31 Things I Learned At San Diego Comic-Con

I went to Comic-Con last weekend, and I learned a lot about comic books, video games, open bars, and waiting in long lines. If you've never been, maybe this will help convince you to make it out to San Diego next summer. Seriously, there was something for everyone.

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1. There are trading cards for pretty much everything that has ever existed.

...and they're super expensive. These signed "NCIS" cards we're going for $40-$100. The most inexpensive signed "Game of Thrones" trading card I saw cost $180.

..while others enjoyed being whipped by him.

Jason Biggs was more than happy to be whipped. He took some time out of promoting "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" to be a good sport.

7. Lines for the big events and panels were over 12 hours long.

This is a line that was so long that it went out the door of the convention center, and wrapped around the building several times.

Some people spend their entire trip to Comic Con waiting in lines.

These people were waiting to get in to a "Game of Thrones" panel. They claimed that they had already been waiting for 8 hours at that point. (They were nowhere near the front of the line.)

10. The WiiU is fun, but it's hard to look cool when you play it.

Especially in a Catwoman outfit. This was at the Ubisoft party, where we "zombified" ourselves with "Zombie U."

16. There were breathalyzer machines in pretty much every bar in San Diego.

They cost $3.25 to use. Gavon and I both used one after a couple drinks. I blew a .06, he blew a .09.

17. If you managed to make it in to a panel, this was the typical view.

We had priority access to this Firefly panel, but we still got stuck in the back of the room with no view of the panel.

18. Erotica and pin-up art seems to be treated the same as comic book art.

It was all over the place. We bought these 3D nudie cards at a bar where they were selling queer comic books and doing an erotic live drawing class.

19. Taking the balloon off a hot air balloon basket and using the burners as pyrotechnics at a rock show is a great idea.

This guy was firing off his burners in time with dub step music. It really made me understand the appeal of dub step for the first time.

29. Sir Ian McKellan shoved a dude in front of Hooters.

We saw Sir Ian McKellan, a.k.a. Gandalf, coming out of a haunted house attraction next to Hooters. One of the actors dressed as a ghoul jumped out in front of him and tried to scare him. Sir Ian shoved the guy out of the way and looked quite upset. This is him right after the altercation, composed and smiling, for he is a badass.

30. Ensemble cosplaying trumps regular cosplaying.

If you're going to go to Comic Con as something as popular as Doctor Who, invite your 12 closest friends to do it too. Nobody takes a picture of one lone Doctor Who, but if you bring a crew, you'll get stopped every 10 feet.

31. Just because you're older or can't get around very easily, that doesn't mean you can't have fun at Comic-Con.

There were a lot of people in wheel chairs or with walkers dressing up and having a great time. This was our favorite example, incorporating the walker into the costume.