Comic Con Catchuppery

I haven’t done a full Comic Con report yet, partly because I had other things to do and partly because, damn, there was a lot of Comic Con and it’s hard to take it all in. Suffice to say that I had a fantastic time, Comic Con is overwhelming, and that I want to live in San Diego, possibly sooner than later.

That said, I do have people to thank, and here they are.

First, the folks at Comic Con itself, for inviting me as a guest this year. Given the general insanity of Comic Con, I had resolved not to go until I was invited (and thus, could avoid the madness of trying to find a hotel room anywhere nearby), so I didn’t know what I was missing until now. Now I know. It also helped that this particular Comic Con seemed very well-timed for me, both for showing off Redshirts and for announcing The Human Division. I could say more on that score but I will leave that all mysterious for now.

Second, Patrick Rothfuss, who not only was my willing partner in crime at w00tstock, but also stepped in at the last minute to moderate my spotlight panel when Wil Wheaton realized he unfortunately had a prior commitment. He did a fantastic job at both and thus ascends higher on my List of People Who Can Ask For a Kidney.

Third, Paul and Storm, who in addition to inviting me to perform at w00tstock with Pat (a decision made, presumably, with Wil and Adam Savage as well), also did me a solid by being the opening band at my signing at the Tor Books booth last Friday. They rocked the crowd with their latest hit and generally got people in a good mood. They do not ascend my Kidney List, however, because there are two of them, and I need at least one kidney. It’s a technicality, but an important one.

Fourth, my very good friend Deven Desai, who patiently shuttled me from place to place while I was in San Diego and then also took me to get Indian food, because, hey, Indian food.

Finally, my family, who was very patient with me while I did work-related stuff in the middle of their vacation. Fortunately, they did have all of San Diego to play with.

I also saw tons and tons of people, and rather than try to list them all I will note some of the cool folks I met for the first time and spent more than five minutes of quality time with: Grant Imahara, Amy Berg, the Doubleclicks, John Roderick, Rob Reid and Morgan Webb, Colin Ferguson, Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins (who I have known for more than a decade but had never actually, you know, been in the same room with), Bill Amend, Marian Call, Bonnie Burton, Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt and a bunch of folks who write and/or produce the shows Eureka and Big Bang Theory. There’s also everyone on the “Humor in Science Fiction and Fantasy” panel, who made me look good as a moderator by being smart, funny and engaged. I’d met Richard Kadrey and Rob Reid by the time I was on the panel, but everyone else was new to me, and it was nice to meet them all.

There are other people I know I met for the first time and I am forgetting them (many of them who I met at w00tstock), but that’s one of the annoying things about making lists like this: You forget things. I hope they will forgive me and know I found them lovely company regardless.

And thus: Comic Con 2012.

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