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Comic-Con Goes On Without Me

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San Diego Comic-Con—the once-comic-book extravanganza and now one-stop promotional launchpad for all of pop culture—kicks off tomorrow. The TV element has grown along with everything else (this year, there are panels not just on shows like Lost but also the likes of Glee), but because someone has to keep the lights on while the rest of entertainment journalism rubs elbows with the fanboys, I’m staying here. (I will be going to part of the TV critics’ press tour next week, but more on that later.)

For your nerd news, TIME’s Lev Grossman will be attending, though, and I recommend you to the coverage of some of my TV-critic brethren including Maureen Ryan, Ellen Gray and Alan Sepinwall. I hope they bring me back something nice.