Preview Night at San Diego Comic Con

Barbara Vey -- July 22nd, 2010
Preview night

Preview night

The lines seemed to stretch forever as the crowds gathered to check in for the mega comic con event.  Of course, I waited in line only to discover that “industry professionals” does not mean “press.”  That was a whole other line.

Preview night used to mean the press would get in early and exhibtors  could look each other over before the general masses decended on opening day.  Now it’s just a free for all.

Patty Berg of Crown Publishing

Patty Berg of Crown Publishing

Giant bags (almost as tall as me) are given out so you can haul around all the goodies you are likely to collect going from booth to booth.  Almost everyone is giving away something for free.  Books, posters, dvds, skins for your iPod, comics, toys, buttons and more bags.  I have to tell you that my shoulder was aching by the end of the night due to the weight of my stash.  Think Trick or Treat on Halloween without the candy. Crown Publishing was giving away books with the cover that read, “Did LSD Kill JFK?”

The biggest lines seems to form around DC Comics and Mattel, but I couldn’t get close enough to see what they were giving away.  I’ll try to find out today.  Comic Con is not for the faint of heart and if you can’t bear crowds, this isn’t for you.

Jackie Kessler, Diana Rowland and Rachel Caine

Jackie Kessler, Diana Rowland and Rachel Caine

I tried to keep my eyes on the passing people because you never know who you may run into and sure enough I caught up with authors Diana Rowland, Rachel Caine and Jackie Kessler.  Turns out we were all checking out the publishers booths.  No authors were signing yet, although there were some books presigned for sale.  At Random House they were promoting Tess Gerritsen’s new television series, Rizzoli and Isles with  puzzles of the main characters.  That was something I’d never seen before, so I snatched a couple up and will send one to a lucky commentor today.  All you have to do is post that you wish you were at Comic Con and you’ll be entered.

Rizzoli and Isles Puzzle

Rizzoli and Isles Puzzle



I made a big mistake by wearing my cute flip-flops, but today comfort rules as I don my trusty sneakers.  I’ll find out how good my stamina is as I head into a full day of interviews, panels, meet ups and parties.

So now, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win of the Rizzoli and Isles  jigsaw puzzles.  I’ll post the winner tomorrow.


Bottom Line: Oh, the loyalty I have to my job.

62 thoughts on “Preview Night at San Diego Comic Con

  1. Debbie Kaufman

    The loyalty comment cracked me up!

    I am definitely doing the comfortable shoe thing for Nationals. I wouldn’t last in flip-flops either – no matter how cute!

    I do wish I was there, but, if I was, I wouldn’t be home getting my revisions finished :)

  2. Mz Betty

    I love Tess Gerritson. I adore the new series — the chemistry is just perfect between Rizolla and Isles. But, above all, I love, love, love puzzles! Keeps me busy and off the streets.

    You must keep up the good work, hard as it may be. You certainly wouldn’t want someone else getting pushed around, etc! Of course I’m being sarcastic and clever and pea-green with envy!

  3. Charles

    Thanks for the update Barbara. I haven’t gone to Comic-Con in about 10 years, it’s just gotten too crowded for me.

    I actually attended the first one back in 1970 at the old US Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. My former roommate and I brought our girlfriends, who were among the very few women there. I think total attendance was about 300. The dealer’s room held only about 25 or 30 dealers as I recall. Oh how things have changed!

  4. Shanda

    Wow. How fun! I’ve always wanted to attend Comic-Con, but live out in the ‘middle states’, so that’s an investment I’ve never been able to make. I honestly wasn’t familiar with Tess Gerritsen’s work until I saw the TV show and have already made a list of titles to purchase on payday.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

  5. Susan in AZ

    Don’t forget to get out and see some of San Diego while you are there. The Prado restaurant within Balboa park is worth a trip for lunch. Great view, great food. Bring some buddies and a camera for that one.

  6. Gina

    In my next life I want to be Barbara Vey!!

    I really do wish I was at Comic Con and not reading your stories while I work !!

    Can’t wait to see the pics

  7. cyclops8

    I’m so jealous, I wish I were in San Diego for Comic-Con. I want to see Andy Whitfield and the panel for “Spartacus.”

  8. Amy J. Fetzer

    Great post Barbara. I envy your job, just not all the traveling, but it sounds like you just need a Sherpa to lug all that book booty.

    I loved the show from Tess Gerritsen’s books, Rizzoli and Isles. I’m a fan. Spot on casting.

  9. Liz Kreger

    Oh wow. Comic Com sounds right up my alley, Barb. And I love the photo of three of my favorite authors. Find out when the newest Patricia Briggs graphic novel is coming out. LOL

  10. Dianna Love

    I’m with Barb on the shoes – strictly sneakers. The puzzle she’s giving away (I have one so leave my name out) is like a small poster size. Very nice. I’m excited for Tess G and hope the show does gangbusters. She’s a super nice person on top of being a brilliant author.

  11. Theresa M. Moore

    I haven’t been to a Comic Con since 2006, but I wished I could go this year. Problem is, I’m writing a book. I used to send art to the art show (do check it out) but I stopped because of postage costs. I live only 250 miles away so one year I drove down the art and arranged to have it shipped back.

    The last time I worked a Comic Con I helped someone sell trading cards for Wizards of the Coast. It took three days to move from one side of the dealers’ room to the other, and I did not get to see the panel discussions. Definitely, walking shoes are a MUST. I may go next year and get an artists’ alley table just to sell my books and art work, but I do hope the conventioneers consider splitting the con into one just for media and the other just for books, comic books, and artwork. The convention certainly cannot get any bigger.

  12. Amy Cook

    I really don’t like crowds…but I love conventions. So while I wish I was at ComicCon for the swag and meet and greets, the oppressive crowds make me glad I am home and able to read all about it on your blog!

  13. Kat Kan

    I totally wish I were at Comic-Con. I was an Eisner judge for the 2005 awards, and I couldn’t afford to go then, either. I spend most of my time during the Con hitting every blog and other site that might have some coverage of the goings-on. Have lots of fun, wish I were there!

    And I also love Angie Harmon and hope Rizzoli and Isles will succeed.

  14. Lori Lyn

    I’ve never been and you’re making me so jealous, Barbara! I’ll just have to live vicariously through you for now. Have fun and take care of the tootsies!

  15. Nancy Naigle

    Sounds awesome! You need to post a picture of you with that bag — or in that bag hahahahah. I can just picture you lugging that thing full of treasures through the huge hall.

    Glad to hear you ditched the adorable sandals for sneakers — get ‘em girl!

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