San Diego Comic-Con and Other Pop Culture Writing

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San Diego Comic-Con

Since 2010, I’ve got San Diego Comic-Con for both national and local publications. Don’t let the light-heartedness nature fool you: this is the most grueling reporting I’ve ever done: five days and nights of non-stop racing from interviews to panels to interactive experiences, turning around write-ups and photos at a breakneck pace.

Rolling Stone: From 2014-2017, I covered San Diego Comic-Con for Rolling Stone with a singular mission: experience as many things as possible and write up only the best. Plus photos. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2018.

For SyFyWire/Blastr/Scifiwire (they change their name a lot):  A few of my favorite pieces for SyFy Channel’s long-running newsite from Comic-Cons past.

Smith on the end of the Eleventh Doctor: Moffat is ‘going to make it hurt’

Joss Whedon told Comic-Con the question he doesn’t want us to ask ever again

Sherlock’s showrunners offer the final word on Moriarty’s fate

Doctor Who stars reveal who they’d cosplay as at Comic-Con + more!

And a whole lot of photo sets.

The Santa Fe Reporter: In 2014, I was fortunate to be able to interview Rick Geary, the original artist behind the SDCC toucan logo, who has been at every con since the beginning.


Artist Rick Geary Brings Billy the Kid to San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego CityBeat: From 2009 – 2012, I was a staff writer at the local alt weekly. I insisted on a themed issue each year, including often the news and editorial sections.

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Comic-C’mon! Hollywood studios should blame themselves for poor performance, not the geeks

Of noise and fanboys: From 1960s space rock to 2010’s Comic-Concert, the geek-rock universe continues to expand

What I took home from Comic-Con 2013

What I took home from Comic-Con 2014

I also edited CityBeat‘s award-winning, zombie-themed “Walker’s Guide to Comic-Com,” although it doesn’t seem to be online anymore :(

Electronic Frontier Foundation: A few times, I wrote about San Diego Comic-Con for my dayjob at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

An Open Letter to All the Comic Cons: Protect Our Secret Identities

What We Learned at San Diego Comic-Con

After writing for a few years about TV and DVD releases for in the mid-2000s, I began contributing to the SyFy network’s beast of a blog, (although it was called when I started, and has since been renamed SyFyWire again). Mostly I wrote lists, and quick hits whenever I caught sci-fi intersecting with politics and current events.

Here are a few of my favorites, in order of number of items on each list:

BruceCampbellsSoupLabels-scifiwireIf one politician has his way, sci-fi’s gonna be mandatory in school

Four Labels from the Bruce Campbell’s Soup Company

Happy 25th anniversary, Thunderdome! 8 reasons we still love you

10 reasons we still love Total Recall 20 years later

11 real church sermons that used sci-fi to preach salvation

12 wild and wacky patent applications that are weirder than sci-fi

13 surprising ways sci-fi collided with DC politics

13 worker revolts and labor union uprisings from sci-fi history

14 strange sci-fi candidates who campaigned in REAL elections

15 Dangerous (and dumb) oil disasters in sci-fi (During the Deepwater Horizon spill)

20 psychedelic strains of Star Wars-themed marijuana (And the sequel: 12 super-powerful strains of comic-book-themed cannabis)


JMS at SDCC by DM for SDCB

Other bits

Focus on the Family wants you to enjoy the ramblings of demons — for entertainment’s sake

J. Michael Straczynski’s origin story

‘Space Bush’ is a galactic jerk-off