A Full Weekend of Fun
A quick note before I do some whirlwind travel.
I-Con 26 was a delightful weekend as I got to spend time with people I normally never spend enough time with elsewhere. What impressed me the most was that the campus was overrun with 6000 fans of all ages, shapes and sizes, and a hefty percentage were in one kind of costume or another.
Want to know where the comics readers of tomorrow are? They were here in impressive numbers, but instead of reading comics they were playing comic book-themed games or watching anime or buying action figures. My comics panels all skewed to the over 30 set which doesn’t add up since we all know the market is there. Tapping it seems to be the Holy Grail for DC, Marvel and everyone else.
On Saturday, I did my Trailer Park presentation to a packed room and it went over quite well. Following, I did The Business of publishing, Part 2. Interestingly, Part 1 focused on the editors’ and agents’ point of view while our hour was about the writers. Terry McGarry, who straddles the fence, moderated both and helped us provide a great deal of hard facts and information to people. Keith DeCandido, Terri Osborne, Aaron Rosenberg and I had some fun while imparting those truths.
After a quick dinner with Deb, I was back for Greenberger and Rozakis Explain it All and Charles Rozakis and I found a fine way to kill an hour and entertain a moderately sized roomful of people.
On Sunday, the first panel was about Exclusivity in Comics with Chuck, Peter David and myself. We tackled the subject pretty well for 30 minutes and then seemed to kill the rest of the time on silly things. Following was a rescheduled panel that few seemingly knew was rescheduled so Chuck, Goats’ Jonathan Rosenberg, and I were supposed to talk about How Web and Print Comics Make Money. We had two people in the room so the conversation went all over the lace until we actually had a really good 20-30 minute conversation on the topic.
I had all of 30 minutes to kill and then repeated Trailer Park. This time, though, the con got the time and place mixed up so it took a little while for people to settle in. Glenn Hauman managed to grab off line the latest trailers to Spider-Man, 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Stardust and Daybreak so those in attendance got a treat.
After that, I rushed to the final panel, DC One Year Later One Year Later and found a packed room. We discussed what we liked, didn’t like, what worked and didn’t work in One Year Later and which lessons we thought were learned to make the forthcoming Countdown an even more satisfying event.
I think a good time was had by all.
One other note: Saturday night’s cabaret started off with Dean Haglund, Claudia Christian and Denise Crosby doing improv. When they got to the opera section, they asked for an interesting language. Robbie shouted “Romanian” and the next thing he knew, he was on stage, being asked to participate. He played the father to the two women, all singing in, ahem, Romanian, as Dean translated. The family was in the monkey licking business and it was hysterical to see. Fortunately, it was captured on DVD and we own a copy to embarrass our son at every opportunity.
The rest of the cabaret was an uneven mess that the emcee and tech crews should have streamlined so the headliners, the Brobdignagian Bards, got on before 12:45 a.m. We gave up around 11 p.m. and thus another opportunity to see them was missed.