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July 24, 2013

Comic-Con 2013: Amber Benson’s San Diego video diary

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As part of our Comic-Con International coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Amber Benson — the actress, director and writer who first made a name for herself playing Tara Maclay in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — shared some of her convention observations. Check out her videos, above, and her thoughts on the San Diego expo, below.

I started going to the San Diego Comic-Con more than a decade ago when I was on the television show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Something Joss Whedon was very adamant about was having a “Buffy” presence at Comic-Con, so over the years most of the cast and crew have put in an appearance — even if they had to wear a Storm Trooper helmet just so they could walk the floor and buy stuff. (I’m not naming names.)

Something I don’t remember from those early days at Comic-Con are the clumps of men and women standing outside the San Diego Convention Center with yellow picket signs. As I go back and forth from the Gaslamp District to the convention, I keep trying to figure out what they’re protesting: “Star Wars,” comic books, cosplay or just Nerd Culture in general?

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When I saw the juxtaposition of the yellow picket signs and the Hello Kitty truck, it just kind of tickled my funny bone. I started trying to imagine who would win in a throw-down between the two. If I were a betting lady, I would tell the protesters not to underestimate the pretty girl in pink.

The other thing I don’t remember from my first years at Comic-Con is the prevalence of smartphones. I think most of us were still flip-phoning back when I started going to San Diego, so the need to plug-in wasn’t as great. Now our super tech-heavy Nerd Culture has us fully reliant on IPhones, Blackberrys and Androids. To the point that if your phone dies on the Comic-Con floor or at a lame party, the event is likened to a mini-apocalypse — so knowledge of where the electrical plugs are located is coveted information.

Sadly, the most “action” the majority of Comic-Con attendees see during five days in San Diego is their smartphone humping the back of some stranger’s smartphone. With all the slutty “plugging-in” going on at Comic-Con, I just hope no one got any digital STDs.

– Amber Benson | @amber_benson

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