Fri
Jul 25 2008 5:40pm
SDCC: In 140 characters or less (Part 1)

I think I’m officially the last person from the Tor.com team to file anything from the San Diego Comic Con, perhaps due to the fact that I have been going to parties and hanging out with people in bars (like my normal editor self) rather than going home and diligently filing stories (like my intrepid reporter self should have been). The one thing I have managed to compose regularly are mini-Twitter reports. Say what you will about Twitter, but for a certain kind of busy person who only has free time in ninety-second chunks—while waiting for a traffic light, for example—it’s a heck of a lot easier to text a pithy thought into the ether and be done with it than to write an elegant, intellectual analysis of your experiences. So, for those of you with a stomach for trivia, I present another view of Comic Con: as a series of mini-updates from me, irenegallo, and pablod, encompassing the journey out and our first two days here. I do have stories about the Spore, Science Fiction That Will Change Your Life, Comics Visionaries, and Eyes on the Past panels trundling along in the queue, so you’ll be hearing more from me soon, but here’s your chance to get a glance at what life is like between the official press functions.

 

2muchexposition Can't even wrap my head around how much I need to do to prep for SDCC. I need a drill sergeant watching me, stat. 02:53 PM EST July 21, 2008 from web
IreneGallo i'm in complete denial that i'll be in san diego tomorrow afternoon. 06:55 PM EST July 21, 2008 from web
pablod Unit A XL-1: Check. Unit B HandyCam: Check. Editing MacBook: Check. Blogging MacBookAir: Check. My ComicCon utility belt is packed. 10:42 PM EST July 21, 2008 from twitterrific
pablod dammit. I think I may just have t brave the theater to go see The Dark Knight. I hate the theater. 11:20 PM EST July 21, 2008 from twitterrific
2muchexposition There is nothing odd about the fact that I am starting to pack (a) after midnight and (b) while breaking in four-inch heels. Right? Right? 12:39 AM EST July 22, 2008 from web
2muchexposition Must convince self it's dumb to look cute on plane just 'cuz VA has IM. Besides, SpiderJ "CheapAsYourGirlfriend" shirt is better than cute. 02:14 AM EST July 22, 2008 from web
2muchexposition Totally done packing with time to spare. Nearly unprecedented. I must be forgetting something drastic. 03:21 AM EST July 22, 2008 from web
IreneGallo Hmmm...2 hours before I go to the airport. Still at work. Not packed. Wondering if I have my passport at home...errrr 04:35 AM EST July 22, 2008 from web
2muchexposition At JFK, reading up on comiccon programing over breakfast. Not sure if it's the hour or the hyperbole, but this making me a little queasy. 05:28 AM EST July 22, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition Mood lighting, MagFields and Kraftwerk, mahjongg, and on-demand food service indeed! Crazy. Turning off cell phone for takeoff. 06:54 AM EST July 22, 2008 from txt
IreneGallo Freezing in airport! Bad. 08:08 AM EST July 22, 2008 from web
2muchexposition On 2nd plane after a crazy 10-minute transfer in which I got lunch, ran into Jeremy L., and dropped my lunch. I'm not usually this clumsy! 11:05 AM PDT July 22, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition In the hotel, a weird old building that used to be a bank. Have finally eaten something, so now I may hide away for a bit and take a nap. 03:07 PM PDT July 22, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition Saw the tail end of the Neil Gaiman reading+q&a. Now @corbs3r and I are pondering food. Anyone know any good restaurants in downtown SD? 8:38 PM PDT July 22, 2008 from web
pablod Avatar marathon, begins now! 11:51 PM EST July 22, 2008 from twitterrific
IreneGallo Can it be that I've been to San Diego more than any city outside of NY? 01:19 AM PDT July 23, 2008 from web
pablod I hear Sweden is beautiful this time of year... 09:12 AM EST July 23, 2008 from twitterrific
2muchexposition Aaah! I think I actually got an interview with the MST3K robots (or cast members, at least). Too excited to think. Question suggestions? 10:17 AM PDT July 23, 2008 from web
IreneGallo Tor booth is next to mrs. Feilds cookies. Nooooess!!! 01:15 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from txt
IreneGallo Shopping. Tor.com now owns a fair amount of art supplies. 01:51 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition Finally finished scheduling the tor.com team, which I volunteered for because I'm nuts. Now going back to the con briefly before it closes. 8:03 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from web
2muchexposition ...which would be an excellent plan if I wasn't stuck waiting for a train that's so long that it takes 15 minutes to clear the crosswalk. 8:31 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition Introduced io9.com to tor.com moments before the hall is due to close. All the security guards hate me. 09:35 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition Just spotted someone with a swag bag that says "big frakkin bag" in the Macy's font. Awesome! But will Cali people get the reference? 9:45 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition At the DCU Online party. Free drinks and cool swag but no comics peeps in sight. And they're playing a remix of the Tetris theme. Bizzare! 11:27 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from txt
pablod At the DCU party with @igallo and the Tor.com crew, and @Annaleen and the io9 crew. 11:30 PM PDT July 24, 2008
pablod Now, where did we leave the car.... 11:44 PM PDT July 24, 2008 from twitterrific
2muchexposition Oookay. We just passed a Macy's in the mall and now I'm wondering how the hell I convinced myself they were only in NYC before. 11:59 PM PDT July 23, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition Twitter just cleared out my following and follower lists! Aaargh. Re-adding everyone I can recall now. 10ish AM PDT July 24, 2008 from web
2muchexposition (But first, heading up to the Will Wright / Spore panel, the first CCI panel I'm reporting on. Whee!) 11ish AM PDT July 24, 2008 from web
IreneGallo Jon just scraped his demo phinting!! 4:10 PM PDT July 24, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition On 6,000-mile-long line for fourth panel of the day. Laptop out of juice. Feeling marginally cranky. Last hour before we head to Clarion. 5:07 PM PDT July 24, 2008 from txt
2muchexposition Clarion was lovely! Geoff Ryman even showed up. Then I went to the G4 party and watched MC Lars play with Austin G. and a ton of fratnerds. 12:27 AM PDT July 25, 2008 from txt
IreneGallo Just met John Howe! 11:52 PM PDT July 24, 2008 from txt
pablod Holiday Inn Express wifi: FAIL. 1:57 AM PDT July 25, 2008 from twitterrific
pablod Haven't been twittering much. SDCC's been nuts. Must rectify. 3:46 AM PDT July 25, 2008 from twitterrific
pablod SDCC Day Two: I can has caffeine? 3:47 AM PDT July 26, 2008 from twitterrific

3 comments
Pablo Defendini
1. pablodefendini
I'm twittering the Dr. Horrible panel. Yes! Right now! Live! LOL
Jeffrey Richard
2. neutronjockey
I come home day 2 of a small convention (Conestoga) here in my hometown.

I just don't see how you are all surviving. SRSLY.

There is nothing more than I want to get back to my non-schedulious routine.
Liz Gorinsky
3. TooMuchExposition
The secret is that we aren't surviving. The convention has turned us all into zombies that feed on audio input and expel the information into blog-post sized tablets.

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