YAY! Lilac City Comicon 2019 posted its panel schedule, and I will be hosting “The Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Creativity” on Saturday at noon! So, you know I’ll be there.
The good thing about Lilac City Comicon is that you can do
almost everything you want without having to worry too much about seating.
There are some panels that will be packed full and you might have to sit in the
back row, but for the most part, you’ll be able to see the panels you want
without having to sacrifice.
So, while spending time on the floor getting your favorite
con swag and meeting cool people is great, if I were going to go to Lilac City
Comicon as a journalist or guest, rather than a vendor and presenter, here’s
what I would do.
On Saturday, there’s plenty of time for me to be on the floor and go see panels. Since the first performance on the main stage is music and trivia, the morning is the best time to get my shopping spree first look on. Take a spin or two through Artist Alley, se who’s there, what they’re offering, and what kind of contests and freebies there are. We all love freebies! I generally look for books to read from authors I don’t know, and new books from indie writers that I can’t find anywhere else like Kaye Thornbrugh, Fishtank Books and Catbeard the Pirate.
At 11 am, I’d catch Carrie Merrill talking about
“Understanding and learning the writing process,” and I’d stay for my panel
because I’m a Disney fan and I love creativity. At 1 pm, it’s a toss up between
Randy Havens and “Indie Publishing” with Oneshi Press. I’d lean toward Randy
Havens because he’s closer to the food court and “Stranger Things” is a great
At 2 pm, it’s another tossup. Chris Kattan is a bona fide
star, but “Jedi Philosophy” is intriguing, especially for Star Wars fans. I’m
going to Ogden UnCon a week later, and Kattan will be there. That makes it
easier to choose “Jedi Philosophy.”
The three o’clock hour brings a panel on cosplay and a Power
Rangers panel on the main stage. Neither one of those is really my thing. I
might get a snack, some water or coffee and then walk around the floor again.
Supporting authors and artists is important. IT would also give me an
opportunity to get a closer look at the booths that I passed by earlier. And if
Hacksaw Jim Duggan is at his booth, I’d seriously consider stopping by for a photo
and a HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
At 4 pm, I’ll definitely be hitting up the main stage for
Brian C. Baer’s presentation. (Full disclosure: He’s scheduled to be signing
books at my table at some point during the convention.) “Horror in Comic Books”
with Blacky Shepherd will be a cool panel, but I’ve got to support the guy who
wrote a complete book on “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” that changed
my entire view of history and children’s television. Seriously, Baer’s book is
At 5 pm, the cosplay contest will be in its pre-setup phase
with photos and prejudging. If I were a conscientious journalist/blogger who
wanted a maximum number of page views, I would go to this part of the contest.
There are sure to amazing costumes and performances that would make for good
visuals. The more individuals you get in their cosplay, the more likely you are
to get them to share your content. However, seeing the “Lions” short really
appeals more to me because I love movies, and since the actual cosplay contest
doesn’t start until 6 pm, I could essentially do both.
On Sunday, you’ll have the opportunity to really enjoy the convention’s atmosphere. At 11 am, Selfie Dad is giving away his stuff in a contest. However, I would probably head to the Flash of Earth 90 panel and see what they’re saying about the speedster.
At noon Falk Henstchel is on the main stage, and I’d be
there in the front(ish) rows. Hacksaw Jim Duggan at 1 pm follows Hentschel, so
I’m only moving seats if someone tall sat in front of me. Duggan was one of my
childhood heroes. I got to see him wrestle live, and I always watched the
then-called WWF. Bring on the 2×4!
At 2 pm, “Life Lessons from Nintendo” could be a great
panel, but it’s up against a film screening of “Moon Knight.” It’s another
tossup, but I am leaning toward the film. At 3 pm, I know that there’s only an
hour left of the show, so I’m going to make sure I find an artist and/or writer
(probably writer first) to buy something from – if I haven’t already blown my
budget. Maybe, I’ll be the customer that turns someone’s con from good to
great. If I can do that for someone and get a great book or piece of art out of
it, then I’ve made my own con experience super.
What are you looking forward to most at Lilac City Comicon 2019? Leave your comments below.