[The new Voltron show didn't look interesting at all, and I've recently seen a bit of it on TV and it comes off as even less so. The only thing I took from the con was Phineas & Ferb. Which initially looked like all the other crap on Nick: but, holy crap!, I'm a huge fan of the show now! What gives?! You can usually tell what shows are actually good by seeing what the larger group of kids... I mean “big kids”... I mean adults (lets get real, here) are into.]
Oh, and this brings me to another thing: line cutters. Everyone freaking hates line-cutters. If you're planing on trying to cut in line at Comic-Con, keep in mind that many people see this as stealing; and in many ways it is. If there's any kind of giveaway, whether it be tickets [for any kind of event], items, autographs, or something of a limited quantity, if you cut into that line you are stealing from someone near or at the end. [or is it the beginning? Wait, the start of the line is the end of the line, and the back of the line is the beginning of the.... uh... anyways...] or even the person behind you, if the items in question are all custom originals and you took the one that they wanted... unless that dick was your friend, then good, they deserve it for letting you cut in line! LOL
Aw-man! I asked someone at Hasbro and they said the line was closed for the day. Not even 10am and they were closed for the day. Yeesh... I just want to buy a pony!!! LOL
Crap, crap crap!!! Enough about lines!!!!!! Let me check my Comic-Con notes....
Okay, so my notes about Comic-Con were: “write about Comic-Con.” Damn. Good job.
Oh, when do we get to the comics? What are comics, you might ask? I'd tell you, but I don't even know myself anymore. Lets try to remember some things, shall we?
Preview night was pretty darn crowded. I mean, it was just ridiculous. It really seemed like that was the crowdedest(for lack of a real word) day of the whole con. From what I understand it use to be only exhibitors and industry badged people who were allowed in for preview night. But I could be wrong. Preview Night is about previewing the crowd more than anything, really. I was like, crap, this is what it's going to be like the rest of the con?! Sunday has the least amount of people, which is nice, but for some reason it always feels the most dangerous.
It was very quiet and no one really said anything, probably bcz it was so freaking dificult to even tell what was going on to have a vociferous opinion about it.
Finally, in this crowded mess, a freaking loud scream shot thought the cabin. It came from the tall, shaky white dude, who was now barreling down the aisle of the trolly while still screaming maniacally with fear. It sounded something like “BWAhHHHhHHhhHHHHHhHh!!!!!!” If I recall. Anyways, it really shook a lot of people up, which actually contributed to my holding back of laughter. One gentlemen, shaking in his words, yelled out, “Fucking, crazy,” or, “Fucking asshole!” I can't remember which. What really contributed to my amusement was how fast people moved out of this guy's way as he moved. You know what, now that I think back on it, I think he was screaming actual words. Or maybe he started to scream before he ran, and that turned into nonsense. I remember a lot of “Don't touch me!” screams.
To be honest, the whole time I was really worried that some kind of weapon would come into play, and that would have really not been good. There's really no way of checking for that kind of thing on trains and trollies, so it quite possibly could have happened. One of my real fears about riding those things. Some taller woman turned into a child, crawled onto another woman's lap, and cried hysterically(hysteria, not mirth). I think a lot of other people were just as surprised by that as they were the running man.
At some point the door opened and the shorter, latino guy got out, and soon one of the conductors came into the trolly car. No one said a word, as far as I could hear. He pulled the emergency button back out and left. What an odd time that was.
Oh, the other thing that always bugs me about Comic-Con, and it's a personal one, is how depressing it can be. I'm a writer and former artist, and it's really hard to watch so many people try and shill their work. Well, that's what it feels like sometimes. I understand that there's a niche market for most everything, and sometimes those niches are very small, but some of these people have to realize that not everyone is going to be into their work. Well, it's also safe to say that they might write well and have crappy art to go along with it. And there's a lot of judging books by their covers at Comic-Con, to go along with that. I generally like to check out reviews before spending $9-$15-$20 on something... am I that cheap?
