Don’t you hate it when a writer uses a super-exciting headline to draw people in and then totally doesn’t deliver on the promise of that headline?

Right. So you can start hating me right about now. The most daring thing I did at Comic-Con was, during the discussion on which I was a panel member, leaning so far back in my chair to see one of my fellow panelists that I darn near tipped over.

Pretty exciting!

I also thought I lost my camera there for one heart-pounding moment. But I didn’t.

Speaking of which, below are a couple o’ shots of my visit yesterday to Comic-Con 2011. The last shot is the room our panel was in.

It was so interesting sitting with the guys I was talking about the relationship between Christian pop-art and culture: What must the Christian artist consider as he moves forward with his projects; who are the gatekeepers of Christian media; can you make the gatekeepers of Christian media go away; do you want the gatekeepers of Christian media to go away; where, if anywhere, in the creation of Christian art does the artist compromise his or her vision?

Regular readers of mine will not be surprised to hear that I (rather vigorously) championed the idea that, today, any artist with a drive to tell their own story in their own way has, as close as their computer, all the power they need to do exactly that. I encouraged everybody to trust in and be true to their vision, work hard, be honest, and be fearless.

I want to thank Buzz Dixon for the outstanding job he did hosting and moderating the panel. His questions were rich and insightful; his management of the dialogue deft. He made the whole thing such a genuine pleasure.

All right! Onward! Upward! Back home!