This is how the GeekTour ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.
Bad news, everyone: I'm not going to San Diego Comic-Con. I was planning on attending with TokyoPop, and when they laid off a ton of staff (including my editor, which made me sad) they also pulled out of Comic-Con.
There is a very slim chance that I may crash a booth with a couple of friends, but I honestly don't know if I'll be able to justify the expense; it's become increasingly difficult for me to break even, let alone turn a profit, at Comic-Con. I've got a kid in college, so justifying expenses, even for superhappygoodtimes like SDCC is increasingly difficult.
More bad news, everyone: I've sent a couple of e-mails to Creation about the Big Honkin' Vegas convention in August, and I haven't heard anything back; not even a "No. Now please go away."
Last year, they'd sent me an invite by May. Since I haven't heard anything yet, it's already mid-June, and several people have asked via e-mail and comments here if I'll be going, I went ahead and contacted the same guy who's booked me the last two years. He hasn't replied, so I'm left to assume that they're not interested in having me participate in the con.
I have to say, this makes me really, really sad. I was really looking forward to both of these shows. I can't do anything about TokyoPop pulling out of SDCC, but I've made what I feel are reasonable efforts to contact Creation. If I keep asking, "Hey, guys! Can I please come to your show and help you make money? Can I? Can I? Please? Please? PUH-LEEZE?!" I will start to feel like a chump. In fact, I already feel like a chump. And pretty demoralized, to boot. Maybe I'm "not part of the Star Trek family" again. Sigh.
UPDATED 6-14-08: I just double-checked my spam folders, and I see that the e-mails I've been sending to my contact at Creation have been bouncing back to me, getting marked as Spam. I've just tried a different contact at Creation, so hopefully this one will get through. Now I'm hopeful that perhaps Creation isn't ignoring me, but just didn't know that I was trying to make contact with them.
A little bit of good news, everyone: I'm still on for PAX, where I'll perform from Happiest Days, and rock your world on MarioKartDS. Also, Rock Band. Oh yes, there will be emm effing Rock Band, emm effers.