We arrived in San Diego on Tuesday July 10th by train which was another first for me as I've never ridden Amtrak. It was late when we got there so we checked in, got some food and much needed sleep. Wednesday was an early morning to pick up badges, get people sorted out and our booth ready for Preview night. $damphyr, $renonevada and I headed to Dick's Last Resort to get some much needed food. First, the wait staff insult you and give you a bib as you can see:
but then they serve up delicious food! The experience was pretty hilarious, I then needed a nap to recover from the jet lag and lack of sleep the night before in order to be prepped for preview night which was PACKED! However I did get the opportunity to get a signed print from *AlexGarner without making a total fan-geek of myself (in my opinion, he may say otherwise).
My overall responsibility at Comic-con was to ensure that our 5 kick-ass panels were indeed.. kick-ass! and of course to help work the floor at our booth when I wasn't dealing with the panels.
Our first panel was How to Better Understand the Sociology Behind Cosplay with *yayacosplay on Thursday. I don't think successful is a strong enough word to describe this panel. We reached seating capacity of 500 within minutes of opening the door. That and *yayacosplay opted to wear a Wonder Woman costume to lead it.. so we're BFF's now.. although she may not know it If you don't know *yayacosplay, let me tell you that she's magnificent and an excellent presenter. This panel could have easily gone on for hours but I was going to find out that most of our panels, could have been increased substantially in length and people would have been happy.
Following the cosplay panel was the Living and Creating in the DeviantART World with `yuumei which was another very popular panel. While she claims to have been nervous at all of our panels she sat in on, she's an excellent speaker and an amazing ambassador for deviantART. I even learned some things from her and let's face it.. I'm old!
Our last panel of the day on Thursday was Don't Break In, Break Out! with Dave Elliot and Bob Self which really gave an in depth look into breaking out into the world of publishing with some industry veterans, =DeevElliott, *MrBabyTattoo, *jeffwamester and moderated by our own $techgnotic who's no slouch in the publishing department While I sat in on this panel, I noticed a lot of the audience taking in-depth notes throughout! Always a good sign for a How-to panel!
After the panels, I headed to the booth to talk with people about deviantART muro and muro redraw. I also got to hand out a ton of swag, who doesn't love free stuff! By the end of the day I was exhausted! Sushi dinner and walking around downtown San Diego wrapped up the evening!
Friday's panel was $makepictures Examining Fan Art Under the Law - A Counter-Cultural Disconnect? and it was super informative! There were a lot of questions from the audience and it could have easily gone on longer. $makepictures is also a professor and every time I see him in this role, I have the urge to sneak into one of his classes
A group of us had dinner at a small, but delicious, Italian restaurant just outside of the insanity and it was the perfect end to a busy day!
Saturday's panel was Supercharge Your deviantART Profile Like the Masters with some real rock stars! My inner fan-girl got her time in the sun, as I got to meet `alohalilo and =Kevineastman. I'd met `diablo2003 years ago at the very first deviantART Summit and he's amazing so it was great to see him again and ~Zubby I connected with during the deviantART World Tour in Toronto and he's also fantastic. Then of course, *AdamWarren, =DeevElliott and `yuumei to round out the awesomeness, with our own homegrown rockstar +spyed moderating this league of extraordinary people.
Once the panel was over, I got my first real chance to explore what Comic-con had to offer on the floor. Check my swag!
That's the free inflatable Assassin's Creed Tomahawk they were handing out that $renonevada was kind enough to snatch for me, Tribbles, A Wonder Woman keychain of a figure that wasn't available yet and a Slave Leia bobble head. I also scored some signed artwork and a lot of business cards!
They are motion activated!!!!
We got back on the train on Sunday night to return to Los Angeles and I came back to Toronto on Tuesday night. I was certainly exhausted and it felt like I was coming down with something. These sorts of events are awesome but when you work from home, or what I call my "personal bubble" exposure to a large group of people almost always results in some version of the plague for me and this time was no different.
I'm nursing my ailments and catching up on sleep and notes and emails but it was all worth it. Comic-con was amazing and I can't wait to do it again!
So.. who's going to Fan Expo???
You can see all of my random photos from Comic-con here
Official HQ Comic-con Recaps
Comic-con Day 1
Comic-con Day 2
Comic-con Day 3
Comic-con Day 4