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.
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.
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.
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.