Many people do.
San Diego Comic Con 2014 was a blast!
I was sure that, this time, having no table inside the convention would allow me to have a lot of free time to write a daily account of my days at the San Diego Comic Con. I started writing the first one on the train down from Los Angeles (where I spent the first three days of my trip):
As I write this, I’m sitting on the Pacific Coast Liner train from Los Angeles to San Diego. I’m looking out the window, and I can see the sea. I see the beaches, and the surfers and the families and the girls in biquinis tanning on colorful towels spread out across the sand. Soon the beaches will give place to factories, refineries, military bases and my attention will wander back to the final pages of layout I still have to do on the current issue of Casanova. It’s sunny outside, and it has been sunny every day since I arrived in California three days ago. I expect the weather will continue on this route for the rest of my stay, and it pleases me. I’m a solar creature. I’m going to San Diego for Comic Con, and maybe I’ll meet you there.
That was the only thing I was able to write during the entire convention. My laptop rested in my room – much more than me, that’s for sure – and I realised I still had a lot to do at the convention, and a lot of people to see. I ended up using twitter and instagram to inform people of where I would be, where I should go, and to give clues of this year’s “art hunt”. For most of my time in San Diego, I was just too busy in signings and meetings and catching up with all the wonderful people I knew, and getting to know a bunch more.
I had a blast.
(With Jimmy Aquino and Becky; with FLIGHT pals Dean Trippe, Dick Pose, Becky and Bannister; doing the art demonstration at the DC/Vertigo booth, drawing the characters of my Magenta story at the Vertigo Quarterly)
(Jeff Smith and I, and the Tuki pin up I did for him; at the Eisner Awards, talking with Jeff; at the Eisner Awards, talking with Matt Fraction; having dinner with my lovely editor Diana Schutz)
(With Gerard Way, Jonathan Rivera and Becky drinking coffee and drawing in L.A; talking comics and process with Matt Wagner and Scott Morse)
There’s a part of me that wants to keep writing. I want the conversation about our love for comics to keep going, as it fuels and inspires me and so many others. I’m excited about what my friends are doing, and I’m really excited about the comics I’m doing. It’s a great time for a creator to do comics, to create and tell stories. And so we don’t let this great moment be wasted, we must do our best, and push forward, and get back to work.
There’s no better thing than doing what you love.
Thanks to my friends, who are still there, and thanks to the fans who have been so supportive and warm and emotional.