This weekend is the biggest Comics/Pop Culture event in the U.S., Comic Con International in San Diego. This is the 41st year it has been held and while it isn’t growing that much due to space limitations, there’s definitely plenty of things to see and do during the convention. Not all of them are as easy to find out about, though.
The official Comic Con website lists all of the main guests, panels, autograph sessions and anything else officially put on by the convention. There’s also plenty of writers, artists, actors and others appearing at the convention that may not be on the official listings from the convention and you sometimes have to really search to find out about them.
I’ve put together a guide on my regular blog, The SFTV Blog, of where to look for information on the various happenings at and around Comic Con this weekend.
I’ve been going on a regular basis for the last ten years or so, most of the time organizing a fan table to promote Arizona conventions. During that time, I’ve learned that no matter how prepared you are, something will always surprise you or you’ll run into someone you weren’t expecting to see. In some cases, it is someone you know is there but run into them where you don’t expect to see them.
Last year, as I was walking down the main aisle, I heard someone behind me shout “Wheelchair coming through!”, so I started to move over, and then they said “Ray Bradbury coming through!” and there was Ray being wheeled down the aisle on his way to visit the booths of people he wanted to see. I found out later, that one of them was James A. Owen (as reported by James on his LJ account).
One year, while sitting at our fan table, DC Comics legend Julie Schwartz walked up to the table and chatted with me for a bit. He had just been wandering around checking out the rest of the show. That same year, Weird Al Yankovic wandered by with his wife and was heading towards Artists Alley because he wanted to see Frank Kelly Freas.
Just keep an eye out while you are on the exhibit floor and there’s no telling who you might run into.
Editor’s note: Lee Whiteside, an occasional contributor to Nerdvana, has been writing about science fiction and fantasy in various forms online since before the WWW existed. His website, sftv.org, keeps track of genre TV shows. He also is quite involved with organized fandom, having chaired CopperCons (16 & 23), LepreCons (28 & upcoming 36), The 2006 Nebula Awards, and the first North American Discworld Convention. And he runs the official Connie Willis Website at ConnieWillis.net.