This is unusual post for me because for the most part things I write here are directly related to the craft of storytelling, but I want to thank the people at Tr!ckster publicly.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to be one of the speakers/presenters at Tr!ckster in San Diego. It was the first year for this event, which ended up being the place to be. Tr!ckster is a response to what the Comic-Con has become—in many ways, it’s just a big commercial for whatever blockbuster the entertainment industry wants to sell that year.
|This is me giving my storytelling talk at Tr!ckster. I guess that I sometimes strike a Shatner pose when I speak.|
photo by Julia Lundman (using my phone)
Tr!ckster is more down-to-earth with a focus on creators and, more importantly, aspiring creators. There were symposiums on the craft of creation, and I gave a talk on storytelling and story construction. It was a short talk for me, but people did seem to like and learn from it.
|Please forgive me for getting excited, but this is the very first time I have seen my three books on sale together.|
It was also a chance for me to meet some of you. I met some fans of the blog and my books for the first time in real life. They were all cool people. Frequent commenter Jett and I got into a very serious but all-in-good-fun debate. I also met an early supporter of the blog, Emma Coats. That was nice, and she was as cool as thought she would be.
|Good guy and Animator Everett Downing. It was nice to see him.|
|Me with the very friendly and talented artist Jeff Pidgeon (photo by Joon Kim)|
|Separated at birth -- me and Ronnie Del Carman.|
It was also a chance to meet up and toss a few drinks back with some of the dudes I know from Pixar: Ted Mathot and Scott Morse, who co-created Trickster, were gracious hosts, on top of being two of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet.
|Ted Mathot and me after a few drinks.|
I know I am forgetting some of the cool people I met and talked to, but there were many. My point is I had a great time and I think most everyone else did, too. If you did not make it this year, next year try to get yourself to Tr!ckster.
By the way, for those who don’t yet know my website is now up: