Monday Morning in San Jose

I'm sitting in the lobby of my hotel here in San Jose, California. It's a quiet Monday morning and I expected things would wild and hectic as the Southland. However, it seems surprisingly mellow here in San Jose. I'm not sure why. We arrived in the Bay Area on Friday after completing a Press Day for Disney's new motion picture, "Malificent." After dashing to the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank we made good time to San Jose where I quickly spotted old pals and colleagues walking past our hotel. Adrienne and I joined Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw! and Bill Morrison as they headed out to dinner. It had been years since a visit to San Jose and not much has changed. One thing caught my attention, however. Once I spotted Adobe System's office building I suddenly realized I was in Silicon Valley. Oddly enough, I've been watching the new television show developed by Mike Judge. I truly love the series that focuses on the tech world and tech Geeks in particular. I guess it's because technology Geeks remind me of animators and cartoonists.

However, this time around we're talking about a different kind of Geek culture. We were here in San Jose for the Big Wow Comic Fest, an annual comic book convention that takes place here in the Bay Area. I'm a regular attendee of the San Diego Con and WonderCon that once took place here in the Bay Area as well. However, renovation on Mosconi Center necessitated a temporary  move to a new venue in Anaheim. Surprisingly, the move to the Southland proved to be so successful there's a degree of doubt whether WonderCon will ever return to its original home. While these things get sorted out, we still have Big Wow! here in San Jose, and like the original Bay Area WonderCon it's a pretty cool and mellow show. It's a reminder of San Diego before the annual Con became a massive enterprise with huge crowds and huge expenses. There's also more focus on the comic artists and creators and less on giant media with their awesome bloated blockbuster movies and glitzy celebrities. It's a welcome breath of fresh air and the weather is nice as well.

Adrienne and I will probably be having breakfast with Sergio and Scott before we head back to beautiful downtown Burbank. I'd love to stick around if I only had more time. I've been invited to visit the Google campus which is right down the road. In fact, I could probably grab a trolley to Mountain View since there's one right outside our hotel. I'm afraid that fun activity will have to wait another day. Adrienne has loads of work waiting for her back at Disney and I'll be doing more press stuff for our new motion picture, "Malificent." So, I'm reluctantly leaving San Jose this afternoon and hoping I can return one day soon.

It may not be San Diego but it's pretty darn great. Welcome to Big Wow! Comic Fest in San Jose.

It may not be San Diego but it's pretty darn great. Welcome to Big Wow! Comic Fest in San Jose.