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Subject:Iz Totally Bummed...
Time:10:12 pm
So, Robyn and I have our 4 day passes for Comicon, which was remarkably easy for us this year since she got a professional membership last year (and I was her guest) and it was automatically renewed this year.  Basically, all she had to do was reply that yes she wanted to attend as a professional with her cheap ass friend, and boom!  we're in.  Unfortunately, I had two other friends that I wanted to bring with us this year.... my best friend from high school and another friend from work.  I kept telling them they needed to buy their 4 days passes, but as long as they bought them by March, they should be good to go. 

Well, they waited for one reason or another, but did go to buy them in March and the 4 day passes were sold out because Saturday was sold out.  As one will be traveling cross country, not having tix for one day made the trip questionable.  After several options including volunteering for  Saturday were discussed, my friend from high school decided to apply for a professional membership.  She has worked as the producer on a couple of independent horror/scifi movies and about to start on another and given the guidelines, it seemed like she had a pretty good shot at it.  Plus, she would get to bring a friend for free which meant both of them would save $75.  Well, she just found out that her application was rejected because they had over 10,000 new aps for professional memberships and they had to limit those to people who were directly tied to the comic industry.  Since her movies were horror/sci fi, it was a no go.  

Finally we decided they would buy Thursday, Friday, and Sunday tickets and we'd do something about Saturday (swap out the badges during the day to give everyone a chance or something).  But now, because Comicon took months to get back to let her know her application was rejected, Friday is also sold out and there are no more volunteer positions. GRRRRRR.  Now, Robyn and I will have a great time just the two of us like we have the past two years, but we were all really looking forward to having a geeky girls weekend and introducing two newbies to the joys of Comicon. That it pretty much shot to hell and I'm totally bummed about the whole thing.  Sigh.  And I'm definitely having a hind sight is 20/20 moment on what we should have done about buying tickets and then requesting a refund if they had swung the professional membership.  I guess next year we'll know to buy the tix super early.  
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winter_elf
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Time:2009-05-16 05:55 am (UTC)
It's unfortunate that they did not believe you when you told them to buy ASAP. March is actually too late to wait. It's getting earlier and earlier every year since they have started to limit attendance and people are realizing this. :( And, if they were going to wait till now to make hotel reservations? Hahahahahah!
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linziday
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Time:2009-05-17 03:19 am (UTC)
Oh jeez, that sucks. I'm sorry. I know one of the people who took one of the new professional memberships... though I'm sure he didn't take Robyn's specifically. Um. Hmm. At least I hope not.
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2009-05-17 04:58 am (UTC)
Well, they didn't take Robyn's as she still has hers (evidently they're good for 3 years), but she's a little worried about when she has to renew again if they really crack down and start only accepting people in the comic related industry seeing as she writes urban fantasy books. But he took my other friend's, so make him give it back immediately! *G* Actually, they had seemed pretty positive when my friend first submitted her application, but I guess they had too many applications and had to start screening and giving preference to those in the comic industry, even though the guidelines do mention those in industries related to sci fi and fantasy. But now we know to buy tix as soon as they go on sale.
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linziday
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Time:2009-05-17 05:02 am (UTC)
Obviously there's one perfect solution here-- Robyn to spins off her characters into comic books! ;D
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2009-05-17 05:05 am (UTC)
LOL! Believe me, if she had the opportunity, she would *not* turn it down. Unfortunately, as the lowly author of the books, she doesn't have much say in the matter, nor does she know how to get someone interested in buying the rights. Personally, I think they would make awesome graphic novels!
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linziday
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Time:2009-05-17 05:30 am (UTC)
They SO would! C'mon, Cal and Niko kicking demon ass? If that doesn't scream graphic novel I don't know what does.

If she really is interested, tell her she might want to check out IDW Publishing. They're fairly young (started in 1999)and fairly small (at least compared to the mega outfits), but they've got a good, successful track record and have worked with lowly book authors. (Joe Hill's the one I happen to know about.)

My friend -- um, yeah, the one who stole your friend's professional membership --has worked with IDW as a prop creator. They seem great to work with, particularly if you're a graphic novel first-timer.

Their wiki is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDW_Publishing
Their site is here: http://www.idwpublishing.com/

And I totally don't work there or get any kickbacks or earn anything for recommending them. :)
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liketheriverrun
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Time:2009-05-17 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! I'll be sure to pass it on to her.

Edited at 2009-05-17 03:40 pm (UTC)
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