Monday, December 31, 2012


This was supposed to be the outro for the current BLOODSHOT THEATRE HORROR CLASSICS episode. But as time was pressed, it was forgotten and omitted. anyhowwwwl, there is no audio but here is what E.SPANTO says....


So with that said, see ya next year!

all the scary best-

thanks to all for their support!

E.SPANTO Animated series

Before the live action series went into production, An E.SPANTO Animated series was in pre-production. E.SPANTO would differ from the character seen in the BLOODSHOT THEATRE animated series and the stories were to be identical to what would be seen in the live action series. The background scenario was to have been used in the fifth episode of the BLOODSHOT THEATRE animated series, as this was to be somewhat of an opening shot. I planned to have E.SPANTO descend out of a night sky transforming from vampire bat to E.SPANTO!(Much like what you see in the intro to the live action series)then introducing himself, having a slew of video-monsters(that would appear in the show)leaping out of nowhere and e.spanto fending them off with the amulet. anyhowwwl, hope you enjoy! AND since were on the subject of E.SPANTO, the long delayed(yes i know!)action figures will soon be released! i plan to have them released early this month(meaning january)and they will be limited as stated before. retail will probably be around $15 and a special price for the pair(E.SPANTO and the MORTUUS!). Each will be packaged in a coffin display box(and if your enjoying this bit of E.SPANTO animation, the coffin boxes will have a comic strip on back!)and have included accessories! Also, the rest of the comic book covers for the live-action series will be posted here soon. And speaking of the live action series and if yer missing out don't worry you'll be able to get that too! Series two is planned to be underway sometime in february-march, so look for a new episode around then. until then, KEEP WATCHING TO KEEP THE DEAD LIVING!

dig ya later,

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Alien invaders recruit notable scientists of earth for their own diabolical deeds! They will make... THIS ISLAND EARTH!!!! It scares all this month until the end of the year! a fitting way to blow out the year with this cosmic extravaganza!!!! you don't want to miss this one it's now showing on BLOODSHOT THEATRE horror classics! SA tomb in tonight! youtubers get a preview soooooon!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012


And showing this month on BLOODSHOT THEATRE horror classics.... THE CREATURE is back!!!! and he's coming to get YOU in REVENGE OF THE CREATURE!!!! SA tomb in tonight! youtubers get a preview here:

taped at last month's(and SA's first)MONSTER CON!!!!
Check it out!

dig ya later...


Friday, October 26, 2012


A quick walk through of SAs first official HORROR themed convention with E.SPANTO check it out:


And saturday night...part 2 of BLOODSHOT THEATRE's HALLOWEEN SHOW!!!! late night zombie horrors coming at YOU!!!! And tomb in again this saturday night to have them crash your halloween party! unrelenting halloween horror at its finest on SAs ONLY late night after midnight spookshow BLOODSHOT THEATRE!!!! TOMB IN TONIGHT!!!!

Youtubers get a preview here:

Also showing.... the series finale of E.SPANTO!!!! Don't miss it!!!!

Friday, October 19, 2012


IT'S HERE and another first for SA!!!! CHECK it out this saturday at the SA event center(same place for texas comic-con)and get ZOMBIFIED!!!!

For more info:


AND saturday night through halloween! Dare to witness the conclusion of BLOODSHOT THEATREs halloween show!!!! it's got more zombies you can shake a lawnmower at!!!! or an axe... a chainsaw... a pipe... ah! well JUST WATCH! it scares tonight! only on time warner digital PATV channel 20, BEWARE!!!! Youtubers check out a sample preview here:

E.SPANTO in THE TIME LORD OF TERROR PART 2(series finale)!!!!

In the series finale episode, E.SPANTO is captured by evil aliens from outer space! Led by the evil chronox, a time-traveling conqueror who seeks the mortuus' mystical amulet and it's secrets! Chronox has long sought the amulet, and knows of its powers to control the living, the dead and time itself! Can the creepy crusader escape before it's too late??? or will chronox succeed in carrying out his diabolical plan??? what is that you ask? you'll have to watch to find out! and it scares tonight as in part of BLOODSHOT THEATREs halloween show!!!! SA if you have followed the series, you won't want to miss this one! so tomb into time warner digital PATV channel 20(at 12:30)! and if ya miss it by being caught up in all the halloween madness... you can always catch it again saturday night! same skull channel! same skull time! wait... yeah ok! TOMB IN TONIGHT!!!!

Youtubers get a preview here(if ya can):

annnnd... since iam on the subject of the e.spanto series, i would like to add just a few excerpts for the series if you will. The series was a good 12 episodes(well good enough for me, considering the animated series lasted only 5! more on that below)and at roughly 2-4 minutes a piece i think i cram(or try to)enough information in as i could. Whatever is left out remains unexplained and it should be too or just plainly left to the viewers imagination. anyhowwwwl, i would liked to have considered probably at least 3-4 more additional episodes(if i hadn't been sidelined by that injury). so, lets begin right after THE NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APE episode the next episodes wouldn't appear until june. at this time(before my accident), i had stories brewing in my mind that would eventually lead up to the series end. but these were mostly b-sides(similar? i guess), just fillers and some nasty villains(taken from old horror movies of course!)i wanted to throw at our phantom hero. i had wanted another opponent e.spanto could actually confront(like a jason vs. freddy type match up or a frankenstein vs. wolfman)instead of just putting up another toy monster on the green screen(ooops! did i just give away my movie magic recipe???). anyhowwwl, it was to alternate from toy monster to actual opponent and i definately wanted a mummy somewhere along the way! my first consideration was a beastman-like creature who would leap around the mission trails terrorizing tourists or the missionary monks at night. and the naschy fanatic iam, i was leaning towards an hombre lobo type villain with plain clothes(the usual dark blue naschy shirt and pants). just a few cool scenes, i dreamt up were that of the opening shots(with POV styling)of the beastmans deadly strikes and some fight scenes of e.spanto using a branch to fend off the beasts gnashing jaws(like a moon knight comic i remember, issue 1 to be exact). i had intended the series to be in one setting(like only happening in one night), so that created a bit of a problem. the killings commited by the beast i thought had to be serial(and unexplained) in order for this to work, thus having e.spanto leap into action at the right time to prevent another gruesome murder. and the amulet worked on its own guiding the skullman after each video horror it entrapped(thus, making it a never-ending "night"mare). so having the beast commit these murders on a nightly basis just wouldn't fit in, it had to be fast and lead to a climax quickly. as in the bloody ape episode, the psychotic primate had just murdered his first victim using their heart to empower his bloodthirsty vigor. i didn't want to repeat that, so i looked to the mummy story that was also storming in my mind at the same time. alright, so e.spanto would confront this mummy and i had my targets already set on the witte museum as background footage(even more so, now with mummy extravaganza being held the amulet would lead the skullman to the museum and there he would encounter the mummy's decaying guards, before going toe-to-toe with mummy himself. as an addition to the series storyline, the mummy would have had ties with the amulets background(making it his personal goal to obtain it). eventually, the mummy would defeat e.spanto, leaving him mumified inside a tomb. end of episode 1. episode 2 would stir things up, as the mummy would transport e.spanto to an ancient egyptian temple and attempt to use the skullmans power to revive his army of the dead(well, somewhere along those lines). but then, as the action progressed out of nowhere we would get aliens thrown in the mix as well. so, the mummy storyline kinda got to where the series is at today sans the mummy. okay, i thought to hold off on this particular story for the final episodes and focus on another video horror e.spanto could encounter. but who? what? alright, how about a machete or chainsaw wielding madman? what will be this episodes premise? will it be a two-parter? yeah, the background settings would be a snap and the story real simple(no story boards needed haha! speaking of i have a few i may post one day)just make up shit as i go along. cool, they could be back to back one episode a chainsaw pigman maniac and the other a hockey masked psycho! now for e.spanto's impending doom... a smokehouse? a lake with dead souls? a barnyard of guts??? then all of a sudden BAM! my unfortunate and uneventful mishap! well, it happened and i was out for a good month and a half until i was well enough to get back to the series. i literally kick my own ass sometimes(taping) and boy did i need my left leg to do it. anyhowwl, along that time i got back on here(as you have seen)and kept the next episode lingering in my mind. i somehow came across an iron man comic panel one day(iron man issue 101), that had the armored avenger battling some igor-like midgets. wow! i thought, this would make a neat e.spanto story with midgets,chains and a frankenstein monster! immediately, my imagination began to drift back to one of the episodes intended for the BLOODSHOT THEATRE animated series this one was to have J.R. and the werewolf venture into a remote wooded area and stumbling upon the infamous midget mansion! but not before meeting the lovely daughter of a video store owner, who the nano's(midgets)have just terrorized in obtaining a copy of the video TROLL for their satanic ritual. it is then up to J.R. and the werewolf to get it back and air it on bloodshot theatre(of course). anyhowwwl, that episode in particular was never completed(i may post the drawings for some of the characters sometime if i have the time)and i sought to take a few elements from this story. mainly the nano's, the amulet would guide e.spanto to the midget mansion and there he would confront the nano's only to be overpowered by them(with chains! haha!). and the frankenstein monster would come into play when the nano's would use the captive skullman,(in a ritual) to bring the monster to life! thus, a show down between the phantom hero of horror and horrors greatest monster!!!! and it would be a two-parter. still, the idea of the mission trails loomed over me and i soon decided to get footage for such an episode(which eventually became KNIGHTMARE AT MISSION TRAIL)once i was well enough. the result, still had some naschy elements(the knights in my own personal opinion and the option for their inclusion)that i had originally intended and the setting of the mission trails. with my schedule(work)and SDCC coming up, i couldn't fit in the frankenstein/nano's episode into the series. i thought it would only be fitting if the series finale would be around halloween. perfecto. with that said, the mummy episode was also put aside. but i think i kinda blended in some of those episodes in just a bit in TIME LORD OF TERROR Pt. 1. still no mummy! :( well maybe one day i'll put these episodes into some animated form of story telling. anyhowwwl, i think ive said enough and i will let you enjoy the series as much as i enjoyed putting it together! until then, the next series lurks somewhere in my mind just waiting to be released and put on tape! 

