Comic-Con 2017, 1 Month Later by Craig Kerbrat

I did it again. I had all of these great ideas in my head that I would blog about Comic-Con while I was there, but clearly that didn't happen. There's too much going on to take time out to write about it. And then immediately afterwards I'm too burnt out to even think about chronicling the events.

But looking back at my previous post leading up to Comic-Con, I noticed that going into it was exactly how I felt coming out of it. The people and the events all felt inspiring to me. Everyone who goes to Comic-Con is really excited to be there, whether they're a fan, a creator, or both, and I'm once again reminded that I'd like to be the "both" part of that.

I still haven't figured out what my "thing" is. I know I can be creative. But it requires putting in the effort, and I'm still struggling with that. I don't know if it's just pure laziness, or if the added fear of failure is holding me back, but I know I need to get over it. I need to figure out what it is that I can contribute to the world. I want to make my mark.

I sometimes think I'd like to be a writer. Which is why I do this. Practice. And an outlet. But I haven't really had any good story ideas in a long time. I have a few rolling around in the back of my mind, but I haven't fleshed them out yet.

I sometimes think I'd rather be a journalist of some sort. Which is also writing, but writing the stories of others. But I have a lot to learn there. I regret not pursuing schooling on the subject.

I also sometimes think that maybe I'd like to have some sort of YouTube channel. But then I can't think what the subject of my channel would be. Am I interesting enough to just talk about things on camera? Or do I record adventures out in the world? Do I show off the things I love close to home?

Is anything I would have to say or show interesting or original enough to bother with?

These are all of the things that plague my brain when I think that I might be inspired to create something. And I'm sure they're the same things that other people struggle with. Probably even the successful ones. So I need to get over it.

Because how am I ever going to get to be a guest at Comic-Con if I don't even try?

The Annual Comic-Con Hype Train Begins by Craig Kerbrat

I feel the need to write about something, so Comic-Con is as good a thing as any. Once again, we're in that part of the year when Comic-Con is still far enough away that it feels like forever, but close enough that all of the planning pieces are starting to come together. 

After two attempts, Andrea, Ann and I managed to score 4-Day badges to Comic-Con (sadly, without Preview Night). My friend John lucked out with Thursday and Sunday badges for his first ever Comic-Con, so we'll be a foursome this year. And we even managed to score our hotel before Hotepocalypse happens, so we're a step ahead!

But all of this planning makes me want to leave now. It's good that we're not leaving now, because I'm not actually ready. There's still three months of saving to take advantage of, and we're still hoping flights will drop to reasonable rates before we go. 

Still, I'm excited. You'd think that after 6 years some of the excitement would wear off. But not so much. I'm looking forward to the excited crowds, the exclusive collectibles, the announcements and sneak peeks, the great restaurants, and the heat and beauty of San Diego. And everything unexpected. 

One day I'll figure out how to document San Diego Comic-Con to properly convey why I love it so much. Maybe lucky number seven will finally be the year. 

One Month... by Craig Kerbrat

Alright. I know I just posted a blog post this afternoon, but there are a lot of exciting things happening right now, and before the next thing happens, I just want to get out my thoughts on this one first. 

It is exactly one month to the day until Andrea and her Mum and I leave for San Diego. One month from now we will be hanging out in our hotel room getting ready for bed after a fun day of travel and shopping so that we are rested up and ready for Preview Night... Who am I kidding? One month from now, we will all be way too excited to sleep because we'll be going to SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015!!!

I've had a countdown going on Twitter for a few days because I just keep getting more and more excited and I really just don't know how to handle it. Every day for at least a month now there's been countless seemingly insignificant things that remind me of Comic-Con or just San Diego itself and every time I get more and more excited. Even just the summer sunshine now makes me think of the trip. I don't even know how to properly convey my excitement.

And I'm so ready to go! I've got my US money put aside already, we've got flights paid for, I've paid the deposit on the hotel room, we've got our barcodes for our badges. Now I'm just watching desperately for any news of guests or panels or exclusives. It's a bit crazy. So much effort and excitement for a week-long trip. And when it's done I'm going to be so exhausted. But I can't wait.

And this year is special! This will be my and Andrea's fifth Comic-Con in a row together! Andrea coined the hashtag 5thComicConniversary. And to make it even more special, Andrea's Mum is coming with us this year! I'm so excited to share this with her this year, even if she only gets to join us for the one actual convention day. It's going to be so much fun!

Anyway, that's really all I had to say. I just really needed to vent some of my excitement out into the world. Like a pressure valve. So now there's room for more excitement to build up. So stay tuned for more!