Monthly Archives: July 2013
I had an artist commission me a logo for the Casual Comics Guy blog. I’ll do a profile on him later. His name is Mike Vasquez and his web site is mikegoesgeek.com. He’s got his own SDCC commentary running with his art on his blog over there.
If you like the logo, hit him up and let him know you saw it here.
So, tonight my wife has a bunch of homework. Bad news for me, good news for you (I hope).
That means I’ll be able to power through some more updates tonight. I’ve got a lot on my mind, and you’re going to hear about it. Here are the next few updates:
- SDCC Thursday Recap: Meet Gerry and Marty + Panels and more panels
- SDCC: The Comics – “Atomic Robo”
- SDCC: The Artists column
- Plus, I’ll announce the winner of the Dexter lanyard and the next giveaway
See you soon,
I got a bunch of swag from San Diego Comic Con this year. I can’t keep it all. If anyone wants the stuff I’m going to start listing, here’s all you need to do.
Make sure you’re a “follower” of this blog. Reply in the comments to the post. It’s that simple.
I’ll pick one commenter, at random, and I’ll send you the beautiful swag listed.
#1 – The official “Dexter” lanyard from SDCC. This would look great with any work ID. It might also serve to warn your co-workers to steer clear of irritating you, lest you have latent homicidal tendencies.
If you want this, just be sure you’re following the blog and post a comment in reply to this post answering the question, “Why DO fools fall in love?”
I’ll pick a winner, at random, on Friday at noon (central time), and e-mail you to coordinate delivery of your swag.
Even though I’m only through Wednesday night with the recaps, I thought I’d give you all the photos of costumes from Friday.
Come on, people. I read the site stats. I know why you’re here. Unlike other sites, though, I’m not holding out the photos to make you read my posts if you don’t want to.
So, I was walking down Artist’s Alley at Comic Con and turned a corner to head to the rest of the convention floor when I saw this guy hunched over a paper, arms flying and whirling.
Bordin has to be the fastest artist that I saw that day. His work is incredible and he’s got a great style. For gifts, I commissioned three separate comic covers – Hulk, Spider-Man, and Iron Man.
When I handed him the first book, he asked what character I wanted, and I replied, “The Hulk”. He then asked “Which one?”
My reply? “Uhhhh… the incredible one?” (Apparently there are more Hulks in the Marvel Universe now, which I did not know)
These pieces are on actual comic books that are printed with blank card stock wrapped around the regular cover. They were also each done, beginning to end in under 20 minutes each. To which I say, “Bordin – YOU are the incredible one”.
Wow! Already at 1,000 views. Thanks so much for following, everyone. I’m still powering through my SDCC notes and photos, so stay tuned. I’m also going to try and sneak in my review of New Avengers #1 and some of the other comics I picked up at SDCC.
I met a ton of great artists at SDCC this year.
I’m going to start off with Tess Fowler. I met Tess two years ago at SDCC 2011. She’s a wonderful artist. You should check her out on her facebook page.
She and I talked a couple of years back about the movie “Run, Lola, Run”. In turn, she created this commission for me. It’s so wonderful…
As a casual comics guy, I don’t know all the roles that go into creating something like this. I just know that Tess did a lot of it, and Christopher Gutierrez did the colors.
I will cherish these forever…
PS. Please look at the artists and their work. Buy whatever tickles your fancy. These are talented people. Support them. We are all better for the artists in this world.
PPS – Tess and Chris, if you have any comments, please feel free…
Wednesday was just a travel day for me. Flew in around 1:00. Got picked up by Anthony Fankhauser, my movie producer friend and roommate for the weekend.
Anthony was late to the airport, foreshadowing our roommate relationship for the whole weekend.
I had planned to meet up with my SDCC friends, Justin Bolger and Michelle Gilness, a couple of cool people that I met at SDCC 2011. We haven’t met in person since then, but such are the ways of SDCC. It unites people across space and time in a magical vortex of insanity and fun.
