Phoenix Comic Con

May 30, 2014

Next week, I’ll be at Phoenix Comic Con, doing what looks like a great, full (but not too busy) schedule.  Here’s my official schedule (scroll down).  And here:

I’m also signing books at the Tor Publisher booth at noon on Saturday.

I’m really looking forward to the “Not in Sequential Form” panel — my co-panelists are Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who are good friends, and we’ve all worked on Wild Cards, so we should have a lot to say.

The following weekend is Denver Comic Con.  I’ll be doing programming there Saturday Sunday only [UPDATE: schedule changed — sorry for the confusion].  And figuring out how to get an autograph from Stephen Amell.  I don’t usually fangirl like this, but I would love to tell him in person how much Arrow has meant to me and my friends, as a highlight of our weekly TV watching parties.

Tonight, I’m off to see X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As an experiment, my comics geek friend shared all the relevant comics (reprints — originals stayed in the bags), about a dozen issues from the first appearance of the Sentinels through the actual Days of Future Past storyline.  I’m curious to see how this will affect my viewing of the movie.  It’s also strange, because this storyline is so much a part of comics in general and X-Men history in particular, I feel like I’ve absorbed it all by osmosis.  It felt familiar, like I had read it before — maybe I had.  Or maybe I saw bits of it depicted in the early 90’s X-Men cartoon, which I watched sporadically.

This is another thing that makes me think superhero stories really are the mythology of the 20th century — they’re stories that live in our hindbrains, and we’re never sure where we encountered them first.

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