Comic-Con Summary: Paolini, Panels, and Signings! (Day 0)

Comic-Con is best described as four solid days of pop culture, geek culture, fantasy/scifi/horror culture awesomeness. The convention had us on our feet for nearly six days as we set out to cover as much of the convention as we could to report back for you all! This year we were lucky enough to be joined by a whole host of amazing authors and industry leaders, including Christopher Paolini himself! This first part of our Comic-Con coverage talks about what Comic-Con really is and our adventures on Day Zero (Preview Night), including wandering the convention halls with Christopher Paolini!Ah, Comic-Con… you were a blast. Again. This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was my fourth year attending and the website’s sixth year covering the event. The tradition started with a mind-blown-and-overwhelmed 17-year-old (me) walking into the convention center for the first time to heading out in 2010 finally able to discuss my own upcoming book. Bizarre!

As usual, Comic-Con was full of delightful and shocking events and experiences. The four (and a half, technically) day convention had over 140,000 attendees this year – a record for the 41-year-old comic convention. The print, movie/TV, and gaming industries have embraced Comic-Con more than ever in recent years and this surely showed – from the giant advertisements covering entire sides of 30-story hotel buildings to the True Blood-clad elevators and hotel room keys. However, despite the increased commercial presence at the convention, the true sense of community, the little guys, and enjoying each others’ company still exists.

This editorial will highlight what I found to be some of the key points of each day at Comic-Con. If you’re looking to only read about Inheritance-related events, you’ll want to skip day two and day four. However, I highly recommend reading each day; the events may not be Inheritance-related but they’re appealing to all fantasy and science-fiction fans for sure!

Day Zero – Preview Night at Comic-Con 2010 (July 21st)

Preview Night offers lucky convention goers a chance to enter the convention hall for three hours prior to the first day of Comic-Con. The convention runs just about as normally as the other days on Preview Night with the only notable differences being vendors and major booths withholding limited edition items from sale and giveaway until the convention officially launches. It’s quite a treat to be able to check the convention out before the mass of convention goers arrive on day one.

The Inheritance Almanac is officially announced

The most personally exciting event on Day Zero of the Comic-Con trip was finally being able to share the news of my book with all of you. I had coordinated with my publisher to receive a final copy of the book cover prior to taking off for San Diego. The wonderful folks in Random House’s publicity department had let me know that they would be featuring the book on an easel at their booth during Comic-Con, which officially meant that the curtain was being lifted on the project. I was stoked.

Not being able to contain my excitement, I immediately called Robert shortly after my plane touched down in San Diego to hit the post button on a news post draft that had been sitting in our news system for over a day… and thus The Inheritance Almanac was officially announced!

(Curious as to what The Inheritance Almanac is? In short, it’s Mike Macauley’s official companion guide to the Inheritance cycle. That’s just the brief run-down! Want to know more? Check out The Inheritance Almanac’s page here on Shur’tugal!)

Christopher arrives at Comic-Con

Christopher Paolini made his arrival to the San Diego convention center shortly after touching down at the airport. Christopher is almost as seasoned as I am when it comes to times attending Comic-Con. However, as you’ll realize, the pre-Comic-Con excitement never truly dies off. Christopher met up with us (myself and the Random House staff) at the Random House booth (1515!) and off we went to explore the convention hall before the doors closed.

We had a blast wandering the convention and eying out the booths that looked most exciting. My personal favorite was the AMC’s Walking Dead booth, which was a movie set from the channel’s newest zombie thriller. Christopher favored the art section of Comic-Con, where we ran into many fantastic fantasy and sci-fi artists. We managed to evade the glaring eyes of security for nearly twenty minutes after the convention hall officially closed before being ushered out for the night. It was then off to dinner before calling it an early night. Thursday was to be our busy day!

Shur’tugal will offer a summary of Day One of Comic-Con tomorrow!