Awesome Coincidence #1 of SDCC 2013: when I called Justin, he and Michelle were already at the hotel where I was staying – the Town and Country Resort. Why were they already there? Apparently four-day badge pickup was available on Wednesday night. And of all the places to have early pick-up, it just happened to be at my hotel, five miles away from the Convention Center.
So, instead of waiting to get in a huge line Thursday morning and waiting to pick up my badge, delaying my Comic Con adventure, I was able to pick it up as soon as I arrived.
I showed up. The people I was planning on meeting were already at my hotel. My badge was ready and waiting. All completely unplanned by me? Score one for the good guys.
Wednesday night was spent chilling out in San Diego’s Gaslamp district.
Now, here’s the deal. Even if you’re not one of the lucky people able to put your hands on a Comic Con badge? If you’re a pop culture fan, just go anyway. The whole Gaslamp is on fire with people in for Comic Con, and there’s always something cool happening.
Our Wednesday consisted of dinner at The Yard House, followed by two parties of wildly varying quality.
The SDCC Blog held “Enchantment Under the SDCC – The SDCCBlog & Outside Comic-Con Fan Event!” (10 internet points for the reference). The title is quoted from their web site, and I left the exclamation point because it assuredly deserves at least one, if not more.
First off, if you’re even thinking about attending Comic Con, you should follow their blog. Also, if you want recaps of the coolest panels, swag, and costumes, they are also the hub for you. I know that Casual Comics Guy is pretty alright, but SDCCBlog is the beginning and end of my preparation and debrief for SDCC.
They also throw a pretty wicked party. I walked away with a pretty sweet T-shirt that also served as a useful tool for remembering where and how to check Twitter for updates on line status. Got some free Pop Chips, too.
We then walked over to another nearby party and almost immediately walked back. The “Super Hero Party” at the Side Bar was deadly. Side Bar : Geeks::Snakes: Indiana Jones
There was no one there for a while. Then some “bros” showed up. Then, even though there were only about seven people there, including four people in my party, they started turning people away at the door for “dress code”. At Comic Con. Dress Code? At Comic Con? What? Here’s my advice. Do not ever go to the Side Bar.
(Did I mention that the Side Bar is terrible?)
We went back to Enchantment Under the SDCC for a bit. They raffled off some cool geek gear, a couple of one-day passes to Comic Con, and the number on most desired item among the crowd gathered… a “front of line” pass for the Hasbro booth.
Are you kidding me? For those who have never been to Comic Con, the Hasbro booth has a ton of exclusive merchandise. You have to get in a line outside at 4 a.m. in order to hope to get a spot in their line inside that lets you have a chance to stand in another line for an hour, hoping that whatever you want isn’t sold out by the time you’re at the register. (By the way, the Boba Fett Black Series sold out the first day)
So, after that, we were more careful. We wandered over to McFadden’s and spent the rest of the night at “Nerdioke”, the best and most fun karaoke party I’ve ever attended. As we walked in, we heard a demonic voice growling Green Jelly’s “Little Pig, Little Pig”. When we hit the main floor, we were shocked to see a slight, short girl bellowing with rage into the microphone to enthusiastic applause.
It was like a normal karaoke bar, only good. And the highlight of the night was when this guy took to the stage – he must’ve been a Broadway or Las Vegas performer – and blew the crowd away. His voice was spectacular and he had the whole song down pat. Emotion… passion… He had it all. By the end, the crowd was following him around the floor and dancing arm in arm. To wild cheers and bouncing, he led the cheering throng in a dance of glee around the whole bar.
The song? “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast.
And that, my friends, is why Comic Con is the BEST.
Thursday was a light day for costumes. At least it was for me. I spent almost all of Thursday in panels, so I didn’t get out to the floor too much. There are 19 new photos in the SDCC 2013 Gallery, though, for your viewing enjoyment. More to come as I upload and catalog Friday and Saturday’s cosplay collections.
