2003 Day Four:
What's With All The Little Jedi Running Around?
San Diego ComicCon, Sunday is Kids Day, which means that suddenly
dealers in, ahem, "adult" material scramble to put little
stars over everything. It's either that, or pack it in entirely.
also makes a great day to shop; if what you want is still
on the floor, chances are you can get a pretty good deal on
it. Several dealers had end of convention specials.
it. This is a crossover you want to see.
attended the whole convention, Sunday also has a special electricity
in the air. That's the feeling of everybody running on his
last bit of energy, desperate to look bright-eyed and bushytailed.
That's also to cover the sensation of having checked out of
hotels and gotten a look at final bills: how much for those
phone calls? I watched what on the pay service? Three
it was for the Fanboy Planet staff. Personally, that last
bit of energy propelled me to accomplishing more in my final
three hours at ComicCon than I had in the previous three days.
While Goodson reconnoitered possible accommodations for next
year, it was off to get the last couple of interviews and
also a few "hellos" to people who had helped make Fanboy Planet
what it's grown into the last year (at least on the comics
off, a few moments with Kyle Baker, artist on The Truth
and creator of such brilliant graphic novels as Why I Hate
Saturn and The Cowboy Wally Show. More importantly
for the future, he's writing and drawing DC's relaunch of
Plastic Man, a melding of artist and character so perfect
it's astounding it's taken this long to happen. We had a really
good time talking, and I'll be furiously transcribing to get
this one up asap.
Entertainment expanded to the size of two booths, with the
hint that the company itself might be expanding in the near
future. If it does, it's definitely a credit to the hard work
being done by Jan, Bill, and Tone. Violent Messiahs
writer Joshua M. Dysart was busy signing autographs at the
booth, and promised to speak soon about his upcoming DC project,
The Demon, as well as his work for Penny-Farthing Press,
reminded me that I really had to get over to see Penny-Farthing's
Senior Editor Michelle Harman. Through Michelle's initiative,
we got into books like Zendra and The Victorian,
and because of the Decoy connection, Herobear and the Kid.
For that alone, we owe her a Coke.
Diet Vanilla. When you go to San Diego, make sure you sign
up for a Ralph's Club card, and keep it with you at all times.
Nothing like a 24-hour grocery store within walking distance
of the convention.)
will bow down before us,
base briefly with the guys at CrossGen, still dazzling onlookers
with the potential of their upcoming DVD releases. But what
I really want for Christmas is the rice wine jug full of Po
Hamm, Fairy Tale Detective creator Frank Cammuso took
a few minutes out of his final day at the Con to talk with
us, and to offer us a suspiciously shiny red apple. Nope,
not even when Snow White herself showed up would I take it.
a final financial spin around the floor and farewells to the
guys at Creative Light Entertainment, Goodson and I hurried
out of town, keeping ourselves amused by reading issues of
Maxim out loud. Sadly, not a single article in either issue
by Fade From Blue writer Myatt Murphy, who had been
at the convention as a stringer for that magazine. According
to Myatt, spokesmodels treat you with greater respect when
you have Maxim on your badge.
somehow, the words "Fanboy Planet" will have that same sort
of cache. Or maybe not.
was Mish'al in all of this? We're not sure yet. He stayed
to the bitter end, but wasn't bitter about it. Soon enough
we'll get his report, which is much heavier on the manga and
the Star Wars news.
We're out to be the Maxim of geek sites.
Or is that redundant?