Comic-Con 2013 Meet-Up: Hang Out With The Screen Rant Team!

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If you’re a regular Screen Rant reader, you already know that every year we bring you awesome coverage of the San Diego Comic-Con. Once again, we’re bringing a huge crew to cover the event (much bigger than most movie news sites). icon smile Comic Con 2013 Meet Up: Hang Out With The Screen Rant Team!

Attending SR team members include site owner Vic Holtreman (me); SR Underground gang members Editor-in-Chief Kofi Outlaw, Senior Editor Rob Keyes, Managing Editor Ben Kendrick and TV Editor Anthony Ocasio; contributing Editor Sandy Schaefer, and writer Paul Young will be there, along with Andrew Dyce and Anthony Taormina, who also write for our sister site,

Meet the Screen Rant editors and writers

We’re having a “meet-up” at the Marriot Marina Hotel in the “Marina Kitchen” lounge at 9PM, Saturday July 20th  - and you don’t have to be 21 as we’ll be hanging out in the lounge area. If you’re coming into the hotel lobby from the street, go to the left once you’re in the hotel; if you’re coming from the convention center, it’s right near the escalators. Our entire crew will be there and we encourage you to drop by, have a drink (sorry, we’re not buying) and introduce yourselves. Bonus: We won’t be the only movie website present – at 10PM you’ll also be able to meet and hang out with Peter Sciretta of /Film and his writers, and Alex Billington of and his crew.

We’ve been bringing you in-depth, extensive coverage of the Con and we hope you’ve enjoyed it so far. If you are at Comic-Con – or if you live in the San Diego area, please come join us on Saturday night!

Here’s a map to the hotel, which when you’re facing the San Diego Convention Center, is on the right side.

Come on by and say hello – we’d love to meet you!

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  1. I wish!

  2. I wanna meet you all.

    Except for Ben. He’d probably keep demanding drinks are bought for him while Sandy and Kofi have to keep holding him back and stopping him from diving across the bar to get at the bottles hanging behind it.

  3. Maybe next year, guys.

    My first job interview is next week, and I’m probably going to get the position (Chuck E. Cheese’s, shoot me now).

    Should be free after my Senior year in high school is over, which begins in a couple of weeks. So I look forward to next year! :)

    • Hey, don’t be down on that job, you never know.

      My first job was working as security for a major arena. Then working at a rehearsal building with about 25-30 bands (some that toured Europe extensively and released albums in major stores, one of those more successful bands was called Mistress if anyone’s heard of them).

      Didn’t think I’d like them but I did and they opened a few doors and taught me some valuable lessons.

      Good luck.

      • Wow that’s an awesome first job if I may say so.

        @Ultimate ACW
        Chuck E. Cheese ain’t too bad, there might be a lot of kids but the staff may be pretty cool, which usually make those long hours seem a lot less. My first job was at La Belle Province (a fast food joint), bussing tables for 8 hours. A nightmare but some of the customers and staff really made it worthwhile.

        • Funny thing is, my first assignment was the annual “Horse Of The Year Show”.

          Cue lots of horse related puns during dinner breaks and just missing out on escorting Prince Charles and his entourage into the building.

      • I’m not so much down on the job itself as I am with a divided opportunity.

        I believe my purpose is to make people laugh and smile. To make them happy. I aspire to become an actor to use my purpose at it’s maximum potential.

        Recently, a major studio came into town offering shots to become a TV/film actor. In Indiana, which is where I live within the United States, that’s rare because it’s a state on the opposite side of the entertainment portion of the country.

        But it’s next week. On the same day of my job interview. My parents, unfortunately, are not willing to support my dream as they feel it is too risky for today’s economy and it’s not “real work”. Even though everyone I meet says I have massive potential to pull it off.

        So I guess you can say I’m down on the fact that I don’t have an audience to entertain. I don’t want it for the money, I want it to make people happy. I have so much potential hidden in the Midwest, where no one cares to look for actors.

        • Ok, well I can relate there.

          I’m the same. Born to entertain according to a lot of people. Missed opportunities to act/write professionally/become a pro musician (I have my artistic fingers in a lot of pies, recently returned to artwork and painting again and sold something in oils earlier this month), all because of work commitments.

