Thursday started out as a very frustrating day.
I woke up at 6am, and this was after staying at the Tilted Kilt till midnight the night before, and headed to the convention center to get in line. I wanted to get the exclusive Blackest Night Green Lantern figures, since I could make a few hundred dollars – at least – by buying them at the show and selling them on ebay. There were no more than 200 people in line in front of me, and I waited about three hours to get in. Went straight to the booth, and no luck.
The line was already wrapped around the booth twice, and was starting along a walkway. They gave out tickets to the first part of the line, and then announced that there would be a raffle for tickets later in the day in a large pavilion. After not getting a ticket that morning, I went back to the apartment, got cleaned up, had some breakfast, then headed to the pavilion to enter the drawing. No luck. I gave up. My capitalistic plan to rake in a considerable profit was shattered.
In a way this was nice, because I was able to just not worry about lines for the rest of the show. I wandered around the small press areas that afternoon, met Steve Bryant of Athena Voltaire fame, and checked stuff out. After the morning of ridiculous lines, I wasn’t up for much.
I did walk around a few dealer booths and browse, and got one pretty darn cool book. My buddy Dave got me a book, The Ten Cent Plague, for my birthday. It is about the comic book scare of the late 40s and 50s, which revolved around the fact that people, mostly people who didn’t read any comics, thought that comic books were contributing to juvenile delinquency, and were a stain on our society.
I brought that book with me to San Diego to be my reading material for the week, and it inspired me to look for some old crime and horror comics from that era. I found a copy of Crime SuspenStories #23 at one particular dealer booth, and had to get it.
This comic was one of the pieces of evidence in the Senate hearings on comics as a cause of juvenile delinquency in the 1950s. The cover of this is quite out there. Yes, he is choking her to death with a tire iron. I like this comic because it has historical importance.
The fallout from those senate hearings, and from the hysteria over comics in general caused the American comic book industry to make a drastic turn, and the result is that comic books are considered by most people to be silly stories about super heroes in spandex. Comics have only recently been viewed differently, not as a genre of entertainment, but as a medium of entertainment, which can contain many different genres, for people of all ages.
So anyhow, this comic is very cool. I’m glad I picked it up.
Thursday evening was the All-Stars of Comics Podcasting panel. There was a panelist each from iFanboy, Comic Geek Speak, Indie Spinner Rack, Comics News Insider, The Comic Book Page, and Comic Timing. The panel itself wasn’t too fantastic, there wasn’t too much information that came out, but it was a great chance for everybody in the podcasting arena to get together and congregate.
After the panel a group of us went to Rock Bottom Brewery, and took over a little area of the upstairs bar. Dinner was good, and I got a chance to meet Bob from the Comic Book Page, and Ian from Comic Timing. We got to discuss podcasting in general, and the specifics of comic book podcasting. Other podcasters had interesting points of view, and I got a few ideas about how to make my show better, just through the conversations I had.
When we got home from the brewery, I set up my recording equipment, and Jay and I recorded an episode with our apartment mate, Scott. We talked about the convention, and we then talked about Resolution Comics, which is a small comic publisher that Scott has started with his business partner, Brian (who couldn’t make it to San Diego). It was fun to talk about what it takes to start publishing books, and hear about the challenges and the rewards involved.