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Heading off to San Diego for Comic-Con 2013

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My bags are packed and I’m ready to go…to Comic-Con 2013. I will be arriving Wednesday with an overpacked schedule (if not an overpacked suitcase). My laptop, iPad, camera (with three batteries pre-charged) and a phone with extra-long life battery case are all set.

san-diego-comic-con-logo-600x600I will be covering mostly the world of TV, but that is not to say I won’t have my share of encounters with graphic novelists, comic-book authors (and characters — come to think of it comic book authors are often characters!), and other assorted folk from the world of pop culture. And the odd (OK, probably very odd) party or three.

On my organizedly chaotic agenda for the week includes interviews with the casts of Revolution, Defiance, Helix, Black Sails, Vikings, Once Upon a Time, Once Upon in Wonderland, Vikings, Husbands, and Grimm, and more. I’ll be attending several movie studio press conferences, as well, including one for the highly anticipated adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, starring Harrison Ford and a panel with Marc Zicree to get an update on his forthcoming Space Command.

I have interviews scheduled with MAD Magazine‘s editor-in-chief John Ficarra and Fables’ artist Mark Buckingham. I’ll be stopping by the Konami suite to preview Castlevania: Lords of Shadow II, which is voiced by two of my favorite actors, Patrick Stewart and Robert Carlyle.

High on my list of places to be in between all the interviews and press conferences, and trips to the floor of the convention center (I’m getting tired just writing about it!), will be the 20th anniversary celebration of The X-Files, the show responsible for getting introducing me to the world of Internet fandoms and Fanfiction. Everyone from Chris Carter to Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny are scheduled to be there. And if at all humanly possible, I will make that panel!

Then there are the parties. Lots of parties. At least one every night, and if I can stay on my feet, I intend to be at all of them (at least those I’ve been invited to!)

Now that I am a veteran of Comic-Con (this being my second year and all) I have a better idea of what to expect: lots of walking, poor wi-fi and mobile connections, lots of walking, lots of people (wall-to-wall people), lots of walking, and an incredible carnival/party atmosphere that begins Wednesday and does not end until late Sunday night. The party is not just in the convention center, but sprawls throughout the Gaslamp District of San Diego, with impromptu gatherings, planned events, huge exhibits and an overwhelming bombardment of the senses that will undoubtedly fuel enough adrenaline coursing through my middle aged veins to sustain me until I collapse from the sheer exhaustion of it all Sunday night.

You can stay tuned to Blogcritics continuing Comic-Con 2013 coverage by keeping an eye on the right sidebar of the front page. (Look for the Comic-Con Logo!). Several Blogcritics writers will be covering the  Con all week long, so stay tuned.

I will be doing a nightly recap of my day’s activities on BlogTalk Radio via Let’s Talk TV Live. The half-hour show will be broadcast live at 9:00 ET. Wednesday through Saturday night, and include audio snippets, commentary and chat. You can follow my Twitter feed for photos and the latest from Comic-Con. All posts will be hashtagged #BB@CC


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About Barbara Barnett

Barbara Barnett is publisher and executive editor of Blogcritics. Her first Historical Fantasy novel, The Apothecary's Curse is due out from Prometheus Books (Pyr Imprint) October 2016. A noted entertainment writer, Barbara is author of Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D.. She has contributed short stories to two anthologies, and chapters in a non-fiction book on spirituality and pregnancy. But Barbara writes on an everything from film to politics to technology to all things pop culture and spirituality.