Summer will be here sooner than we know it and to this transplanted San Diego girl, that means thoughts of one thing…Comic-Con! I won’t lie, I’m not an original attendee and the truth is that until the year the comic book convention seemed to explode, for me that being the year No Doubt came to town to attend, I didn’t know much about it. (My loss) But I do have two years under my belt and it only takes one to get you completely hooked. I still can’t get over my last attendance in 2010 and meeting kind-hearted Cam Gigandet. Can you guess what one of my top five reasons why everyone should make it to Comic-Con at least once in their lifetime is?
You just never know who you might meet or what cool thing might happen to you. The other four top reasons are:
1. The absolute coolest people attend this convention. I dropped my camera three separate times during our four days there. And each time, a different nice young man noticed, picked it up and handed it back to me. And yes, there are lines galore, but there’s no pushing or shoving or line cutting. Just think of it this way, if you’ve ever been shoved or pushed around, would you want to treat someone else that way? Me neither. Comic-Con equals good people.
2. Sometimes standing in a crazy long line without having a clue as to what the line is for is an awesome idea. Example: at one point I was flying solo and saw a line to hop into. What the heck? I had nowhere else to be. I get in the line and it turns out that it’s for a signing. I didn’t recognize anyone except for Joel McHale, the host of The Soup. Except for as I got a little closer, there was Chevy Chase sitting right next to him also signing my poster. I mean come on, it was Chevy Chase! How cool is that?
3. You’ll meet people who you otherwise never would have and you might just learn something in the process. As a writer, this is my playground and my joy. Example, I was standing in line for the Sons of Anarchy panel. The line was crazy long, wrapping around outside and making loopty loo’s at one point. But during my forty-five minutes in that line, I got to chatting with a young lady from England whose name is Anna. I basically picked her brain about her home country. There is something about talking to a living, breathing human who can tell you about things that is so much better than any internet research I could have ever conducted. And who doesn’t have time to sit and listen to a person with a British accent talk? I loved it. She was utterly charming.
4. Inspiration runs amuck at this convention. I sat in on several panels with everyone from writers to actors to directors and producers. And COMIC BOOK ARTISTS! I sat in on a panel with STAN LEE for goodness sake and got a Stan Lee neck tattoo (temporary of course but it bought me a lot of street cred with the comic book kids!) I stopped in at an artist’s booth who had the most striking work I’d ever seen in person. I got a hug from my favorite author, Sherrilyn Kenyon, which is like Chicken Soup for anyone’s soul; she is so warm and generous. But I also got to chat with another fave author, Dianna Love, who spoke to me about her path of becoming published. She gave some great tips and I left feeling rejuvenated in my own quest to see my writing make it to the printed page someday.
5. And then there was meeting Cam. My hubby also had the occasion to use the men’s restroom with Danny Devito who was also very charming as Adrian said hello to him. So if you ever do make it, bring a guy! And if you are one, don’t necessarily go into the men’s restroom with your eyes down. Look around, it’s not as creepy as it sounds. You just might be peeing next to an American legend.
So basically what I’m saying is, get yourself to Comic-Con!!!! You can’t beat the experience. Some of the best people, in one of our finest cities. It’s Comic-Con baby! Oh…and then there was the goat…but that’s another story!
***UPDATE 3/14/12…While I did not make it to the head of the internet line to buy tickets this year, I have to say the experience was very interesting. I started out as number 44,000 in line and made it all the way down to 12,000 when the convention sold out. It was crazy bonkers but also very cool that my beloved city of San Diego will again be hosting all these wonderful folks. Will try again next year. Oh, and I’m still working on that story about the goat. ;-)