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“A beginning is a very delicate time…”

DUNE,  1984

Tell me about it. We’re week two into our return of Talkin’ Con: A Cup O’ Tea and we’re already talking about beginning our plans for SDCC 2019, the Fiftieth Anniversary of that great show. Why, San Diego Comic-Con, you don’t look a day over 46, you!

But for many, still, the next SDCC is the first SDCC – so many people continue to make their way to the Biggest Nerd Party On The Planet™ as first-timers. But how does all of our hype, as con commentators, live up to the actual experience? Did all the research and preparation work in gearing you up for the main event?

We’ll be talking to a couple of SDCC first-timers about what they went through, how they see the convention through fresh eyes instead of our slightly more jaded ones. We’ll be speaking to Erin Carson, who covered the show for CNET – Erin spoke to a number of con bloggers about what to expect before the show, I’m looking forward to see if our advice lived up to our ideals!

We’ll also be speaking to first-time Eisner Award nominee Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou about how he experienced SDCC this year… nervously, expectantly and very much remotely as his remarkable PanelXPanel comics examination publication was up for a shiny bauble in San Diego, as he was sat at home in the UK! Ultimately, it didn’t happen this time for Has and the team but we’ll be talking about the magazine and what it actually means to be up for – and, indeed, fail to land – an Eisner, in 2018.

All of this, and all of the weeks comic con culture headlines – it’s going to be a fun show!


TALKIN’ CON: A CUP O’ TEA WITH AN ENGLISHMAN IN SAN DIEGO is the weekly con culture live podcast, broadcasting every Sunday (6pm GMT / 10am PT / 1pm ET) and hosted by Leonard Sultana.

Each week, the best bloggers on t’web talk about con culture and, for an hour or so, we invite guests to talk to us and get nerdy and geeky about everything that orbit the best comics and pop culture conventions on the planet!

TALKIN’ CON: A CUP O’ TEA… broadcasts live on YouTube, with a simultaneous audio stream to internet radio service Mixlr – the show is then shared to Instagram TV, SoundCloud and iTunes Podcasts, as well as our Patreon page (www.patreon.com/EnglishmanSDCC). Please Like, Subscribe, Share and Comment to support our efforts!

Our Guests, this week:

  • Erin Carson (CNET)
  • Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (PanelXPanel)
  • …more amazing guests, to be announced!

Talkin’ Con is YOUR show – if you have anything you’d like to have discussed in these shows, or a guest that you would like us to feature, leave a comment below or drop us a line at tips@anenglishmaninsandiego.com – we’d love to hear what you’d like to talk about. And don’t forget to join in the conversation LIVE during the show, using the Q&A button in the video preview above or on Twitter (#CupOTeaAEISD)

See you all, this and every Sunday, at 6pm GMT… LIVE!

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