dig ya later,

Missed an episode? or don't know what iam talking about? don't worry, the entire E.SPANTO series is planned for release as a collection! you will find it here when it is available! also, been saving up that x-mas cash? good! 'cos the E.SPANTO action figures are coming yer way very soon!!!!  

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012


MONSTERS!!!! MONSTER CON is just around the coroner(ahem...)corner SAN ANTONIO!!!!(if ya didn't know shame on you!) MONSTER CON is guaranteed to serve up a cold... bloody... wet.. dish of brains!(and FUN!) for all ya zombie fanatics and fans of horror in general! all hell breaks loose next saturday(the 13th)at the wonderland of americas(formerly, crossroads mall and how fitting would it be? if it STILL were? ya know the mall in the dawn of the dead re-make? ok maaaaaybe iam just getting a bit too deep in this)and admission is.... FREE!!!! So whaddya gotta lose? maybe an arm? or a leg? 'cos when these zombies and monsters invade wonderland they will be unstoppable!!!!! anyhowwwwl, check out their website for further details....

pssssst.. btw, it's over before midnight! so if yer not zombified yet, you can still watch BLOODSHOT THEATREs halloween show!!!! :)


HALLOWEEN 2012 begins NOW!!!! Tomb in all october long to SAs ONLY late night after midnight spookshow BLOODSHOT THEATRE for a decaying dangling dose of the living dead! yes part 1 of BLOODSHOT THEATREs halloween special is scaring NOW!!!! You can tomb in this saturday at 12:30 only on time warner digital PATV channel 20! and if you miss it(or maybe YOU ARE too scared to watch.... heh heh!)you can always catch it again the following thursday or saturday night! so what are you waiting for? blue boring ol' christmas???? TOMB IN NOW!!!! Or else dr. freudstein will get ya!!!!

dig ya later,

youtubers a preview of part 1 coming sooooooon!!!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012


Hey ya creeps! the BLOODSHOT THEATRE halloween show(s) are finally complete and have been submitted! brace yourself for a chomping chewing chock-full of blood-spewing zombies headed yer way all october long through HALLOWEEN!!!! As well as the series finale episode of E.SPANTO!!!! this one will rip the cosmos as the very best in super-action horror!!! be sure to tomb in this october and tonight(and saturday)ONLY on san antonios ONLY late night after midnight spookshow BLOODSHOT THEATRE!!!! Check it out tonight on PATV channel 20 at 12:30 on time warner digital! youtubers check out a sample preview here:

dig ya later,

OOOOPS! almost forgot.... the E.SPANTO action figures should be available sometime before halloween! a new head(skull)sculpt has been added to the phantom skullman! this looks to be the most striking(and definite)yet! pics will be posted soon! as a REMINDER these will be extremely limited! so be sure to check back here often once they go on sale! until then, creep in touch!!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Also screaming with WHITE ZOMBIE is the latest episode in the E.SPANTO live action series... part 1 of THE TIME LORD OF TERROR!!!! this one has it all! a chainsaw wielding pigman,(SAs)haunted ghost tracks,an electrifying man-made monster, a U.F.O and evil space aliens!!!!! annnnd of course that phantom hero of horror himself... E.SPANTO!!!! All crammed into three minutes of super-action horror at its finest! it has to be seen to be believed! don't miss part 1 of the series finale of E.SPANTO the live-action series!!!! tomb in thursday and saturday night the remainder of september only PATV channel and SAs only late night after midnight spookshow BLOODSHOT THEATRE!!!!

Youtubers get a preview here:


Part 2 of WHITE ZOMBIE is now showing on BLOODSHOT THEATRE!!!! Yes this is the conclusion to the bela lugosi classic! watch as he portrays the evil murder legendre who zombifies his every victim at his very command!!! and if you cross him be prepared to be torn apart by his zombie slaves!!!! yes its this and much more the remainder of september only on bloodshot theatre horror classics!!!! tomb in next thursday or saturday night(12:30) to PATV time warner digital channel 20.... if you dare!!!!!

youtubers get a preview here:

Monday, September 10, 2012


Bela lugosi stars as the diabolical murder legendre in the zombifying classic shocker WHITE ZOMBIE!!!! It scares all this month only on BLOODSHOT THEATRE HORROR CLASSICS!!!! and only on time warner digital PATV channel 20! tomb in every thursday and saturday night(12:30) if you... DARE!!! a preview of part 1 is up now on bloodshot theatres youtube channel



