â€œIf you ever have an opportunity to see J.M. Straczynski speak live, do it.â€
Seems like you canâ€™t read a single article regarding the manâ€™s work without having this piece of advice thrown your way. Indeed, the creator of hit sci-fi show Babylon 5 and prolific writer of such comic titles as Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, and The Mighty Thor has built himself a reputation as not only a groundbreaking creative force, but an entertaining public speaker as well! â€¨
This fact made my decision to attend his â€œSpotlight onâ€¦â€ panel at this yearâ€™s San Diego Comic-Con all the easier.
Iâ€™d sat through two panels before his (one of which — the Grant Morrison/Gerard Way affair — can be read about here), both of which had that sort of low-calorie rock concert feel to them. You know what Iâ€™m talking aboutâ€¦ a room the size of a school auditoriumâ€¦ a small stage upon which sits a few long tables and a row of chairsâ€¦ the lights go dim and the deep-throated announcer welcomes you to the show and introduces the guest(s) of honorâ€¦ moderate applause fills the room as the speakers mount the stage, waving to the crowdâ€¦ and then sit down and sip from their plastic cups of water. Itâ€™s the Diet Coke of venues.
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