Fair warning: if you don't like comic books, if you think their influence over the world of pop culture is pernicious at best and toxic at worst, this might be a good week to take a vacation from reading things on the Internet. That's because tonight kicks off the 2012 edition of San Diego Comic-Con, that hellish roundelay of nerd rejoicing, cosplaying, and shameless movie marketing. Abandon all hope, ye who enter, of not spending six hours in line getting jostled by a dude with Spock ears. It's going to happen.
Me? I say if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I say live and let live (long and prosper). Me and my comic book loving brethren have had our issues lately — I didn't care for "The Amazing Spider-Man," they told me I "eat Chinese penis for breakfast" — but I'm a geek at heart, and I look back on the years I covered Comic-Con with a mixture of nostalgia, incredulity, and tiptoeing around the suppressed memory of the time I accidentally wandered into a furries party.
If, like me, you're not in San Diego this year and you want to vicariously experience the sights, sounds,
and smells of the largest geek gathering on the continent, Twitter's actually a pretty good place to do it. Here are ten film journalists and five of their comic-covering brethren, who are worth following on Twitter during the convention. They run the gamut from wide-eyed Comic-Con newbies to embittered San Diego veterans, comics lovers to comics skeptics, news reporters to folks who just like taking pictures of dorks in costumes. It should be an interesting couple of days. And by interesting, I'm mean nerdy.
Who to Follow on Twitter at Comic-Con 2012:12:
@Breznican – Anthony Breznican, Entertainment Weekly
@comicsreporter – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
@Comixace – Heather MacDonald, The Beat
@devincf – Devin Faraci, Badass Digest
@erincmccarthy – Erin McCarthy, Popular Mechanics
@firstshowing – Alex Billington, First Showing
@kateyrich – Katey Rich, Cinema Blend
@katieisms – Katie Calautti, Comic Book Resources
@mikeryan – Mike Ryan, HuffPost Entertainment
@misterpatches – Matt Patches, Hollywood.com
@patloika – Pat Loika, Loikamania
@richjohnston – Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool
@slashfilm – Peter Sciretta, /Film
@TVKevLance – Kevin Fitzpatrick, ScreenCrush
@witchyflickchic – Jessica Johnson, Time Out Chicago