San Diego Pro/Fan Trivia Contest

I’m not going to the San Diego Con — I rarely do, because it takes me the better part of a decade to save up my strength for the crowds and the overwhelming amount of things to do and see. But if I was, I’d go to the Pro/Fan Trivia Contest just out of nostalgia. It’s scheduled for Sunday, July 27, at 2:30.

Friend Hal isn’t going, either, but he has a favor to ask. He’s the question wrangler, gathering the questions so neither team knows them. And he needs some good ones, if you have any ideas.

Don’t post them here! Email him with them, according to the guidelines below, before Friday, July 25. Any contribution is greatly appreciated. And if you go, have fun!

This year’s San Diego Pro/Fan Trivia will have Len Wein, Kurt Busiek, Mark Waid, and Robert Skir going up against Tom Galloway, Terence Chua, David Oakes, and John Sardegna, with the questions being asked by Peter David. We’re looking for people to write questions for it, with this year’s theme being “Young Heroes”. Specifically, we’re looking for questions about characters college-aged or below, from stories published from 1956-1986 (essentially the Silver Age and Pre-Crisis). For example, Superboy, Supergirl, the Legion of Super-Heroes, Robin, Teen Titans, Spider-Man, Human Torch, the original X-Men and Kitty Pryde, etc.

There are two types of questions in the match, toss-ups and bonuses. You should mark your questions with what type you think they are. Toss-ups can only be answered by individuals, while the full team can consult on the latter. The latter can thus (and should) be both harder and perhaps a bit more complex in terms of a correct answer. In general, questions requiring more than one answer (“Name seven of the villains who appeared in the story about Reed and Sue’s wedding”) should be bonuses, not toss-ups.

Questions should not ask for issue numbers (they can be included in the question, but try for more descriptive set-ups than just “Who was the villain in Forbush-Man #3?”) or creators. We’re interested in story content. Also, unless it was fairly memorable, please don’t write questions on the order of “In Superboy #158, Lex Luthor revealed a particular fondness for what Martian dessert?” where this was never mentioned again outside of that one panel. Finally, if possible, try to add a bit of style to the questions, so they’re not of very basic forms like “What’s the Top’s real name?” “Who fought Forbush-Man in Forbush-Man #1?”, etc.

2 Responses to “San Diego Pro/Fan Trivia Contest”

  1. Kurt Busiek Says:

    Just to head off the screaming disappointment of the threes of fans who’d be there to see me…

    I’m not going to be at San Diego this year, so my slot on the Purple Pros will have to be filled by someone else. Team captain Len “Lenweinium?” Wein is sure to recruit a laudable substitute…


  2. David Oakes Says:


    I mean, yes, I am on the Fan team. But I was still there to see you.




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