… or how I tackled SDCC.
As faithful readers already know, I hit the left coast for a rather quick SDCC/Comic-Con/NerdProm in&out. I got in Thursday afternoon and left Saturday night. In almost all regards, a success. What follows is my second day after ramblings. Enjoy, disregard, do whatever. It’s all good.
So, Thursday was family day. My bro and niece picked me up at the airport and we proceeded to the show. After looking for parking for around 2 hours, we finally made our way into the fastest registration I have ever had a pleasure to have been part of. It might have helped that we were into the afternoon of Thursday, but I like to pretend it’s the power behind the Ad.
My niece’s shopping goal was a babie. My brother’s was Star Wars. Mine was nothing. It was their day afterall. The only thing I bought that day was a pretzeldog for the niece. We hit the studio craziness first. Kinda neat. We accidentally almost bumped into Juliet from Lost at the WB booth. During our adventure, my niece took to picking up anything on the floor. A collectible trash gatherer. We eventually made it to the lower number aisles where we just might find a baby. A Carebear™ is close enough, right?
Once she got that, she was ready to go, so we talked her into taking in some cartoons at one of the panels upstairs. This was my first encounter of just how long lines can be at SDCC. Turning corners, going outside, stopping, standing, sitting… we got to around 10 people from the door when they shut it down. Oh well.
I still think they had a good time. We hit up some rather cool Mexican joint that evening and tapped it off by watching a bit of Casino. The nieces would get their Uncle present in the morning.
Morning came and my sister-in-law was kind enough to drive my bro and me to the show. He was back because it was STAR WARS day. Myself, I had things to do and people to see. My first stop was to see good ol’ pal C. Scott Morse. As usual, his booth was fantastic. Great books, art, people.. you know. This year Enrico and Ronnie (as well as Jeff) was hanging with him. We gabbed a bit, and then I was off to try and see J Chris before heading up to the ComicsPro talk. It takes soooo long to make it through those crazy full aisles!
This was J Chris’ first trip to SDCC, so I wanted to take some time to walk around with him. Later in the day we actually went up to try and get into the Mighty Boosh panel. Even though we arrived a half hour before it starrted, we were still denied. Oh well… we tried. Instead we walked around a bit and got in line for Lewis Trondheim. Like he said… probably only at SDCC could we do that.
The rest of the day was my getting the SDCC exclusive PARKER book from IDW, a few autographs on baseballs and nametags, and I’m certain other important things that I’m forgetting right now.
The evening had Scott, Enrico, Ronnie, myself and some of Scott’s high school friends head out for dinner before the Eisners. We really wanted to hit the Eisners as soon as possible, but with my forgetting to eat lunch, food was kind of a priority. We eventually decided to just eat in the hotel restaurant, which wasn’t too bad. After woofing it down, we head to the Eisners, and I swear the longest train I have even encountered started right before we got to the tracks. Ugh! So, we FINALLY get to the awards. It wasn’t too late into the program. I dug the new place. The show seemed to move along rather quickly. Probably the coolest wins were Russ Heath and Nate Powell. Just because.
I did get to meet Rafael Grampá for the first time at the Eisners. He’s a super nice guy. He’s the man, man. We’d actually see him again later in the night as Bob Schreck, Diana Schutz, Matt Wagner, Jason Horn, Scott, Ronnie and Mike sat around to shoot the poop at one of the patios. I was proud that I made it to 2am.
Saturday came and I started the day by walking the artist alley with JCC. I think every trip to SDCC should have an artist alley visit. Right before that I had bumped into Chris Hope (exRVAer) and we made plans to meet up for the James Jean panel. It was a good panel. Nice to see his influences and new projects.
Grampá had met me and came to the panel as well. Afterward we headed out for lunch and talked about all types of stuff. Probably the most important was his art book that we hope to produce in the future. Furry Water will take some time, so maybe in two years?
What else? I got a year-old invoice paid! I picked up some new comics from some of my fave peeps. Bought some presents for the wife. Handed out some of those Afrodisiac postcards and Process Recess Pogs. I’m sure there is other stuff, but I can’t think of it right now.
Other people it was good to see: Ken, Patrick, JPM, Brett, Chris, Ash, Randall, Debbie, Warren, Chi, Colin, James, J-Lu, Robert, Phil, Charlie, Matt, Tom, David, Keith, Frank, Freshy, Rob, Andy, Kevin, Gina… and loads others that I’m forgetting because I’m lame.
So.. all in all, a good trip.