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A post of "where have I been?" and Comic Con 
15th-Jul-2008 11:24 am
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Wow. I am completely absent from online life nowadays. I miss you all, but real life continues to demand all my time. And...well, to be honest, Boyfriend kisses me much more frequently than you guys do. ;0)

I want to look through the Comic Con schedule, but after spending most of the weekend with Boyfriend, and then cleaning house frantically, my BFF rolled into town late last night and will be here for a week. Also, we have a big data goal that we have to meet by Friday, and if I meet it, I get a $2000 bonus. So...again...I love all y'all, but since Comic Con is going to cost me well over $1000, I kinda need to spend my time at work actually working. Life is so unfair.

I can already see Comic Con conflicts coming up for me, though. Like...I skimmed Thursday's schedule and there's a Torchwood program in the early afternoon. And I love Torchwood. Even after what the bastards did in the S2 finale. However, there are some other really interesting things going on in the morning. And if I sit in the room all day to ensure I've got a seat for Torchwood, I'm gonna miss these other things. Plus...everyone and their mother is going to be writing about Torchwood, and 24, and Heroes, and The Hobbit, and Star Wars...and I feel like these other fun little things deserve some page time, too. Penny Arcade's going to have a panel! Lynda Barry will be there! There's going to be a panel discussion with production designers talking about how they created the looks of movies ranging from Iron Man to The Corpse Bride. There's a panel of s.f. children's authors. There's a panel called "Guerilla Warfare and Sneak Attacks: The Politics of Representing War in Film and Comics of the 1950s" which is exactly the kind of sh*t I earned a degree in. And...I could go on and on. And, heck, just the vendors could make a neat article - Kingdom of Loathing is going to have a booth there that I fully intend to hit up ASAP for free stuff, and the CBLDF will be selling autographed Neil Gaiman shirts. (As in, shirts formerly belonging to Neil Gaiman that he's getting rid of because he's got too many. Which is F*CKING AWESOME, if you ask me.)

Point is, I'm struggling internally between "you should just go to the popular panels, because more people will be interested in them" and "you should go to these little things that YOU are interested in, because you'll write much more passionately about those, and then readers will be much more into your articles. Plus you'll be the only person writing about them". 

Anyway.  On a final note: despite spending waaaaaaay too much money on travel the last few months, Audrey Kawasaki just announced a print sale for this weekend.  And I love Audrey Kawasaki's work.  Thing is, her prints are like trying to order tickets to hot concerts: you have to be sitting there online hitting "refresh" on your browser every 30 seconds, and then hope you're one of the lucky ones to snag the prize.  This is one of my all-time-favorite paintings by her, so I think I'm going to try to buy one despite the $$$cost$$$ (click on it to see a bigger version).

15th-Jul-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I say go to the panels who want to if you can, plenty of people will be talking about Heroes anyway. And yes, $$$$ is more important, I hope you get that bonus!!
15th-Jul-2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
It's going to have to be a balance. I'm hoping there aren't too many conflicts, and that most of the "big name" ones I'd like to cover are earlier in the day (I think Heroes is at 10:30 am?). The main problem is that waiting in line is NOT MY STRONG SUIT. And it would absolutely kill me to sit in line for 8 hours holding a seat, while grousing about the fun stuff I could have been doing instead. Hopefully for the big-name stuff, we can spell each other so that we can fit some other activites in.

And thanks for the well-wishes on the bonus. What's nerve-wracking is that EVERYONE in the department gets a bonus, so if something gets screwed-up at the 11th hour, I'll be here till midnight the night before frantically fixing things, so that everyone doesn't form a lynch mob because the bonus goals weren't met.
15th-Jul-2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Go to the panels YOU want to see - Comic-Con only happens once a year!!
15th-Jul-2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I need to justify the press pass. I go back and forth with my thinking on it. This is why I have never tried to start a real website, because there's such a pull between "I should write about the things that will have the largest possible audience" and "I should write about the niche things that are hard to find info on". The former is going to potentially appeal to more readers, but at the same time, there's a lot of competition and if you're not as funny/vicious/entertaining/whatever as other sites, they'll go to the other sites. The latter is going to bring in a much smaller audience, but on the other hand, they'll be more interested in your site because you'll be the only person writing about the unusual crap they like.

I am hoping to get to meet the writer of "Heathers" and "Hudson Hawk", though. I know it's twisted, but both Boyfriend and I love "Hudson Hawk".
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15th-Jul-2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
It's a limited number of prints (I think 150). It's just like when tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster at 10 am: you basically have to sit there with your finger on your mouse button and refresh till the "ON SALE" button goes live, and then hope you're one of the first 150 people to click on it. I really can't afford it, but I loved this painting the instant I saw it, so I HAVE to try for it. And she complains quite angrily about people who buy her prints just to scalp them at higher prices on eBay, but people buy them at those prices, so the print would probably be as much an investment as it is something pretty to hang on my wall. :0) (Yes, I am rationalizing...)
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15th-Jul-2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, if I manage to get one, I WILL. LOL $220 is a hell of a lot to spend on a print, but again, from what I've seen, if I had money problems, I could probably re-sell it next year for a lot more than that. So it's not as bad as spending the money on eating out or clothes!
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