Having grown up reading comic books, I’d always wanted to attend the San Diego Comic-Con. During my university years, I gradually moved away from reading mainstream comic books, having gotten fed up with the plots and lack of characters I identified with, as well as the sheer expense and the accumulation of paper that the collecting aspect entailed. I eventually stopped buying single issue comic books altogether. I still read and occasionally buy trade paperbacks, but my days of collecting comic books are over. I still enjoy the medium, however.
Work is sending me to Comic-Con this July (21st – 25th), and I’m a bit excited. I’m aware that the convention has changed drastically in the two decades or so since the time I had originally dreamed of going. It’s more of a popular media convention now, than a comic book convention. It should be interesting, and exhausting.
I’ve been blogging for a number of years on my own site(s), and I am a huge proponent of corporate blogging, so when my company recently launched its blog, I was super thrilled. The ArenaNet Blog is going to be a great place to get insight into the human side of our company, as well as information about our games. We’re hoping to have several people from the company write blog posts, including me. If you’d like to read my posts, you can check those out on my author page.
GDC 2010 was by far the best GDC I have attended thus far. I went to some fantastic sessions that will be useful to me professionally as well as my company, met so many great new people, reconnected with others, and met long time acquaintances for the first time. I had so many interesting conversations and felt like I really connected with people professionally and personally. The parties I went to were, for the most part, completely awesome. I had a wonderful volunteer experience as well. GDC was definitely the highlight of my year thus far.
If I met you during GDC, please feel free to contact me.