It is only a few short weeks before the spring convention season moves into high gear in March, including perennial favorite: Emerald City Comic Con and another gem, Wonder Con. Yet the spring cons start off with one of our highlights of the season: San Diego Comic Fest (SDCF).
I had the privilege of attending a meeting for San Diego Comic Fest earlier this month. The organizers are in the final stretch of planing exciting stuff. For those not keeping up on the dates, San Diego Comic Fest takes place on Friday through Sunday, March 8-10, at the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive. The con begins with a kick-off party on Thursday, March 7, from 7pm to 1am. We are guessing that it will be in the The Comic Fest Café with adult beverages and some live music. This party is only open to folks who pre-purchased tickets, so be sure and get those locked in! No tickets will be sold at the door on Thursday.
The organizers also spoke about the auction, and how it might be expanding into two sessions: one late Saturday and the other late Sunday. Last year’s offerings were amazing: everything from original art to sunglasses to cool Overwatch gear.
Another rumored highlight of the coming SDCF is the evening entertainment on Friday and Saturday. Local comedian and trivia expert Jeff Burns (aka The SuperGeekedUp) will host some improv, which is sure to result in lots of laughs. Stay tuned for further updates.
Some of the comic creators scheduled to attend this year’s SDCF are the ever popular Sergio Aragones (author of Groo and one of the nicest people ever to work in comics), as well as multiple award winners Steve Rude, James Robinson, Mark Evanier, and Shannon Wheeler.
One of the main draws of SDCF is the wide variety of talent and ‘tracks’/themes. There truly is something for everyone. In addition to the comics track, there is an animation track with the Three Toon’s Tony Benedict, Willie Ito and James Robinson.
All three are masters of their craft, having worked for the likes of Warner Brothers, Disney, and Hanna-Barbera. I would be remiss if I did not include the writing track; returning guests include the always enjoyable 3 Killer B’s + a V; Brin, Benford, Bear and Vinge. Also featured will be Logan’s Run author William F Nolan.
For the more hands-on creative types, there are 3 full days of workshops planned, led by creatives in their field. These workshops include everything from Girl Scout badges to writing visual scripts to the ever-popular art experiences.
This year’s con theme celebrates 50 years since man landed on the moon. To complement this theme, SDCF has announced a number of guests who are researchers in astrophysics, astronomy and physics, and working in the fields of space and dark matter.
Volunteers are still needed for SDCF! If you are interested in volunteering, simply go to SDCF’s web site OR attend the public meeting on Sunday, February 17th at 1pm at the Pacific Beach Library. I have it on good authority that free same-day badges will be given to volunteers as thanks for helping out. Lastly, if you are attending SDCF and arriving via public transportation, the 25 bus stops right in front of the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive.
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