I was really looking forward to using my new camera on the trip to Comic-Con and I was able to grab a bunch of great pictures. There was so much to see and photograph, and you can check out my Flickr sets for many of the photos I took. One of my favorites is this one of Belle Chere as Red Sonja. While at Comic-Con I posted my photos to several groups (this is one of the great powers of the social networking features of photo-hosting sites, being able to tag and share content from live events can instantly give you a worldwide audience). Very quickly this photo became viewed by the hundreds, and then thousands, favorited, commented, etc. What's even cooler to me is that someone commented asking if that was Belle Chere. I had no idea who she was - but before long Belle Chere herself posted a comment saying "That's me!" and asking if she could use the photo on her site. Turns out she's a well-known cosplayer and works by day as a theatrical costumer. Pretty awesome - if you'd like to see more of her amazing costume work, check out her webpage here.
In addition, I spent some time hanging with Greg Benson of Mediocre Films and helped him to shoot some stuff. We filmed a bunch of stuff walking around, but the first thing that made it up to his YouTube channel was this prank about throwing away handbills:
I loved this prank and had a hard time suppressing my laughter as we shot it. Greg was actually drawing a crowd as he did this. The next day, the video had something like 40,000 hits - I was amazed, but Greg said that with those numbers, for him, it hadn't gone viral, it wasn't really hitting and people weren't passing it around. It was fascinating hanging out with him and learning some of the nitty gritty of YouTube videos. The other video I filmed was the famed "stripper bus" that was transportation for the cast of The Guild on the day of the panel:
This photo appears in today's Sacramento Bee, in the Ticket section's "Seven Things to do this weekend." We're also running an ad that features another photo from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (the one with Tom and Huck in the graveyard), so it should be a good weekend for coverage of the show. All four press shots from this show can be viewed on the B Street Theatre's flickr gallery here.
Lindsay Carter as Becky Thatcher and Travis Beaty as Tom Sawyer, photo by Brian Kameoka