So I'm going to take a shot at as-it-happens blogging at Comicon this year. I've never done it before for a number reasons, not least of which is that while I reside not on the wrong side of the digital divide but cozily within the valley that lies at the bottom of the divide. I don't own a smart phone, a Boisenberry, or anything that begins with i. But I do have a laptop with me and I think I've got a decent chance at finding reliable wifi this year. so let's see how it goes.
Right now I'm still in Oakland. In Oakland airport, that is. Rollicking adventures so far have included a shuttle driver who drove slowly past my house with me standing waving on the porch and then on up to the end of the next block before finding me -- and then evidently not knowing the way to the airport. I had a most curious tour of untraveled industrial areas before making it here. Fortunately I had lots of time and no baggage to check in, so I still had plenty of time for my flight. Which I now understand is running 20 minutes late anyway.
I have no baggage because last night I dropped it all off with Mark "El Dingo" Maggi, who is driving down with Shepherd Hendrix and Jimmie Robinson while I sleep in and take lazy shuttle rides through the Port region. By all calculations they should be arriving in San Diego pretty soon, checking in at the show, and starting setup at the Image booth. My job is to check in at the hotel and wander in at the last minute.
My other mission is to find a shoeshine stand in San Diego, which I always find challenging during Comicon week. Apparently storm troopers all have their own shine kits or something, because the shoeshine stands tend to close up shop for lack of business. I regrettably wore my convention shoes to the dog park this morning, and my need for shoe care is dire. There's a shine stand in the Oakland airport, but the proprietor doesn't seem committed to manning his post on a consistent basis. At least he's not there half the time when I look for him, as was the case today.
Anyway. By tonight I'll be at the Image booth with a stack of my brand-new graphic novel PUG in front of me. If you come by the table, be sure to check out my shoes and see if I ever got my shine on!