By Nathan Cosby
[Editor's note: It's always somebody's first time. As a veteran of 20+ San Diego Comic-cons, The Beat is hopelessly jaded. But for people going for the first time, it's either a dream come true, or a job to be done. Or both. To get a handle on the human experience behind the hype, we've asked three first time San Diego con-goers to share their experiences with us. Meet Nate C., writer, editor, raconteur. ]
THE BEAT: NATE COSBY?
NATE: it’s 4 ‘n th’ frgn mornin
THE BEAT: SORRY. WE ARE ALWAYS UP.
THE BEAT: WE ARE THE BEAT. THE NEWS BLOG OF COMICS CULTURE.
NATE: Why do you sound like more than one person?
THE BEAT: WE ARE A HIVEMIND, MADE OF LIKE-MINDED COMIC BOOK AFICIONADOS BOUND TOGETHER IN THE PURSUIT OF TOTAL ANALYSIS OF THE WRITTEN WORD PAIRED WITH THE DRAWN IMAGE.
NATE: So there’s like…twenty of you talking to me in unison right now?
THE BEAT: ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN.
NATE: Oh. Uh…what’s up?
THE BEAT: WE HAVE LEARNED THAT YOU ARE ATTENDING THE COMIC BOOK CONVENTION OF SAN DIEGO THIS YEAR, AND THAT THIS WILL BE YOUR FIRST TIME ATTENDING.
THE BEAT: WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO CATALOGUE YOUR EXPERIENCES DURING THE CONVENTION, AND GIVE US A BEHIND-THE-SCENES PERSPECTIVE OF PROJECTS YOU ARE ANNOUNCING. YOU WILL WRITE AN ENTRY A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE CON, AND THEN UPDATE US DURING THE CON.
NATE: But there’s 137 of you. Why do you need me?
THE BEAT: WE CAN’T GO. WE HAVE A DOG. KENNELING IS EXPENSIVE.
NATE: Right. Well, sure. I’m announcing a few things and -
THE BEAT: WHATEVER. WE’VE GOTTA GO. DC JUST ANNOUNCED A NEW KITE MAN RELAUNCH.
NATE: Oh. Ok, b-
Nate Cosby was an editor at Marvel Comics for a while. He left and writes stuff for Image (like Pigs with Ben McCool!) and Archaia (like Jim Henson’s Storyteller!) and other stuff (you’ll find out in San Diego!). He still edits stuff a little (like Jim Henson’s Storyteller and Immortals: Gods & Heroes!) and sorta works in TV. He’s bald.