Went to San Diego for Comic Con w/almost 4 year old Archer in tow catching photos in between managing a wriggling little boy. We were there for Ben’s appearance at a panel discussing his book The Best American Comics Criticism. Comic con broken down is “just” a commercial platform for comics – big movies – a place for cosplay girls and boys to take center stage and the frenetic crazy energy that comes from having all of these elements mixed up together. It all felt a bit like the scene in Sunset Boulevard when Gloria Swanson descends the stairs and says “All right Mr. De Mille, I’m ready for my close-up,”. Then again my squire was a squirmy almost 4 year old which almost certainly contributed to my frame-of-mind.