Comic Con San Diego 2013 (Part II) Lantern City

I am a big fan of the hopefully-coming-soon super steampunk television series entitled Lantern City (http://lanterncitytv.com/), the brainchild of Bruce Boxleitner and a host of other highly talented and creative people.

Lantern City Logo

Lantern City Logo

Lantern City Conceptual Artwork

Lantern City Conceptual Artwork

I am a fanboy regarding Bruce, even of his short-lived Bring ‘Em Back Alive tv series. I pre-ordered a signed copy of RISE, the Lantern City Illustrated Novel, and It is fabulous.  I visited the Lantern City booth at Comic Con, spoke to Bruce for a moment–he was very nice–and got a free t-shirt and a signed poster.  Coolamundo!

Lantern City SDCC Booth

Lantern City SDCC Booth

Thomas Willeford in Lantern City steampunk guard gear

Thomas Willeford in Lantern City steampunk guard gear

Bruce Boxleitner at SDCC

Bruce Boxleitner at SDCC

I think it is cool that Bruce is wearing a Dr. Grordbort’s tee shirt.  Best of luck to Bruce and everyone at Lantern City!

Part III SDCC Blog coming up: “Bits and Pieces”

Comic Con San Diego 2013 (Part 1) Steampunk

Yes, this was the first Comic Con I have ever attended and it was pure awesome, confusing, fascinating and annoying all jam-packed in one overstuffed, superhero cape-wrapped Skylab burrito.

SDCC 2013 Exhibitor Floor

SDCC 2013 Exhibitor Floor

I had a four day professional pass (plus Preview Night) but I figured that I might not be able to stomach that much Comic Con (and I didn’t, hence family visits to Sea World and The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an exhibit I would highly recommend.)

Giraffe at SD Zoo Safari Park

Giraffe at SD Zoo Safari Park

I attended the convention guerrilla-style, a completely unknown author with a new book. My publisher was not present (47North will be at Comic Con NY) and I didn’t have a booth or a table. I understood this, but I wanted to go to Comic Con for the first-timer experience, as a fanboy, and for the opportunity to introduce myself to some of the steampunk organizations in the southern California area. I wanted to get my book into the hands of steampunks, so I wandered the floor with a backpack full of books and handed them out to the properly attired attendees.

Steampunk Trio Comic Con 2013

Steampunk Trio Comic Con 2013

Sir Max Metzler at the San Diego Gaslight Gathering Booth

Sir Max Metzler at the San Diego Gaslight Gathering Booth

Steampunk Airship Captains

Steampunk Airship Captains

I attended several great panels, the best being The Witty Women of Steampunk, which included Jaymee Goh (Silver Goggles), Anina Bennett (Boilerplate) and Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.) I was able to speak briefly with these three women and they were attentive and kind.

The Witty Women of Steampunk panel SDCC 2013

The Witty Women of Steampunk panel SDCC 2013


Part II on Lantern City!!

RomBuck Reader 5 in the Jungles of Costa Rica

Yes, a friend lugged Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders into the deep, dark jungles of Central America–now there’s a book reader for you!  Here he is with the book in the shadow of the Arenal Volcano Near Fortuna, Costa Rica.

Rom Buck Reader 5 in the shadow of the Volcano

Rom Buck Reader 5 in the shadow of the Volcano

Despite being malarial and suffering from a poisonous Fer de Lance bite, my friend (let’s call him ‘Zara’) still managed to finish reading the book. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been heard from since.