San Diego Comic-Con is in just a few days, folks. Seeing as how I'm on the other side of the world, I'm not going, but I would love to, my God, how I would love to. Then again, I wouldn't have the money for all the comics I'd want to buy and drawings I'd want to commission, so maybe it's for the best.
Scott Tipton has posted his annual guide to the cons here, and it bears reposting, especially that second tip. Remember, folks, any movie previews and whatnot will be released on the Internet a few days following its SDCC release, so don't wait in line for those and use the time to do other things, like going to a discussion or a panel or looking for that comic, or having a meal with your friends.
That having been said, if Duy had the money, what would his SDCC weekend look like? Let's take a look.
Thursday, July 22
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10:00-11:00 Jeff Smith - If this blog hasn't made things clear enough yet, Jeff Smith is one of my favorite creators. Starting off SDCC by going to a panel showcasing him would be perfect, especially if there was a Q&A section. Mine would be "What do you think is needed to get more kids into reading comics?"
11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Kurt Busiek - Yeah, same thing.
12:45-1:45 Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way - So sue me; I still have delusions of making it in the business at some point.
1:00-3:00 Comic-Con How-To Session: Steve Rude - Steve Rude paints in front of an audience. Yeah, I think this would be incredible to see.
1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #3: New Fun About Siegel and Shuster - They cover Funnyman. How could I not want to see something that covers Funnyman? Too bad it conflicts with the Steve Rude thing though. Oh wait, I'm not going and this is hypothetical. I can do whatever I want.
1:00-2:00 CBLDF Master Session: Rob Liefeld: Designing Iconic Characters - I would go just to see what it's like from the other side, if you catch my drift...
2:00-3:00 DC Focus: Geoff Johns - I think Geoff Johns is an entertaining writer who knows what makes icons work. Picking his brain would be interesting. But then I probably wouldn't go, since this would definitely be covered by all the news sites as it's happening.
2:30-3:30 I Can't Write, I Can't Draw, But I Love Comics! - This one should be inspiring to people like me.
4:30-5:30 DC Comics' 75th Anniversary - I'm sure this would be covered on all the sites, but it's the start of a celebration, and the atmosphere should be electric.
4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Phil Jimenez - At the same time, having a discussion with Phil Jimenez would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it wouldn't be covered on the news sites...
4:30-5:30 Graphic Novels 101 - This is about the presence of comics in libraries. I would be much more interested in it if I lived in a country that valued its libraries...
4:30-5:30 Writing Workshop with James Hudnall - I haven't read James Hudnall's work, but I would honestly go to every writing workshop I possibly could.
5:30-6:30 Indie Comics Marketing 101 - And marketing discussions too. I'd go to all of them.
5:30-6:30 Geek Girls Exist - Okay, I admit, I'd just go to this one to get fodder for my Girls and Comics features.
7:30-8:30 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - Do I REALLY have to explain this?? Hell, I would go JUST for this! It's karaoke to Dr. Horrible! And the stars are there!
7:30-9:30 First Look! Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics - I would actually not go see this, since it'll be released on DVD in November. I just want to plug the documentary.
7:30-8:30 Transcending Trauma: From the Birth of Batman to the Rise of the Red Hood - I would also not go to this, but I just want to say that this is exactly the kind of "Let's apply too much realism to unrealistic characters" mentality that I hate and I think is killing comics.
Friday, July 23
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10:00-11:00 Publishing Comics - Learning the ins and outs of comic book publishing sounds good to me!AND Gary Groth is one of the panelists!
10:00-11:00 From Fan to Creator: Goal Setting for Creative Type - Another workshop.
11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Paul Levitz - It's Paul Levitz. I have to be able to see Paul Levitz.
12:30-1:30 Remembering Frank Frazetta and Al Williamson - I would love to learn more about these two recently departed legends.
12:30-1:30 DC Focus: Grant Morrison - However, there wouldn't be many opportunities in life to see Grant Morrison, whose work always gets me interested, even if I don't get satisfied with much of his work.
1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Michael Zulli - Okay, every time I say "Spotlight"? It means I think this creator is awesome. Okay?
1:00-2:30 Comic-Con How-To Session: Whilce Portacio and Francis Manapul — Support Filipino Comic Creators, folks!
