|Blue Bottle Coffee. Simply the|
best...better than all the rest.
Next we went to find my brother, who was in the city at The Grove, which is at 3rd and Mission, but I thought that he meant the grove of trees and grass at the Moscone Center, and not The Grove cafe. Amy and Jeff mocked me for this slight, but that is okay...the emotional pain of being mocked is gone now. Another side note is that The Grove is a cool all-day cafe and the monstrous breakfast burrito and large squeezed-as-you-watch orange juice solidified my decision to have breakfast there on Saturday. Damn. I had just eaten and here I was planning the next breakfast.
We then went to the Metreon to visit a comic store that used to be there, but aside from the movie theaters and the food court, the Metreon is a fucking graveyard. Every business that was there...gone...vanished... abandoned years prior. It was all fairly disappointing so we left to go to Whole Foods to pick up some sandwiches before the Wondercon doors opened and we were left to the mercy of food vendors selling Doom Dogs, and Green Lantern Pizza or whatever over-priced chow they were forcing upon starving attendees. *Side note three: At Whole Foods we met a woman with a French Bulldog named Taj who was loveable and cute and more importantly could say, "I love you," even though he sounded kind of like he was underwater, but hey, a talking dog is a talking dog. Adorable, weird, made our day.
After picking up our food, we rushed to the Moscone Center and were overwhelmed by the vastness of the showroom floor and everything on display. We spent a brief amount of time roaming the aisles, but we had a Terry Moore panel to attend and rushed off to get a seat. The best way to describe Mr. Moore's inspirational panel is through various snippets of quotes:
- "You do best what you do most."
- "Tap into your heart for success."
- "You can't have a life and be the best in the industry"
- "Good writers tend to be an asset to society, not an acid."
- "We are a little too focused on business and politics, " as a society we need more room for art.
He also stated that he started Strangers In Paradise at the age of 36 and after many years as a musician, he spent 11 years in video editing, which he grew to hate, and then found his way to comics. To Mr. Moore, drawing and art are a lifestyle that consumes most of his time, and he does not consider what he does a career. One bit of advice that really struck home with me was, "Don't wait, start now and grow up in public," meaning get your work out there as soon as possible and not let the work languor but grow and improve in front of an audience. The other thing that I found interesting and will be a part of a future The Brutal Circle post, was his mindset about all of his work. "Inside me is a steel tower that really believes I can do it." Moore took a few moments to mention his next project, Rachel Rising, a horror story that I cannot wait to read come July. A great panel and a great start to Wondercon.
Afterwards, Amy split off and Jeff and I attended "That '70s Panel" with Mark Evanier, Mike Friedrich, Paul Levitz, Len Wein and Marv Wolfman. The group each took a moment to describe how they got started in comics, their biggest disappointments and the point at which they felt they had made it. This too was a great panel as Jeff and I had grown up reading these peoples' amazing works with Len Wein's Swamp Thing, and Paul Levitz's Legion of Superheroes primarily "The Great Darkness Saga" being some of my all-time favorite works. One bit of advice from Mark Evanier was that he never focused all of his energy in comics and maintained more of a portfolio approach to his work with comics, books, TV and animation writing to protect him from having all of his eggs in one basket. Paul Levitz notably said, "You get work not because you are a brilliant writer, but because you help someone (editor) out with a problem they have." Mike Friedrich stated that in his career, "I wrote for me as the letter writer. I wrote for continuity and character development."
|Archaia reigns supreme|
|Nonplayer. Just buy it!|
After some further showroom floor combing and gawking at the cosplayers, we decided to take in the "Spotlight on Robert Kirkman" panel, which was entertaining and taught me that I need to catch up The Walking Dead as soon as possible. One thing that was made perfectly clear was the absolute insanity of some of the people asking Kirkman questions. I mean, seriously, "What do you plan to happen to Rick this summer? You've put him through some pretty bad stuff, but can you tell us what is going to happen next?" No, you knucklehead, he can't tell you what happens next. If he did, what fun would there be in reading his book? Get real people.
|Friday on the showroom|
floor. Not too crowded.
Day two tomorrow...