May 29th, 2012
Phoenix ComiCon

Back, and finally recovered, from Phoenix ComiCon. I’m not sure if it’s all the walking, all the people, or all the socializing, but I am always exhausted after ComiCon. I had a great time. There were a few hiccups, when I arrived. My badge wasn’t there and neither were my books. I managed to get my badge after my first couple of panels, but the books (with the exception of three copies) were a no show. The bookseller did scramble to try to find more copies, but it didn’t happen. I would’ve had some sent to me, but the only copies I have at home are of my third title in the Dead World series (i.e. CRIMSON). I didn’t figure people would want to buy the final book in the series, when the first book is out of print. (Yes, it’s kind of mandatory for the reader to read the first book in my series, so the rest will make sense.) Anyway, lesson learned. I will be sending off The Ghost Hunter Chronicles: Solomon’s Seals and at least one of my romance books to get copy edits and formatting done for print. That way if a bookseller has a problem, then I can order some copies to have on hand.

I was on several panels: Beginning Writing, Worldbuilding, Erotica, Beyond the Fangs, and I’m spacing on the last panel name. Anyway, they all went well. I was really pleased with all the questions that we received. Met a lot of wonderful people.

My first morning, I had breakfast with Scott Koblish, a cartoonist for Marvel, and his lovely daughter. He was a very nice man. We had a great chat about the comic industry versus the publishing industry. We are all pretty much in the same boat, when it comes to industry practices. I met his wife, Kate the next morning. Really wish I would’ve had more time to chat with her. She seemed like a really cool lady. Apparently, I’d just missed Ed Asner, who I’m told from a very good authority was quite a character. I have no doubt. He was there signing for the movie UP, which I think was one of the best movies Pixar has done. There were a few other writers and actors at the table, including Casper Van Dien, who starred in Starship Troopers. He looked good, but he was a little rude to someone sitting at the table with us, so he didn’t leave me with the best of impressions. Perhaps he’d had a bad night.

I had a great talk with the beautiful, Patricia Skeriotis, who was in Star Trek, Star Fleet Academy among many, many other things. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I hope she manages to finish that book she wants to write. 🙂 Patricia was chatting with Mark Pechman, a screenwriter, whose short film placed third out of over sixty entries. Mark seemed like a really cool guy. I cannot wait to see his winning film.

The next morning over breakfast, I met Dina Meyer, who was in Starship Troopers, Saw and a ton of other stuff, and her husband, Matt. He and I discussed science fiction and fantasy books that we loved and the corresponding movies. They were a very nice couple. The same morning, I had a very nice talk with Rich Johnston from Bleeding Cool. He’s a cartoonist and a writer. I know it’s redundant to say, but he was a cool bloke. We ended up discussing books and quickly switched to UK television shows. (Rich, I’m going to look up Gavin and Stacy.) Thanks for the tip.

I did manage to meet, who I wanted to meet the most at ComiCon, Colin Ferguson from the show Eureka. I did tell him that I was still bitter that the show was cancelled, though I knew there was nothing he could do about it. In real life, he’s very much like the character he played on the show. He’s super high energy, almost hyper, and incredibly nice. I truly hope he finds another show that appreciates him and his talent as much as Eureka did. I didn’t get a chance to meet Salli Richardson Whitfield (aka Alison on Eureka), but I was standing about six feet from her and let me tell you, she’s pretty on the show, but the woman is absolutely FLAWLESS in person. She was all smiles and super friendly to everyone around her. I’ve never felt more like a lump of potatoes around someone in my life. Sigh.

Had a short chat with Paul Bradford from Ghost Hunters International. He was kind enough to answer a couple of questions I’ve had for a while.

Because of the way my panels were scheduled, I didn’t get a chance to meet a lot of people. Had a nice chat with astronomer/writer, David Lee Summers and YA author, Janni Lee Simner. Sat next to Joe Nassise and Kevin Hearne on one of my panels. It was the first time that I’ve met Joe. He seemed like a good guy. Has some interesting projects coming up. This was the second time that I’ve met, Kevin, who was there with his lovely mother. Both are as sweet and kind-hearted as can be. I did manage to ‘see’ Ed Asner, Brent Spiner (Data), Wil Wheaton, whom I met a few years back at BEA, Marina Sirtis, Lou Ferrigno, Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Boomer from the original Battlestar Galactica) and Micheal Dorn. The only person I didn’t manage to see was William Shatner. Since I got a picture of Leonard Nimoy last year, I’m okay with that. (grin)

Friday night, I had dinner with Marcy Rockwell and Gini Koch, along with several other friends. We always have fun when we go out. This was no exception. Saturday, I went to dinner with Weston Ochse, Yvonne Navarro, Jeff Mariotte and his son. These guys are ALL powerhouse writers and I am a HUGE fan of their work. They have pretty good taste in wine, too. 😉

I met a lot of cool people at the Con. Chris Swanson from Blogging with Badger, Mark Dos Santos, a cartoonist who is doing a kickstarter project (If you have a few bucks lying around, please send them his way.), Ovi Demetrian Jr. from IndieAisle (Ovi had a lot of great questions and ideas, when he dropped by my table.), David J. Oakes, who makes some kickass LEGO superheroes, and Trevor Smith, who had a great portfolio that would work well for book cover art.

I know I’m forgetting folks and I hate it that most of the Con is a big blur of faces and names. The one thing I took away from the Con, which is the same thing I took away from it last year, was the atmosphere of acceptance. I know that saying something like that is such a cliche, but it’s the truth. It makes me hopeful for the future, when I see so many people accepting of others, who aren’t like them.

The organizers, the hotel, and the volunteers did a WONDERFUL job of taking care of everyone. I cannot thank them enough. I hope I am fortunate enough to be invited back next year.

4 comments to “Phoenix ComiCon”

  1. That was a fantastic Con for you except the books not making it, which I’m sure was a real sour note. I’m going to miss Eureka. You really managed a lot in so short a time.

  2. Sounds awesome. So glad you got to go and thanks for the write-up. Very sad Eureka is ending and I really hope great things are ahead for the amazingly talented cast.

  3. Bernard, Yes, it wasn’t a good moment for me. I was bummed, especially when so many people approached me and asked if I had any books available. I don’t want to think about how many sales I lost.

    I’m going to miss Eureka, too. 🙁 I try to squeeze in as much as possible while I’m there. It’s the only way to see everything.

  4. Charli, It was awesome.

    Me, too. They truly deserve to land on their feet.