Second Sister in Command and myself were at Comic Con yesterday from the crack of the doors opening until about 4p.m. at which point we said, “I’m going to collapse!” So we went and hung out at what I like to call the “lumpy park” for awhile and then called it good. We started our day out with a tiny bit of disappointment as the single panel we really wanted to see, Torchwood: Miracle Day, had a line that was already out the door of the Convention Center and snaking its way towards a restaurant not even on the premises. Not wanting to waste our single day of Comic Con in a line, we decided to hit the floor to see what we could see. I’m sorry John Barrowman…I love you, but mama paid good money for those badges. I’m still shaking my fist at Ticket Leap… Anyhow. What happened!? So many things! We walked the entire floor twice. Once just the two of us and then once with my four month old daughter.
I met so many wonderful people, some who I was familiar with, some who I was meeting for the first time. I had a lovely short conversation with Megan Rose Gedris of such great comics as Yu+Me Dream and Meaty Yogurt, you can check out her website with links to all of her projects here:Rosalarian. I purchased a shirt from her and gave the gals at the booth a baby octopus. I hope they remember to take a picture with him/her!
I also met another fabulous artist named Jean Kang who has a comic out called Ranunculus. We had a good time chatting not once but TWICE! The second was the silliest of the conversations in which we capitalized on a random Bronie (Google “bronie”, be frightened) for an exchange of the weirdest merch ideas you’ll probably never see. Both Cait and I bought her book and we scored some sweet pins and a little necklace for Charlotte. You can check out Jean’s art and links here: Jean Kang
We also met another artist by the name of Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca whose site you can see here: chamanvision We liked his art books and style, but honestly what really drew us in and made us laugh our butts off was a little stack of post card drawings he’d done featuring Kaiju the likes of Mecha Godzilla, Rodan, Ghidorah and Hedorah, more affectionately known as the Smog Monster. Cait spotted them from across an aisle, dragged me over and we began squeeing out of control at how flippin’ rad they were! We then had a super fun conversation with Mr. Vaca about Kaiju and how we grew up watching Japanese monster movies with a passion. As it turns out he has not drawn Godzilla himself as of yet, nor has he drawn Mothra, two of my favorites, but I hope he will continue to make these quirky little sketches, they made our day.
We picked up little things here and there, like a onsie from Tosh Werks, a really sweet artist collective group whose members create items that are crocheted (YEAH!), hand screen printed, sewn, drawn etc. That had a very quirky, creative vibe to their stuff I really loved, and I loved talking to them. Their site can be found here: Tosh Werks, and I hope they get more of the stuff they had on display at Comic Con up, because it was really nifty.
My favorite booth had to be the Steam Crow booth, whose art I want to fill my entire house with. We had a super time talking to the good people there and we even traded a baby octopus for some sweet buttons! The art is top notch, beautifully colorful, silly and humorous. Best of all, they were so helpful with suggestions for a someone like me, an artist new to the concept of being a business owner. You can visit the Steam Crow site here: Steam Crow It’s Mathmagical!
I purchased a book from Hot Mexican Love Comics and as an extra bonus Bob Bowen did a little sketch of Charlotte on the back of it for me! You can visit their website here: Hot Mexican Love Comics and their blog here: Hot Mexican Love Comics Blogspot. Apparently Bob works on some show people like…something about a dad who’s American…or something…. “Francine…these Chocodiles.”
Oh for bloody sakes, what ELSE? We saw a gaggle of celebrities/people who people know of/oh hey that guy. We walked right by Brian Posehn in all of his floppy hatted glory. Said hi to Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer as they walked by on their way to their signing. Quickly walked away from Nicholas Brendon who was signing autographs for 30 dollars American money….sigh. Saw Peter Mayhew and didn’t believe my eyes! That man should have a line the size of any line Wil Wheaton ever gets. He was being monopolized by some dude in a skirt so I ninja’d a picture and quickly moved on. We also saw Michael Clark Duncan and Michele Boyd (separately). All in all, kind of a rogues gallery of sightings. I always manage to walk directly past the strangest people. One year I walked past Serg from System of a Down, and a couple years after that I walked past Neil Gaiman in a totally empty hallway while standing around with my Dad and sister. I should have run up and hugged him…the universe was daring me to do it.
So that’s it for my Comic Con 2011 update for now! I still have so much to do, but I’m so tired. I hear having a baby will do that to you. Psh. K.