July 29th, 2010


comic con roundup

Recovered from Comic Con and about to head home to Oz. So here's my impressions of Comic Con just in case my flight crashes onto an island in the Pacific.

* If you love pop culture you must go to Comic Con. It's a theme park for the fan. At $100 for a four day ticket, it's pretty awesome value.

* Like Disneyland its overcrowded, full of crappy food, and long long queues. You won't see everything you want to - there are over a dozen different panels on at any one time, and that's not including signings, the exhibitors' hall and people watching time.

* You will experience Comic Con regret syndrome, as people next to you in line regale you with stories of the BEST panel ever that you missed yesterday where Nathan Fillion slow danced with Angelina Jolie. Pick your "must not miss" panels and commit to those queues, and count everything else as a bonus. On the other hand, you'll end up having great surprises - like when I ended up in a small room seeing Zach Quinto interviewed Tim Kring, or walking in on the panel before the one I was interested in and seeing Kevin Smith, or Morena Bacarrin on a panel with Summer Glau and Julie Benz or Seth Macfarlane singing as Stewie.

* Yes, Comic Con is not all about comics anymore. It's a publicity fest for the networks and studios, and I'm okay with that - mostly. Some of the TV panels were dull with little enthusiasm from cast or crew (case in point - Dexter). Snaps to the networks who put in the effort to make Comic Con specific reels (like Chuck and White Collar). Some of the moderators (mainly TV critics) were appalling (Ken Tucker DIAF). Comic Con needs to take control and make sure the content is good and these things aren't just press conferences. Maybe a panel with the heroes (or villians) from a mixture of shows. A great example of this was having JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon together - we found out so much more about each of them in a fascinating conversation.

* Go to discussion panels - even the bad ones will make you think, and you'll get to see people who admire talk about stuff they are passionate about, and not just stuff they are contractually obligated to talk about.

* Pretend its the zombie apocalypse and pack food, water and essentials. We had a lunch cooler with salad and sandwiches and fruit, and water which meant we could eat whenever we wanted and didn't have to live on pretzel dogs and nachos. Books, ipods or a talkative companion are essential for long (and we are talking 2 hours as usual) queues.

In conclusion - it was awesome and exhausting and inspiring. It was great to be in the centre of geekdom. Complaints? Well the usual press coverage that made it sound like a fanboy only event, when fangirls made up at least 40% of the crowd. Also it was very much centered on the fan as consumer of text and merchandise, whereas my fannish experience is all about fan as creator. But hey, that's why I go to wincon Speaking of which, we got bags full of awesome exclusive goodies for Wincon!

My last Comic Con experience actually happened in LA, as we missed each other at the con. I got to catch up with Patrick Doody, one of the creative team behind the Ghostfacers webs-series, who I'd had contact with through the Super Wiki. Charming guy, and it was great to hear about how he got involved with the project, and what it was like working with Kripke and the behemoth of the WB. They'd love to do more - and you can catch the webispides on the S5 DVD.

And on that note - latest news from the TCA's - Dawn Ostroff says they are planning more seasons of Supernatural. source. Take that with a pinch of your condiment of choice.