The San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest pop culture event in North America (though some comic conventions in Europe dwarf it, surprisingly enough)--often too big to be as fun or comfortable as it once was. Since I won my Inkpot Award there a few years ago--which brings with it a free lifetime pass to the con--I haven't been back. This year Marcy and I were going to go, mostly because of the 25th Anniversary WildStorm Reunion signing happening on Saturday night (see the poster below). But Marcy's back issues are preventing us from traveling, so we're staying home and missing the big bash.
A little background, for those who don't know--WildStorm Productions was superstar artist Jim Lee's branch of Image Comics. I was the 12th employee hired, and quickly became VP of Marketing, a role I filled until DC Comics acquired WildStorm in 1998. Jim is still co-publisher of DC Comics, and I stayed with the company until 2002, when I left to become editor-in-chief at IDW Publishing (until 2004, when I left there to be a full-time freelance writer). At WildStorm, I wrote my first comics, as well as trading cards, toy packaging, ads, press releases, etc. etc. My first novel, Gen13: Netherwar (with Christopher Golden) was about WildStorm characters Chris and I had both written comics about.
In other words, my WildStorm years were instrumental in my writing career and my life, and I owe a lot to Jim Lee, John Nee, and everybody at the company.
If you're a WildStorm fan and you're in or near San Diego, I hope you'll drop by the signing and meet some of the most talented people in the comics biz. Tell 'em Jeff sent you!