As referenced in an earlier post, every Comic Con experience becomes its own thing. Comic Con isn’t something you do. Comic Con is something that happens to you. You set a course, pick a few guiding principles, and go along for the ride.
2013 is the first Comic Con I’ve attended since I started watching Doctor Who. I was always aware of the presence of the Doctor at the Con, but heading into this Con, I was determined to connect with some Who fans and get photos of the costumes.
A few notes to begin. I‘ve watched only the new Doctor Who. Of that, I’ve seen only the first two seasons. I am madly in love with David Tennant in the role of the Tenth Doctor. Even though I can’t imagine why any person would like anyone else in the role, I am determined to give Matt Smith fans the benefit of the doubt. After all, if there’s anything I’ve learned from watching Doctor Who, it’s that everyone should chase their passions with their whole heart and soul, no matter how daft they seem.
That’s actually the one thing that I enjoyed most at SDCC in my search for other Who fans this year. Whovians (as I discovered we are called) have an unbeatable zest for life. We are the Wolverines of zeal. There’s a relentless, optimistic view that informs the television series, and that infects the lives of the Whovians I met. I’m not saying every single Who fan is this way, but the ones passionate enough to dress up and head to Comic Con sure are.
I heard no arguing about which Doctor was the best. No one seemed to care who knew the most about Doctor Who trivia. New Who fans were always welcomed with open arms.
Even though some of my best friends are MSTies, I still hear a Joel vs. Mike debate on occasion at Comic Con. That never happened with the Whovians, even though there are literally 5.5 more incarnations to argue about.
Instead of arguing, there was a relentless drum banging of super-passion for their own favorite Doctor. There wasn’t a negative word spoken about any of the other Doctors, companions, or anything else. Sure, people grumbled about certain episodes being stronger or weaker, but overall if you had your favorite Doctor, people were content to listen to you rave about him until it was their turn to spread some love for their own favorite.
So to all of you who had to listen to me rave about my man-crush on David Tennant, go ahead and comment with your own favorite below.
Now, a couple of notes on the costumes.
When I downloaded my photos, I was not surprised to find only photos of the Fourth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors. First off, I haven’t seen the classic series, so it’s entirely possible that there were Doctor Who cosplayers that I missed because I didn’t even recognize the outfits. I did take pictures of a couple of people that I thought might be classic Doctors, but people later told me I was wrong. It was easy for me to spot Nine, Ten, and Eleven, since I’ve seen them the most. And, Four’s scarf is instantly recognizable.
Also, I was not surprised that I didn’t spot a Nine. The dress doesn’t really seem distinctive, and there isn’t as much geek love for Eccleston as for the other new Doctors. I would guess that there were no Nine costumes in the convention, but I would be glad if someone could point me to a photo that disproves my hunch.
That said, there were a lot of Doctors at the Con. It’s a great costume and is easy to pull off. Talking to the people, they also love the fact that it’s not bulky, awkward, or hot. It’s easy to walk the floor, look, shop, and attend panels in the suit. Plus, everyone immediately knows you are ready to have a conversation about Doctor Who as you’re standing in line for the next panel. I had even thought about going as the Tenth Doctor this year, and I’ve never done a costume for Comic Con.
That’s the good news for Doctor Who cosplay. The bad news is that there are so many Doctors, it’s hard to pull off something unique or different from the others. Some people managed a distinct look by getting a different prop from a specific episode and/or being a girl. But, it’s tough.
The really bad news, though, is that I got some great advice on where to get a Ten costume for next year. (Sorry, I should have said that the “really bad news” was specific to my wife).
So, on to the pictures. Go the the SDCC Photos page. There’s commentary on all the photos. Be on the lookout for a poll on the Doctors. Just be aware that Gerry and Marty are the best Doctors of all time for reasons you will learn when I post my daily recaps.
As always, questions/comments are not just welcome, but are appreciated.