Comic Con International - San Diego 2005

I took a week off in San Diego with some friends to sightsee and attend the world's largest comic and media convention.

Arriving at PHX
BA0049 from London - Heathrow (LHR) arrives at Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA).

Departing SEA
AS590 departs SEA for SAN.

This is their new 737-700 with winglets.

Marriott San Diego Hotel & Marina
A view of the marina part of the Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina.

Panda Desu!
Panda desu! Two pandas frolic at the San Diego Zoo.


Polar Bears
Anything to eat? The polar bear checks out a bucket.

Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina Pool Area
The Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina pool complex. I spent many an evening here.

USS Peleliu (LHA-5)
The USS Peleliu (LHA-5) deploys to the Pacific. The San Diego Naval Shipyard is to the North of us, and a constant stream of vessels passed by my balcony.

The Marines play around in their LCAC hovercraft.

SDCC Exhibition Hall
A shot of the exhibition hall. Over 100,000 people attend the convention over the four days it is held.

Choad and Sex
The Sci-Fi Channel booth had Choad and Sex from the CG-animated show "Tripping the Rift".

Scott Kurtz
Scott Kurtz, the creator of the web comic "Player vs. Player" (, sketches a character for me.

Grace Park
The lovely Grace Park, who plays Lt. Boomer on "Battlestar Galactica" on the Sci-Fi Channel. Taken at the BSG panel.

Bruce Campbell
"Give me some sugar, baby." The talented Bruce Campbell entertains the crowd.

General Grievous
Cosplay is big at SDCC, and with "Revenge of the Sith" the current hot film, a number of Star Wars characters were in evidence. One of the most elaborate was this gentleman, who modeled the droid general Grievous.

Darth Vader
Lucasfilm had a huge booth, with this excellent model of Darth Vader.


Master Yoda
Not to be outdone, Master Replicas brought their reproduction of Jedi Master Yoda.

Stargate Atlantis Cast
The cast of "Stargate Atlantis", from the Sci-Fi Channel.

Lilo & Stitch
Disney Comics will be releasing a "Lilo & Stitch" series of books. Yattah!

A picture of N434UA, the A320 I flew from San Diego (SAN) to San Francisco (SFO).

The domestic RCC at SFO
This is the domestic Red Carpet Club at San Francisco International (SFO). I happen to prefer this one to the international club.

UA201 Departs SFO for SEA. This plane is an Airbus A319.

Crater Lake
This is Crater Lake in Oregon. It was formed from the caldera of an extinct volcano. I believe it is the deepest lake in North America.

Mount Jefferson
Passing over Mount Jefferson in southern Washington state.