|About a hundred years ago in 1984,
fellow seventh grader Nick Smith introduced us to our close friend
"comic books". Every
conscious thought I'd have for the next five or six years were, in
some way, associated with comics, Car Wars, Dungeons & Dragons, or girls
(in that order, it's true).
After reading about it countless times, I
finally made it out to the comic book Super Bowl known as the
34th Annual San Diego International Comic Con. The cavernous SD Convention Center was jammed with artists, publishers,
game developers, toy companies, actors, and tv/movie displays. Geek
Mecca, exactly as imagined. It was like being inside joy.
I wrote up a feature on the 2002 Con over at
which, naturally, focuses on the whole Star Wars angle. Some of the highlights of this year's geek fiesta included:
- Trip to California. A
startling change of scenery for those who hail from the East.
- Solaris movie presentation
with host James Cameron.
- Preview of the
currently-being-filmed X-men 2, with host Bryan Singer.
Looks awesome even without special effects.
- Met Matt
Groening, who was cloaked in a thick blanket of fanboys everywhere he walked.
- Bumped into
Mark Hamill (practically) as he was starring/directing in
some indy mockumentary-type flick called Comic Book: The Movie. Smacks of
- Snagged a way cool Blade
Runner 12" knock-off ("Android Hunter") for cheap. Dragon
body, die cast gun, terrific likeness - already regretting
not picking up the Roy Batty they were selling with him.
- Scored a deluxe exhibitor
pass, which allowed for leisurely browsing of convention
floor every morning/evening sans the crowds.