Again sleep seemed to last forever, but when i woke up it was just 7am! the time was just right to get the day started. it would be my last day at this hotel, so rising up this early would give me plenty of time for necessary preparation. check out time was of course at noon but i still had to check into the other hotel. first, i made a call to the front desk to see if i could get an additional day(since i really didn't want to transfer from hotel to hotel). i had considered this upon arrival and asked the front desk clerk if it would be possible. but with all the attendees checking in and all the comic-con madness approaching the horizon, the hotel was completely booked and my only option was to check back daily(for cancellations so that i could get another nights stay). so what better time to call on my last day, huh? and to my surprise, there was! alright, now just to call the other hotel and cancel my reservation. so, i call them up, and for a nights stay plus tax i could cancel my reservation... yeah, riiiiight! well i didn't really have a choice or the cash(i mean would you? ulness you're a bruce wayne or tony stark)besides, the next hotel i would be staying at was just a few bucks more, by the bayside, closer to the convention and in the end worth it. with this set in my mind, i gathered and packed up my belongings so that when it was check out time i would just zip out the door. i made those hours leading up to check out time count, first i had to set up a seperate bag for what would contain the transformation to e.spanto(the huge duffle bag that was included with the purchase of my luggage cart was perfect!). annnd since i really hadn't purchased much from the convention, everything else i needed to pack wasn't really much of a bother( aside from trying to keep my dc universe classics big barda figure/package from being crushed). all done with that, i eyed the leftover pizza from last night and pryed the box open just a bit. but i just couldn't dip my fangs into a cold slice(and i love cold pizza!)of the mess i tried to eat a few hours ago. even cold this pizza didn't seem appetizing! screw it, i didn't really want to eat much knowing the transformation of e.spanto was near! what i was really in need of was lots and lots of fluids(ice cold hydration!)as i was in denial of being hungover just a bit(ok, maybe i was). i knew just the place to get it too, after a quick shower i head over to the fitness room. and for a few minutes i was glued to the water dispenser, the water wasn't too cold but it hit the spot. i worked up a good sweat(feeling all those toxins leave my body), utilizing what i could (the same as the day before)for my work out. i head back to my room, shower, get dressed and kill the rest of my hotel time listening to music(mostly queen and oingo boingo)loudly on youtube. check out time! i do a thorough double check making sure i left nothing behind(just a few flyers from various promoters/companies and some subway frankenweenie inserts with a half eaten sugar cookie that i picked up off last nights shuttle which were left behind by a mother and her son). all was set, i was ready(this time)to head out the door and out the mother f***ing door i went! i turn in my room keys to the front desk office, walk out the door taking in a quick view of the mountains that surrounded the hotel(one last time) and join the line of attendees at the shuttle stop. the shuttle arrives and the driver is very friendly by offering to have my luggage stowed underneath the shuttles carriage(what a relief! the duffle bag began to weigh down my shoulder as i waited in line). the ride back to the convention was quick, still feeling out of it i knew just where to go. the django booth was in distance and i quickly made my way to it, so that i could score myself a free red bull zero. it did what it could, enough to get me over the bridge and onward to the convention. but, i wasn't going there just yet i had to check in to the other hotel and drop off my luggage. along my way to the shuttle stop(for the other hotel), i couldn't help to avoid and want to receive flyers and freebies. i got what i could and stuffed it in my back pocket, a few got my attention(a free xxl t-shirt from an RP gaming company,a flyer invite from a girl clad in black  spandex, a silver wig(and boots!) for a space command session, and some KROQ sunglasses(which are very cool!). i kept the space command invite in mind for later believing it to be some kinda live-action play and in hopes of seeing more spandex clad space-girls! anyhow, i pulled back my hair with my other sunglasses and put on the KROQ's(yeah, i looked odd but did i care? did anyone else???)continuing down the front entrance of the convention to my shuttle stop. costumes and cosplayers were in full swing! from all the expected and the unexpected, which leads me to the(only)freddie mercury costume i saw. man, this guy nailed it!(except, for the shoes but ya gotta give him credit! those adidas worn by freddie are either no longer available or just impossible to find! believe me, i have looked!)ive always imagined mr. mercury maaaybe about my height and size(in person)but on tv,video etc this guy looked like he jumped right outta the screen! i was waiting for this guy to start belting out "one vision" or just maybe(just maybe!) it could be heard somewhere in the background.  well, i guess it's like that with every celebrity they always look larger than life on the big screen but in person... anyway, i had my camera and everything else tucked away so i didn't get a pic(but judge for yourself there are lots of pics out there of this guy!)and could only hope he would be around when id return. soon, my shuttle arrives and iam given the same kinda helpful service as before(my bulky luggage stowed away underneath the carriage)giving me a welcoming sense of comfort and ease. on the way to the hotel, my eyes start to drift after taking in the views of the bayside. first the mountains on the other side(at the other hotel)now the endless blue waves of the bayside. now, here i could really imagine seeing jack,janet and crissy(yeah even mr. furley!)riding around in their ten speeds! haha! each hotel stop we came to, i anticipated my hotel being near in hopes that it too would have a nice running trail out front(near the bay). turns out it did! and thats what i had my sights set in for first thing the next morning. i arrive at the hotel, check in(no rooms available just yet, so i had to do as planned)and have my luggage secured at the front desk. i just had to see the wax(rubber?)piano player that was curiously depicted on the hotels website. you would think it(he) was almost real or just some strangely deformed human being but it had to be seen to be believed(and i kept him in mind for later). so, with my huge duffle bag i carry on and await the next shuttle. my room wouldn't be available until 4pm, so i plan on having e.spanto make his appearance for a few hours then return to the hotel and settle in(for awhile). it was probably a bit after 1pm around this time and by the time i got to the convention close to 2pm. since it was pay day for me, i decided to take out a few bucks just in case i would find anything else that would catch my attention(and for food, of course). i head on over to a down town convience store that is a few blocks away from the convention(and near a chinese restaurant that i eyed for later)for a pack of gum and an atm machine. the atm machine had an eye gouging price of 5 bucks for cash withdrawals. no thanks! i'll just head over to my awesome new bank and use their atm at about half the price. it was somewhere around the corner but eventually i found it and caddy corner to a down town supermarket(ralphs was it?)that i just had to explore. and with all the welcoming comic-con banners displayed outside it was a must! actually, i was in search of something and after finding it i found something more! a HUGE carton of zico coconut water! just what i needed! it was reasonably priced too at about the price of 2 zico regular sized drinks you got more than 3!!!(maybe 4!) yes, it was that big! i left ralphs supermarket happy and ready to take on the convention(with e.spanto!). i stroll on down the streets back to the convention chugging away on my zico water like a drunken alley cat let loose from a bar. a big smile on my face(with my SDCC badge proudly displayed) leaving enough room for my eyes to detect and detect they do! i noticed a car pulling up near me as i passed some parking spaces along the sidewalk. i could sense the occupant of the car having their eyes fixed on me as i walked by them. then, i could feel them approaching nearer and nearer... "do you uh speak-uh spanish??" said the gruff male voice. i turn to see my follower, a short middle-aged man of obvious mexican origin. "si, un poquito!", i say in my best baritoned voice(ala rex reason). from what i gathered as he struggled to explain, was a chance at purchasing a comic-con badge(and with my badge dangling around my neck, i could see it in the crosshairs of his eyes). i tried to explain as best i could, that the badges were sold out and no longer available. thats about the time i noticed he held something in his left hand, a boxed object that he presented to me eagerly. it was a collection of the original buster crabbe flash gordon serials on vhs! in all of his eagerness, he was wanting to try and sell this vhs collection at the con(but first he needed a badge, my badge perhaps? uh-huh! sure.). i told him maybe he could stand outside the convention and see if anyone would be interested in purchasing them(after i had turned down his offer to buy them). i mean it was vhs, and i do love vhs! but just not those flash gordon serials. and in recent years i have seen an interest amongst collectors in vhs movies, this i brought to his attention and as an uplift to goad his confidence. but it seems collectors are more interested in those with the original shell casing intact, and these flash gordon serials were just boxed together. so id imagine it would be a tough sell(and since were on the subject, iam looking for a copy of THE VINDICATOR 1986 or METALSTORM 1983, anyone???). anyhow, from a distance one would probably think we were arguing or in some kinda fracas. i walked a bit too fast and calmly, he did his best to keep up and watch his step. then from out of the somewhat silent down town street, a soft-accented voice penetrated the atmosphere. "need a ride??" huh? what? we both turned. oh no... there she was(unless she had a twin!)the pedi-cabbie from last night! out of nowhere, she stood there(by her bike)in a super-heroic pose with one hand on her hip and the other on one of the bikes handle bars. we briefly look at one another(me and my follower),"are you gonna go with her?" he says. and with her toned/sexy body, she wasn't going anywhere until one(ahem!)of us said yes! well, she wasn't asking you chum!(heh!heh!)so i took her up on the offer, wished luck to my follower and off we went. i took notice to her accent immediately and began to speak to her in spanish once i realized she understood it(a bit). well, she said. "only when it is spoken slowly". iam sorry, i said. "where are you from?"i asked, as i tried to make myself comfortable in the backseat. brazil, she said. wow! is all i could try to say if anything even came outta my voice box. i couldn't help but feel/look silly in that backseat(i have never done this or would even consider to do this especially in SA!), but this was san diego and with a brazillian goddess toting me around i pity the first snickering fool! anyway, the distance to the convention was just a few blocks away and this beat walking(even though i had no problem with doing so, but this was fun!)not to mention the duffle bag starting to weigh down my shoulder. the ride was smooth, and with each pedal she stroked upward or downward id occasionally glance at her uhhh... bike seat!(oh c'mon! like you wouldn't? and with those tight jean shorts, it was unavoidable!). it wasn't like she didn't notice either(a few times she would look over her shoulder and smile). anywaaay, before long i thought myself to be close enough to the convention(about less than a half block away from the railroad crossing)and decided it was time to part ways with my brazillian heroine. heroine? yes! 'cos for all i know buster crabbe coulda conked me over the head with his vhs tapes and made off with my comic-con badge! man,oh man! wouldn't this make the perfect scene for a comic-con geek experience movie??? now all that was next was to have e.spanto return the favour and rescue her from goons plotting to.... oh never mind! dream on buddy boy! dream on! anyhow, i tell her this stop(corner)would be fine. oh no, she said(surrendering her services to me)."i can get you closer". i told her i didn't think they allowed bikes within the convention center area(i had thought to have seen a sign stating this). but she insisted and i don't think she quite understood(or maybe i didn't). whichever the miscommunication, i had to take the rest of my trip on foot. i offered up payment asking how much i owed her, "whatever you want to give me" she said and smiled.