BY PATRICK YACCO
Comedian and activist discusses her new book, how Comic-Con is like pride, childhood trauma, and Metallica.
Aisha Tyler had her own geek out at Comic-Con, but this wonder woman wasn’t swooning over the spandex-clad superheroes cruising around the San Diego Convention Center. It was the rock band Metallica that caught her eye. “I had just wrapped the Archer panel and was speaking with a fan, but I stopped talking mid-sentence and ran over to see them,” she said. “I grew up in the Bay Area and loved them!”
It was Tyler’s fourth appearance at the famed pop culture convention, and it may have been her busiest. “It was just go, go, go! I think the only free time I had was 45 minutes for dinner on Saturday,” said Tyler in an interview soon after the annual event, once she had a moment to catch her breath. In addition to appearing at several panels at Comic-Con, she hosted an off-site book signing and podcast with Supernatural dreamboat Jared Padalecki. I was one of 25 lucky fans who won entry, and it was a highlight for us both.
“The best part of Comic Con for me was that afternoon,” said Tyler. “It was the first time I had tried something like that, in an intimate space. Plus Jared is a great guest — I had had him on the show before but knew I had to have him back.”
When I drew comparisons between Comic-Con and LGBT pride parades, Tyler chuckled. “Yeah, there are definitely similarities! LGBT pride is more important politically, but for a lot of people Comic-Con’s the one time of the year that people can come out and be themselves.” She goes on, “But when you go to the Con, you feel like you’re a part of something. You feel like you belong.”