Monday, July 16, 2012

San Diego Comic Con

Another San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, leaving me in a state of post-con withdrawal and well-earned exhaustion. This was probably my most enjoyable comic con to date, made so entirely by the people that I spent it with.

I roomed, as has become the tradition, with good friends John Picacio and Paul Cornell, two guys I can never see enough of. My plane Wednesday was late, but I got in just in time to make my dinner with editors Ann Sowards, Diana Gill and Ann Groell, illustrator John Picacio, and (unexpected arrival) author Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities). io9's Charlie Jane Anders (no relation but one of my favorite people) and Annalee Newitz (also fav) dropped in at the end, making for a great night at Rocking Baja Lobster. Then it was off to the Grand Lobby Bar at the Hyatt, where I bumped into my friend Bill Willingham (Fables, Down the Mysterly River) and had drinks until late with Picacio and Paolo.

Thursday my dear friend Stephenson Crossley took the train down from LA, just for four hours, to hang. We paled around the con, the met up with Pierce Watters (Paizo), Michael Rowley (Ebury), and James Parker (Hastings) for dinner at JSix.  Great meal with great conversation with great people. Afterwards, we walked to Bootlegger for the Random House Party, which was the most comfortable location for a publishing party I've thus far attended in San Diego. Then back to the Grand Lobby Bar at the Hyatt, where Paul Cornell was nice enough to introduce John Picacio and I to some of the organizers from Convergence, a convention at which Picacio and I will both sit as Guest of Honor next year.

Friday started off with a breakfast with my buddy filmmaker Kenny Golde,  then a lunch with John Picacio and Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief of BOOM! Studios. Matt and I share some authors in common and our jobs are remarkable similar across our related fields, so it's always fun to catch up with him. Afterwards I met up with Joseph Mallozzi (of Stargate fame, in town to sign his comic book, Dark Matter) and the lovely Akemi, then had drinks with Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED, Fall of Cthulhu). Midway through drinks, my friend James Waugh of Blizzard Entertainment showed up.

Then it was off to dinner at Searsucker with Joseph Mallozzi, Akemi, John Picacio and Marjorie M. Liu (Dirk & Steele, Astonishing X-Men), where Mallozzi had prairie oysters. I wasn't *afraid* to join him, as he implies on his blog; I just don't eat beef ! I was all set to dig in when I realized that a bull's testicles are still technically red meat.

Afterwards we all went to the Hilton where we met up with Night Shade Books’ Jeremy Lassen and others. But it was at the Hilton that I got to see the true and ugly cost of fame. Picacio and I were talking to George RR Martin, and I glanced down to look at my cell phone. I glanced back up, to find someone standing in front of me and moving their lips without making a sound. I wasn't sure what they were doing, and when I leaned forward, thinking I just couldn't hear them in all the ambient noise, they explained that "I'm just moving my lips so it will look like I am in the same conversation as George Martin." O-kaaaaay.

Saturday was a lunch with Marjorie M. Liu, more walking the floor with Mallozzi and Akemi, and then afternoon drinks with my good friends Miles Homes (lead designer with Gameloft) and Matt Wilson (Creative Director, Privateer Press). Drinks with Miles & Matt is an annual Comic Con tradition, now in its third year, and frankly, has come to be the cornerstone of my whole SDCC experience. Great guys who've become good friends. Oh, and Matt just wrote and directed his first short film, called Level 7.

Then it was dinner at Fleming's with some of my favorite artists: Todd Lockwood (and his wife), Stephan Martiniere (and his daughter and friend), John Picacio, and Dave Seeley (and his son), as well as with my friend Mike Colbert, who is releasing his first graphic novel soon. (It's called Crazy Mary - check it out!) Comic illustrator J.K. Woodward joined us later. Then it was off to the Westin for a last drink and then to bed.

If it sounds like San Diego Comic Con was just four days spent with a slew of people that I think are all great folk, that's because it was. 


5 comments:

Arctic Goddess said...

So glad that you finally got to meet the Mallozzi. I know you had wanted to. He's quite the guy.
I love San Diego. I'm not sure about Comic Con though. It's a bit too crowded for me. I understand that this year there were even more people there than ever before.

Are you going back next year, or are you going to keep your conventions simple and just do the Dragon Con one?

All the best,

Patricia

josephmallozzi said...

Hey Lou, it was great to finally meet you and spend time with you, this in spite of your "I don't eat red meat" excuse to get out of eating them tasty testicles. Next Comic Con, I'm going to a look up a place that serves up chicken gonads.

Lou Anders said...

Hi Patricia - I love SDCC. That and DragonCon are my two favorite cons of the year (*exception - I do a lot of GOH spots, and whatever regional cons are hosting me in a given year are *also* my favorite cons of the year.)

Hi Joe - you went for the "low hanging fruit". But I'm thinking we'll have to find a place that serves insects.

Michael said...

That story about the lip-moving-man is pretty creepy.

Sad to say, I've had my moment being that guy. I met Kim Stanley Robinson at Mars Fest (an event in Pasadena to celebrate one of the Mars Lander's arrival on the red planet). I stood in line to say hi, and then moved to the side of his table where I glommed on to him for the better part of a half hour. The poor man. Looking back I feel just awful. At one point a couple of other authors showed up and started talking about Cryptonomicon (this was just after it hit the bookstores) and then they walked away to get lunch. It was only then that I realized what I had done. Oh the shame.

Sigh. The only good part of that story is that I can say it happened fourteen years ago, and I've never done anything like it again.

Matthew MacNish said...

Some day I will be cool enough and wealthy enough to make it to SDCC, I swear it.

Glad to hear you had such a great time, Lou.