(ayi-yi-yi!) i gave her whatever bills i had left from my purchase at the supermarket(for less than four minutes of a ride it was more than enough and worth every second of my time). maybe i'll see you again later tonight, i told her before she thanked me and sped off into the down town streets. and like everyone else i would have the privilege of meeting or talking to at comic-con, i would never see her again(but in this case i did). alright, so now iam headed back to the con and once inside i head directly to one of the rest rooms i scoped out the day before. damn, too crowded all the stalls were taken. ok, lets try another one.. yep, all taken up. let me try and get away from the crowd to a more secluded rest room around the back of the con... bingo! perfect all the stalls were empty here, but a few minutes after i step into to begin the transformation i get a "crappy" neighbour. oh man, so i try and speed up the transformation as quick as i can. it takes a bit longer than i had planned having to dig through the duffle bag in search of what was needed. eventually all came into place and in a few moments e.spanto makes his appearance out of a rest room stall(not out of a cave or a phone booth sorry)yaaaay!!! e.spanto gives himself a quick look in the mirror to make sure his cape is in place and out the door he goes. the hallway leading to and out of the restroom wasn't well lit, so when e.spanto made his way out it was picture perfect(as though he was looming out of some darkened tunnel). first few glances(by attendees)of e.spanto were jaw-dropping and"what the fuck are you?"expressions were in abundance. e.spanto makes his way down to the first floor and with everything seperated and organized, he drops off his excess luggage at one of comic-cons convient baggage holding areas. with a compact bag(containing a camera and tripod) slung over his shoulder, the phantom hero of horror begins his first comic-con adventure! first things first besides making his presence known, the eerie neighbourhood skullman had to find a taping location and he knew just the place. unfortunately, this area(the balcony overlooking petco park) was guarded by security who would not allow the phantom skullman entry. thus, finding a great taping location with little distraction would be his quest throughout the day. coming around the second floor again, (after being stopped a couple of times for photos) e.spanto finds a possible taping location. so, he sets up his tripod and camera readying himself for the shoot. with taping assistance from nearby attendees, the camera is rolling and the skullman breezes through his presentation for tomb of dracula(parts 1 and 2). all seemed to have gone well(despite the sun shining through the cons dome windows),now it was time to head down to the exhibit. but first, e.spanto checks the footage shot for any flaws and there is quite a few besides the sun. of most importance, was the sound! the phantom skullman sounded very muffled, amidst all the passing traffic and could hardly be heard. now what? and where to now? scouring through the second floor once again, a perfect taping location seemed non-existent. until, the skullman spied a stairway leading up above and outside the second floor. quickly he makes his way towards it, pausing only briefly to observe the medieval role play(re-enactments)being depicted along his path. soon up above this secluded stairway, e.spanto targets his taping location(alongside the outer walls of the con). on his way there, he begins to smell what he believed to be barbacoa(or boiling cow heads, whichever is your preference). this can't be! he wondered. "for iam here at SDCC(up above the second/third floors) and there is no tortilleria... molino...  or a taqueria within distance!" just then he noticed the sun beating down on his gloves and skull(mask), it was the smell of burning rubber/latex(which oddly did smell like barbacoa)! but how??!! my gloves(and cape) are resistant to the fires of hell! and my skull... indestructable! the phantom hero questioned his powers and abilities. could the evil mortuus be behind this?? wasting no time, the creepy crusader sets up for taping and begins recording. if the evil mortuus was behind this, he had to ensure that bloodshot theatre would be presented to SA viewers no matter what the cost! after a few minor disruptions from employees taking cigarette breaks, e.spanto wraps up recording for bloodshot theatres san diego comic-con super special. the footage was good but the sound was just like before(especially due to the vents nearby, which was both a good and a bad thing as it also made e.spanto's cape flow into the wind), so now it was up to some good editing magic over at bathound productions. once again the skullman travels up and down flights of stairs,escalators, and through the convention halls, finally ending up at the exhibit. those few hours set for e.spanto's appearance doubled, as quite a few photos were taken once inside the exhibit. e.spanto seemed confused as attendees addressed him as the skeleton man,skeletor and scareglow. what? who are these people they refer to me as? who is this... skeletor?!? the phantom hero wondered. through the midst of the crowd, e.spanto is approached by an attendee with a michael jackson thriller doll. the attendee asked if the skullman could hold the doll while he took a picture, and kindly obliged. awesome! this pic is gonna be soooo cool! the attendee said, leaving e.spanto to wonder"what the hell was that all about?". sludging through the exhibit for awhile, e.spanto makes his way up to the second floor again for another walk around. this time, the skullman is asked to pose for a pic with zatanna as he approached a section in the signing area. the phantom hero of horror seemed to garner quite a bit of attention this time around, but it was time he made his exit. after seeing that the evil mortuus and his cala-mortes were nowhere to be found, the phantom skullman made for preparations to leave the convention and complete the transformation. again, the location of a vacant secluded rest room proved to be a problem. through the darkened lower level hallways, e.spanto scared up a fright amongst few children passing by. still, the ideal rest room was nowhere to be found and only one option remained. e.spanto had to return to the hotel(via shuttle bus), to complete the transformation! so, to the front entrance of the convention the skullman approaches, but is faced with a cameraman from mtv tumblr's(for a few vid shots). soon, e.spanto makes his way out in front of the convention, he didn't have to wait long as a shuttle bus was just pulling up(service for the teal route seemed much better than the red route for some reason). e.spanto posed for a few pics prior to boarding the shuttle bus, again being confused with this so-called skeletor. moments later at the bayside marina, the room is ready and the transformation is complete. so, iam laying there on one of the beds(i got a double and paid for a single, cool!)feeling like david banner would probably feel after his transformation from the hulk. tired and very hungry! ok, i'll just relax a bit until sun down and head into down town for a bite to eat. some good indian food or a hot bowl of pho had been calling to me allll day. i decided to try and find the pho restaurant listed on the comic-con eatery directory, but i was really craving some indian food as well. i was just hungry... very hungry! and with all the seafood restaurants passed along the way in the shuttle, i craved that too! but i had to go down town, my relaxation and recuperation didn't last too long as dusk quickly approached. i should have showered, but i didnt and just made myself fresh faced(teeth and body) as best i could, put on my clothes,sneakers,clipped on those awesome looking KROQ'S and out the door i went. on the way into down town/convention the day just faded quicker and quicker getting darker and darker. yes i wore my sunglasses through the night(you would too!), and if ya got a pair of these you might agree too(they're pretty awesome, cheap looking but dark and awesome!). i guess i was the only(idiot, haha!)with sunglasses at night, and the night seemed alot darker than the night before. anyway, soon iam back in front of the convention making my across the railroad crossing(attendees are in abundance). finally breaking through the crowd, i get in the direction i need to be headed. this pho restaurant was somewhere along one of the th's streets, so thats where i head. i wasn't just walking no, i was speed walking! all the while a song by missing persons(walking in L.A.) pumped through my head, i don't know why even though it was san diego! haha! well, it is california. anyhow, in a few short moments iam waaay passed the convention and traffic seemed to be less in this area. oh shit, where did i wander? did i wander too far? i could see a passing bus with it's destination sign reading TIJUANA. nah, i can't be! could i? so another block up i eventually find this pho restaurant and from the look of things they were bombarded with business(not to mention the place was kinda small, no more than twelve tables if you counted the ones outside). so, i find the cleanest table i could and have a seat. man, this place has to be good(i thought)! but unfortunately, id never know since i was told i could only be offered to go service. what the hell??? ok, no problem theres alot more restaurants in down town san diego that i could dive into. alright, so down the th's streets i go and with each block downward, the down town streets seemed to become more livelier on this friday(the 13th)night. so many food options to choose from and i couldn't find that indian restaurant i saw the other night! i finally settle in(momentarily)to a thai restaurant near hennesys(yeah, here we go again!). iam offered service indolently, and was told the only available seating was outdoors(by the sidewalk, with all the passing traffic). screw it! i didn't care i was just hungry and hopeful they might have a dish of pad kee mow. but the menu wasn't quite appealing to me and i probably would have settled on a dish of their curry(if i had been given the opportunity to place my order!). to the hell with this place! i wasn't gonna waste another five minutes of the twenty i had already wasted, i get up and leave. no bother, besides i didn't like my seat and there just had to be somewhere else i could eat. up ahead i could see that the party had been in full swing(or was, since there was no band present blasting out the speakers)and i stopped for a moment when i noticed scott neitlich(toy guru from matty collector)outside hennesys. he was smoking a cigarette(hard),pepped up and being interviewed by a tall woman who seemed to have an accent. i tried to make out the interview but couldn't(i guess my hunger was dulling all the rest of my senses)and thought i should wait a bit and maybe get some footage. well, what was i gonna ask him?(i thought)the only thing that could put a lightbulb in my head was food and somewhere in the back of my mind a question about MOTUC. but i couldn't think of it at the moment and my stomach was telling me to leave already! so i did and probably the only thing i could think of(even now)is whether or not there will be a new masters of the universe movie and if matty collector will release dolph lundgren and frank langella styled masters of the universe movie figures. anyway, iam sure he would know(c'mon, hes the toy guru!)but whether or not it would be a definite answer is anyones guess. alright, so i make my way around the corner of hennesys stumbling upon an indian restaurant(finally)! i was greeted welcomingly, as i kinda peeked inside a bit(it was somewhat of an outdoor/indoor eatery). although,i have never been to new york, but this place kinda looked fit for a gordon gekko or patrick bateman. and i usually don't get intimidated that easily by restaurants(especially when iam hungry!), but i was just now looking for a place i could just eat,sit,and go! and should that place have been red pearl inn? well almost. i was greeted by a server(manager perhaps?)who seemed to be high on cocaine, and offered a table by the bar. service was good, and i felt at ease with some attendees around. if i could have mustered the ability to order an alcoholic beverage, my visit here might have been worthwhile(and it woulda masked the taste of the food from being not too great). but when you're hungry everything can taste really good and so it did, my vegetable springroll appetizers were good and the hot/sour sauce made them better(i thought i was never gonna finish them, the bowl they were served in seemed bottomless!). the eggplant stir-fry i ordered up was also good up until after a few bites(upon realization of how oily it was). my personal guess from this place?(if you have to know) maybe it was trying to be coyote ugly/chinese eatery? i don't know. i could only imagine what this place would look like had it been well-lit(the velvety seat beside me was soaking wet from a ceiling leak above). anyway, i finish up my meal,tip my waitress(great service!)and head up the stairs and out the door. i was in denial in just how exhausted i was as i strolled on back to the convention towards my shuttle stop. i didn't really tape much this time around, just a shot of a haunted house venue that i considered attending(but after the lackluster speculation i didn't). there were attendees still in costume as i waited for my shuttle(it must have been near 11pm)and so i thought to consider a nightly appearance of e.spanto! but first, i was gonna head back to my room, shower and recharge my body. it didn't happen, first thing i did when i got back to my room was lay in bed. my mind kept telling me just a few minutes.. just a few minutes... just a few---- BAM! i hit a brick wall and didn't get up until the next day. e.spanto's nightly appearance was cancelled until further notice(just cancelled period!).

