This is the con that was

If you are like us, you are very, very sick of San Diego. We’ll have some thoughts, some photos and this link roundup, but unless something of bold and shocking content suddenly appears, that’s it. We’re moving forward! § Hip flask photo set with lots of us and FMB! §Sean T. Collins has many excellent […]

Scoop! The con is moving to Chula Vista!

…or at least that’s what our cabbie told us. On the ride to the airport, this 25-year vet of San Diego confided that the mayor was going to build a brand new convention center and hotel complex with an airport in Chula Vista (just south of SD) to host the convention. This canny fellow — […]


Sleep, sleep, my pretties, poppies… poppies…popp– Oh yes, where was I? A word of advice: If you want to get in the fast track, stick with the The Beat. Our normal San Diego commute every year is to arrive Wednesday and leave Monday. This year, Wednesday flights from NYC to San D were horribly delayed, […]

Other cons, other voices

Just a few… § Ian Brill: Before that the strangest thing to happen at the booth was having Stephen Baldwin and Mark Waid signing at the same time. Baldwin was on “stage left” and Waid to the opposite end. On one side you had people bring out their camera phones as if unseen puppet strings […]

Oy gevalt…

We’re mobilizing back to base. Everything is packed up at B.L.A.R.D. The mobile transmitters, the latrines, the Medivacs. Nothing left to do but write this journal as we listen to the lonely whistle of a train down the way. Was it a successful expedition? Yes, and no. A lot of shit happened. A lot of […]

LIVE from B.L.A.R.D. 2

Wow, sorry for late updates but we’ve been busier than a boxing ring here at Beat Local Action Rapid Deployment HQ. Deadlines schmedlines. This morning, we had to check out of our room and check in to the same room (long story) and the desk clerk handed us normal, unadorned room keys. “Awwwww, you don’t […]

Con highlights

Meeting Al Jaffee; breakfast with Pia Guerra; getting a copy of Comic Book Tattoo; and nattering at this man at the EW/Sci-Fi party!!! That’s right, Dr. Lucien Sanchez, aka Matt Berry from GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE, no less. Simon Pegg overheard us lauding the rather bemused Berry for his epic portrayal, but indicated that he agreed […]

Should the Con move?

We have many thoughts on the subject, but in the meantime, here’s a play by play: With 125,000 people attending the San Diego Comic Con, the city of San Diego is bursting at the seems. With a limit on the number of people that can get into the convention hall, and growth expected, is it […]