Good Afternoon all! I am most certainly not at the New York Comicon- in fact I would say I am about as far away from it as one can get, sitting in the urban jungle I live at in Washington State. The beauty of the internet has made it possible for me to get news out of the NYCC quickly. Both Newsarama and Comic Book Resources have special sites set up to carry the news out to folks like me.
I appreciate the extra effort given by these sites and have gotten the wonderful news about the Gordon Lee case being dismissed, as well as fun tidbits that have made me smile. I was happy to hear about Gail Simone's plans for Wonder Woman and that there will be a new Power Girl series. There was streaming video, up-to-the-minute blog updates, and news stories. It really was great.
The only thing missing for me was a human touch.
Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed having all this news at my fingertips. What I felt was lacking was the human interest angle. Where were the parties? Did anyone run into someone and have a great moment? How was the food? Did you meet someone you had always wanted to meet? Did bloggers collide?
Those are the things I always enjoy reading about. Comic book news is interesting and fun. I love having some new information to chew on while waiting for an issue to come out. The old school part of me loves to have some mystery left. Back in the day, letter pages and an actual issue hitting stands was it, and that was fantastic. Sometimes the internet unintentionally or intentionally spoils stuff for me. You know what I mean.
I am off to check out some blogs now to find the personal touch I am hoping for. God knows that when I go to a show, I like to bring back something that is a bit special, even if it is some embarassing or humbling moment I experience. It adds to the experience, and brings the reader along for the ride. I will most likely never have a personal moment with Grant Morrison, but I am pretty sure that my friends and I will have lasting memories that we can relate to for years to come.
What do you like to get out of a convention?
Sunday, April 20, 2008
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If you want a "human touch" angle on the con, wait for my ComicMix column on Wednesday. :)
You and me think alike on this, that's why the comic blogs are so important
pulpsecret.com! Pete hit the floor each day with Word Balloon's John Siuntres to help flesh out our skybox coverage. The video is up there, or on youTube, and will be up on Newsarama soon. The human touch is totally important :)
Elayne, thank you for that! I will be sure to check it out and hope the rest of you will also!
Swinebread- it is all the stuff that happens that we don't see that I always like to hear about. Great minds think alike, right? :-)
Alex, thank you for that. I will go check it out!
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