ok, so here are a few things i learned this day:

1. ALWAYS book an extra day(if ya got the money and plan/know to extend your stay)at the same hotel. but in my case i had already booked these days and when i wanted to book another day(after receiving my professional badge)they were already booked(ironically). whatever the scenario, this could be handy! and since you're already at the hotel there should be no problem should you decide to leave early and cancel a day(unless deposits are non-refundable).

2. stay hydrated! not that i wasn't(only 'cos i was hungover, alright! there i admit it!), but it's important that you do.

3. ALWAYS have your camera handy for pics!

4. NEVER wear your comic-con badge far away from the convention. and if you do, be sure you're with a group of friends.

5. if you're gonna go to a convention in costume, just GO in costume! NEVER change in a rest room stall!(but under my circumstances i hadn't much of a choice).it is much easier and you will be alot more prepared(trust me!).

6. if you plan to tape(with voice, especially for interviews,intros/outros duh!)be sure to have a microphone handy! i didn't.

7. always, always get plenty of rest and if a tall brazillian super-heroine asks you for a ride... accept it!

alright ya creeps, day 4(my last day boo hoo!) is next! until then, stay post-dead!!!!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

NEW!!! E.SPANTO action figures!!!!

these are almost set to be up for sale! pictured here are the prototypes of E.SPANTO and THE MORTUUS both from the E.SPANTO live action series. iam hoping to have a few(quantities will be extremely limited)up for sale before the 1 year anniversary(wow! time flies)of the show. so keep yer eyes peeled! if yer a fan of the dc universe classics line(like me!)or just a collector of toys,action figures and all things horror in general you will want one of these!!!! more info soon! stay post-dead!!!!


Check it out!!!


Part 2 of TOMB OF DRACULA(aka SOVEREIGN OF THE DAMNED) as part of BLOODSHOT THEATREs SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON SUPER-SPECIAL!!!! Watch as dracula battles satan in order to regain his title as lord of all darkness!!! This is a long lost forgotten cartoon cult classic and you can watch it here SA only on time warner digital PATV channel 20(12:30) every thursday and saturday night!!! TOMB IN IF....YOU DARE!!!! 

youtubers can watch a preview of part 2 on BLOODSHOT THEATREs youtube channel! check it out!!!!

THE GHUL GOES WEST!!!!(SDCC 2012 day 2, for me).

