Saturday, August 04, 2007

The Only Con Report You Need Ever Read

So, you know, I wrote a whole review, complete with photographs, fully outlining my every thought and impression of the 2007 San Diego Comic Con. And then I deleted it, because it was not nearly as succinct and powerful at capturing the total experience as this video:



Where cringing sympathy meets gleeful schadenfreude, there shall you find a Comic Con.

13 comments:

the lw said...

I'm confused.

Scott said...

...ookkay...

Ya, know, I think I want your report anyway. Just as a chaser, you understand, to clear the palette so to speak.
Please?

Jim Duong said...

Oh. My. God.

How cold I have not gone to this!

The Ichthyophile said...

weird. what was that all about?

stephen eidson said...

I have to second the request to read your take. Pitzer mentioned in his blog and I was dismayed that I couldn't figure out where it was. No comment on the grandiose mystery play shown on the clip...it truly is beyond measure of words.

chrishaley said...

That was honestly hard for me to watch all the way through.
Coming from me, I'd say that's saying a lot.

Fer (of Gus & Fer) said...

Kickstand problems; sure, we've all been there. That undead enforcer of Satan's will seems a little more human to me now.

octave said...

This makes more sense than the movie.

Greg said...

Watching that clip, I felt both entertainment and shame. You say this is representative of the whole experience? I both MUST go in my life and NEVER go.

mattg said...

That is too awesome. :)

Steph said...

Yes indeedy, very painful--I must confess I couldn't watch it all the way thru. Am I weak? Well, at least we got to hang out for a big ^__^

Fer (of Gus & Fer) said...

Off topic and belated, but "Onion Jack" got a very nice (if brief) review at Newsarama's Best Shots today. It's well deserved.

Joel Priddy said...

Ahoy, all,

Sorry for letting these comments hang so long. For those confused by the clip, or pained, or shamefully titillated, or any combination of the three: well, like I said, that clip pretty much captures the experience in ways my words never could.

But, to give you a little more in the way of specifics (now that everybody is past paying attention to this thread, in case), here goes: Like Chris Pitzer, I didn't really enjoy the show and have no plans to go back. It's not really my scene, and it's not a scene that's that interested in me. SPX and MoCCA are much more my style. Although, who knows? I might have left singing a different tune had I met Ramona Fradon.

As far as the Eisner's go: I am, of course, really and deeply honored to be nominated, and boy-howdy would I ever like to be nominated some more. But, having sat through two Eisner's dinners now, a basic truth finally sunk in to me: there is no such thing as an Eisner upset. It will always go to the 800 lb. gorilla. Not to take anything away from any book that won. I think they were all deserving of the honor. I'm just saying that there's no need for me to rush off to San Diego in the hopes that maybe, somehow, this is my year!

Although, I'm awfully glad I was there to hear John Dimaggio read out "The Preposterous Adventure [sic] of Iron Hide Tom" in a sorta Url voice. Dang, but I wish someone would post footage of that on YouTube.

And it was an awful lot of fun watching my friends, Chris, April, and Curt, who were there to do SDCC right. They came with cash and cameras in hand, and met everybody, collected great stories, and bought some really great original art. Whenever they'd come by and visit me in my little corner of gloom and grump, their enthusiasm and youthful high spirits would buoy my curmudgeony old bones and make it possible to get through the rest of the day with an actual smile. So, really, I'd recommend hopping over to their blogs, and reading their reports.