Comic-Con Schedule

This is my fourth year attending San Diego Comic-Con. And every year, something happens immediately before my trip, as if some cruel deific being were trying to prevent me from getting my geek on.

The complication this year? Rabies.

But that, as they say, is a story for another time. Suffice to say that I refuse to be thwarted, and am currently at ComicCon, preparing to lave myself geek culture.

Whenever I go to ComicCon, I prepare a list of things I’d like to do in my head.

Some of these are simple things. Friends I’d like to get together with and chat. Booths I’d like to visit. Presents I’d like to buy for people.

Other things on my list are more…. esoteric. It’s almost like the entire con is a game. Or a safari. And I get points if I see certain things on my trip. Like, say, a 300 pound guy with a beard dressed up as sailor moon. If I put that on my list, then see it at the con, I’d get, like, 35 points. More ordinary things, like spotting Stan Lee would only get me 5 points. (15 if he’s not doing a signing, or some other event.)

Then there’s things I hope to do at the con. The top of the list is, of course, Meet-Joss-Whedon-Then-Become-Best-Friends-and-Totally-Hang-Out-In-A-Tree-Fort-Together. That’s worth so many points that I would actually level up on the spot, perhaps with embarrassing consequences.

So far I’m doing pretty well at 78 points, with the big score being the fact that I got to hear John Scalzi sing “Somebody that I used to know” in the style of Fred Schneider from the B 52s while accompanying himself on the ukulele.

And listen. I know that sounds like some bullshit thing that I made up, but it really isn’t. I swear. It really happened. It’s printed indelibly on my on my heart and mind. Fire could not burn it from me.

Anyway, if you happen to be one of the 120,000 + people here at the con this weekend, here’s some of the stuff I’ll be doing, if you’re hoping to catch me here.

Thursday, July 12, 7:00-11:00pm

I’m just doing a little walk-on with the aforementioned John Scalzi. But if last year was any indication, it’s going to be a hell of a show.

There *might* be tickets available here.

Friday, July 13, 2012 3:30-4:30PM
Comic Con room 6A

Legendary editor Betsy Mitchell gets epic with panelists Brandon Sanderson (Alloy of Law), Raymond E. Feist (A Crown Imperiled),Robin Hobb (City of Dragons), N.K. Jemisin (The Inheritance Trilogy), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance cycle), Rachel Hartman (Seraphina), Patrick Rothfuss(KingKiller Chronicles), Heather Brewer (The Legacy of Tril), and Lynn Flewelling(Casket of Souls). 

Friday, July 13, 2012 5:00-6:00pm
Signing  with the panel from Epic Fantasy War
Autograph booth AA9

Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:00am-12:00pm
Geek and Sundry Panel
Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton.

(I’m not on this panel, but I’m going to be there. For reasons that must remain secret for now….)

[Edit: One more event!
Saturday, July 14, 2012 5:30-6:30pm
Spotlight on John Scalzi
Room 7 AB

I’ll be moderating this one.]

Other than that, I’m just going to be skulking around the con, looking for trouble. If you can’t get into my panel, then you have a decent chance of running into me in places like the Badali Jewlery booth (#530) or Geek Chic (131-133). I also tend to lurk around the Mysterious Galaxy booth a lot, I can’t remember the exact number of it, it’s somewhere in the 1000’s, but they have signed copies of my books there, and if you happen to catch me while I’m passing through, I’d be happy to personalize one to you.

And, of course, if you see me walking around the con, feel free to say hello.

Okay, I’m off. Wish me luck….



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  1. Mitchell Hundred
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM | Permalink

    I have to be honest here: I have never heard of Sand Diego. Is he some Mexican guy who hangs out on the beach a lot?

  2. Fattimus
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like shooing the bat out with a bedsheet was not the end of that story.

  3. Tattered Lucidity
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    Please tell me someone caught that performance on video and will provide us with a link?!

  4. carter
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

    I have said hello to you the last 2 years I’ve gone and I totally didnt get tickets this year!!! I miss you!!

