The second day of the
is much like the first, with the crowds growing steadily, and the buzz in
the room gradually becoming louder. I've spent almost the entire day sitting
in our booth greeting the hundreds of members of this mailing list who are here
at the convention. The line of folks stopping by to see me has been so steady,
in fact, that bathroom breaks have become a precious commodity. I really don't
mind, however, as it is just so much fun to be able to meet people face-to-face
who have been a part of our online community for so many years.
Last evening, I was one of the guests at the
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
reception. The party was held at an Irish pub in the Gas Lamp district, a
wonderful 20-block entertainment area that abuts the San Diego Convention Center.
The party was so successful that, at one point, I saw people standing over 6 rows
deep on the sidewalk outside the pub. Standing in the crowd were such legendary
comics greats as Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Jim Valentino, Mike Richardson, and
Denis Kitchen. As a bonus, seated outside the restaurant next door, was the
wonderful Stan Lee. Because seating in the pub was at such a premium, I took my
family to a very tasty Cajun restaurant around the corner, and spent all of my
time shuttling back and forth between the two venues. Even walking down the dark
streets of San Diego, however, I found myself regularly being stopped by
well-wishers. This entire week has been like a dream come true.
Tonight are the Eisner Awards, the Oscars of the comics world. During the Eisners,
in a special ceremony, I will be presented with the 2003 Comic Book Legal
Defense Fund "Defender of Liberty Award". As the time draws near for the ceremony
I am still quite vague about what it is that I will say during the 3 minutes that
the convention committee has allocated for me to give thanks. As a general rule,
whenever I speak publicly, I only construct a very bare bones outline in my head
beforehand, and then let my thoughts and emotions lead me into an extemporaneous
speech. What I am sure I will cover, however, is a thanks to my family and the
wonderful staff of Mile High Comics for providing me with the resources and
personal freedom to support the CBLDF. This award easily belongs to them as much
as it belongs to me.
The other cogent point that I wish to express is that all of us in the world of
comics comprise a single community. We may have different personal interests, and
vastly differing views of the world, but we are all members of a group that
appreciates the wonders and beauty of graphic storytelling. Within that context,
whenever any governmental or corporate entity attempts to deprive any one member
of our community with any element of their right of free expression, they are
attacking the rights of us all. It is only by standing together in solidarity
with those among us who are being oppressed that we prevent that same oppression
from coming down on our own heads. Supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
is not only the morally correct thing to do, it is also simple exercise in personal
patriotism. Allowing anyone to extinguish the rights of any one of our brethren is
to abandon those same rights for ourselves. Given the sacrifices that our forbearers
in this democratic society went through to guarantee those rights for us in the first
place, I am of the opinion that failing to act to protect those in our community
who are being persecuted is a dereliction of personal responsibility. If nothing
else, we owe it to future generations to always passionately protect the personal
freedoms that we are blessed with today.
Speaking of personal freedoms, the convention has become an increasingly vibrant
venue for personal exhibitionism. The costumes are being shown are increasingly
imaginative, as Pam's pictures will easily show you. While Pam got some good pictures
today, tomorrow will be the big day, as the legendary SDCC costume contest is
tomorrow evening. One very interesting aspect of the costumes is the broad spectrum
of the convention demographic who now dress up. In the old days it was just the
young guys, then a few years ago the young women joined, and now it has even moved
into the little old ladies. No kidding! Yesterday I saw one 60 year-old lady was
conservatively dressed, except that she had black and white pancake make-up on that
made her look exactly like a ghoul from "Night of the Living Dead". Her husband looked
very nervous. Another lady of similar age just went by in a wheelchair, done up in full
Klingon. Then Pam saw the 65 year-old lady in the "Classic Trek" miniskirt costume.
This place has become an incredible place to not only see things, but also to be seen!
I am really, really looking forward to the costumes tomorrow... (click on image for
One quick commercial item I wanted to stick into this e-mail is a weekend
30% off codeword sale.
Because so many of our online customers are here at the convention, we've seen
about a 10% dip in our usual online sales. Nanette is not keen on our spending money
here, while simultaneously having reduced cash flow at home, so I promised her I would
goose things up a bit by offering a quick sale to those of you who can't attend the
convention. Type in the codeword SANDIEGO (one word, no space...) on your
order form over this weekend, and you'll get 30% off any order, including trade
paperbacks, with the exception of supplies, statues, and the
Dallas Stephen comics.
Given that we already have a 30% off San Diego sale in effect on all back issue
comics and magazines, this means that you'll be able to get a net 51% off on all
back issues, and 30% off all trades. With free shipping on all domestic
orders over $30, and all International orders over $75, that makes a pretty nice
consolation prize for not being able to attend the show. This codeword sale will
end on next Wednesday morning at 10 AM. Enjoy!
That's it for today. CrossGen publisher, Mark Alessi, is hosting a panel in just a
few minutes on "Technology in Comics."
is premiering the latest versions of their wonderful new "Comics on Disk" here at
the show, and I am eager to hear what's coming next. As most of you are already
aware, I believe that at least some measure of the future of comics involves
electronic comics, both online, and on storage devices. Mark Alessi is the leader
in innovation in this entire field of growth for comics, so it will be very
interesting to hear what he has to say.
President - Mile High Comics, Inc.
of next weeks comics from
Marvel, DC, CrossGen & Image
Hulk and friends!
Amber Benson, Tara from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Nurse is in!
Tattoos and Pretty Girls!
More Bad Girls!
Top Cow Girl
Rows and Rows of Dallas Stephen Comics
Guys can wear fish net stocking too!