In just a few weeks, the annual San Diego Comic Con will happen again for the 51st time, since 1970.
It’s not the largest for population attendance, but I think it’s now the most well-known gathering of pop-culture fandoms, studio and publisher promotions, celebrities, creatives, and show exclusives. I think this, from the worldwide reactions people give and get from it, the frenzy for tickets and overall planning that goes into it. The spot where the big announcements are made, and smaller companies have a chance to grow. And the lines, bring them on. I will be ready.
For me, it’s still an important mecca for my creative soul. I have spent over two decades, never missing a show as I filled in for press, volunteer work, exhibitor help, and as an attendant. No two years are the same, as I have crazy plans that may or may not work.
Of this year, I am a little extra excited..as a collector, a press person, a writer, observer, and more. I have some goals and plans, of which I would like to share here in my list of ten.
- Attend the Comic Creator Connection, a sub-event where writers and artist briefly talk to each in short sessions. I will pitch some scripts I have in mind.
- Avoid Hall H over-hype, and attend many small panels involving creator driven content across printed and digital platforms. Get inspired!
- Ask for critique from some writers on short scripts, and learn to pitch my work.
- Get some collectible show exclusives on my list. Dark Horse, Funko, DKE Toys, NECA, Super7 are tops on my list so far.
- Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D, Sandman: Dream Hunters artist) will be a guest of honor for this year. I hope to meet him again (last time was in 2008) and hopefully get something signed, sketched if possible.
- Get into a couple good parties with friends I only see during this event. Talk, drink and geek out. Maybe make new friends too.
- Treasure hunt for deals on out some out print trade paperbacks/graphic novels, and strange oddities for cheap. I am a sucker for loose, weird toys too.
- Give blood for the Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive, of which I get some cool stuff for doing, and meet some people every time.
- Purchase some original comic page art. Something cool and frameable, yet not too pricy. Or, pay for a really good commission sketch.
- Seek out new reads, and converse with creative talent.
That’s all my planning for now with more goals to add soon, including interviews and ideas on growing this Stranger Worlds site. The possibilities are endless for the San Diego Comic Con.
I look forward!