  5. harmonic tremors
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM | Permalink

    Uh, rabies? And then “a story for another time”???? C’mon. You can’t leave us hanging here like that!! Are you dying? And not to be selfish, but if so, can you finish the book before you, uh, go?
    No, seriously, your blog is the FIRST thing when I log in each morning. You are like my morning cup of coffee. No. mocha. Yeah. With extra whip. MMMMMMM.
    Great. Now I’m panicked AND hungry. Grrrr.
    Please, tell us you are OK.
    AND tell us you are going to the Firefly panel!!! Kinda shocked you didn’t mention that. gasp. oh no, are you really sick with rabies?? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • christie
      Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

      I believe rabies shots are recommended after bat encounters.

  6. He without a clever name
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM | Permalink

    Poor and in Ohio. Pout. Someday, SDCC, someday.

    On another topic, In the Ernest Cline Ready Player One three gates-coolest geek contest ever, I’m awaiting for the third gate to open on August 1st. I live in an apartment and don’t really have anywhere to put a Delorean if I win, (which is doubtful, as 500-1,000 people will be vying for it,) my wife asked what we would do with a Delorean.

    I guess I hadn’t really thought it through. Just, you know, cool geeky videogame contest, how could I not want to be a part of that?

    Then I though, I could give it to Worldbuilders.

    so on the 1 in 1,000 chance I win, is that something you would want? I ask because giving away a car might be harder for you then mailing out books, and their might be different tax things and what not that you have to do with a car.

    • Alex
      Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:55 PM | Permalink

      Further proof that us Ohioans are the best kind of people.

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM | Permalink

      We would totally put that to use for Worldbuilders….

  7. IvoryDoom
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

    So bummed they sold out of tickets before I could get mine! UGH.
    I’ve never been to ComicCon before, pretty much just want to go because I’d love to meet you and I heard Sanderson might be playing MTG at his hotel…even though I havent really liked Mistborn (the only series of his I read) I’d totally love losing to him at Magic…

    Oh and I heard R.A. would be there too…god…FML right now.

    Anyway – one question. Is going to this Con really intimidating? Like if I went to it, maybe next year, would I be too overwhelmed to enjoy it? Or just freak out because I dont know where I’d find any of the authors or video game shit I actually would be interested in seeing. I wouldnt like it if I got stuck with seeing a bunch of randoms. ( I got goals ya know)

    Also (yah I lied when I said one question…) are there other cons in Cali authors go too? Or are popular? I’m pretty new to this circuit of geekdom…ya know…I usually try to keep that shit on the down low. :P

    • Little My
      Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM | Permalink

      I need help with the acronyms. . .

      • Holmelund
        Posted July 13, 2012 at 12:17 AM | Permalink

        Magic the Gathereing (Collectible Card Game)
        R.A. Salvatore (Author of some old school Dungeon and Dragons Novels)
        Fuck my luck (Basicly means I am unlucky and it sucks)

      • Bokonon
        Posted July 13, 2012 at 6:01 AM | Permalink

        MTG is an acronym for a popular fantasy collectable card game named “Magic: the Gathering” that’s been around since 1993ish.

        R.A. is a reference to fantasy author R.A. Salvatore, who you may know from his series of books set in the D&D Forgotten Realms universe.

        FML is shorthand for a statement of frustration: (expletive deleted) my life.

        Sometimes being a nerd is like joining the military. Acronyms everywhere. :)

        • IvoryDoom
          Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM | Permalink


          And D&D stands for Dungeons and Dragons…damn acronyms.

          Sorry, didnt mean to confuse anyone! But as a side bar…wasnt that interesting to learn?

      • Little My
        Posted July 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM | Permalink

        Thank you all!

  8. siriuslymoony
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 7:46 PM | Permalink

    Pat! If you would like to swing by the Hyatt hotel bar-area after w00tstock, I’d love to buy you a drink or something! You know, if you want. You’re pretty much the ony person I’d really like to chat with at this con… and I was carrying around the QP (trade paperback for all those who’ve never worked with books) of The Name of the Wind for a few hours today, hoping to run into you! So yes, the offer is there if you wanna put up with a (mild) fan girl for a bit. And hey, if not, no big deal! The first day is always super tiring. Have a good time either way! Hope to see you soon,
    -Erin Ray

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 3:01 PM | Permalink

      Sorry I didn’t get out of Wootstock until 1:30 or so last night. I crashed afterwards….

  9. Posted July 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    That sounds like so much fun. I hope you get to have a blast Pat!
    Rabies eh? This isn’t an Old Yeller situation is it?

