My First Bleeding San Diego and Parallel Reporting

I’ve written so much as a reporter about San Diego Comic Con that it’s somewhat difficult to sit down and write more about it, but with all the articles up online, it’s time to compile them here so people can find them and even see what they might have missed in the rush of reportage. It was my first attendance of San Diego Con and my first visit was also my first professional coverage of the con. That was intense. Also, I had very recently moved to Bleeding Cool as my home site, and since it’s a big news site, I was aware that it might be a little overwhelming being part of such a big team and staying on target to make sure I helped them out as best I could. The con was a total immersion experience, so much larger and more sense-overwhelming than the other cons I’ve reported on, but also quite an amazing testament to the rise of pop culture in the past 20 years. We are in a major upsurge of pop culture, and comics culture right now, and though that can get chaotic, it’s something to celebrate. But my experience working for Bleeding Cool was stellar.

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The members of the team were each impressive in their knowledge and commitment to comics and pop culture, many of them educators with a strong desire to promote comics in main stream culture. Hanging out with them was a privilege and seeing the work they produced was dazzling. We fought the crowds, strategized, and brought back the stories for readers whether we ate or not, slept or not. It was an amazing thing. Thanks to all the great folks I met out there at our morning meetings and after-hours drinks- you made my San Diego so worthwhile. I’d like to particularly thank Rich Johnston, who was not only excellent at keeping us all on track, but full of encouragement and positive energy, and spent his free hours devoted to us, the writers, and enthused about all the great aspects of San Diego, even at its most crazy and bizarre.

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I also spent San Diego sending the occasional article back home to New York for Dan Greenfield at Parallel Worlds for the New York Post, and that was a great experience of whittling down what might be of greatest interest to New Yorkers and picking out the highlights of the show from my personal vantage. That was an honor, too, and with Parallel Worlds gaining strength as a home for indie comics and mainstream news, I want to congratulate the site for its hard work building a place for itself in comics news.

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Below, you’ll find, firstly, all my articles for Bleeding Cool from San Diego, and following that my articles for Parallel Worlds. San Diego isn’t for everyone, and it can be a madhouse, but its also an eye-opener about what part comics play in modern culture, so I would encourage people to go, at least once, and see what all the stories are about. It’s an experience you just can’t have on this level anywhere else.

For Bleeding Cool:

DC Comics

DC’s Meet the Co-Publishers Brings a Tide of Teasers from Lee and Didio at SDCC

The Best Kept Secret at San Diego: The DC Origins Panel with Lee, Capullo, Palmiotti, Simone, Snyder, Conner, and Chang

IDW Comics

Judge Dredd/2000AD Are Taking over the World by Autumn According to SDCC

Image Comics

Skybound Keeps Busy and Kirkman “Will Die” Working on Walking Dead at SDCC

Smaller Publisher Panels

Top Shelf’s Super Awesome Secret Announcements at SDCC

Toys

Diamond Select Toys Expand Star Trek, Domo, Universal Monsters and More

Issue Panels

Feuding Turns Into Commiseration At SDCC’s Comics Blogging Panel

Creators Spotlighted

Dave McKean Smites Us with Glorious Images at SDCC: Sandman Cover Collections, Neil Gaiman’s Smoke And Mirrors Illustrated, Pictures That Tick

Raw Sandman Art And How The Hell Are We Going To Read Promethea? JH Williams Is All That Rock And Roll At SDCC

George R. R. Martin Blames Comics for his Success in TV/Film at SDCC

Twenty-One Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Duane Swierczynski Revealed At San Diego Comic Con

Swag

Swag! Domu ’66

One Hundred And Twenty-Six Things We Learned At San Diego Comic Con

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For Parallel Worlds at the New York Post:

SDCC: Preview Night is a Main Event

San Diego Comic Con is One-Stop Shopping for Awesome Stuff

Black Mask Studio Stakes Out a Place for Indie Comics at SDCC

Grant Morrison and 18 Days

Mike Mignola Celebrates Hellboy’s 20th Anniversary

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Until next year, that’s all from San Diego!

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