Fascinated Friday: Silicon Valley Comic Con!


So, a week from today, Joe and I will be manning a table at Silicon Valley Comic Con . Silicon Valley Comic Con runs from March 18-20.  To say we are excited about this is a staggering understatement. You see, both Joe and I are Bay Area guys, having grown up here. Having a major Comic Con come to our hometown is a pretty amazing thing. But even better, the two of us will be there, at a table in the convention, selling our books.

And that is special.

But even as we are going there as professional authors (man, that keeps getting cooler every time I say or type it) we are, and will always be, fans of pretty much everything that you can find at Silicon Valley Comic Con. So, for Fascinated Friday today, I wanted to talk to you about what we are personally looking forward to at the Con.


1) Nathan Fillion


I am a huge Firefly and Serenity fan. In fact, my very first published work was not fiction, but actually an academic paper exploring the idea of Captain Malcolm Reynolds as A Trickster and Shaman. Nathan Fillion is basically a geek god, and I am willing to offer sacrifices of old Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figures on a altar made of copies of Slither while singing the entire soundtrack to Dr. Horrible if Mr. Fillion would stop by the Gelineau and King table and pick himself up a novella or two.

That is the magic of cons. This is entirely possible. Once, Joe and I ambushed Joss Whedon while he was waiting for a gyro.

me and joss whedon

I wonder if Nathan Fillion likes gyros…


2)    Brent Anderson 


As a kid, just getting into comics, one of the first big purchases I made was the marvel graphic novel X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. It was heady stuff for young Mark, dealing with the idea of intolerance towards those that were different, and standing up against such injustice. I loved the book, reading it over and over again, and marveling at the rich artwork that made the characters both fantastic and real. The story was written by Chris Claremont, who would eventually become one of my influences as a writer. And the art? Why the art was done by Mr. Brent Anderson, who is actually going to be at Silicon Valley Comic Con. I really want to meet him, and tell him thank you for that book.


3)  Brian McClellan


New wrinkles on the fantasy genre are always something that catches my interest, and one of the coolest I have encountered lately is Flintlock Fantasy, a term that applies to a mix of fantasy and late 1700’s early 1800’s aesthetics.  As someone who loved the Sharpe series of novels, I fully believe that one of the only ways they could have been better is with magic.  Hence, why Brian McClellan is awesome.  Check out his work here


4)  M. Todd Gallowglas


At one of the very first appearances I did as an author, with a just a few short stories to my name, I was fortunate enough to share a table with M. Todd Gallowglas. Over those hours, I was privileged enough to not only spend time with a genuinely friendly and welcoming author, but to watch a master storyteller at work. And I do not use that term lightly. He is a whirlwind of personality and energy, as well as one hell of an author. I’m going to be getting a copy of the first book of his Halloween Jack signed for my son.


5)  Cosplay

Cosplay is something I have immense respect for.  Coming from a theater background, I did a bit of prop design back in college.  The sheer inventiveness, ingenuity, and dedication that cosplayers show in the pursuit of their art (not even hobby. Art) is astounding.  I am looking forward to not only seeing the great costumes, but geeking out with cosplayers about how they went about creating their outfits.


So there are a few of the amazing people I am excited to be under the same roof with. And, that is not even counting Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson! Yeah, Back to the Future! I know! Awesome.


And Shatner. William Shatner. Shatner is going to be there.


And Alan Tudyk, and Jon Heder, and panels and vendors.  There is just so much awesome there waiting for us.


This is one of those times where I am so grateful that Joe and I are a writing team. Because it means one of us can stay at the table while the other goes to panels, and meets people, and checks out the cosplay, and…


Well, you get the idea.


Until next time, keep finding things you love. And then, see if you are fortunate enough for them to come to your town.




1 Comment

  1. Hey Mark, I truly enjoy reading your blogs. When I told a new writer about your monthly endeavors, he said he couldn’t believe that quality could result from such astounding deadlines. I reassured him that your writing is high quality. Wishing you the best, and all the energy you need to live out your dreams.



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