Friendship and Docs are Magic! Photo taken after Friday’s Venture Bros. panel at SDCC. (Photo: Liz O.)
I’m writing this post a week after the events took place. The only thing crazier than Comic-Con is the madness that happens after the fact, when you’re back in L.A. and your thrust once again into the non-convention life while you’re still trying to write about what happened. There was daily freelancing, the Andrew W.K. story for Hard Road to Rad, the Amanda Palmer show I covered for L.A. Weekly, the DJ gig at Underground last night.
Maybe I’ll sleep soon.
Saturday is really the last big day of Comic-Con. I go on Sunday as well, but since that is the end of the road, most of my time is spent checking out of the hotel room, packing up the stuff I bought and hauling it all to the train. Sunday is for saying goodbye, but Saturday is the last hoorah. This year, Saturday was also Super Awesome Day for me at the convention. Continue reading →
Andrew W.K. teaches us how to party. (Photo: Shannon Cottrell)
By Friday morning, San Diego Comic-Con was starting to drag. It wasn’t particularly bad, but something was different this, something was missing. I couldn’t quite place it.
I haven’t been going to Comic-Con for that long, only four years, so I never experienced the convention without the crowds or the big movies and TV shows. Despite the size, though, it was magical, like a nerd Disneyland. There were massive street marketing campaigns and loads of people in costume (not as many as Anime Expo or Dragon*Con, but still a lot). If you walked around the Gaslamp Quarter after dark, you could still see crowds of people running around in costumes from party to party. Continue reading →
I’m not doing what I want with my career. I wanted to write, and while I’m definitely doing a lot of that, I’m also locked into one form of writing. I like working in non-fiction. I like writing about people who do awesome stuff. However, there’s other things that I want to do. Journalism isn’t everything, but, right now, it’s everything that pays. So I put focus on that, perhaps at the expense of the comic book I should be writing and the other stories that are wandering through my mind. There has to be a balance. Maybe I’ll find that here at Comic-Con.
My friends are a lot like me. We’re working creative people, so we have heads filled with thousands of ideas, but we also have that hardened sense of reality where we know we aren’t going to do everything we want. Thursday at Comic-Con, we decided to hit up some panels for that extra push to move forward. Continue reading →
I went to Comic-Con as the biggest loser on the planet. For days, i was in a complete state of panic, not because of the stress that comes along with the biggest convention in the country, but because I had already made plans to go to this thing and I shouldn’t even be there. I hadn’t finished the projects I wanted to have on hand at the event. I’ve been working harder than I ever thought I could on freelance stuff just so that I could have the money to go to this and do more work that may end up lost in the glut of other Comic-Con reporting. On the eve of my fourth year at San Diego Comic-Con, I was still a virtual unknown completely incapable of making any kind of waves in a scene so large.
It’s hard to admit online that you suck. It opens you up to trolls, probably makes you look bad to potential employers, etc. Since caring about those sorts of things has only made my life more miserable, I’m taking the opposite approach today. Continue reading →
Finally ready for a string of personal posts from San Diego Comic-Con. Check out my work for L.A. Weekly in “Top 7 Lessons from San Diego Comic-Con 2012.” That post links to all of my other L.A. Weekly reporting from … Continue reading →
Like a lot of other people, I prefer tot take the Amtrak Surfliner train down to Comic-Con. It’s crowded, but traffic around the Convention Center is so much of a hassle that I feel the train is the only way to go. Here are a couple photos I took from my seat.
I spent all of last weekend at Anime Expo. It was a bit odd this year, given that the annual anime convention coincided with X-Games. Overall, it seemed like a really successful weekend. I wrote two pieces on Anime Expo … Continue reading →
Anime Expo 2012 is this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I’ll be there all four days interviewing people and stuff, but, on Friday, I’ll be doing something a little different. I’ll be judging the preliminary round of Anime Expo’s Karaoke Contest.
My friend Tommy Pedrini, of the fantastic band Cats on Mars, asked me to judge. He thinks I have a good ear or something. That might be true. One thing that I know for a fact, though, is that anyone reading this can probably sing better than I can.
The karaoke contest takes place in room 511 and starts at 4 p.m. I’ll be there through the preliminary round, which will end around 7 p.m. The rules are available AX’s site. Online signups are closed, but there will be a few slots available for people who want to enter at the convention. Good luck and I hope to see you there.
Last weekend, I went to AM2, an anime convention out in Orange County. While I was there, I stopped by a panel hosted by the team behind the fan-centric website Ani.me. Their talk had to do “10 Commandments” for anime fans. It was funny, insightful and further proof to me that anime fans and music fans are more similar than they will acknowledge.
I grew up a hardcore music collector. I bought import albums and import music magazines, hunted down rarities, carefully made mixed tapes for my friends, studied the ones they made me. I became a DJ, the nerdiest job that people think is cool.
Though I have been watching anime since I was a kid, it was just a passing interest until grad school, when I got hooked on Fullmetal Alchemist and went to my first convention. Anime cons fascinate me for a lot of reasons, particularly in how much anime fans remind me of the lives my friends and I led as music obsessives. Continue reading →