          Few cases as examples.

          * Missed out on going to the Commonwealth Games to sing with Heather Small (from the band M People, popular in the 90s) due to exams I had to take and my second music teacher/conductor of the gospel choir that were gonna be performing there being unable to get me out of the exam for that one day.

          * Missed out on a Battle Of The Bands with an EMI scout in attendance because a boss asked me that morning to stay behind and work an extra shift in the evening and it clashed with the BOTB event.

          What lessons can be learned here? Well, years later, here I am busting my ass trying to make everything work, preparing to record two albums professionally through my own time and funding, selling my original paintings (two so far) and getting back into the writing thing as far as short stories and such in the hope to finish one good enough to self-publish.

          Sure, you might miss out on that opportunity but don’t ever give up. Just because you can’t do something once, doesn’t mean that chance has gone forever as long as you put in the effort because you never know. Maybe someone with connections could take their kids to that Chuck E Cheese and have you serving them?

          As for parents, they just don’t want to see you disappointed if it doesn’t work out but they’d still root for you to succeed once you get your foot in the door, whether it’s next week or some other point in your life.

          • Thanks. I needed that. After 18 years of waking up with new film/show ideas and then scrapping them daily because I’m not a professional, it’s nice to hear someone else being in the same boat as me. Well, not “nice” per say, but comforting. Because I’m really the only guy within 100 miles of here that cares to become an actor, or an entertainer for that matter. No one gets it because no one wants it.

            • Ahh dreams and asperations gotta love/hate em. I for one wanted to go to school for animation and hopefully work making movies or cartoons. But my college guidence counsler advised against it because i lacked the ability to draw which i guess is important. Now im 1 year away from my generic business major still wishing i either took animation or journalism. Id love to be a writer. Oh well on the bright side i got a pretft great life, what more can i ask for. Keep your head up ACW, things usually work out in the end.

              • Almost the exact thing happened to me. I’m dying to do animation but I’m no where near the artist I have to be. So I’m in the middle of taking a year off from college and focusing on my animation portfolio developing my skills from the ground up.

                I would think the guidance counselor would’ve given you better advice than that, no offence to the guidance counselor. In my honest opinion, I may have given you two roads to go on, the more approachable path or the steps into becoming someone who can take on animation.

                Everyone can learn to draw, it annoys me that people sometimes say you need to either grow up drawing or you have to be naturally good at it. It’s complete b*llsh*t.

                Glad you’re happy with a business major though. If you still want to write or animate, start learning a bit on the side, and in the coming years, who knows, maybe you’ll have a chance to finally do what you always wanted to do. Good luck with the business major nonetheless!

                • Crazy story about animation, my grandmas boyfriend has a friend who wanted to animation his whole left but ended up going into the military. After retiring 20 years later he used that money to get a degree in animation. Since he was so old and experienced in life he instantly got a job at WETA Workshop. It game him the uperhand over the younger graduates

          • Good luck, Dazz…I can’t paint (unless it is finger-paint…hee-hee), but always appreciate the sincere efforts and admire their fortitude of those who can, loving a good painting as I do. I play electronic keyboards and drums/percussion (pretty out of practice lately, tho), and have done quite a bit of improvisational composing myself (never tried to publish anything, tho). In my spare time (precious and few tho those hours are, tho), I am writing a number of books, including horror-fiction (some Gothic/Victorian-style in a classical sense), weird fiction (think early 1900′s style) some techno-thrillers, and poetry. Eventually I do hope to publish those. I always admire the initiative and drive of those who try to be creative, be their medium the written word, such as mine is, or music, art, or whatever. Keep the faith in yourself, and others will have faith in you as well. Much good fortune in your endeavors!

            • Thanks.

              I’m forever being asked “how do you write scenes with so much description?”, “how do you write believable characters?” and I can’t really give them advice because it’s just so natural as well as mostly common sense. I like to get into a character’s head and figure out what motivates him/her, what would he/she do in certain situations.

