As San Diego Comic-Con fades from memory (along with this damn nerd cold), I contemplate the year of cons that was. See, a little over eighteen months ago I decided to become a comics creator. One of my first orders of business was to immerse myself in the world and that meant going to cons.
Rose City Comic Con was the perfect first con. It was friendly, easily navigated and the mecca of comics. Seriously, I got to meet Brian Michael Bendis, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Skottie Young, Jim Zub, G. Willow Wilson, Greg Rucka… that’s a murder’s row of comic creators.
Also, LBCC might be the best place for me to meet potential artists, or at least meeting artists local to me.
Long Beach Comic Expo is LBCC’s baby brother, except that this year they moved it to a larger space so it’s more like LBCC’s twin. Not really sure why we have both but I’m not complaining. It just gives me another excuse to get some great grub from Beechwood Brewing BBQ.
And the Artist Alley was HUGE! If you were gonna skip SDCC but still wanted a robust con experience, head to Seattle young (wo)man.
WonderCon is another local(ish) con with AMAZING television panels. Seriously, if you want to get into TV you need to attend WonderCon. One thing: next year this convention is moving from Anahiem to Downtown Los Angeles. Already I’ve heard A LOT of grumbling from folk on the con circuit. “I hate Downtown LA,” “it won’t be as special,” and “I REALLY hate Downtown LA.” Let me be your ambassador. I will help you find a cool bar, a great spot to eat, someplace to buy your crack (that’s a joke… but it’s really easy to buy crack in Downtown LA). I just want you to have an open mind and be ready to discover what’s awesome about LA.
Phoenix Comicon was a total crap shoot. Holy, it’s a pretty great con. It is definitely more for locals but it’s also an omnidirectional nerd explosion. I mean, they had a whole wing of the convention center devoted to horror, including a haunted house. Also, thanks to a truly awesome girl I met there, I discovered tons of cool places to eat, drink, and beat the heat. Would I go back? Maybe not next year but when I have something worth tabling, yeah, you bet.
San Diego Comic-Con was a beast. Honestly, it’s all a blur. I didn’t get into Hall H, I barely picked up any exclusives, I’m not sure what I did there other than attend some panels and network a ton. The best thing I did was the Creator Connection. Here’s hoping some of those meeting bear comic fruit.
So what about next season? I’ll be at Long Beach Comic Con for at least a day. I’m already locked in for Rose City, where my ex-roomie will be tabling solo for the first time. I will also hit Long Beach Comic Expo for a day. I will absolutely be at WonderCon. Emerald City is a strong maybe. Will I got to Phoenix? Maybe not (I’ll get into that in a minute). And then there is SDCC. Do I go again?
So what will be different for 2016? I want to hit up a Canadian con. Crazy, right, but I’m going to do it. The only real questions is which Canadian con should I hit up? Toronto Comic Arts Festival? Calgary Expo? Montreal Comiccon? You tell me… BY VOTING!
Also, let me apologize for that blog post title. I couldn’t resist. I’m feeling particularly juvenile this week and it’s not just because I’m playing tons of Borderlands 2 on my PS4… or maybe it is.