I am blown away by Comic Con’s new scheduling website. You can select whatever events you want, see full descriptions, arrange your plan, see where your friends are going to be and then print the whole thing out.
Here’s where I’ll be during Con, come visit or attempt to assassinate me at your whim.
Comic Con is purging the professional ranks. Which is fair, there are a lot of non-creative professionals that have been riding the pro passed handed to them when they may have worked for Sony Online Entertainment once upon a time.
But it makes me nervous because even though my professional qualifications are stronger than they’ve ever been, they’re still pretty weak. And the four day passes sold out months ago.
It’s that most magical time of the year, Comic Con, when $1000 disappears from my wallet.
But this year is a little different. this year my pro-pass might actually mean something since I have a finished novel to shill. I’ll be on the lookout for agents and publishers. Publishers shouldn’t be too hard to find and pin down in their booths, agents… well only if I get lucky.
I’m also hoping for a creative and motivational recharge. There’s been some work-stress lately and that’s kept me from writing much, but I have thrown down some notes for some short pieces that really should get more of my attention.
I went there expecting to get the Blue Beetle trades, Flight, Paradigm Shift and Templar, AZ. I have pretty much everything else I need, comics-wise. But two things happened; I got into art books and Writer’s Digest had a booth.
22 inches at ~$800. Two new records.
The advanced ticket sales were obvious the first hour of Preview Night, it was slammed and the Con stayed slammed all weekend long. On Sunday I asked the guy from Nuclear Comics how the recession effected this Comic Con and his answer was “What recession? This was my best Con ever.” Even some self publishedweb comics that I know sold out. (Congratulations, guys!)
And there was a lot of Grant Morrison, which is always awesome.
RiffTrax Live showing of plan 9 From Outer Space was worth every penny.
The Worst Cartoons Ever were horrible. Needless to say we were pleased.
At a DC Nation panel one of the fans said that Countdown was the worst thing to happen to him last year. And he’d also been diagnosed as HIV positive.
I determined that Twitter did nothing to enhance my Comic Con experience. I might give it another shot next year.
Panel Jam: With so many in attendance there was a real problem making it into some of the more popular panels. We couldn’t get into the Lost panel because it was preceded by Heroes. People were camping out in front of the Convention Center overnight just to get into those two panels. However, I didn’t have any problems getting into any of the comics-themed panels so what does that say?
This was the third Con in a row where my pro-pass was based on my novel-in-progress. That’s a little embarrassing. So I set some goals: Have the novel done and submitted to publishes and agents by the end of the year, have a pitch ready for Virgin Comics by next year’s Con. I think that’s reasonable.