San Diego, Here I Come (update)

With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner and a new book deadline approaching, I’m just popping in to say you probably won’t see me posting quite so much in the near future. But I’m still here.

Going to SDCC as an invited guest is a terrific opportunity, but I’ll admit I’m also cynically not expecting much. I have a spotlight Q & A on Saturday (at 1, last time I checked), and I’m hopeful people will show up for it. But if I’m being honest, my expectations are deliberately vague. I’ve been a professionally published novelist for 10 years now, and I feel like I haven’t made much of a splash. This isn’t me being humble. Nor is it me being terribly surprised. Writing is like that. Most writers exist in obscurity, and some are lucky enough to get mainstream attention now and then.

But I’ll also admit I’d love it if people actually showed up for my Q & A session. Lots of people. Dozens would be great. Yet in my experience, this isn’t how it works. I’ve done these things before, and turn out is almost always low. Again, not a complaint. Just a fact. And we’re talking about one of the biggest cons out there. I’m sure there are going to be many more exciting and interesting things competing for attention.

So if you happen to be going to SDCC and you happen to be free, it’d be great if you showed up. Love to have you drop by.

I’m also attending the Eisner Awards on Saturday night. That should be fun. I went to the Nebulas once, and it was a great experience. Other than that, I’m just there to enjoy the con like everyone else, but if I can make a confession, I’m not a big con guy.

I never went to cons before being invited to them, and while I love going to them in a professional capacity (it’s wonderful to meet fans and fellow artists), I’m not sure I’d ever go as a fan. Part of this is that the stuff I love tends not to be stuff everyone else loves and part of this is that I’m never excited to be anyplace crowded. I don’t have any sort of phobia, but I often find it to be a bit of a hassle.

As a professional, however, I have a different attitude. I love cons for the ability to reach new people and make new contacts. SDCC is a great opportunity if only for the chance to connect with new people I haven’t met before. So study my picture and maybe you’ll see me walking the floor. And if you do, say hi. Please. Don’t hesitate. Even if you’ve never read a book of mine (although how you ended up here is a mystery then), feel free. I suppose I’m inviting a hassle there, but if I somehow get mobbed by fans (which has NEVER happened) then I’ll deal with it then.

Keelah Se’lai

Fighting the good fight, Writing the good write,



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  1. Marc G
    Posted July 7, 2015 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Super bummed I can’t do comic con! Been a huge fan since grabbing Monster off a book shelf at Barnes… An unknown amount of years ago? Anyhow wish I could sneak in just for that. I also share the aversion to large cons, seems like it’s all about waiting in lines for hours on end for the most part. Though part of me really wants to walk around and soak everything in. Maybe I’ll be able to catch you out and about (book signing?) Anyhow have fun I look forward to your post about it in the future!

  2. Paul D
    Posted July 9, 2015 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    I second Marc G’s request… Please post your thought on comic con. I am, unfortunately, on the other side of the country… Not going to be able to stop in.

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