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Getting his geek on at Comic-Con

July 26, 2010

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By Sarah Van Zanten

As Ryan Tolentino walked up to the San Diego Convention Center, the sea of bodies started to become defined, and he was able to make out the faces of thousands of die-hard fans trying to get in to Comic-Con 2010.  Almost everyone was dressed up: comic book nerds dressed as Batman, movie buffs dressed as Ghostbusters, and computer game fans dressed in giant Pac-Man costumes.  Tolentino described the sea of fans as diligent, focused and well-mannered.

“The whole experience is amazing and overwhelming,” said Tolentino, ’02. “People come from all over to talk to people about comic books, movies, anime as well as pop culture.”

On July 22-25, Comic-Con International welcomed more than 100,000 fans to listen to panels, learn about computer games, talk to actors about their movies and television shows, meet other fans and get autographs, pictures and so much more.

Tolentino, 30, a senior graphic designer for Chapman University, was not surprised many fans dressed up as characters from different movies and games.  He saw characters from the Halo game, Tony Stark both in and out of the Iron Man suit, characters in the new Scott Pilgrim movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and some Star Wars characters.  Tolentino made sure to snap a picture with his favorite Star Wars character, Boba Fett.  Tolentino mentioned how the fans that attend dressed up play the part and love posing for pictures with fans; they understand it is a large part of wearing a costume.

“Unfortunately, some costumers were outdated,” stated Tolentino.  “I saw too many people from the Final Fantasy game as well as too many Princess Leia’s in gold bikinis.”

Tolentino attended multiple panels on Thursday, including Angelina Jolie talking about Salt and Bruce Willis talking about his upcoming movie, Red.  His favorite part was listening to their takes on the movies and their thoughts on the experience.  Tolentino also went to listen to Sylvester Stallone and was amazed at what a great storyteller he is.

Comic-Con is a time to look ahead as well as to remember influences that have helped shape the entertainment industry.  Tolentino particularly enjoyed the Frank Frazetta remembrance panel.  Frazetta, who passed away May 10,  was a great influence on countless comic book artists.

“As the days grew closer to Comic-Con, you could tell I was getting anxious, the acne was coming,” said Tolentino. “I became a true comic book nerd.”

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