An all to typical scene that I saw on one of the days. A man stops another man and starts talking to him about his “book”. I don't even think this guy was at a booth, either. He hands the man a bookmark, like a business car, and asks him if he'd like to “step over here so I can tell you about my book.” The man refuses and adds that he's in a hurry and he's not that interested. The first man says “okay” and tells the other man he can keep the bookmark. But the man refuses it, handing it back he says, “No, that's okay.” —I really don't know who to feel more sorry for.
It wasn't all that bad, but that's one of the more typical examples with the struggle that goes on there by artists... some artists.
This is all very depressing for me bcz I too, as I've stated above, am a writer (Oh the horror!!), and visionary, hopping to someday bust into that end of the industry. So I usually come back home all depressed and bummed out. On the other hand, I do get inspired, but not in the usual way. This inspiration comes by way of all the crap that's out there. The thought that, if you can do this, so can I! I mean, your stuff is crap, and while my stuff isn't much different, you have readers and most likely so will I! LOL
Peter S. Beagle was there again this year. Last year he was only there for one day and maybe only a few hours. I've talked to him once, years ago, but now there's always too much of a group of people around him for someone like me to even try. It's really hard for me to get any kind of conversation started, let alone an acknowledgment that I want to say something. My fault, not their's; obviously. [can I use “their's”?] Sure, I'm a big fan of The Last Unicorn, like most of the people that talk with him, I'm sure, and fallow him on FaceBook, or whatever; but the one that really did it for me was TWO HEARTS. [*Warning* please, please, please do not read this without first reading The Last Unicorn!!! I had a friend once that I'd lent my Samurai DVDs to and told him that “The first two are okay, but part three was the best,” only to find out that he watched part three and only part three. So, he couldn’t see that that was just not going to work? I'm sure with Two Hearts there is some level of self-containedness, but there's no way it's going to be anywhere near the same experience you would have by first reading The Last Unicorn. Go read The Last Unicorn, dammit!] I love the short story format more than novels. IDK, maybe it's just a phase. Anyways, Two Hearts was really a huge inspiration for me, and helped give me more of a push into writing than I'd already been. Crap, it's hard to talk about this without talking about the story itself. Oh, well. Anyways, again, I really wanted to tell Mr. Beagle how much I enjoyed Two Hearts and what an awesome addition it was to the world of The Last Unicorn, and what a great gift it was to readers and fans. I've heard that future printings of The Last Unicorn will have this tagged onto the end. I hope that's true, bcz it belongs there. Or maybe it already has been? IDK. [Wikipedia claims Two Hearts is 218pp long, but it's not, it's short: it's a novelette that you will blast through in no time]
Anyways, I'm currently (currently, being the past few year) looking for someone who's art style matches with what I'm writing at the moment, or someone who would be able to work in different styles. I'm an artist also but I can never really be all that happy with what I do. And it depresses me to even think about picking up a pencil. Interested? Know anyone that's interested? Does picking up pencils not depress the hell out of you?! You might be the one!... or that person you know.
Here's the thing, I'm not really in any position to pay, and I'm not looking for free work or trying to be a freeloader (if those are not the same thing). What I'm really looking for is someone who's interested in working together to get a book published. I'm not really sure how much illustrations there will be, either. I guess that all depends on the person doing the art... or people doing the art.
The book is other-world, fantasy based, and will be comprised of [atm] three short stories dealing with the same characters. It will have the feel, some what, of a children's book, but not really be for children. That is to say, it will not be “adult” either. To be real, it would be more or less like older children's books, before people started getting all freaked out about things like poison, wolfs getting chopped up, and old women eating little children. Hmm... that's probably not the best description, either. LOL
I'm really not egotistical about my own writing so any input is good to hear. My most concerning interest is to make sure the reader understands what the heck it is I'm trying to say. So ifs I don'ts makes sense... I don't want to hurt your head, I want to heart you head. LOL
What a pitch, huh? I will tell you nothing and you will come and work with me. LOL
Anyways, Comic-Con was fun [beside the distance traveling to the convention center each year gets worse and worse] and I'm looking for someone interested in illustrating a book for and chunk of whatever the book sells for... if it sells. LOL
That's about it
[I really don't understand the LJ formating. It just seems to do its own thing at times.]
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