    Oh, and if you run into Wil Wheaton, tell him he’s a great audiobook narrator.

  10. siriuslymoony
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 1:13 AM | Permalink

    Also! If you decide to come by, just search for a longer haired gentleman in a white and blue striped seersucker suit… He’s more noticeable than I. :P I’m in a navy blue halter dress and am still carrying your book. :) If you can’t tonight, we will be there most every evening after the con!

  11. andresgoji
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 1:26 AM | Permalink

    Hey, Patrick, so I´m thinking about starting my own story, I really like the fantasy genre and would like to build a big world map, so I know maybe it depends on the person, but I have to ask such a creative guy like you, did you start building your world first or did you think about the story first.
    Thank you , and I love your books.

  12. Rhia
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 2:27 AM | Permalink

    Once in my life, I really, really, really want to go to ComicCon. Being a college student and from Europe, I can’t afford the plane tickets OR the hotel. But I’ll make it someday.

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

      I’m starting to save for next year already. I agree it is really expensive for the regular joe. But I understand why, its a huge event and its packed full of cool shit.

      My friend and I have been selling crafts and putting the profits away, it has been going good actually. So I totally recommend it. We started by selling hemp jewelry on craigslist and at the local farmers market and get at least 100% profit. From one poor person to the next – you should give it a try, its actually really easy.

  13. Jiyuu
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 3:46 AM | Permalink

    Awwww….maaaaaaaaaaan…….The Crownless Again Shall Be King event, all those amazing authors in one room! Any chance something like that could happen in Malaysia?

    John Scalzi on the ukelele singing ‘Somebody that I used to know’ Fred Schneider style? That sounds so out of this world, it has to be true. Even you couldn’t make something like that up. haha!

    Man, I’m so jealous. Anyone going there — have fun!

  14. CraftyCrafter
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    Please, please, please come to the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton (England) in 2013! Admittedly not Comic-Con size but great fun all the same…

    As well as meeting Pat (obviously) I would have liked to see The Hobbit folk as well

  15. Constance
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

    Last year I sent a lovely young lady dressed as the Khaleesi to Badali’s Jewelry to pick up my talent pipes. She later admitted she met Pat there but didn’t know him at the time, much to her shame.

    This year I have no such minions available at my disposal, alas.

  16. PhotographicAlchemy
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    Is there any way you can get your panel recorded? Though I am not sure that much epicness can be adequately recorded…

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted July 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

      um…that would be super awesome. If anyone happens to do this could they maybe link for the rest of us?

  17. kevsyers
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

    Never been to Comic-Con but when I do my score sheet will have “Give Patrick Rothfuss a jumping high five.”

    That should be worth at least 50 points I believe.

    • Posted July 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

      Nah. I’m easy. 15 points tops.

  18. Jenni Rey
    Posted July 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM | Permalink

    Hi! I saw you the other day at Comic Con, as I sat on a bench outside of The Old Spaghetti Factory. I wish I could have thought of something else to say to you, besides what I ended up yelling. Which, by the way, is the best way to embarrass your teenage daughter. Anyway, what I would have said is that I think your writing is beautiful and your mind is brilliant. I picked your book for my book club pick last year. I cannot wait to read more of your work, but for now… “You’re awesome!”


  19. Erica
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 1:51 AM | Permalink

    “The top of the list is, of course, Meet-Joss-Whedon-Then-Become-Best-Friends-and-Totally-Hang-Out-In-A-Tree-Fort-Together.”

    If anyone could do it, you could. But then the world might explode the next moment from having that much awesomeness contained in the small space of a tree fort.

  20. Constance
    Posted July 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    Did you ever get the phone back to the girl from Sweden? I didn’t catch any followup on FB.

  21. Athena
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 4:18 AM | Permalink

    Ah why must I live in Belgium! Visiting ComicCon would be exactly what my inner fantasy geek would love love love. So many amazing actors and authors I love. So many other geeks who are just as crazy about imaginary things as I am.
    The closest thing we have to fulfilling my fantasy needs is the Elf Fantasy Fair in Holland. No chance you’ll be there no :p?

    But, my Irish man is dragging me to the States next year to visit some of his family, first time out of Europe for me and if the timing is right I’d love to go to ComicCon. If we do, hope I’ll see you there!

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