              My most popular was a psychotic in the vein of Harley Quinn who spoke for a masked monster who never talked (and was also 6 feet tall and weighing 225 pounds to really turn the cliched monster trope like Jason Voorhees on its head).

              Been tempted to write at least one book about that duo.

              I like getting creative though, one piece I wrote involving them I tried to translate into Latin at first to mess with people and then figured I’d write backwards cause they’re creepy characters and I wanted the audience to feel like they were slowly becoming as insane as the characters were.

              Once had the sound and animation of a fly buzzing around the screen and people genuinely thought it was real, had whispered voices in the background after a certain amount of time as people read the work, just neat tricks to make it an experience rather than just sitting there reading words on a screen.

        • uac007,
          watch out for that. i live in louisville (right across the river from IN) and a few years ago we took our daughter to some kind of open call, she said some lines in a camera, and was one of the few to be invited back the next week. turn out it was a talent agency that wanted us to pay some crazy fee, like $500, plus so much a month, with the hope thet she might get a call for something. the only client they were able to produce that ever got a gig, was some kid who had 2 tiny scenes in the movie pootie-tang.but…if it is a studio offering actual film/tv work, then go for it and good luck.

          …how goes the homemade spider-man film?

          • It’s been decent. I thought we were going to get a lot done within this coming month, but it’s been so hectic that we can’t even film for more than 2 hours twice each week.

    • Good luck with Chuck-Up Cheeses’! It’s a great place to take the family for fun.

    • @AW — Keep your head up and of course follow your dreams. In the real world, its damn near impossible to keep a level head and focused but stay true to what you want to do. Chuck E Cheese isn’t a bad place to work at either in regards to possible connections. I’ve had plenty of jobs when I was your age. Starting with cleaning up after the Chicago Cubs spring training at age 13, bouncing shows when I was 14 (I’m a big guy lol), working on farms, auto shops, then getting into retail (best buy and circuit city), then the us army, now working for an internet firm.

      In each position Ive worked I have meet so many different people that have helped me get my passion projects a foot. I have connections everywhere and it pays off. With a place like Chuck E Cheese, I can only imagine the connections you could potentially find there. People of all sorts and colors take their kids there because its an experience. There isn’t a demographic for Chuck E Cheese. As long as you do what you like doing (entertaining people) you will get noticed. And someone will reach out to you.

      As far as what your parents say, well they are correct. Freelance work is not a guaranteed paycheck and they only want what is best. You can’t blame them for that. Just keep your head up and something will come along. I wish you the best. Remember, I have a job for you at that golf course if you want it. Just let me know.

  4. As weird as it may sound, I find that pretty cool aha.

    • @Dazz

  5. Always appreciate your efforts, Screen-Rant staff. You help keep me entertained with your articles and format, that allows me to rant away and tick everyone else off! (Well, sometimes….).

    • haha, thanks!

  6. Awww sucks that I’m not stationed in SD no more or else I actually would’ve joined in. It must be pretty expensive to stay at that Marriot. There is probably a slew of journalist from hundreds of websites there.

    Enjoy SD and hopefully you guys take advantage of the SD Trolley Tour which conveniently enough has a scheduled stop in front of your hotel..

  7. I’d love to meet you guys, but flying 5,700 miles would be a bit excessive for that. I’d reserve that kind of trip for the Pacific Northwest (no, not because of the weed). ;)

  8. Not this year (couldn’t get tics), but maybe next!

    • I hope so :)

  9. I think SR should get a few extra tickets and do a contest for 2014 SDCC.

  10. Wish I could be there this year as I’m only allowed a certain amount of vacation time but Ill be there next year

  11. If anyone is nearby, would love to meet you! If not, don’t worry. There’s always the future. We aren’t going anywhere ;)

    • Wait, were you arrested? Vic can’t make bail? Damn Rob, what did you do?

  12. Wish I could. I live all the way up North in Canada. If I ever do get the chance to go to Comic-Con, I’d certainly want to meet you guys at Screen-Rant and thank you all for such great articles, a user-friendly web-site, and mostly how FAST you report everything (wow). Today was a real buffet. You guys OWN! :)