The night went quickly, but sleep seemed to last forever. and soon, it was morning here in mission valley(7am to be exact, 9am SA). So, i got up bright(almost bright, it was kinda cloudy that day)and early, felt well rested and ready to tackle the days events. since i had already been to preview night, i felt there was no need to leave immediately for opening day. i had my badge and everything else i needed so i was set(so i thought!). first things first, when i would get to down town san diego, go to the bank! retrieve my money i had deposited into my new bank account. buuuut first, i decided to hit up the hotels fitness room for a quick work out. after my walk away from the hotel yesterday afternoon, i saw there wasn't much pathway for a good run(unless, you had a bike in relation). the traffic underneath the overpass was heavy and death seemed almost instantaneous for a runner not familiar with the area(especially at this hour). anyway, i could tell the fitness room wouldn't have much to offer(as far as free weights)so i made the best of what was available. 50lb barbells,treadmill,stepper, and a bicycle machine(or whatever its called). the room itself was pretty small and at an angle(i would measure 10ftx10ft, less once you got to that angle). anyway, the room had one occupant(an older woman)who kinda gestured in a "why are you here" fashion, or maybe upset over the lack of space and privacy the room offered. so, i just smiled, said hello and went on with my work out. it wasn't long before she would leave, making the room all mine! now i could make all kinds of grunts,yells,etc.. lol! i made use of all that i could(the slant board was really handy)to work up a good sweat. after about 30 minutes or so, i returned to my room for another shower and to prepare for the day. ok, all dressed up now and with new shoes(in clark griswald style)i was ready to step out the door. well almost, i went through my checklist one more time again and again. it has to be here! i know i packed it! where is it??? ok, trace and pace your thoughts prior to leaving/packing from SA. Yeah, you idiot! you left it behind! dumb ass! hahaha!!!! what was it??? hell, iam too embarassed to mention it here(but it makes a story i guess). but, i forgot my battery charger.... to my camcorder!!!! hah! you call yourself a professional! i should take that badge and rip it up in your face and send you to the end of the line!!!!(somewhere that evil voice of dr. doom echoed in my mind). alright ok, no problem ive got all the time in the world! no sense of beating myself up over it i'll just hope to find an electronics store nearby. i set up my laptop frantically searching for a nearby radio shack or best buy! yep, you guessed it! all out of reach and none in the down town area! and since iam not from or ever have been to san diego well... it sucks to be me doesn't it? lol! i think my defunct rca vhs camcorder had something to do with this! haha! i weighed out my options on how i could possibily utilize the shuttle transportation to perhaps get me to my destination. and what i really needed to tape and what i didn't(i had one battery at full charge, the other ready to die). no,no,and no! to the hell with it! i will take the shuttle to down town and iam bound to find some electronics store, there just had to be! in good spirits i finally left my hotel room, passing up the hotels cafe and the thought of some of coffee. i wasn't gonna bother with breakfast knowing there wouldn't be much of a variety(for me). just your usual greasy, shaved pig bellies/ass,chopped and formed pig patties/links,slimey/fried chicken embryos, and doughy,gut busting buttermilk creations. sorry, not for me! black coffee woulda done well but i decided to wait until i got down town and hope to find a good coffee shop. so i passed up the hotel cafe and made my way to the line of attendees waiting for the next shuttle. pondering on how or where i could find/purchase a replacement battery charger. i began to strike up conversation with an attendee in costume as i waited. i don't know which character she was but her costume consisted of a yellow(electricians-like)body-hugging jumpsuit and white boots???(i wasn't really allowing myself a full picture as the charger was the only thing on my mind!). i had thought her to be april o'neil of TMNT fame, but that thought was quickly diminished. when i noticed she held (what at first glance thought to have been a microphone)a stuffed monkey or bear as part of her costume. whoa! now its hitting me was she dressed as the man(in this case, girl)with the big yellow hat from the curious george books? nah... anyway, she was also a past attendee and after discovering she was from LA, i decided to use her to my advantage! lol! she was happy to help me in finding a nearby best buy by flipping out her i-phone to locate one. turns out(as i would never know, i was just thinking convience and anywhere down town), there was a best buy about five miles down the street! awesome! i could walk it.... yeah right! i don't even think david banner would survive walking along that dangerous frontage road(unless, some reckless trucker made him angry...very angry!). anyway, i thanked her and went back to my room(i cannot recall for what just now),planning my next move. maybe i could ask the hotel shuttle? besides i made good friends with the driver the day before. it was worth a shot, so i set out to approach the reservation desk. whether or not i asked and what answer i got(iam sure it was no)from the desk clerk i don't remember(sheesh! my memory is it this bad? already??). anyhow, ive got a better photographic memory than anything else, so go the senses. i left the reservation desk to engage my next option and they saw me coming too! lol! and this was pretty stupid of me as well, but i was just up for any available option that could help me getting a charger. so, i walk out the reservation desk and from out of the air a male accented(arabic/latin?) voice "need a ride??"(this wouldn't be the first or last time i heard this over the next few days! lol!) oh yeah, sure! i said. "if youre going to comic-con, i have a discount $15 flat rate fee!" said the driver of the black late model mercury(in mimic of the cabbies crown victorias sans company labels and taxi signs). all this i failed to notice, as i was blinded by desperation. no, i said. "maybe you can get me to the nearest best buy?" "absolutely!" the driver said, hop in i'll take you there! once inside the mercury(which appeared to be his own vehicle)he quoted me the price for a round trip(i had thought)to the nearest best buy. 8 bucks, not bad and he offered to wait outside as i took care of business. along the way i admired the mountains, i kept imagining seeing ponch or jon drive by or that homeless vet(from one CHiPs episode)fling a boulder at oncoming traffic. this i tried explaining to the driver, but the guy was either too young(although he did look a bit older than me) or not familiar with american tv shows, that he could not comprehend. but he did say that san diego has always been the target of many film producers and such. we arrived at the best buy a short time later, i walk in proudly displaying my comic-con badge seeking immediate assistance. i didn't want to keep the driver waiting too long, who knew what would happen next? i kinda feared being ditched or robbed lol! and when youre a stranger in unknown territory ya gotta consider these options. be alert and be PREPARED(ding!ding!)! but i kept my thoughts positive and made my way with finding a replacement charger for my camcorder. after  provided assistance by two different employees, i found the charger i needed and proceeded to check out. i wasn't all that unprepared(financially),as i did have my credit cards(department stores)and best buy was one of them(and yes, it did have money in it lol!). so i used that without having to touch my comic-con cash "cash". i paid, walked out glanced at the parking lot quickly finding the driver waiting(thankfully!). we head back towards the hotel, things started to tense up when i noticed that he seemed to be driving in the opposite direction! oh fuck! iam dead or gonna wind up dead! false alarm! breathing back to normal, in order to get back to the hotel you had to make this loop. i had not realized this, again like before you never know. but back at the hotel things got a little fishy, indeed he did quote me 8 bucks for a round trip(so i thought!). in which he meant, 8 bucks to go and come so a total of 16 bucks! whoooops! i guess i mis-heard. anyhow, he was a nice guy just trying to make a living and compete with the other cabbies(this i observed, when he cut in front of other parked cabbies to get my business). so i tipped the driver(his name i will not reveal to protect the innocent by whatever disclaimer is given at the begining of a dragnet tv show), he was eager to get mines/every attendees service(24 hrs.)offering me his card and service anytime. which wouldn't be necessary as SDCC provided shuttle service to and from the con, all you had to do was find your "stop". anyway, i thanked him, bid my farewell and was relieved to have a charger! i rushed back to my room, tore open the package and put the charger to work. it would serve its purpose and when i get back to SA, i'll return it that simple. though i felt it could be handy, but no... ive already got two chargers(from both my cannons). anyhow, it was probably near lunchtime by the time i got out the door a third(or fourth)time and my next target was getting my cash back! finally, relaxed and at ease i was on a shuttle ride to comic-con day 2(for me). riding back to the con, this time in broad daylight i let my eyes drift into the hills and mountains along the highway(now there was a running trail!). the shuttle arrives down town, and stops at where i was picked up last night. i didn't feel the need to ask if whether the shuttle would pick up there tonight(as i felt assured it would, buuuut...). i began walking alongside petco park in search of my new bank(according to my cheap-o phone it was a few blocks away). i couldn't help but noticing people walking their dogs in stride throughout the down town area, it was adorable! lol! i wound up on 10th st. eventually, as my eyes targeted a SDCC famous monsters banner draped outside of a down town eatery(dragons den). yes! i had to eat here or be here later! according to the banner a famous monsters after party was to be held there. sushi! and monsters!!! yeah! wow! what more can i ask for??? well, i asked a woman who worked there(the owner or manager perhaps?)what time was the party gonna be held. but she hadn't a clue, although she pointed me to the right direction of my new bank. i kept dragons den in mind for later, maybe id rub elbows with a staff member from famous monsters. in which my case, i hadn't the slightest idea who to look for! i know forrest(uncle forry)passed away sometime ago and i don't know if warren is even alive. maybe if the opportunity presented itself id slip one of the staff members a flyer or get into some kinda conversation about monster movies. it would be neat! anyhow, i put my new tennis shoes to the test speed walking(almost)down to 1st st.. which arose to confusion, i just passed 2nd st. and then i wound up on some other street. this time i decided to ask someone, i sought out a pedicabber who had material-girl plastic like body language/image. i got nothing from her, then again i should have waited until she was off her cell(i hadn't noticed this until it was too late). i saw a security officer who acted as if he knew(or just wanted me outta his way)and just said its out back that-a- way. ok no problem, why did i bother with any of them? i will find that street myself! soon treading around a couple of sidewalks i stumble upon a coffee shop. i mean, i was near i had to be near! So, let me get that cup of coffee i so badly needed(or just any kinda caffeine fix)to clear my mind. i ordered up an iced coffee(since it wasn't so cool/cloudy outside anymore)black and strong. whatever the place was called it was on 1st st. adjacent to my(new)bank. i dumbfoundedly realized this when i asked the cashier, and looked over my shoulder BAM! there it was. with a small hunger looming in my stomach, i also ordered a multi-grain bagel to answer that call. all the cashiers/servers were clad in comic-book attire, cool! when the cashier/server in the pink superman(girl)t-shirt asked what kinda spread i wanted with my bagel, i was like just dry after noticing the immediate options(cream cheese,jams,jellies,etc..). "are you sure???" she asked in disbelief. yes, well unless ya got something other than cream cheese... i said. "how about some hummus?" she said. YEAH!