Beat Action HQ is The new Bayfront Hilton this year, a hotel that it is impossible to gain ingress or egress to unless you are “IN THE KNOW.” Seriously, we’d heard some people telling us it was hard to find the entrance, but we didn’t expect to have to wander around for two minutes before we could find a way to get out. That said, it’s a gawgeous location, right next to the Twilight Tent City and with a charming faux-salt marsh to bury bodies in. Plus Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries!
Did we mention the Twilight tent city? Some 2000 Twilight fans — overwhelmingly female — are literally camped out next to Hall H. They are spread out on blankets, sitting in bathrobes in tents, talking, communing. Some mothers and fathers are also present, as well as a few loner male Twilight fans. It’s pretty fucking amazing and anyone who says these people don’t belong are idiots. This is fandom as powerful and focused as anything. You haters just don’t understand!
Interestingly, a few folks suggested that IRON MAN 2 was the biggest thing at the con — and in terms of superhero movies which are in short supply, that may be true. But everything is dwarfed by TWILIGHT and luckily tomorrow at 1 it will all be over!
We spent the day at the ICv2 conference after a nice breakfast at Cafe 222 with FMB and Mark Coale, our able assistant and official Lost blogger. After that it was off to the ICv2 Comics and Media conference…although there were great soundbites from all the participants, the main takeaway seemed to be the usual: a good comic makes a good movie, and as long as the ideas are flowing, Hollywood will keep a courtin’. Or as Jeff Katz put it “They need us more than we need them.”
The line for badges was long but moved swiftly. Actually getting a badge was as easy as swiping a UPC code. After that, we experienced about 20 minutes of con floor scrum…people were lined up like crazy for any kind of giveaway and as much as we admired the oversized Harry Potter bags from the WB booth, it wasn’t worth the agony. We spotted a few old pals and talked to James Owen about how he had gotten the rights back to his Imaginarium Geographica fantasy series after it had languished in an option. He feels he’ll be in a way stronger position now that even more books are out and all have had strong sales.
Elsewhere the DC and Dark Horse booths were mobbed. We spotted Tyrese Gibson at the Image booth, where he was enthusiastically signing and hyping.
Other takeaways? Lots of conversations with friends engaged in new ventures, new ideas. There’s a real feeling, in the larger universe, that the old model is changing forever, and the smart people are surfing the waves of change. Looking around, it’s hard not to think that comics will be at the very center of the wave.
UPDATE 1:30 am….just toured Camp Twilight…wow…all those girls, sleeping on concrete with only a blanket beneath them. Huddled masses in sleeping bags. Gotta read these TWILIGHT books someday.
Some pictures below the fold
How can you not love it?
Happy to run into pals Steve Leialoha, Len Wein and Steven Grant!
James Owen, whose fantasy novel series has sold millions lots of of copies.
The new Marvel Booth’s Iron Man display is awesome.
Loyal Beat reader Robert Liefeld,
Radical’s new giant booth…but are legal woes looming?
Nice Heroes diorama.
People are going to be talking about the Tent City of Twilight for a looong time.
Oh yeah, we TOTALLY saw a big rat scurrying around outside the HIlton! It must be a MARSH rat!