That aroma of beef jerky mixed with the body odor of 130,000 nerds who haven’t showered in well over a week can mean only one thing fellow Outlaws: the monstrosity that is Comic-Con International (CCI) has landed in San Diego for another week of geek debauchery.
For the third straight year, the Outlaw (aka me, for those who loathe 3rd person speak) will be descending upon San Diego for all the festivities with NerdBFF Hot Nerd Girl.
Much has transpired in the past year since attending Comic-Con 2013: for starters Geek Outlaw recently joined on as one of the co-hosts of a new geeky podcast simply titled, Podthingy. Each week, Geddy’s Moon author John Mulhall, metal band Idiot Stare’s lead vocalist Blayne Alexander, Hot Nerd Girl and myself all meet over drinks to discuss the latest in nerd culture. I’m probably a bit biased, but it’s probably one of the most entertaining podcasts this side of your local BevMo. Stay tuned at Podthingy.com too because we will be recording shows down at Comic-Con itself… that is until the cops show up to remove us from the premises.
Keeping on the subject of podcasts, Podthingy also inspired me to get off my lazy geek gluteus maximus to start recording my own show for Geek Outlaw called The Wild Wild Podcast. If my liver didn’t take enough abuse from Podthingy, my co-host Erika Spunky Destructor and I also partake in some adult beverages while we talk shop about the latest in geek movies and television. Both the Wild Wild Podcast and Podthingy can be found on iTunes for those who are interested or have already listened to all of the 57 million other podcasts readily available online.
In even bigger news, the Outlaw is officially getting his first short story published in the forthcoming speculative fiction anthology from Freedom Forge Press called Dimensions. I’ll make more info available as soon as I get it within the next month and I expect all of my fellow Outlaws to buy a copy. Once I’ve sold those three books, the sky’s the limit.
Getting back on topic, while this will be my third SDCC rodeo, it will also be my first go-round sporting a precious press pass—say that ten times fast… or not—thanks to the extremely generous press department of CCI. I was so taken aback by the invite that the first thoughts to pop into my head were: either someone made a grave mistake by using Windows 8 to coordinate pass distribution or someone in the press department apparently went on a severe bender after-hours and decided it might be amusing to give press access to a guy who regularly wears spurs in addition to strapping action figures to his body like a walking Toys “R” Us kiosk.
After confirming no mistakes were made, I graciously accepted the honor bestowed upon me and decided not to bring any more attention to myself in fear of the-powers-that-be realizing what they have done. If Comic-Con International moves to Zimbabwe next year, it’s going to be hard not to feel partially responsible.
Since receiving the splendid news of my good fortune however, I have been working tirelessly—seriously, I haven’t showed up to my real job in four weeks—on hammering out a schedule in my attempts to cover as much of the con as humanly possible. Translation: I’ll make it into literally one of the 47 events listed below and spend the remainder of my time sleeping outside in lines like a hobo and wandering aimlessly through downtown San Diego in my boots until my ankles deteriorate into a gaseous like state.
If you see me drifting in a confused state at any point over the next week, please don’t hesitate to come up and get some free Outlaw swag. I might need to trade you some stickers for a trip to urgent care and treatment for exhaustion. Hell, I could use a vacation just after putting together this potential agenda:
Friday, July 25
Ghostbusters Mass Hysteria 30th Anniversary Party
The Last Ship Party aboard the U.S.S. Midway
Thursday, July 24
Comic-Con How-To: Don’t Tell Your Story, Show It! Wonderbook: Writers on Creativity and Inspiration
Hasbro: Transformers Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature
Charles Schulz and Social Commentary in Peanuts
TNT’s Legends Screening & Panel (+ possible press interview!)
Behind the Scenes of Science Fiction in Movies and on TV
The Last Ship: Season 1 Panel (+ possible press interview!)
Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine’s Tribute to Community
NASA’s Next Giant Leap
The 2nd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero: Bringing a Comic Book to Life
Skybound’s The Walking Dead
geekEd. IV: A New Hope-Bringing Geek Back to Higher Education
Firefly Online: Bringing Back the ‘Verse
Psychology of Cult TV Shows
Friday, July 25
From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality Marvel: Spider-Verse
AMC’s The Walking Dead
[adult swim]: The Triumph the Insult Comic Dog – McBrayer Panel (+ Press Interviews)
Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A
The Character of Music
Brands Gone Geek: How Media and Marketers Are Harnessing the Might of the Superfan
Falling Skies: Season 4 Panel (+ possible press interview!)
The Walking Dead: A Decade of Dead
Calling All Heroes! Comics and the Crisis of Higher Education The Science of Science Fiction
Saturday, July 26
The Walking Dead Cast @ NerdHQ
Robert Kirkman Presents Skybound Entertainment Featuring Norman Reedus The Nerdist Panel
Ways to Increase Success on Your Self-Published Kickstarter Project
Marvel Movie Panel
Internet Marketing Secrets for Authors – The Nerd in the Classroom: Sci-fi as an Educational Tool
Cosplay Contest hosted by Norman Reedus (+ possible press interview!)
Special FX Event hosted by Greg Nicotero (+ possible press interview!)
Sunday, July 27
Joss Whedon @ NerdHQ
The Secrets of Writing panel
MISC MADNESS – All weekend long!
Homer’s Dome – A Simpsons 4D experience inside Homer’s head!
The Walking Dead Terminus BBQ
Game of Thrones Show Experience
TMNT Pizza Shooter