Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Of the world New York Comiccon and money,

As I try to start posting to this thing a little more regularly again. My run yesterday was actually very good. Did 8.25 miles including 10x100m strideouts for a little speed work and to break the legs back in from 4 days off. The new treadmills at my gym are superb. Life Fitness 97TI's. They actually do both incline and decline!! For Boston this is huge. I actually alternate my up and downhills while on the thing after the first mile, which really helps me work all leg muscles, not just calves and shins.

Was at the New York Comicon all weekend, for those of you were stuck outside, I'm sorry. The organizers completely blew the expectations. I've read all the notes on Newsarama about "how could you not know?" You know what, no one knew. You don't have any convention other than San Diego where you have 5-7000 walkups expected on one day. There hasn't been one (BTW, for those of you going to Heroes, given the press and the guest list, I hope someone there has started making provisions for this situation because it could be just as bad since the way I understand it, their hall does not hold more than 6-7K). And for everyone who is complaining about the lines, go back and look at the Newsarama coverage of San Diego last year where on Thursday of the show, it took people 4 hours plus to get their badge and get in, and the same deal on Saturday. There were more tickets sold for this show than for WW Philly last year (and that doesn't include the multiple 1000s turned away on Saturday and the potential ticket sales on Sunday that were lost by taking the safe route and announcing in advance that they would not be selling individual tickets on Sunday). It's safe to say no one expected this much crowd. I have personally already spoken to many of the people at Reed Exhibitions and I can guarantee you next year's will have a minimum of DOUBLE the exhibition hall floor space. It may take a year for everyone to believe it will be done right, but I agree with the assessment that 2 years from now this will be the East Coast Bookend to San Diego. The reason? The retailer/trade portion. The ability for the Macfarlane's of the world to come in and speak to the Harper Collins Publishers about Distribution deals in one central venue while simultaneously promoting their books and making it a marketing expense budget is too great a lure to ignore. Plus the two majors along with TokyoPop and Viz (the 2 majors of Manga) are all based out of NY, so every creator can come in, take a meeting on one end or the other of the show with their editor, and then write off any expenses not covered by the con (food, etc.) as a business expense for their incorporated structure.

Am going to start some eBay auctions hopefully Wed. Night. Tomorrow a big posting on something that has been on my mind.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Remember ME???

I really do still exist. Apologies for not having posted much recently 9for the 2 of you who actually read this or care). Was at New York Comicon over the weekend. All weekend. Just been crazy. We got back from Disney and Universal a while back. Got caught up in the Blizzard trying to get out of Orlando, so instead of leaving on Sunday the 12th, ended up spending 2 extra days at Disney/Universal and eventually got back in that Tuesday night.

Running training has not been great Had a nice run back from Vacation of 6 days in a row (61 miles). It was honestly 1 day too much and last weekend between that and the show I just recovered over the weekend. Going to try and 7 today if my Hamstring lets me. Still feels very tight. Should go get it worked on , but time and dollars don't always permit such things. Have a Half-Marathon tune-up this weekend. Hopefully that will go well. Like to do it in the 1:27-ish range. See what the body gives me.

Other thoughts of the week:

The Olympics: Sorry Tape Delay has taken basically all the interest out of it for me. It's not sport when you know the results. Sports is not something you can Tivo for the casual interest person. At least this one.

Spring Training: Try to post more this week.

TV: Battlestar Galactica has been superb. Smallville 100 times better than last year. The Shield has been great fun. 2 episodes behind on catching up with lost.

Oh, and HI MOM!!!!!