  • zasekr1

    im sorry to say but this is getting ridiculous, normally posts being a bit slow doesnt bother me at all because i dont really expect much to be happening but the fact that you’ve put up a timetable and havent stuck to it then said they’d be up and they werent is just abit annoying if u cant stick to the schedule u set out say so straight away please

  • zasekr1

    im sorry to say but this is getting ridiculous, normally posts being a bit slow doesnt bother me at all because i dont really expect much to be happening but the fact that you’ve put up a timetable and havent stuck to it then said they’d be up and they werent is just abit annoying if u cant stick to the schedule u set out say so straight away please

  • Chris

    Sorry, I’ve been too busy to write my part up, but it’s coming up soon. 😛

  • Chris

    Sorry, I’ve been too busy to write my part up, but it’s coming up soon. 😛

  • Mike

    Sorry! I was holding some of the content for the interviews I had hoped to post this weekend and today (three parts) but each day never received the audio files to post. I was worried about all of this awesome content I spent a lot of time working on (trip summaries, my “Favorites” post and two favorites posts from Chris and an author-contributor, Eldon Thompson, among other things) getting burried and forgotten in the excitement that results whenever we post an interview.However, I’ll make it up to you and post the day one and day two summaries today (Tuesday). I just hope they don’t get forgotten if I have the interviews tomorrow because day one and two were by far the coolest of the convention!

  • Mike

    Sorry! I was holding some of the content for the interviews I had hoped to post this weekend and today (three parts) but each day never received the audio files to post.

    I was worried about all of this awesome content I spent a lot of time working on (trip summaries, my “Favorites” post and two favorites posts from Chris and an author-contributor, Eldon Thompson, among other things) getting burried and forgotten in the excitement that results whenever we post an interview.

    However, I’ll make it up to you and post the day one and day two summaries today (Tuesday). I just hope they don’t get forgotten if I have the interviews tomorrow because day one and two were by far the coolest of the convention!

  • HarryQuacker

    I know I wrote in an earlier comment not to get upset over the lateness of news. But, this is very frustrating to me. You put up a whole schedule of when stuff is going to be up and you haven’t stuck to it at all. You put up the galleries a day late, fine, I understand that sometimes things can get a bit delayed, you even changed this schedule post to reflect it. Then the trip summary took another few days. But then you put up Day 0 only. In a comment on the post Mike wrote “day one and day two are ready to go”. At the end of the post you wrote, “Shur’tugal will offer a summary of Day One of Comic-Con tomorrow!”. Here we are 4 days later and you still haven’t posted the stuff that you said was already written and ready to post. You seem to have so much to offer, enough that you can easily put up a new post every other day at least yet we have gone 4 days without a new post.

  • HarryQuacker

    I know I wrote in an earlier comment not to get upset over the lateness of news. But, this is very frustrating to me. You put up a whole schedule of when stuff is going to be up and you haven’t stuck to it at all. You put up the galleries a day late, fine, I understand that sometimes things can get a bit delayed, you even changed this schedule post to reflect it. Then the trip summary took another few days. But then you put up Day 0 only. In a comment on the post Mike wrote “day one and day two are ready to go”. At the end of the post you wrote, “Shur’tugal will offer a summary of Day One of Comic-Con tomorrow!”. Here we are 4 days later and you still haven’t posted the stuff that you said was already written and ready to post. You seem to have so much to offer, enough that you can easily put up a new post every other day at least yet we have gone 4 days without a new post.

  • Tulkas

    @sammyria: Good idea mate.

    Note the word recent in there…

  • Tulkas

    @sammyria: Good idea mate.Note the word recent in there…

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @sammyria: Agreed! that would be awesome 😀

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @sammyria: Agreed! that would be awesome 😀

  • sammyria

    @Mike Macauley: We might have to start having monthly Q&As with you about your book next 😛

  • sammyria

    @Mike Macauley: We might have to start having monthly Q&As with you about your book next 😛

  • Mike

    We read every comment on any recent news posts. Thanks for the follow-up. 🙂

  • Mike

    We read every comment on any recent news posts. Thanks for the follow-up. 🙂

  • gashz

    I don’t know if anyone will read this, but I just wanted to apologize for what I wrote in previous comment sections. Where I trashed the website over the interviews. I am interested in the pictures, the interviews, the news etc… I am just frustrated at how long book 4 is taking, and how little news about it comes from Paolini. We have waited years, YEARS for book 4. I was just hoping the interview would clear up some questions and so I am impatient. The interviews, and pictures, are highly interesting; my frustration is just misguided and for that I apologize.