1:00-2:00 Comics Arts Conference Session #7: This is Your Brain on Comics Theory - I'm sorry, this one just made my brain melt. In that good way. Comics theory?? Comics tricks?? I'm sold! Here's the full blurb: "Julia Round (Bournemouth University) argues that From Hell relies on a comics aesthetic, in which all panels are co-present in the page's spatial layout, to represent time as co-present and nonlinear. Neil Cohn (Tufts University) discusses two psychology experiments examining what happens in the brain when people read comics." GO!
1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Jerry Robinson - You know, one of these days, someone should go to a neutral source and see whether or not Jerry Robinson actually created the Joker like he says he did...
2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Stan Lee - If I have to explain this one, I don't know what to tell you. Stan doesn't make me happy all the time, especially when I think of his business ethics, but it's Stan Lee.
2:00-3:30 Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Where Are the Action Chicks? - More fodder for Girls and Comics!
2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Steve Rude - Steve Rude is awesome. That is all.
3:00-3:45 The Joss Whedon Experience - A huge portion of my pop culture love is attributable to Joss Whedon.
4:00-5:00 Krazy Kat's 100th Anniversary Celebration! - Has it been 100 years since George Herriman unveiled Krazy Kat? Wow!
7:30-8:30 Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods - This Morrison documentary is one of those things that will show up eventually on the Net, but there's nothing going on at around this timeslot that I'd be especially interested in.
8:30-11:30 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - It's the EISNER AWARDS. You know, one of the two most prestigious awards in comics? David Mazzuchelli's Asterios Polyp has been nominated for best new graphic novel, best writer/artist, best coloring, and best lettering - meaning it's been nominated for everything it could possibly be nominated for. That makes me want to read it even more. See, in comics, the Eisner Awards actually mean something, unlike the Oscars or the Emmys. JH Williams III has been nominated for his work on Detective Comics for best penciler/inker and best cover artist. I'm glad he's not competing with Mazzucchelli.
9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever - This one just looks like a lot of fun.
Saturday, July 24
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11:00-12:00 Spirituality in Comics - This one just looks interesting (a new topic for a future post on the Cube!, perhaps?)
11:30-12:30 Will Eisner, The Dreamer - Hey, Eisner is Eisner. To hear people who knew him talk about him is like stepping into the hall of legends.
11:30-12:30 Shazam! The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal - At this point, everyone should know I love Shazam, but Chip Kidd hosts this session and we get to talk about Captain Marvel in the Golden Age.
2:00-3:00 Writing Seminar with Marv Wolfman
2:30-3:30 Archie: Stan Lee Comics Debuts — I'm sorry, but if there's any "newsworthy" thing I would HAVE to see, it's this. I know it'll be covered, but Stan Lee. At Archie.
3:30-4:30 International Comics and Graphic Novels - Diversity is good, kids.
3:30-4:30 Editing Comics the BOOM! Studios Way - Yes, I would like to know more about the process of editing.
4:00-5:00 Writing for Comics
4:30-6:00 Comic-Con How-To Session: Jason Kruse and Rob Worley - This one is specifically on comics for kids!
7:15-8:45 Kevin Smith - I saw Kevin Smith a few years ago at the NYCC with my porcine friend, and it was the funniest hour and a half I'd ever spent anywhere. I wouldn't want to miss this if I could see it.
7:30-8:30 Remembering Dick Giordano - However, I'd like to take the time to remember Dick Giordano, too.
Sunday, July 25
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10:00-11:00 Jack Kirby Tribute - A tribute to the King is always going to be informative.
11:00-12:00 DC Kids: Aww Yeah! - After discussing comics for kids recently, this would be a nice thing to attend.
12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Dennis O'Neil
12:30-1:30 The Funny Stuff: Humor in Comics and Graphic Novels - Because the world doesn't have enough funny comics.
1:30-2:30 Glee - No, I wouldn't go to this. I'm sorry, but what the hell is Glee doing here?
4:00-5:00 Buffy the Musical - The best way to end this event!
And of course, the time in between would be spent doing other stuff, like looking for comics (Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience still tops my search pile after all this time), and wanting artists to sign my stuff! Oh, and eating and sleeping, too.
Wow, at least once a year, I wish I lived in San Diego!