Got back from San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday so I should be fully adjusted back to normal life… sometime next year.
What an amazing experience! For those of you who haven’t been, the best way to describe it is MASSIVE. So like picture in your head what you think ComicCon is like and multiply that times a thousand. 130,000 people, a GIANT convention floor with thousands of booths and exhibitors, barely able to move through the crowd, and literally 100 things to do every hour – most of which sound awesome.
There’s something for everyone – video games, animation, comic books, role-playing games, cosplay, movies, television, toys, visual arts, books, anime, manga, and every mixture in between. I mean, you’d really have to be a douche-bag to not be into at least one of those things, right?
And there’s something about being surrounded by so many like-minded people…
I’m now having withdrawals.
We were invited to take part this year by screening the short film I wrote, Rooney’s World, at the convention and therefore got free professional badges, which was totally rad. The screening was a lot of fun. We had a decent turn-out and got to do a Q&A following.
My favorite part of the week was (arguably) the meet and greet time we had with other filmmakers. It’s an odd thing, making movies. You put SO much time and effort into this creative outlet and put it out there, hoping it finds an audience. It can be very nerve-wracking when this product, which is a huge part of you, is rejected. It can be soul-crushing. For example, we were turned down for ten festivals before Comic-Con accepted. So it was nice to discuss with these other filmmakers the ups and downs of the process… to know that we weren’t the only ones going through it.
And that in a nutshell is what Comic-Con is all about: 130,000 people getting together and validating each other – learning that our passions (whether that be film or cosplay or toys) are worthy passions. Isn’t this what we all want from life? To be understood? To connect with other human beings?
I encourage you to find your own group of encouragement – a small group of people in your area that share in your passions – to be your light through the darker periods of your creative endeavors.
Putting ourselves out like this is a risk. We’re not always going to get that validation we’re looking for. We all need to be reminded during those times… WE ARE NOT ALONE.