  • gashz

    I don’t know if anyone will read this, but I just wanted to apologize for what I wrote in previous comment sections. Where I trashed the website over the interviews. I am interested in the pictures, the interviews, the news etc… I am just frustrated at how long book 4 is taking, and how little news about it comes from Paolini. We have waited years, YEARS for book 4. I was just hoping the interview would clear up some questions and so I am impatient. The interviews, and pictures, are highly interesting; my frustration is just misguided and for that I apologize.

  • Tulkas

    @ShurtugalLiam: Mike has stated that all that he knows of Book four we know, and CP is very secretive about his upcoming masterpieces, I know from when I personally asked him the most idiotic question of all time… “Is Guntera real?”. Shameful, that I should be reduced to asking such an antiChristopherian question, but I, Tulkas, was caught off guard.

  • Tulkas

    @ShurtugalLiam: Mike has stated that all that he knows of Book four we know, and CP is very secretive about his upcoming masterpieces, I know from when I personally asked him the most idiotic question of all time… “Is Guntera real?”. Shameful, that I should be reduced to asking such an antiChristopherian question, but I, Tulkas, was caught off guard.

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Chris Addison: I assume that’s the release date of the book, cheers Chris 🙂

  • ShurtugalLiam

    @Chris Addison: I assume that’s the release date of the book, cheers Chris 🙂

  • Dragonasker

    @Mike Macauley:
    no, no it makes sense I just didn’t read “the tradition started”

  • Dragonasker

    @Mike Macauley: no, no it makes sense I just didn’t read “the tradition started”

  • Mike

    I’m 21. I suppose I should clarify that I was 17 during my first visit (I tried to but maybe it didn’t come across properly).

  • Mike

    I’m 21. I suppose I should clarify that I was 17 during my first visit (I tried to but maybe it didn’t come across properly).

  • Dragonasker

    Wait… your 17?

  • Dragonasker

    Wait… your 17?

  • Chris

    October 26th

  • Chris

    October 26th

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Oh Mike, sorry for the double post, but just a few random thoughts and questions concerning your book:

    1) is there an official release date (if so and i have missed this please do inform me).
    2) Will you be releasing sly bits of information on it as the countdown proceeds?
    3) does it have any information in there that is revealed in Book4?
    4) Is it written by a character, like the unknown rider of the Guide to Alagaesia? Or is it ?
    narrated

    thanks for reading these, if any info on this has been said already, please, as i say, do inform me.

    Sounds exciting though 😀

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Oh Mike, sorry for the double post, but just a few random thoughts and questions concerning your book:1) is there an official release date (if so and i have missed this please do inform me).2) Will you be releasing sly bits of information on it as the countdown proceeds?3) does it have any information in there that is revealed in Book4? 4) Is it written by a character, like the unknown rider of the Guide to Alagaesia? Or is it ?narratedthanks for reading these, if any info on this has been said already, please, as i say, do inform me.Sounds exciting though 😀

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Awesome 🙂 this is a hefty post… lol

  • ShurtugalLiam

    Awesome 🙂 this is a hefty post… lol

  • Mike

    Apologies to those of you hoping for a trip summary all in one go! When I finished writing day 0 – 4 up, I realized that the length was way too much for one news post. Giant walls of texts deter readers and I want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy each day of Comic-Con.

    We’re going to post each day as its own day (unless two days are too short, in which case they will be combined). The final days are still being revised but day one and day two are ready to go!

    Stay tuned!

  • Mike

    Apologies to those of you hoping for a trip summary all in one go! When I finished writing day 0 – 4 up, I realized that the length was way too much for one news post. Giant walls of texts deter readers and I want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy each day of Comic-Con.We’re going to post each day as its own day (unless two days are too short, in which case they will be combined). The final days are still being revised but day one and day two are ready to go!Stay tuned!

  • Eldest13

    Lot of stuff in four days… First post.

  • Eldest13

    Lot of stuff in four days… First post.