So far I’ve been doing a daily wrap report on my impressions from the show. Yesterday, I gave the impression that the media celebrities and the more celebrated comic creators were fairly inacessible. This morning I have to report back two words, “my bad”.
It’s almost like the show heard me yesterday and made sure I had a completely new experience on Friday. Thursday it lulled me in to a false sense of “they’re not really here” then Friday it smiled and said “just kidding”. As soon as I stepped onto the show floor (quite literally) I ran into James Callis, Michael Hogan, Edward James Olmos and Adam Baldwin. If those names don’t ring a bell, the first three played Dr. Gaius Baltar, Colonel Saul Tigh and Admiral William Adama on Battlestar Galactica respectively. Adam Baldwin had roles on Chuck, Serenity, Firefly, Angel and a host of other genera series (including animation such as Superman/Doomsday).
Seeing Comic celebs like Jeff Smith and a multitude of others (that list is so long I’ll save it for another post) on the show floor chatting away with fans, it really made me both smile and revise my previous opinion. The ability to spend time talking with each individual and see some comic celebs who are normally mobbed at shows have quiet moments really intrigued me. Ramping up the level of expectation actually sometimes means more time with an individual you’ve come to see. It’s an interesting dynamic.
Publishers, almost across the board, have really rolled out the visual impact both in terms of booth displays and the creators they have at the show. Yesterday I spoke with many publishers I had never spoken to before, but also had an incredible time reconnecting with old friends. The later is always the more exciting for me.
What was equally surprising yesterday were the little nooks and corners I didn’t know existed in the convention center that I seemed to continually discover. At one point, while just wandering, I stubled on an entire area off the main hall where Sci-Fi fan clubs and other shows had booths. Just a short walk further I discovered a card gaming/role-playing area as big as any I’ve seen at any show save say Dragon Con or Gen Con. At another point in the day, I stumbled on an art gallery filled with interesting items all on silent auction. From paintings to prints to sculpture it was amazing and a spot I would have spent much more time in had I had it. That said, I did jot down several names that were new to me that I vow to learn more about after the show.
Though the crowds are massive, the attendees almost to a one have been pleasant, happy and seemingly satisfied by this show of shows. As my iPhone runs low on juice about 2/3rds of the way through each given day from all the blog posting, I’m finding I have to locate a plug (which are really quite numerous) and rest for a few minutes while it and I recharge. The fans I’ve ended up sitting with during those times have been some of the more entertaining people I’ve met at the show. It’s really fun to sit back and watch the faces of people who are digging into their own treasure troves from the show for the first time. There’s real joy here.
Costumes are everywhere and I’m certain with the masquerade ball and the various contests, they will be wall-to-wall on Saturday. Some are incredibly well constructed. Some feature some very obscure characters and some are barely there at all.
So far I have to say that San Diego Comic-Con is a fun experience and though it feels like this show should be coming to an end when compared to others, it’s only at the half way point. At the end of Saturday, I didn’t want to say enough. In the end, can you ask for anything more from a show?
After the show floor closed, I decided to stay at the con for the early evening and catch the premiere of “The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone and the Changing Face of Comics”, a feature length documentary telling the story of Jeff Smith and the creation of Bone. Featuring stories from Scott McCloud, Colleen Doran, Harvey Pekar, Paul Pope, Terry Moore and others it was incredibly well put together, at times fun and humorous, covered the topic well and proved to be a highlight of my day.
Much to my surprise, as I’m sitting there watching, I saw myself on the screen. At first I questioned what I saw, but the film actually did a rewind to highlight what a small 5 year old was saying and it was confirmed. There I am chatting away in the background.
It all stems back to the Bone and Beyond gallery show and talk featuring Jeff at Ohio State University. I was there covering the event (you can still see the coverage archieved on our convention page) and the director was filming at that same time.
Being a massive Smith fan, I was quite excited to have made my way, if only as an unintended extra, into the film.
The director and I spoke for a few minutes after and if you are a Bone fan, owning this film is a must.
The line to pick up credentials took us around the convention center and out, into through and around the marina. We’re been walking without a stop for 35 minutes and we just hit the point where we turn to start walking back. Amazing!
There is a full symphony orchestra playing video game themes here on the back end of the line. Pretty cool!