This was my first go in strictly a moderator/panelist capacity. And I gotta say...it was a little weird!!! In the 13 yrs since I've first sat behind a con table, I've only attended a handful of shows without having one. I admit, I felt a little lost in the beginning...but, once my panels started up -- it was a HARDCORE grind that kept me happily busy throughout the weekend!
V:IPs of Self-Publishing -- I was joined by the creators of indie pulp comic, Johnny Scotch, John Dover (w) & Dan Schaefer (a), and Jae Xerrano, a local author who was premiering his first novel, Comedic Divinity: Fateless. Usually a solo panel, it was a welcome change to have specific creators to bounce ideas off of.
UnBreakable Skin -- Started off the day with a polite talk on critiquing work with a minority focus (feat. predominantly minority characters or creators). While a small crowd to begin with, we quickly became a cool collective of voices talking about the differences of creativity and aesthetics.
Alan Tudyck -- He stole my sharpie. No seriously! An amazing and energetic guest, Alan was charming and cool, bringing up hopeful fans to ask their questions from the stage -- almost single-handedly negating my sole purpose for being on stage with him! Winning an item from his "Bag of...we'll say SHENANIGANS", he signed each one, sending those fans home with a keepsake of their moment with him. And he did it with my Sharpie...and never gave it back. LOL.
Rob Minkoff -- Sitting down with The Lion King director was truly an amazing moment -- I mean, it's arguably my FAVORITE Disney flick of all time!!! Getting some behind the scenes insights was phenomenal, but my champion moment was stunning the pop-culturally savvy Minkoff on his (apparently coincidental) recasting of the royal couple from Coming to America (with James Earl Jones and Madge Sinclair as Mufasa and Sarabi, respectively).
John Barrowman -- I only got to intro the fan-favorite showman to the stage. And after a rousing debut that brought the room to their feet, I got told to "F**k off." Don't worry -- I've been assured that's a sign of affection from him! LOL
U Cre-8 Comics -- NOTHING is better than igniting the fires of inspiration in others. Kicking off the last day of the con with my U Cre-8 panel is a surefire hit (see what I did there??)! We geeked, we laughed -- but most importantly, WE CRE-8ED!
Batman TAS -- Kevin (EXPLETIVE) Conroy and Loren (EXPLETIVE) Lester!!! BATMAN AND ROBIN -- literal pillars to the foundations of modern geekdom. If you weren't in the room, there are no words to describe it well enough so that you'd know -- TRULY KNOW -- what you missed out on.
Barry Bostwick -- One of the first celebs I've befriended on the con circuit, Barry has been one of the coolest guys to know. A star of so many things, it was his turn as Brad Major in The Rocky Horror Picture Show that was the focus of discussion -- despite my best efforts to drop jewels from his acting resume...like The Land Before Time: XIV It was an hour of laughs, snappy
wit and a love of films Barry's helped bring to life.
Overall, I had a BALL!! I could get used to this moderating thing...could be just the move this indy comic scribe needs to kickstart the next phase of my career!