I did Comic Con this weekend with the boys. Writers all, we talked about stories the entire drive down and back which is always pure bliss. I have not been down to SDCC in a few years so I was really looking forward to it. I have never been interested in previews and I know that most of the good panels are podcasted or put on youtube later. I was there to check out the Cosplayers, displays, and artists in attendance. We all felt a bit frustrated that we were only there as spectators and not representing content of our own. Maybe next year…?
I’ve never been an autograph seeker, but getting the chance to interact with some of my favorite Comics creators was awesome. I figured that by saturday, day 3 of the grueling convention, most artists would be exhausted and potentially irritable. I was floored at how present, engaging and generous the creators I met with were.
Mr. Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE, KINGDOM COME) – He actually prompted the conversation and it was really cool to chat with someone I respected and get a chance to thank him for all the great work so far.
Mr. Doug TenNapel (CREATURE TECH, IRON WEST) – I let him know that I’ve been a fan of his stories and art for a long time while I picked up a copy of MONSTER ZOO.
Mr. Rob Schrab (SCUD, ROBOT BASTARD, CHANNEL 101, etc) – He told me about the process for finishing and collecting SCUD and other projects.
Mr. Kris Straub (CHAINSAWSUIT, STARSLIP, F CHORDS) – He was chilling with Scott Kurtz per usual. I bought THE CHAINSAW SUIT INITIATIVE. While he was signing my book I remembered that I was mad at him for never posting my version of his TIME MACHINE web comic.
I insisted that he write an apology in my book, which he did over the sketch he had started of Huntyr Chayse. He informed me that this was very special because Huntyr never apologizes.
To cap off the exciting day, we got the call that my friend’s wife was going into labor! We cancelled our dinner plans and set course for the hospital back home. He joined his wife and they has a bouncing baby boy early the next morning.