By this time next week, The Hubby and I will be on our way to San Diego in beautiful Southern California to undertake an experience we expect will be like no other -- San Diego Comic-Con.
What? Youve never been to Comic-Con before? you ask :
Nope! Nor have we been to any other major genre convention of any type, not even a Star Trek convention!
I tried once, but that attempt failed miserably, so I concentrated on attending the smaller functions, usually fundraisers. This time, however, I am not worried about the conventions potential financial failure :
: this time I am actually more worried about my own survival.
I am excited and honored to be able to share my experiences with you as I venture into the Looking Glass Universe that is San Diego Comic-Con.
Several weeks ago I began the process to obtain press credentials to the function but I stopped the process mid-way through. Not because I couldnt qualify mind you, no -- I actually made a conscious decision not to get press passes because of the point-of-view I wanted to express while reporting for this wonderful website.
The BlipNetwork will have six reporters and columnists, including myself, at Comic-Con this year, and all of us are attending the function in our capacity as such.
However I wanted to be able to attend, and more importantly, to report, purely as a fan.
What is it like to experience this behemoth show as one of the 140,000 other people who will be there? I wanted to be able to give Airlock Alpha and its sister websites -- Inside Blip and Rabid Doll reports from that n00b perspective -- and that is what I intend to do.
So The Hubby and I will be there with regular four-day passes, backpacks, blackberries, a video camera and a netbook and will be just part of the crowd.
Ill be reporting about standing in line, panel discussions, the exhibit hall and the cacophony flocks of geeks and nerds make when we gather together.
We have plans to attend the Geek Girls Tweet-Up (an informal gathering of female geeks and their supporters whove met and interacted on Twitter); the Roddenberry Dive Team Con Mixer; w00tstock 2.4 with Paul and Storm, Adam Savage from Mythbusters, Star Trek: The Next Generations own Wil Wheaton, Bad Astronomy blogger/scientist Phil Plait and any other function that is open to the public that we may have time and/or an opportunity to see.
I plan to live-tweet when I can along with the other reporters thare. Although it will be providing insight on more than just the properties covered by Airlock Alpha, we're going to once again utilize our Twitter account last year, which you should follow right now @ComicConAA, which will provide many instant updates from all the BlipNetwork reporters on the convention floor.
Also, on July 22 at 8 p.m. ET, our very own Nick Chase (BlipNetwork's chief technology officer and one-time radio host) will coordinate a live broadcast of Alpha Waves Radio from San Diego which promises to be a real treat. It will definitely have our site coordinator (and regular Alpha Waves Radio host) Michael Hinman involved, along with some of our writers, and maybe even a few special guests here or there.
So please join me here and on Twitter to watch, listen and observe as I finally lose my convention virginity : in an orgy no less!
What am I getting myself into?!
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