Fight The Real Evil: Glee, SDCC And Who’s Using The Remote…

Cue Sinéad O’Connor ripping up the title card from Glee…

It’s July, which means it’s that time again and of course I feel the need to gripe about San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC, see previous blogs on this subject)

As mentioned in the past, I sympathize with the organizers of SDCC.  They clearly are trying to maintain a comic book focus for the event, but the Hollywood stuff continues to overpower them.

It’s almost like inviting a friend over to watch a football game and he/she doesn’t actually even like football and decides to handle the  remote in your living room.  You’d like to be a polite host but at the same time, they keep switching channels during the commercials and don’t quite seem to be quick enough to get back to the game when it starts back up.  The host can only do so much before they loose control of the situation.

…oh, and they won’t take a hint on when to leave.

It’s a long way to get to a point, but it leads me to the following question: who the <blank> invited Glee?

Glee.  Seriously.

As a reminder, the mission statement for Comic-Con reads:

Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

While television qualifies as a “related popular art form,” the content of said television (Glee) is a stretch.

Not to mention that Glee does not, “celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.”

One could argue that so many other things do not qualify either.

Well, that might be true, but I’m focusing on the “low hanging fruit here.”

And Glee is ripe and in season.

I have come to accept that SDCC has been co-opted as a “nerd culture” event and that Hollywood stretches the “letter of the law” when it comes to what they bring down to San Diego.

Everything in moderation.

But Glee?

So.  Here’s what I’d ask of anyone going to SDCC.

Don’t go to the Glee panel.

Make sure that on Sunday at 10 AM, Hall H is completely empty.

Make that room look like the planet Arrakis.*

Show Hollywood that you’re sick of their non-football liking friend hogging the remote in our living room.

Instead of Glee, might I suggest the following alternative comic book-based programming for Sunday at 10 AM:

  • Archaia Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company: The Early Works of Jim Henson Screening with Special Tale of Sand Discussion (Room 4)
  • The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel (Room 5AB) with Mark Evanier, Walt Simonson and Erik Larsen among others
  • Axe Cop (Room 6DE)
  • Comic-Con How-To: Audio Books with Scott Brick (Room 28DE)**
  • Teen Comics Workshop (Room 30CDE) with Xeric Award winner Gene Luen Yang among others
  • Comic Book Fairs: Using Comics as a Literacy Tool (Room 32AB)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Wild Cards (Room 6BCF) with George R.R. Martin and Paul Cornell among others
  • 10:30 – 12:00 omics Arts Conference Session #13: Monsters, Somnambulism, and Anarchy: Romantic Vertigo in the Modern Age (room 26AB)

The funny thing is, when I started this blog I didn’t know what else was happening on Sunday at 10 AM.

The reality is, this is a wealth of comic book goodness.

Seriously.  Comic books are still at SDCC.  You just have to know where to look.  And when you can find them, you can be sure that you’ve hit some awesome stuff like that Mark Evanier panel about Jack Kirby.  Evanier knew The King.  Worked for The King.  Wrote a book about The King.  This panel is an SDCC mainstay.  And to have Walt Simonson there too!  C’mon.

Axe Cop!  Nuff said.

Or the Teen Comics Workshop.  If you are a young adult and looking to get into comics, this is a far better use of your time than watching clips from Glee that you can see on YouTube next week.

And what about that Wild Cards panel?  Aside from George R.R. Martin being on there, it’s about the process of adapting comic books to prose.  I’d pay money just to sit in on something that interesting (especially since I have the old Epic Wild Cards series).

So.  You can choose from one of these insanely amazing panels.  Or sit in a room to watch the producers of Glee show clips.


Having Hall H completely empty and packing these comic book panel rooms to the rafters will hopefully send a message to Hollywood: Stop hogging the remote!

…and maybe learn something about football before you come over the next time.

* yes, Dune is a novel.  But it was also a movie and the movie was adapted into a comic book.  

** Note: I know that the How-To on Audio Books is not comic book-based.  But Scott is a friend and does Brad‘s audio books so I felt the need to plug his panel.


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One Response to “Fight The Real Evil: Glee, SDCC And Who’s Using The Remote…”

  1. العاب Says:


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