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Short version: Wow, what a fantastic weekend! Spent time with friends new and old, saw some neat things, leveled up in Entourage. Best weekend in a long time. Boy are my legs tired.
I spent a lot of the con hanging out with my friend / bestselling author C.E. Murphy. Some of this was wandering the con, some of it was stalking Marvel for editors and talent scouts, and some of it was helping out during her signings. At one point she was doing a signing after Judah Friedlander, who plays Frank (the guy with the hats) on 30 Rock, and he was running long, so I escorted Kit up to the front, and very politely asked Judah to leave. He was very nice and apologetic and it was perfectly cool on both ends, but that was first class Entourage business right there. And he left a copy of his book behind, so, free book for me! (Kit was on Severe International Traveller Weight Limit.)
Saw lots of excellent costumes. People are neat. Fez’s really are cool now.
In general, the vibe was very relaxed for a con that was this huge. People were smiling, having fun, even as we squeezed past each other in crowded aisles.
Saw some celebrities. Seth Green, who is tinier than I expected even knowing the jokes. Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh from the guild. Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca). Jewel Staite from Firefly. Eliza Dushku. Rick Fox, basketball star and dancing with the stars alum. Various comic book folks like Chris Claremont, Peter David, Matt Fraction, Terry Moore, Dan Abnett, Zander Cannon, Frank Miller, Matt Wagner, Jeph Loeb, and many more. Clark Gregg, who is Agent Coulson in the Marvel movie series. (He was great, he’s clearly a geek first who became an actor and just loves what he does.) Matt Smith who works on Dr. Who. (Not that Matt Smith, though, the one who draws the comic book.)
I didn’t go to many panels, but the highlight I went to was the Marvel TV panel. First they announced the four in-development (aka definitely happening) live action TV shows. For ABC, “aka Jessica Jones”, from the excellent Brian Michael Bendis series “Alias” (which they couldn’t call it, obviously.) Carol Danvers and Luke Cage will be part of the regular cast. Also, “The Hulk”. Since it’s the same studio as doing the movies, they’re using things like The Avengers as an R&D budget, so it should look good. For ABC Family, live action Mockingbird show, and Cloak & Dagger. (Squee!) Animation wise, they announced a Hulk animated series (Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., with Hulk, Red Hulk, She-Hulk, and a couple of others.) Then we saw clips from the upcoming Ultimate Spider-Man show. Great voice actors, like Clark Gregg continuing to play Agent Coulson, JK Simmons staying on as J. Jonah Jameson, Chi McBride as Nick Fury. It looks good! (This is the first Spider-Man show made by Marvel directly.) And then they announced Season 2 of the Avengers coming out next year, and said, “But this is New York, and you guys don’t like to wait, right? How about we show you episode 1, right now?” And they did, the whole thing on the big screen, and it was fantastic. Doom!
I spent a lot of time in Artist Alley this time. When I saw art I liked and the person wasn’t busy, I went up and talked about it. Turns out this is a great way to meet some cool people. (Hi, Anne Cain!) Spent a lot of time encouraging folks who drew superhero women with sensible outfits.
Overall, wow, it’s hard to come back to work. I’ve got all sorts of ideas in my head, some of which I’ll share later. I really needed a weekend like this, to re-establish who I am and where I’m going with my life.