(fuck yeah!)yes, please! i said. and in an instant i felt a sense of comfort and belonging in san diego. i fixed up my iced coffee and took my grub to go(again)then proceeded to the bank. i was very cautious about crossing the streets(after hearing about a hit and run incident a few days ago outside the con)and waited for the signal lights to give me the go ahead. if i were in SA, i don't think id be as cautious but since i was alien to these down town streets... look out! before i got up to the entrance of the bank, i just had to cram some of that bagel down my mouth. the hummus was kinda messy but good, and i had to at least keep clean if i was gonna do some business with the bank. so, i just took a few bites as a passing cyclist gave me an "eat up!" smile as i chomped away without a care in the world. alright, got a few extra bucks back for comic-con cash and i was set(payday was the next day, so all was good). it wasn't like i was gonna go out and buy that gi-mungous S.H.I.E.L.D heli-carrier anyway, right? no, all i wanted was that damned comic-con batman t-shirt! with the convention center in sight, all i had to do was walk on down the street. i had already zipped that large cup of iced coffee before i had even gotten inside the bank. it was time for a refill and had my doubts if they would offer one(without having to buy one again). to my surprise, the coffee shop offered refills for around 50 cents! how cool was that? service was great and hospitality even greater! zooming down the street on my second cup of iced coffee, i stopped to devour the rest of that bagel and admire the view. i had already spotted my opening shot for day 2 footage, and it was of one of the buildings that towered over the convention center. i finished up my bagel, sucked up whatever was left of the coffee, and took the shot i wanted once i got to the corner of the street. soon, i made my way back to the con and it kinda felt like royalty(to me, at least)just having to flash my (professional) badge at the entrance, not having to wait, and just hearing the staff say"professional, right this way!"lol! very cool, very cool. ok so back again at the exhibit, twice as crowded as preview night if not alot more! i whipped out my camcorder and just started taping wherever, whoever, and whatever. yeah, that comic-con t-shirt line should be no big deal. yeah, right! there goes trying to tackle that for the day. but thats ok, ive still got another two days! relax, have fun! and that's what i did, taping all in costume that i could and just all the madness around me. after being swallowed up in the mess of the exhibit, i decided it was time to take a trip upstairs. here, i continued taping as i walked through the hallways in search of a secluded restroom to complete the transformation to e.spanto. there were a few, but if they would be as calm the next day i would have to find out. there was some really good costumes just about everywhere! i managed to get a few on tape, the ones that really caught my eye were... drum roll please... (perhaps, the ONLY one)sharon carter(S.H.I.E.L.D agent, now if only SHE came with that heli-carrier!),ms. marvel(warbird),harley quinn(there were many, but the one i got on tape nailed it!),raven(teen titans),and all the batgirls!!!! all of this taping made me hungry, it was about that time anyway and awhile away until dawn of the con. after touring the second floor, i made my exit outta the con and towards that huge bridge outside the convention center. i had to cross this bridge, i just had to! once at the top, i took(taped) in a view of the fantastic scenery that one(me, for being here the first time)could be amazed by. Ok enough of this panoramic pleasure, it was time to get downstairs and find something to eat! i swept through the small extension of comic-con festivities below and scored me a free red bull zero(from the django booth). but then i had to be a sucker(holding off my appetite), for an h2o mobile-type bar that immediately caught my attention. i had never tried this and i might have been confused(with those once hip oxygen bars), so i thought id give it a try. besides for 5 bucks what did i have to lose but 5 bucks? i paid the fee, entered the mobile-shuttle type hippie van, selected my aromatic flavour, and began inhaling(huffing whatever). the guy in charge said he was gonna give me additional time for it being my first experience. cool, i tried my best to follow as he instructed but couldn't really feel anything. relax and imagine peaceful thoughts(or something of that matter)he said, but i just couldn't do it. and if it was supposed to do all that it said it didn't for me! what i really needed was some good food and thats what kept me anxious. anxious, to try the flavours of san diego and not sit in some oxygen mobile trying to imagine relaxation. my time was up, i hurried out the van 'cos i knew just where i wanted to stuff my face. yeah, that dragons den was just around the corner as i remembered and i was just in time for a sushi and drink special(well almost). the bartender a really cool guy,let me have the special even though i was a few minutes early. as far enforced a vegetarian that iam, i do include fish in my diet(occasionally)and that spicy tuna roll was calling out to me. it was very fresh and the veggie roll paired well with it. of course i had to wash it down with a tall glass of sapporo, and then another and another. feeling alright, and much more relaxed than coming outta that oxygen van. i took in some conversation with the bartender about food(in sandiego),beer,absente,and of course comic-con. he told me to keep an eye out for his room mate, whom he claimed to have a really neat halo(or some video game)costume with working lights. half way done with my third poisonious glass of stupor, i chugged away without any hesitation(knowing i didn't have to get behind the wheel). i had to maintain myself just a little bit, after all the rob zombie extravaganza was just hours away. so, i tipped and bid my farewell to the bartender thanking him for the excellent service and food(as well as the bits of san diego info). feeling punch drunk but still sober(is it not how we all feel when we deny being drunk?lol!), i ultimately made way to my shuttle stop. whatever mischief presented itself along the way iam sure i welcomed it foolishily. anyhow, the ride back to the hotel was quick and before long i was back in my room. i needed to snap myself back in place just a bit and with that handy can of red bull zero, it was just the fix i needed. i took a stroll around the hotel complex in search of an ice machine and just to scope out the view. maybe id spot a really neat superheroine costume(or janet on her ten speed), or just some daft mishap i could get myself into. no such luck, so i carried on back to my room. i was kinda skeptical about consuming anything the hotel had to offer, as there were cancer warning signs placed about in every corner of the hotel complex. but i wasn't gonna let it spoil my fun(and i dont think it was intended to either)and poured that can of red bull zero into a glass of ice. the rob zombie extravaganza was rapidily approaching, i soaked up time by plugging in my laptop and playing classic metal tunes(black sabbath,metallica,W.A.S.P,anthrax, and anything else i could find on youtube)as loud as my laptop could get! soon it was time to head out so, i took to the rooms huge mirror and began flexing(shirtless! just kidding lol!). ok, so  i wasn't flexing just doing my best travis bickle,geared up and was ready to go! both batteries were charged(and so was i)and everything was packed, hell is coming to frogtown! lol! or is it iam here to chew bubble gum and kick some ass... and iam all outta bubble gum! anyway, i went out the door for the night having to make a quick stop at the hotel bar(obviously). i ordered up the house hand crafted beer special or whatever and tried at best to swallow it down(it was pretty strong), but i did eventually. i was hoping the owner of this so-called historic bar would be present for nostalgic conversation(according to its history, the owner once knew or had appeared with jackie gleason on the honey mooners). but he wasn't, and if maybe he had just maybe the beer i had woulda been easier to tolerate. instead, i got the bars cocky bartendress whom i don't blame for the attitude(as iam sure the days ahead would be hectic for her)and putting up with drunk geeks(or just drunks in general) on a yearly/daily basis, would give you attitude as well. even so, i left a small tip and made my way outta the bar outside the hotel to the shuttle stop. again the ride was quick and this time the shuttle dropped us off in front of the convention center. ok, so now it seemed we(Red route riders) would be getting dropped off/picked up here from now on. alright, so back at the con(in front)costumes and people were abound. but my target was dawn of the con, and i moved with crowd towards that direction(gas lamp area). the noise level began to escalate once i neared the gates, fuck yeah! this is gonna be great!!!! once inside, the creepy stilt walkers were unavoidable,taunting and haunting guests as they entered. with my camera charged up and at my disposal, i began taping at once and quickly made my way to the front of the sound stage. i mean it was no big deal, it wasn't like it was jam packed and mosh-pits were forming outta control. the dj kinda resembled rob zombie a bit and from a distance i had thought it was. although, through out my short time at dawn of the con i never saw rob zombie once(even though the program book claimed he was hosting the whole shindig). anyway, the speakers began blasting out a classic pantera(from cowboys from hell, primal concrete sledge i recall) tune as i approached the munster coach(just one of the few attractions on display)used for the dragula video. i took a few shots of this creepy classic car and moved on about continuing my walk through. the music was getting good about this time, the dj just spun out motorhead's ace of spades and then a classic metallica song(from the kill'em all album, i believe it was jump in the fire?). i made my way to the back of the festival trying to figure out what the huge line(free shirt-pressing)was for and thought it was a rob zombie meet and greet(i wasn't gonna wait and see). i continued on around along the gate with metallica still playing loudly, i wound up back up front again. alright, so this was it? i waited expectantly for some classic monster movie(s) to be playing somewhere in this whole get-up(again, what i thought was according to the ad in the program book). i guess i'll swing back(another)beer and listen to the tunes as they just got better and better(the dj just started playing anthrax's iam the law). so that called for a... good lord!!!! 11 bucks for a 24 ouncer??? quickly, i realized why no one wasn't really getting loud and obnoxious. that price(to me)was insane! and the selection wasn't too great either(yes, iam a beer snob). i surely would think they would have dos equis(instead of corona)and michelob ultra(instead of buuuhhhd light!). if this had been the selection then just maybe.. just maybe, i woulda ditched out the 11 bucks and try to enjoy the show. "iam the law" continued playing so surely that meant for me to drown a beer(but the selection ewww..)