyone heard any info gleaned from the comicon?

andrew. said...

comicon is this week mr. bill, so no info gleaned yet.

Mr. Bill said...

My bad... I was thinking it was last weekend. I'm obviously behind the cutting edge. LOL!

Chris JC said...

Nah - you're ahead of your time. If it had been last week and you thought it was coming up, that would make you behind the times.

Jordan from the 206 said...

I need to see this Batman movie you all are talking about. I think it comes out wherever I am going to be this coming weekend. Hopefully the crowds aren't as bad as you guys delt with.

And for all of you who thought it was funny to rub salt in my wounds talking about the new name for Jokelahoma City's team that they stole from us. They picked a name.

The Jokelahoma City Thunder.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Uh, did anybody tell JOKC that they are in the NBA, not the Arena Football League? What a bunch of goofs. It's probably the only solace I can take from this whole fucked up situation.

So I'm currently in Bergen, Norway and I just tried smoked whale and smoked reindeer. Both Moby Dick and Rudolph were pretty good.

Remind me who all is going to Comicon. Seems like a bigger group than last year. Is Ralph going to take everybody out for Baconators afterward? Have fun guys. And go Alirio, go!

PalmerEldritch said...

The Oklahoma City Thunder?

Awesome. No wonder I don't watch the NBA.



i'll be at Comic Con. wonder if Elvira will be there again? my girlfriend nearly lost her life last year when she had a near miss with Elvira's chest while walking around the Convention Center.

i havent had whale but reindeer is frickin tasty. never had roasted Elf though.



the dark knight was really good. everyone go see that. but dont bring little kids or they will shit their pants. there's some gruesome stuff.

andrew., there were a couple of silly parts of The Dark Knight but i agree that 95% or more of the movie was bat-tastic.

this Joker is light years beyond the Jack Nicholson Joker. and the Cesar Romero Joker.

quick! someone connect The Dark Knight to LOST ala Kevin Bacon.

hmmm...

Eric Roberts from The Dark Knight was in Heroes and Heroes' Dania Ramirez was in X-Men: The Last Stand with Ken Leung who is in LOST.

can anyone beat that?

memphish said...

Isn't the guy who plays Richard Alpert in it?

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

yes. :)

PalmerEldritch said...

as your reward...

BSG returns in january.

memphish said...

Guess I better get cracking on Season 3 and the first half of Season 4.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

have you been subjected to the BSG love quadrangle? its blows chunks. but power on through to get to more interesting episodes.

memphish said...

No I'm not that far along. I've watched Seasons 1 and 2 and have not started 3. They are coming up in my Netflix queue soon, but first I have a couple of flicks and the second season of How I Met Your Mother.

Holli

[ally] said...

I don't feel so bad now. I thought I was the only one who still hadn't seen The Dark Knight, apparently Jordan still has another week before he sees it, which will probably be how long it takes me to go see it.

Glad to hear that everyone liked it.

[ally] said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. MCFUR!

Herlihy said...

I'm trying to struggle through season one of BSG, but it's so hard going... please tell me it's going to get better...

memphish said...

I haven't seen it yet either Ally, and probably won't for at least another week unless I sneak away by myself and see it during the day. Which Hubby would not like.

Holli

Stephanie said...

herlihy, I hate to say it but if season one isn't doing it for you, you might want to give up now. Sounds like the show just isn't for you. I can't believe I am typing those words.
Holli, HIMYM gets exceedingly better. At the start, I couldn't believe everyone was comparing it to Friends. Now, I say it's so much better. Barney Stinson is the greatest character on tv. Are y'all tired of hearing me say that?
Happy Birthday Trev! Are you an uncle?

memphish said...

I agree with Stephanie Herlihy. If you don't like BSG Season 1 just stop.

I really like HIMYM. I watched all of Season 3 as a result of the writers strike. I had watched the occasional Season 1 and 2 episodes, but now I'm catching up on DVD. Not every episode hits on all cylinders, but overall I really enjoy it. Barney is the best.

Holli

[ally] said...

it's so hard going... please tell me it's going to get better...

THAT'S WHAT HE SAID!

memphish said...

AG semifinals start tonight!

BTW, while I was at the beach the kid and I watched 1 episode of "I Survived A Japanese Gameshow." That was one of the worst things I had ever seen. Turns out it's a reality show with them living together and getting eliminated instead of just Americans making asses of themselves on the game show which would be so much more entertaining than more "Real World"-esque drama.

Holli

[ally] said...

I have yet to begin my BSG summer catch up marathon.

Holli, same here. I thought maybe I could sneak and go watch it, but I'm thinking I won't and will probably just wait til next weekend.

It was impossible to go see it this weekend, everything was sold out. Stupid Batman lovers!

Jordan from the 206 said...

While I hate them with every inch of my heart, how funny would it have been had the Jokelahoma team named themselves thundercats as earlier rumored?

Their cheerleaders could’ve been “The Thundercat… HOOOOOOOOOES!”

