Comic-Conflagration

Greetings gentle readers, sorry for the time lag (I couldn’t find the cord to download my camera). I’m sure other folks have posted numerous and better pics in Flickr accounts galore but here are a few of my snaps and musings from Comic-Con, which was splendidly fun and completely exhausting, just like it always is.

These pictures never adequately capture the madness but you get the idea.

These pictures never adequately capture the madness but you get the idea.

Lady Miss Pamela asked me the other day what my favorite part of the Con was and my answer is forever the same:  I love all the costumes.  I meant to make a head-count of all the “metal bikini Princess Leias” but I lost track.  (Let’s just go with “lots.”)  One of them walking by the Suicide Girls’ booth muttered “Jeezus, eat a sandwich!”

Bumblebee vs. cheery Thor

Bumblebee vs. cheery Thor

W.A.C.S. from WWII?  Nope, it's the Dune Sea Garrison girls!

W.A.C.S. from WWII? Nope, it's the Dune Sea Garrison girls!

Always loved the design of these helmets, and I dig Ahsoka too!

Always loved the design of these helmets, and I dig Ahsoka too!

Scarlet Witch and her admirers.

Scarlet Witch and her admirers.

I fell in love w/ the Scarlet Witch’s profile — best nose EVER.  (Apparently these guys liked her nose a lot too, they were lining up three deep to take pictures of her.)

And of course there’s great art all over the damn place.  I wish I’d gotten this guy’s name, he was carving absolutely amazing tiny little action figure bits in perfect detail.

What a steady hand and some sharp eyes can do.

What a steady hand and some sharp eyes can do.

And here’s just a couple of the figures from The Empire Mugs Back show, in which artists, comic book creators, toy designers and “celebrity fans” altered Mighty Mugs figures into Star Wars characters (to be auctioned off, proceeds to Make-A-Wish Foundation).  You can see more here.

George Walking an AT-AT & Admiral Ackbar Crunch Cereal!

George Walking an AT-AT and Admiral Ackbar Crunch Cereal!

The other great thing of course is running into friends; Travis Louie, Dave Wong, Mark Ryden, Laurie and Brom, the Pizz, and everyone else I’m forgetting right now who will be mad at me later.

Gary always does his "devil face" for the camera but this guy has more commitment -- he was in that makeup chair ALL DAY LONG.

Gary always does his "devil face" whenever a camera appears, and so does this guy! (Poor fellow was in that make-up chair ALL DAY LONG.)

Met Kazu Kibuishi, who’s book Amulet I completely love.  He was incredibly sweet.  The next volume comes out in September, woo hoo!

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And this is what it’s really all about — you get to meet totally awesome people like Katie, below.  Making art is really solitary and troll-like, and unless you’re jetting all over the country following your paintings around, they’re off leading a jet-set lifestyle without you and you never really get to hear what anybody thinks about them.  So opportunities like this when you get to actually talk with people are just terrific.

Signings are just happy, happy places.

Signings are just happy, happy places.

Finally it was time for our panel!  Ron told me before we started that he wasn’t funny but he’s a liar — here’s me braying like a donkey at something he said.

Hee haw! Hee haw!

Hee haw! Hee haw!

And here we all are — Colin Berry moderating fabulously as R. Sikoryak, myself, and Ron English hang on his every word before we enlighten the room with the collective glow of our wit n’ wisdom.

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Sorry I don’t have more pics of the panel — it’s mostly video clips, so as soon as I figure out how to post them I will!  Stay tuned.

It was great to share a stage with R. — we’ve known each other since art school (we were roomies!) and I’ve always felt a real sympatico with his work (grab his fab new book Masterpiece Comics) — and Ron brought a terrific angle to things as well as tales from the front lines of his confrontations with corporations and the law.  I always want to talk to Ron more but he vaporizes like a superhero with a secret identity.

I realized later that night when I unpacked my bag that I had buttons I forgot to hand out!  Rats!

A heap of us went out afterwards to eat with the always delightful Richard Quan, and at dinner I was served the funniest salad of my entire life.  This is a one-gulp $10 “heirloom tomato and Caprese salad” which came in a martini glass.

The Tiny-Tini Salas

The Tiny-Tini Salad

This may go without saying but if anybody has good pics from the panel I’d love to see ’em!

To make up for the big lag in blogging lately, I’m gonna unleash all kinds of gooey bloggy goodness in the next week including the upcoming Pinewood Derby, Best Formula Ever!, geeking out (again?) about Torchwood, zombies, rubber Frankenstein and more!  So don’t be a stranger.

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2 responses to “Comic-Conflagration

  1. i love this blog! why is it my favorite pic is the one of the ridiculously tiny tomato salad?

    wish i coulda been there! you are a star!!!

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