I made it. Seriously--it was in question whether I was going or not. For the longest time, I wasn't. I put off buying tickets, delayed pro registration, didn't do any of the things I very well should have done--just in case. See, the idea was that I was going to Birmingham in October to promote the release of Quarantined at BICS. That was my travel budget. But, as some of you know, that release isn't happening. In fact, it isn't happening with Insomnia at all. (For those of who you don't know the reasons why, I can't get into for possible legal reasons, and I just don't feel like it). So...
On Tuesday night before SDCC, Tim Seeley said "you should go." He gave good reasons, and I'm pretty easily swayed, especially when it comes to things I want to do anyway. So I went. And the truth is, Tim was right. For starters, I had an amazing time with friends and truly geeked out to the extreme. (Big thanks to The Comic Vault's Matt Sardo and Chris Burnham; if not for them, I would've ended up sleeping beneath an overpass.) And, professionally, it gave my career a boost, which I really needed.
As for highlights...it's hard to pin any particulars down. I landed Friday morning and was gone by Sunday afternoon. To say the experience was a whirlwind is underestimating things, to say the least. The best part was just absorbing it all; SDCC is like nothing else on Earth. It's so manic and full and hyper, but in good ways.
If I had to pick, though, I'd start with the Nerd City party. Ruled, plain and simple. On the right, you'll see a picture of Ben Templesmith putting some touches on a live art painting. Max, Ben, and Joey know how to throw comic parties, even on the other side of the country.
I saw Grant Morrison, which is good enough for me. My mind would likely melt if we actually spoke. I met Claudio from Coheed and Cambria (and writer of Amory Wars, which has art from Burnham). I spotted some actors from LOST. And, hey, here's a picture of me and Papa Smurf. So there's that.
Now, it's back to work. Keith Burns--the patient and crazy talented Keith Burns--has just finished pages on our soon-to-be-pitched 4-issue series, Reincar(Nate). I've got another mini in the works, then it's on to sketching out the broad overview of an ongoing series. And a few prose shorts, if time allows. I plan on being busy--just like I plan on being on hand at SDCC in 2011, on the other side of the table, signing copies of my comics.