The San Diego Plan: Wednesday and Thursday

Thought I’d lay out some of my San Diego plans for you fine folks. If nothing else, it helps me organize my thoughts.

WEDNESDAY

Randy, Tess and I will be arriving in San Diego right around lunchtime. Not much in the way of plans for Wednesday except picking up our pro badges, eating lunch or dinner at Anthony’s Fish Grotto, and going to Preview Night.

I’m hoping to get most of my pitching done on Preview Night, when things are still a little slow. Throughout the weekend, I plan to take To the Last Man to AiT/PlanetLar, Oni, Speakeasy, Alias, Viper, Dark Horse, and maybe one or two others.

Also on Preview Night, I hope to corner Tony Moore and Jeremy Love, see if either them can be bribed into art chores for Cold. If nothing else, I gotta get some sketches from ’em.

Late Wednesday night… drunk.

THURSDAY

Thursday is the con’s first day of proper programming. There’s not a whole lot I’m interested in, but here’s a few…

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Pia Guerra—She’s the artist behind the best-selling VERTIGO series Y: The Last Man. Pia Guerra is a Comic-Con special guest for the first time and in this Spotlight event you’ll hear what she has to say about having spent years struggling in the comics trenches, Y, and much more! Room 4

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Bruce Campbell: What’s New With Bruce?—True or false: Bruce Campbell: busiest man at Comic-Con? Sure looks that way! Bruce will talk about his new movie and related Dark Horse Comics series, The Man with the Screaming Brain, and his new book, Make Love the Bruce Campbell Way, in this special event spotlighting the Bubba Ho-Tep and Evil Dead series star! Room 6CDEF

3:30-4:30 Down These Mean Streets: Crime Fiction—How has crime fiction evolved since the days of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler? Traditional noir, cross-genre novels, and chick-lit cloaked in a veil of mystery offer a variety of ways for readers to go down those mean streets now. Panelists include proflic author Max Allan Collins, creator of Road to Perdition and the Nate Heller series who also writes CSI novels and comics (his recent anthology film Shades of Noir will be a DVD from Troma); Keith R. A. DeCandido, the author of dozens of best-selling novels, short stories, eBooks, comic books, and nonfiction in the universes of Star Trek, Spider-Man, Warcraft, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Farscape; Charlie Huston, the critically acclaimed author of Six Bad Things and Already Dead; Comic-Con special guest Richard Morgan, the critically acclaimed author of Altered Carbon and the Marvel Comics Black Widow mini-series; Gary Phillips, author of crime novels such as bangers and writer of Angeltown for DC/VERTIGO; Greg Rucka, the multiple Eisner-winning writer of countless comics, a dozen novels, a smattering of short stories, and a really killer recipe for meatloaf; and Nathan Walpow, who writes the Joe Portugal mystery series. Maryelizabeth Hart moderates. Room 9

(Nate’s Note: Hmmm. Some overlap on that one. Who shall win my affections? Probaably a pizza vendor.)

4:00-5:30 Seducing Hollywood—This group of Hollywood insiders eat chocolate while telling you that there is no way you can get as sweet a deal as they have for their own properties. The panel includes Allan Heinberg (The OC, Young Avengers), Tramm Wizgell (Cartoon Network), Jeff Nodelman (NoodleSoup Prod., The Venture Bros), Jeremy Love (Venus Kincaid movie), Laurenn McCubbin (Rent Girl— The Series), Shawn Walker (Natural Talent Agency), and Brendan McFeely (IP Lawyer). Dan Evans (Jetix) will moderate and mock everyone, as always. Room 6A

Late Thursday night… drunk.

Well, that looks like that for Wednesday and Thursday. I’ll post my Friday plans tomorrow, Saturday plans on Sunday, and on Monday I’ll post a list of those I hope to get sketches from.

See you then!