Monday, July 28, 2008
Beth mourns the end of another Comic-Con.
Comic-Con 2008 is over. A moment of silence as I mourn all the things I didn't get to and all the purchases I didn't make.... Now for the high points: The Spirit panel with Frank Miller; the slo-mo shootout between Simon Pegg and fans at Spaced ; the respect emanating from young fans for manga artist Tite Kubo; editorial cartoonist Mike Peters not being able to answer a single question succinctly; and Ralph Bakshi starting his panel a half hour early. I also want to thank the Twilight Moms for proving to me that no matter how well I think I know Comic-Con, there will always be surprises. It was also cool to see so many of my Anime Club kids running around the convention floor and saying hi. Those were all great moments and events. I know I heard a few people complain about lines or crowds, but the people I hung with all went into Comic-Con with a mix of high anticipation and a roll-with-the-punches attitude, and we all left the Con Sunday night with a happy buzz. I calculated that I walked two to four miles a day (the exhibit hall is a quarter mile long, so you can do the math on your travels), had only one real meal, and slept a total of 10 hours during the entire convention. I'm proud to say I had more stamina than my son and his teenage friend -- years of Con training triumphing over youth. Thank goodness I get a heady rush from the Con or else I would have collapsed!