Tuesday, July 17, 2012
iReporters conquer Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con has always been a popular event for iReporters, but this year more than ever, iReporters were part of the convention itself, and one of the more high profile events surrounding it.

It all kicked off just a few days before Comic-Con when Cherry Davis took part in the Course of the Force, a lightsaber relay for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

After Melissa Fazli captured the excitement as things got going on Saturday, Davis walked, lightsaber in hand at Redondo Beach, California on the following day.

"It was a great event to benefit a charity granting wishes to sick kids and combine that with running down the street with a light saber chasing Jabba's Barge it's a no-brainer!" Davis said. "Sitting on a shuttle with the other participants of all ages, race and nationalities, for me was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Then on Monday, it was Fazli's turn to run the Course.

The relay ended up in San Diego, California on Wednesday, the morning before the Con began, and Cherry was there, of course to iReport about it.

Then on Thursday, award-nominated iReporter Alan Kistler and Holly Golightly (best known for having a “Star Wars”-themed wedding complete with “Slave Leia” costume) appeared on the panel, “How to Get News Coverage.”

The pair were among several experts in comic book publishing and the comics media who shared tips on how to reach out to the press to let them know about comic book projects.

(It was also great to get Golightly's thoughts about the 70th birthday of Harrison Ford, featured on CNN Geek Out.)

It’s also become an annual tradition for Tommy Yune to conduct a “Robotech” panel for his adoring public (which iReport producer Nicole Saidi witnessed for herself a few years ago and this year was certainly no different.

Finally, the teen authors, the Winner Twins, have iReported from Wondercon in the past, and shared a touching tribute to their idol, Ray Bradbury when he died.

Everyone was thrilled to meet the duo at the recent meet-up and they ended the convention with the approppriately titled panel “How to Create Your Own Novel” on Sunday.

“We talked about creative writing method and we talked publishing with a literary agent," said Brittany Winner. "It was a dream come true.”

“We thought, oh, it would be the end of the Con, no one would show up," said Brianna Winner. "The room was filled.”

About the meetup, Brittany said, "We love CNN iReport, I’ve been looking at CNN.com for years. We started posting iReports and then to actually meet these people. It was great to meet them and talk about iReports.”

A little bird tells me that the Winners and Yune have some amazing iReports from the Con cooked up for us. In the meantime, check out some of the great photos and video of costumes, celebrities and more here, and thanks to everyone who contributed!

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July 19, 2012
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What a great year at Comic-con. check out my Comic-con iReports too!

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