Thank you, good night! I'll be here sporadically from time to time. Remember to tip your waitresses.

memphish said...

Happy Birthday Trevor McFur!

Holli

Jordan from the 206 said...

Yeah, and happy get drunk cuz your not young anymore day Trev!

elias said...

Happy Birthday Trevor!

Monday is done, thank fuck. Only 4 days until Imax TDK..

Herlihy said...

hmmm. Well, i watched the miniseries and the first three episodes then i sort of got distracted by other things... now i'm trying to get through the next episodes...i shalll struggle on through...

memphish said...

Give it one more disc Herlihy. The miniseries was not as good as other episodes IMHO because it had so much setup to do.

Holli

t-dot kim said...

Monday is done? Lucky you, Elias. It's just starting for me :(

I saw TDK last night--I really liked it. Did it live up to the hype...hummmm, yes. I'm not a hardcore Batman fan like some of the other people in the theatre, but I really enjoyed it. We ended up waiting in line just under 2 hours!!!! I was smart, brought my iPod, full-loaded with a brand new Dharmalars podcast. Thanks guys.

[ally] said...

hehehe... kim said hardcore.

yes i'm truly immature and easily amused.

Alirio said...

Happy birthday Trevor! You share a birthday with my son. Oh wait, this is a Lost-related blog.

You share a birthday with MY SON!

For all you blogspotters heading to Comic Con, I'll be heading down there solo. So of any of you want to meet up or hang out you can email me at alalirio@me.com

Also, I have yet to see any official notice of Bruce Campbell being at Comic Con in the flesh. So if anyone hears or sees anything about him and his whereabouts please email me at the above address.

Thank you!

2 more sleeps!

memphish said...

Comic Con attendees! If you get me a Save Log Carrying Guy bumper sticker I'll be forever grateful. I got my shirt last Friday.

Holli

Alirio said...

CORRECTION

Because Apple has yet to get their act together, me.com isn't working for me.... dot com! :-)

Please use alalirio@mac.com for any Comic-Con/Bruce Campbell related stuff.

Trevor McFur said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes all. I had a very good birthday weekend ... guy geek heaven on Friday with Dark Knight followed by Morton's Steakhouse followed by.......

Steph, I am an uncle. My sister had a really bad pregnancy (she had morning sickness pretty much the entire pregnancy, and not just in the morning). She then was in labor from early Saturday morning until yesterday afternoon, when they decided a C-section was in order. But the kid is beautiful and healthy, and my sis is feeling better than she has in 9 months.

And then today, I started my new job. It already looks to be a major step forward from my last positioin. I have a feeling that I'm going to be much, much busier during the day....

memphish said...

What a lot of excitement Trevor. I hope the job and the baby both turn out great.

Anyone want to make book on how many LOST questions get asked during the Heroes panel?

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

AMERICAN GLADIATORS!!!

PalmerEldritch said...

Caprica Trailer

with possible side boob?!

memphish said...

Is that saying Adama had a daughter? And whose that actor? And was that Mrs. Danny Pickett? That was definitely side boob.

AG as soon as dinner is ready! Can't watch without skipping the commercials.

Holli

memphish said...

Shit! Whose = Who's

That's what comes of assembling a 6 ft tall golf range net in 100 degree heat.

Holli

Stephanie said...

Sad BSG is ending. Happy we get something that kinda resembles it. But how good can it be if we already know how the story ends?
The actor is Esai Morales. I think he's supposed to be Adama's ancestor.

t-dot kim said...

Who's watching AG's new gladiator? The Beast, lol! I even liked the announcer when he was 'let out of the cage'..."holy S@!T that's one big dude".

btw, Who else thinks Hellga is the worst gladiator...EVER! I think she's lost more times than she's won any event.

memphish said...

7 ft. tall and you get to wear a fur diaper. I'm sure his mom is so proud.

I was underwhelmed last night, by the Beast, by the giant ball game, by the contestant and his whining about his finger, and by a midget totally dominating Eliminator. How many tiny gladiators can you have?

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

i can understand the finger issue (twss). if you can't use your hand then everything else could be difficult(twss).

but, yeah, that was a pretty boring episode. not enough Crush!

oh. and Steel accidentally talked.

PalmerEldritch said...

batblamo!

christian bale arrested for beating up his mom?

huh. really hope that the allegations are untrue.

memphish said...

Yeah, we totally caught Steel talking too.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

yeah, i usually like to think of Steel as silent but deadly.

/wait... what?

Stephanie said...

I bet she deserved to be assaulted.

PalmerEldritch said...

uh oh! looks like the beginning of a Steph v Mrs Bale feud!

she'll be prank calling CTF by the end of the week. ;)

PalmerEldritch said...

Estelle Getty: RIP

now i have to be good and not make Estelle Getty jokes for a few days.

memphish said...

Man! She was the young one, right?

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

at 84, she must have played someone's granddaughter. ;)

PalmerEldritch said...

new thread