I won't be going Friday because: work. Saturday I've got less important things to do (kick-off is at 11:00 AM, FX is carrying the game). So, Sunday is when I'm going.
Last year was weird, truth to be told. I had a great time hanging out with Matt, Phil, JackBart and Jason, and I got some good deals on Jimmy Olsen comics. But the tone of the Con was strange. I am not entirely comfortable with the "celebrities" kept in pens like veal. I still think I did something wrong when I went to talk to Erin Gray and get her autograph (but no regrets. It was Erin Gray.).
This year promises a colorful line-up of the kids from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, now all grown up (sadly, Augustus Gloop has canceled), Jake Lloyd of Star Wars fame and both Kyle Reese AND young John Conner will be there in the forms of Michael Biehn and Edward Furlong. Peter Mayhew (you know him as Chewbacca), the cheerleader from Heroes, and Kevin Sorbo.
Frankly, its not an awful line-up, if I actually wanted to meet any of them (well, maybe Michael Biehn).
Last year I wandered the tables in artists' alley, but it was sort of odd. The truth is, there's a lot of talent at those tables, both names you do and do not know. But I'm not a wealthy man, and its not a reading library. I'm the same guy who can't stop at a gas station just to use the restroom without feeling obligated to buy a bag of peanuts and a soda, so I don't like lingering and just staring at the artists and creators like animals on display. And, certainly NOT buying something is some sort of judgment, I think.
Anyhow, I plan to make it a quick trip. If you're in Austin on Sunday and want to tag-up at the Con, let me know. I'll be there for a while sometime after the lunching hour.