Friday, July 13, 2012
iReporter meet-up at Comic-Con

Superheroes, pop culture, costumes: It's fandom paradise at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.


iReport's Henry Hanks and Nicole Saidi are the lucky ones attending this year, not only trekking through the Con, but also setting course for an iReport meet-up on Wednesday.


I had a chance to nab Henry on the phone, and for a few moments live vicariously through his recap of the iReport meet-up, which was held at Joe's Crab Shack in San Diego.


"At the meet-up there were a lot of people that left an impression on me," Henry said, with less than an hour of sleep between Wednesday night and Thursday.



Joyce Chow was at the Shack. "It was really cool to met her because she is known for her 3-D videos," Henry said. Chow uses a special filter on her videos to order to craft a 3-D effect.


Comic-Con veteran Mark Zhen was also in attendance. Zhen's been to the Con more than 20 times, so he knows his pop culture. And who could forget Zennie Abraham, a reliable iReporter who always shows up and brings along what Henry calls "a big force to the meet-up," including actress and author Stephanie Thorpe.


The biggest highlight of the gathering was having the Winner twins, Brittney and Brianna, there with the rest of the crew. The Winner twins are best known for their award-winning sci-fi book "The Strand Prophecy." Although only seventeen, the twins are recognized for their authorship and are participating in the Con with their own booth and panel discussion.


The genesis of their sci-fi writing started at an early age when their father encouraged them to write books, Henry explained.  The twins also had a chance to meet legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury before his passing. "They were really enthusiastic about meeting the iReporters," Henry said.


There were some fresh faces at the Shack, too. "We met some new people who were interested in iReport," Henry said. "They started following the iReport SDCC account via Twitter and saw the meet-up and decided to show up."


One memorable fresh face was Kristina Meek, who discovered the iReport meet-up through social media. "She took a leap and came to the meet-up," Henry said, "It was nice to see some new people, and see how eager she was to learn about iReport."


Even with all of the mania of the Con, iReporters still got together to hold a meet-up that was filled with creativity, fun and all this things Comic-Con. Thanks to everyone who dropped by!


Are you at the Con? Send in your pictures and videos to CNN iReport.

July 13, 2012
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woh.wot a 9ice story

July 13, 2012
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How many languages can I say "JEALOUS" in?! Have fun guys!

July 14, 2012
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Sorry I missed the meetup. Zombies ate my brain. :)


But please do check out my comic-con coverage. My 5th year to cover for CNN iReport!

July 15, 2012
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