Comic-Con is fully on here at the G4 offices, and while we have a monster team tearing through the San Diego Convention Center and milking every ounce of coverage from the show, it’s a different kind of crazy back here. It’s mainly a ghost town since a good chunk of the team is away. Need a stapler? (I always wanted a red stapler.) Want that awesome Kubrick that’s in the cubical a few down from yours? (Totally mine now.) Been eyeing up a co-workers mouse? (It’s gone.) Don’t feel like walking all the way down the hall to go to the bathroom? (Thanks Sterling!) Being on the home team sometimes has its advantages.
But in all seriousness, while there’s a lot going down at Comic-Con in coverage gathering, it takes quite a bit behind the scenes to make sure the content coming from the show gets up on the site, or in one of our shows. And to be honest, for 95% of the major events that have happened in my last 14 years covering video games I’ve personally been on the road team at a show, so I’ve never seen what actually happens back on a home team. And it’s f$%&ing crazy.
Frantic running back and forth to make sure liveblog software doesn’t barf, frequent text, phone calls, and e-mails to last second changes, gently bumping the website backend -- which primarily is being held together by duct tape and love -- to make sure the whole site doesn’t come crashing down...it’s kind of fun watching the insanity. And this is just on the G4tv.com side of things. There are other heart attacks happening in other parts of the building as well to make sure things roll smoothly.
And so far, it’s going really well! (I’m knocking on wood as I type this with one finger.)
In all, if everything goes according to plan, I don’t foresee any other outlet having as much Comic-Con coverage as G4. On G4tv.com there will be over 25 game previews, over 30 panel liveblogs, a truckload of game trailers and screenshots, a few recap shows with the Nerd Army, heaps of video interviews, video tours of all the coolest booths, up-to-the-minute-news, loads of photo galleries, and much, much more.
Then on G4 proper, there’s something like 5 hours of Live TV coverage including exclusive coverage of the Star Wars Spectacular Panel, and then 3 hours of Comic-Con '09 Live. After that, starting Monday X-Play will have a plenty of Comic-Con game coverage including Gears of War movie details, more on Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time, and an inside look at DC Universe Online with Jim Lee! So if you can’t make it to Comic-Con, don’t sweat it. We’ve completely got your back. From the panels, to the major announcements, to booth tours, to the toys, the multitude of cosplayers, and the celebrity sightings, G4 has completely blanketed Comic-Con.
While it’s weird not being there, it’s fun watching the coverage from the home team perspective for once. Because just like you -- the reader -- I’m not there. But due to the hammering of updates from the G4 staff on-site, I feel as if I was. Without the rancid dude nerd funk, of course.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go rummage around for a new monitor, some candy, a flash drive, and an Xbox 360 controller before the next liveblog starts.