“If you ever have an opportunity to see J.M. Straczynski speak live, do it.”
Seems like you can’t read a single article regarding the man’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! “¨
This fact made my decision to attend his “Spotlight on”¦” panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con all the easier.
I’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 I’m talking about”¦ a room the size of a school auditorium”¦ a small stage upon which sits a few long tables and a row of chairs”¦ the lights go dim and the deep-throated announcer welcomes you to the show and introduces the guest(s) of honor”¦ moderate applause fills the room as the speakers mount the stage, waving to the crowd”¦ and then sit down and sip from their plastic cups of water. It’s the Diet Coke of venues.
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