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Why I Love Comic Con

This past weekend I made my annual trip to New York Comic Con 2009. What a blast. My whole family went along including my wife who attended her first con ever. She had a great time. There is nothing like this convention. You see things here you won’t see anyway else.

As an example, my wife and I were waiting in the line at the Kinko’s booth in the Javits center, as we had something we wanted to ship home. As we’re waiting up walks a costumed Incredible Hulk who takes off the top part of his costume (I need to mention here that he’s also on stilts) and sits down on a nearby counter and takes out a snickers and diet coke for a little break. That’s something you don’t see every day.

Also, I don’t like to brag or anything, but I was on a panel with (OMG) one of the stars of BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER which might be my all time favorite television show! That’s right, Amber Benson, who played Tara in seasons 4-6, was on my panel on Writing for Television, Comics, Video Games and Books. Am, as I like to call her, was as nice as could be and is now joining the ranks of novelists. In the picture you can see her speaking into the microphone, second from left.

Then of course there were two other great things that happened one of which was, I had my name on the same sign as Joss Whedon! Creator of said BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and possibly one of the brightest talents working in any medium today. As you can see on the sign I was right next to him (almost). Sadly this is as close as I’ll probably ever get to meeting him.

Then the last funny thing that happened to me on Sunday was when I stood in the autographing area waiting to sign copies of The Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail. All of sudden the curtain parts and in walks Lou Ferrigno (who played the Incredible Hulk on the 80’s television show) and he’s carrying a ginormous suitcase in each hand. He walks right toward me and says “move that chair…” Well, when the Hulk says, move the chair, you move the chair. You’re welcome Mr. Hulk.

So another Comic Con has come and gone. New York will be moving the show to October from now on so it will be a long wait to go back again. But that’s okay. I’ll get to go to San Diego in July and I just learned there will be a new Comic Con in Chicago in April 2010. Heh. Heh.

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