! i didn't have to contemplate any longer 'cos all of a sudden the music stopped! right in the middle of iam the law!!! what gives!!?! this is comic-con! surely, they would have some respect for the badge(of dredd)and honour the comic book geeks in attendance!!! so the guy(whoever he was)makes his announcement about the festivals attractions and such(where the hell was rob???), then the dj spins a motley crue tune(live wire)abruptly cutting off iam the law. although, live wire is one of my favourite crue songs i was still upset over the anthrax cut off! i took in(taped)whatever else i could, before drawing the line as a ridiculous mallcore tune(by what band i dont even know or if i did probably never heard of) began to vex through the speakers. that did it! ok, maybe this particular tune is considered metal,hard rock or whatever to some. but for me, when it comes to metal its gotta be metal! and this wasn't it! not what the ad said too! lol! and yes, i do like almost all types of music but this was just crap! and if vh1 classics was sponsoring this(on behalf of rob zombie or vice versa)shame on them! anyway, i soon found myself approaching the exit just like a handful of others. i treaded on down the street in search of all the comic-con after party action and whatever else that was comic-con in down town san diego. i taped along the way, and once the crowd got scarce i opted to put my camera away. i was getting hungry and my buzz was just about getting ready to wear off, so i had to find eat(gooood) and drink(gooood)asap! i crossed more than a few streets with no destination in mind, when i stumbled upon a smoking-hot pedicabber. unlike, the other cyclist from earlier this one actually sought out my attention."need a ride???" she said. and yeah ,it was at the tip of my tongue to say what i wanted to say, but i just smiled and said it anyway(fuck it! this was comic-con!!!). she seemed a bit puzzled and gave me a waggish smile, looking over to her co-worker(another female pedicab bicyclist, who was almost as equally hot)in astonishment. anyway i continued on down the street(walking, laughing about what i had just said) and around a corner, finally finding a place that would suit me. zanzibars was a cozy little place, and they reeled me upon browsing their menu. i just had to try their falafel burger(this was completely alien to me and something i would probably never see in SA)! I felt maybe just a bit outta place with the yuppie-like crowd, but the staff was very welcoming and offered me a table right away(near a guy who kinda resembled j'onn j'onz the martian manhuter). i couldn't hardly wait for the falafel burger to be served up, so i had to see what they had on tap. i chose the racer 5, another hand-crafted beer and like it it too was a challenge trying gulp down. as a matter of fact they tasted kinda the same! at long last, my falafel burger was served up and every bite was just as i expected... delicious!!! not too crispy, but moist and chewy just perfect. though, it didn't go too well with my drink the included string fries made it a bit more tolerable. in no rush, i savored every bite! while updating(status) responding to(and viewing) tweets from dread central and anthony bourdain. i wasn't sure where i was headed after finishing up my dinner, but i knew i had to get there(somewhere, anywhere!). i paid my check,proceeding to leave when i noticed the bakery(boy, did i have a sweet tooth!). so, i took along a couple of snack treats(home made coconut macaroons)from the restaurants bakery, paid for them with a couple of my dollar coins and off i went. it was already nighttime by the time i had left, signs and street lights lit up the down town streets. do i go left or do i go right?(do i take the blue pill or the red pill? haha!), i went left(the left-hand path? yikes!)and continued left and left again. all the while, taping in whatever/whoever got in my way(it didn't matter, i had two fully charged batteries and a charger back at the room)so what the hell? i was loaded, somewhere in these down town streets there just had to be a rock bar! something, somewhere that would make me forget going to dawn of the con, so i walked on down further to see what i could find. i could smell indian food in the air somewhere(though,i had just ate)and followed the scent to a place(on 4th street?)that i kept in mind for the next night(but it made me hungry!). aside from the delicious aromas of food coming from every other corner, i couldn't help but perceiving the scent of marijuana(from a few places outta nowhere). i don't know, maybe it was just me? isn't it legal in california? anyway, iam not about to do research just now and i'll get back to the story. strolling on down the streets(which began to fill with more traffic and people), i come across a panhandler whom i offered what i could in exchange for the location of a good rock/metal bar. he referred me to dawn of the con(hah!)and said there really wasn't much that type of a bar in the vicinity. well then, i knew what i could probably expect if i wanted loud rock bar music. i sought out henessy's which was probably just around the corner(but i wouldn't know)after knowing that was having their SDCC after party there the next night(it was to include 80s rock cover band past action heroes). somehow, i wound up in front of a mall(by balboa theater) where a saxophonist was playing(flawlessly) "sailing" by(SA's haha!) christopher cross. whatever this mall was called(i'll dub the "united artists" mall, 'cos thats what the sign said up above), i went up the escalator after briefly listening to the sax-man play his heart out. it was funny too, as for some reason had this song in my mind a short-time ago. anyway, up the escalator i went in search of united artists(the production company)scanning every bit i could with my camcorder doing its job. Forward and upward, i treaded along inside the mall(which was quite nice and i usually don't like malls all that much)as stores were begining to close up for the night. i dove into a store(that sold motorcycle balaclava's)just as it was about to close, their selection of skull-printed balaclava's caught my attention. but they didn't have a fully faced "skullmask" balaclava that i could wear around SDCC(or for the moment! lol!)for just for just. anyhow, they were nice enough to let me browse around briefly as i was determined to united artists! the mall(to me) was very reminiscent of early 80's movies(the boys next door and fast times at ridgemont high quickly came to mind), i was certain somewhere around the corner a pat benatar wannabe would be standing by an arcade. maybe i could grab a slice of pizza, play a game of galaga and defeat the bishop of battle! ok, but first lets find united artists so that we could maybe have them distribute the e.spanto live action series(hahaha!). annnnnd to my dismay, united artists was nothing more than a movie theater! boo! hiss! what a rip-off! alright, well it was a fun walk and woulda been neat if it actually were united artists. i continue taping and begin segments with a spanish-speaking voice pretending to be(and sound like) a newscaster from primer impacto. i head on back down the escalator, taking a right down the street and coincidentally discovering hennesy's. alright! maybe now i could hear some loud heavy music and enjoy a reasonably priced beer(the racer 5 was almost half the price of what was offered at dawn of the con, and it got me a good buzz too!). the beer was priced about the same as zanzibars and had a draft selection i was a bit more familiar with. the music however(a cover band), played some late 90s-early millenium kinda hard rock(bleh!). the bar was happening as i was only able to find a seat(at the bar)waaay at the end near the waitresses' drink pick up/refill station. i waited quite a bit to finally get noticed and to be offered service from the bartendress(who wasn't very busy) behind the counter. i had a dos equis(because iam the most interesting ghoul in the... yeah yeah yeah..), relaxed and took in the view for the time i was there. the waitresses' kept it interesting, clad in superheroine costumes in honour of comic-con and looking as cute as they wanted to. a waitress with seemingly no comic-related type costume but just a cat-mask and sexy outfit(no, she wasn't trying to be catwoman)that consisted of a blue sport top and black tights was very busy as i could tell. i knew this because, i kept bumping elbows with her as she raced back and forth to the pick-up station. maybe i was in her way? but then i caught her looking(at me), so i raised my glass(in approval) towards her and downed my beer. "nice mask", i told her and then i decided to blow the joint! upset with the service(although, ms. cat-mask made it worthwhile!)and music, i left leaving a tip and wondering why would even have their party here??? i take a right around the street at the corner of bar(it wasn't well lit), and find a homeless woman with her dog. so, i made an attempt to pet her dog and it flashed its fangs at me! but the woman instructed her dog to be nice and so it did,"please make sure the dog eats", i told her. then, i gave her whatever change i had left in my pockets. i cannot even begin to express my feelings here for(especially, homeless and diseased)pets. anyhow, i made my way back to the front of the convention center a short time later. attendees still clad in costume, camping out for friday(the 13th),and just tons of(comic-book) people still out and about(i loved it!). i get to my shuttle stop to see no one is waiting(i had known this already, about precise shuttle pick-up), but i decided to cross over the ("that") bridge anyway. still quite a bit buzzed over the two drinks i just had, i whip out my camera for fun and to tape some of the sdcc action along the way. i ramble on pretending to be that newscaster(with bad spanish and maliciones)from primer impacto once again, complete with mischievious zoom-ins and drunken(really?)camera work. i make it over the bridge to find that there is long line waiting(for the red route), but as stated before i had already known this(just wanted a good walk and assurance). it indeed was a nice walk and worth it(burned off my buzz), so what now? i do it again!!! back i go over the bridge to get in front of the convention center once again. i find my shuttle stop and this time there is a line, it sucked to be the others over the bridge(but eventually the shuttle did make its stop over the bridge). the ride back to the hotel was long(due to a busload of attendees, no shit!), but gazing out to the city lights and stars in the sky made me forget it was(and almost my stop again!). i was starving by the time i got to my room(all i could think of was the enticing aromas of indian food from earlier in the evening)and i decided to give the pizza delivery a try. besides their flyers were placed all over the hotel rooms, so they gotta be good! right? i ordered a mushroom pizza with fresh garlic and delivery was almost fast(i guess thats because i wasn't doing anything to occupy my time, no i wasn't flexing in the mirror again lol!). i paid the delivery man and gave him a tip but apparently it wasn't enough. so, i gave him the rest of the dollar coins i had in the room(in addition to the tip i had already given him). it still didn't seem like enough he went on about how he raced to get here(in the rain, though it wasn't raining all that bad just misting)and he deserved a bigger tip. darn, he must have mistaken the dollar coins for quarters. i had to(literally) shut the door in his face so he could leave. i gave myself a few minutes then checked through the peep hole to see if he was still around. weird, fucking weeeiiirrrrd!!!! anyway, the pizza wasn't worth all that trouble. the sauce seemed like a cross between chef boyardee and oregano laden budget brand pizza sauce, the mushrooms were good and so was the dough. but the sauce just killed it! i maybe took 3 bites or less, it was that unbearable(no kidding!). with that putting a cap on the night, i decided to do the same and rest up for the day ahead. good night!

ok, lessons learned this day:

1. ALWAYS pack your battery charger for any electronic device that you plan to be mobile with! and a checklist won't hurt either before planning your trip. or you can learn the hard way.... like me!

2. NEVER get into cars with strangers! duh! in this case, those without proper credentials or illegitimate/bogus service.

3. NEVER try to pet stray dogs! unless their owner(if present)says it's ok.

4. ALWAYS tip your pizza-man! especially if it's raining!!!

more later... anyhowwl, check out some of day 2 footage here: