I have just returned from the magical land known as San Diego Comic Con, and it’s my pleasure to share a little bit of that magic with our BlogRiders.
Let’s start by getting this much out of the way: I am a geek. A big, big geek. I have surrounded myself with comic books, comic art, superhero symbols and figurines — I’ve seen the latest X-Men movie so many times I don’t even need to read the subtitles anymore to follow the dialogue. Comic Con to me… it’s like Christmas is to kids. And here’s why:
When you think of geeks, nerds, whatever your preferred term is, one of the main qualities that comes to mind is social awkwardness and anxiety, right? Well, it’s true for me. It’s always been a big obstacle. It’s painful and stressful, and it holds me back in a lot of ways. If you’re a geek, you probably know the words to that tune, and you may also sometimes wonder what your life would be like if you were one of those people who seems so at ease and confident all the time, who can just walk up to strangers and strike up a conversation.
Well, at Comic Con, you can. That’s the beauty, the magic, the miracle of this kind of event. You can turn to your right or left in any room at any time and know that the stranger you’re looking at is probably just two degrees away from being a friend. You’re all there for the same thing; these are your people!
There’s so much to do, it’s really too much to choose from, and you’ll never see it all, but everything you see will be cool! If you want to try to see all the most popular events and exhibits, you’ve got a lot of standing in line in your future. But if you just wander around and check out the rooms the big crowds aren’t as desperate to get into, you can have a leisurely time and discover new things you might not have found on your own. They premiere films and screen television pilots; there are game demos on the main floor you can play (I saw a bunch of brave souls playing a Kinect dancing game on a big stage); artists sit behind tables and draw beautiful things, and you can stand there and watch them do it!
One of the best experiences you can have at a con is the opportunity to meet people you admire and tell them how much you appreciate their work. They’re happy to hear it, and artists and writers (we comic fans call them by the catchall term “creators”) are by and large the nicest, most gracious people you can imagine. They love what they do, and they know how lucky they are to be doing it. Not unlike the people at PopCap! We are lottery lucky to be working in games, and we all know it and are so proud to be here. I don’t make the games myself, and at times I find myself going all fangirl when I talk to some of my fellow PopCappers who do have that incredible talent. That’s how it is to be here every day —you’re a geek in a room full of them, and you’re impressed by everyone you know. Again I say, lottery lucky!
One of the first friends I made here at PopCap is also at Comic Con every year, selling collections of his long-running comic strip, Bob the Angry Flower. This year, he was also proudly promoting his newest PopCap project, Pig Up! And here we are together, enjoying the con in style (first commenter who can identify my costume gets a code for a free PopCap PC or Mac download!).