Sigh. Wondercon 2008 is now underway at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco — and I wish I was there. This is the first major comic book convention of the year as well as the kick-off of the comic book convention season — which seems to last from mid-February to the end of November. Unfortunately, as I accustom myself to the freelance writer lifestyle, I just didn’t have the funds to make the 425 mile trek north up the Pacific coast.
I’ve attended Wondercon twice before — last year and about six or so years ago. It’s an enjoyable show — not too small, but not overwhelming. It’s a good show to catch up with friends and colleagues in the comic book industry — swapping holiday seasons survival stories and sharing the big plans for the upcoming year.
If you happen to be attending Wondercon this year here’s a short list of things you can do:
- Swing by the IDW Publishing booth (623) and tell them that issue 4 of Cory Doctorow’s Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now (featuring the story Nimby and the D-Hoppers adapted by yours truly) was your favorite issue of the series.
- Stop by Chris Moreno‘s table in Artist Alley (AA58) and ask to see some art from the upcoming project that he’s working on with me and Neil Kleid.
- See if Brandon “Ragnar” Johnson is hiding out at the Baby Tattoo Books booth (1035) and buy many of his books and much of his art.
- Saturday from 11 to noon watch Ben Templesmith squirm while they spotlight him in room 220.
- Hit the two after-hours events at Isotope The Comic Book Lounge. Friday night with Ben Templesmith, and Saturday Night with Darwyn Cooke and the Justie League: The New Frontier after party. (Be sure to pick me up one of the nifty limited edition pint glasses, thanks.)
Alright, I’m off to work so I can afford to go to WizardWorld L.A.