21.Jul.2012 San Diego Comic-Con 2012: The Memories
It was a helluva show, folks!
Comic-Con International 2012, aka San Diego Comic-Con, was a raucous success this year. By far the best SDCC I’ve ever attended. Not only was it a very encouraging show—seems every comic person I talked to was selling a lot of stuff and having a great time, so the air of enthusiasm was very high—but it was a show without any real problems. (So, far as my experience went… a rarity for such a huge convention.) In short, I had way too much fucking fun and also managed to get some work done. Success!
But, as that summary would make for a pretty boring blog post, here are some of the highlights that made this year’s Comic-Con so memorable.
-Talked to Orchid writer and rock star Tom Morello about our hometown carnival Libertyville Days.
-Compared mustaches with fellow tall guy, Battlepug creator Mike Norton.
-Chatted about Midwestern sensibilities with cover artist extraordinaire Jenny Frison.
-Briefly discussed Deep Space Nine with CBR’s Kiel Phegley.
-Shared late night drinks with uber-active comics writer Joshua Williamson.
-Received an awesome shout out from Mike Richardson for my work on Dark Horse Presents when it won the Eisner for Best Anthology. (And then he handed me one of the trophies, saying I’d earned it. —> Mind = Blown!)
-Caused Usagi Yojimbo creator and 2012 Eisner Award-winning letterer Stan Sakai to burst into laughter when he saw my panicked face as Richardson announced we might—might—do a 160-page issue of Dark Horse Presents.
-Ate delivery pizza at the Hyatt bar with colorist Ryan Hill.
-Discussed kids comics with The Only Living Boy writer David Gallaher.
-Talked about Lando Calrissian, Syfy, and comics with Highwaymen and Static Shock writer Marc Bernardin.
-Witnessed the eternal smile plastered on Ulises Farinas‘s face!
-And shared pineapple with Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro as we talked comics.
And that’s just the stuff I can remember off hand after a week’s gone by! I’m sure I am forgetting some truly rad stuff that also happened, but absorbing all the info you do during the week of Comic-Con definitely affects one’s recall. Apologies to those rad folks and moments I left out here, it is due only to how fried my brain still is from that insane week.
Special shout outs to my roommates Patrick Thorpe and Cheyenne Allott for being totally awesome (as always), as well as long lost NYC buddy Josh Wigler—who may have received more hugs at this show from me than any two other people combined. Also, high fives to the entire Dark Horse crew for general awesomeness and for having a truly great show. Seriously, I left San Diego so full of love and inspiration thanks to to all the folks mentioned above (Not to mention many others like Tim Wiesch, Scott Allie, Sierra Hahn, Daniel Chabon, the Things from Another World crew, and more I should remember—so sorry!) and that’s really the best kind of convention experience you can have—one that makes you grateful and happy to work in such an excellent industry with so many truly wonderful people.