Comic Con Report — Day Three & Four

The heart of Comic-Con is the exhibition floor — a Superdome-sized space jammed corner-to-corner with artists, retailers and showrooms for studios and toy/collectible manufacturers.   Imagine if SXSW lined every musician in one room, and asked them to play simultaneously.  That’s Comic-Con. When the floor reaches critical mass, the crowd is pressed together shoulder-to-shoulder, shuffling through […]

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Comic Con Report — Day Two

  Friday was light on Comic-con’ing, the day spent with friends from Southern California, though we had a few geek moments. Walking back to our hotel, we passed the theater where Conan O’Brien is taping his show — we watched that night’s Game of Thrones guest list make a dash from stage door to black SUVs, […]

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Comic Con Report — Day One

Greetings from the center of the geek universe, San Diego Comic-Con, a black hole of color and light threatening to collapse in on itself.  Arriving late on Wednesday, we skipped opening night where the exhibition hall throws open their gates and the feeding frenzy begins, conventioneers swarming to buy exclusive Comic-Con swag.  Instead, I focused […]

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The Trap Diaries

The SXSW crowd is swelling — on Wednesday lines were already spilling out of smaller venues at one in the afternoon. I found room inside Hotel Vegas, a delightful dive on the outskirts hosting “She Shreds,” boasting a line-up of female fronted groups. Diet Cig played to an adoring crowd — perky power pop by […]

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The Trap Diaries

Arrived in Austin late (thanks Dallas traffic), with just enough time to squirt into the end of the AV Club showcase at Barracuda, an indoor/outdoor club that appears to be in great supply in Austin.   Mothers, from Athens, GA, played a short set of their simmering-then-explosive mood rock, followed buzz-band Beach Slang and their […]

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The Trap Diaries

With airfares to Austin approaching four figures, roadtripping was enthusiastically embraced — a choice rewarded with concert kharma at the half-way point. Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa has been on the to-venue list, with a show serendipitously scheduled for Sunday night. Cain’s is an old honky tonk (1924) nestled under an underpass — think the Sokol, […]

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