Biz Monkie

Biz Monkie

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3 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Launch Into It Open Th... · 0 replies · +8 points

Always.

3 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Launch Into It Open Th... · 1 reply · +3 points

Sometimes I forget how unbelievable my status on various airlines and hotels and whatnot blows people that don't do what I do away.

For example, this past week at SDCC. First was check-in, where we breezed right into the Elite line and were headed up the elevator in about ten minutes, versus close to an hour for the normal line. The rooms were upgraded, we had lounge access, we had free enhanced wifi, the works. I also bought the hotel rooms on points, which my travelling con buddy companions took to mean that they would be spending $200 a night. They were very confused when their entire stay was about $400. Like, full on freaking out like, "What the hell? This isn't right. Someone fucked up and we're gonna get a bill in a week or two for, like, two grand.". No guys, I paid for the rooms on points. You pay the stuff I can't pay for on points with cash. Then we flew first class to and from Chicago.

The funny thing is that I'm not even THAT elite. I know people that can get people bounced from sold out hotels because they want to stay there. Airlines will literally delay departure for them. It's like the difference between being a millionaire and being a billionaire. Being a millionaire is cool, but being a billionaire is real power.

4 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Launch Into It Open Th... · 2 replies · +14 points

I saw this over the weekend and showed it to a childless (by choice) couple who love doing Disney. They laughed and laughed, and I laughed and laughed, and our other childless friends joined in and laughed and laughed, and we threw money at each other because we all have so much of it we don't know what to do with it anymore. Then we got brunch.

I, however, would very much like for theme parks to have a childless adults, teenagers, and families line for everything. I could do Disney in a day if that were the case.

4 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Launch Into It Open Th... · 13 replies · +10 points

So for my next adventure, I'm going to Disney World and Universal in September!

One of our vendors is having a conference there, so I'm staying a few extra days and doing two days at Disney and a day at Universal. Definitely splurging for the VIP pass at Universal.

18 hours ago @ Crasstalk - Launch Into It Open Th... · 0 replies · +23 points

I'm in an Uber on my way back from the airport. I'm planning a write-up on SDCC 2019 once I feel up to it, which may be a day or two.

As always, I'm grateful for the encouragement you guys provide, and I've really enjoyed writing this series. I hope to keep doing it over time and dig in to the "behind the scenes" stuff more in the months to come.

1 day ago @ Crasstalk - Alles Paletti Open Thread · 0 replies · +5 points

San Diego Comic Con 2019 is officially in the books. This year was amazing, with a few expected hiccups along the way as there always is.

I've converted my massive Dragon's Hoard of stuff into manageable and carryable bags, which I'll ship back to Chicago tomorrow morning. I'm having breakfast with my con crew stragglers afterwards, then it's finishing packing and off to the airport for a long and most likely sleepy flight home. After that, back to the real world.

Looking out at the convention center and marina from my hotel room, it's amazing how fast everything just goes away. Adult Swim is gone, the con crowds have vanished, security is nonexistent, there isn't a line to be found anywhere. For as stressful and ridiculous as SDCC is, there is no other experience quite like it.

1 day ago @ Crasstalk - Alles Paletti Open Thread · 0 replies · +3 points

The energy in Hall H when things get shown for the first time is indescribable. It's pure joy. If you could take that feeling, convert it into a solid, crush it into a powder, and snort it, it would be the greatest drug ever known to mankind.

1 day ago @ Crasstalk - Alles Paletti Open Thread · 0 replies · +1 points

The name of my con group is ritually changed to "Post-SDCC 20XX Support Group" after we all land. The Post-Con Blues are real.

2 days ago @ Crasstalk - Alles Paletti Open Thread · 6 replies · +9 points

Checking in from Day 3 of SDCC.

I am totally wiped. The last two days have been more or less nonstop, and today was just a rollercoaster. Being in Hall H for the first time, seeing the big reveals in person, is an awesome and amazing experience. Just listening to the place erupt at trailers, character reveals, and everything else that goes along with that is incredible.

So, something I saw that you all didn't was an early cut of Black Widow. Here's a description.

Scene opens with Natasha facing off against Yelena Belova, played by Florence Pugh. They go blow for blow, there's guns and knives, and the end up sharing a drink (vodka, natch) at the end. It takes place in Budapest (which should trigger a few folks' memories, since it's where Hawkeye and Black Widow met). The trailer ends with Black Widow facing off against Taskmaster (who has his comics-accurate shield) in a mirror fight - Black Widow does a leg grab and dismount, and Taskmaster does the same thing to her, with the scene ending with them staring at eachother in a mirrored pose.

Tomorrow I'm picking up my merch exclusives and hitting the con floor one last time, then off to the SDCC Blog party to celebrate the end of the con before flying home on Monday.

2 days ago @ Crasstalk - Alles Paletti Open Thread · 1 reply · +1 points

Tony Leung will be playing The Mandarin in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.