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Down on My Knees at Comic-Con 2013

posted Jul 27, 2013, 12:06 AM by Douglas Sun   [ updated Jul 27, 2013, 12:07 AM ]
I went to Comic-Con last Saturday braced for the worst. I was going to kick around the exhibit hall for a couple of hours before heading back home, but I expected to find the unholy spawn of a claustrophobe's worst nightmare and fanboy Armageddon. Much to my surprise, however, I found the exhibit hall not only tolerable, but navigable — if anything, less crowded than it was on Preview Night, which is when a privileged few are supposed to have the place to themselves before the great unwashed are allowed in on Thursday morning. Kimberly Unger later told me that the crowding got much about mid-afternoon, after I had left; perhaps it was the case that the in crowd were flooding the big session venues at the time.

But whatever the reason, I found myself — for the first time all weekend — with enough room to get down into a catcher's crouch and see what was on the bottom row of the display cases at the Kotobukiya and Diamond Comic Distributors booths. This is some of what I saw:

I freely admit to being a fan of HIdamari Sketch, both the anime and Ume Aoki's manga. The Yuno Nendoroid captures her character wonderfully, but the Miyako fig struck me as kind of generic. Maybe it was the angle and the choice of pose and facial expression. But I also think that when you shrink her down and make her the same size as Yuno, you take away how Aoki uses the physical contrast between the two to express Miyako's loopy personality.

I have a strange and incorrigible affection for Idolm@ster, so the Haruka fig caught my eye. Chibi-fying the Idolm@ster characters can generate some interesting results. I'm less sure about the point of taking a character as young as Madoka and making her a chibi. Yes, her eyes and head are bigger. But what else is gained?

On the non-anime side of the DCD booth, strangely hidden in a case on the bottom row, were some neat Cartoon Network items, including these figs that paired familiar characters with particular items that referred to a particular episode:

"LSP's a hobo!" If you have ever seen Pendleton Ward in person, it's amusing to envision him yelling, "My beans!" in Lumpy Space Princess' voice.

Ice King, with the creepiest character played by George Takei outside of Mirror Universe Sulu.

I guess they couldn't fit in all of the baby ducks.