7/19/05 ~ SDCC recap

* I posted all my photos from San Diego on the Fanboy Radio forum (click here). I also loaded some of them onto my 12floz scrapbook section.

* One of the highlights of the whole week was attending the Serenity panel, which Melissa posted about on her blog.

* It was great being able to meet Tom Kurzanski for the first time. On Wednesday night, we grabbed some food from Wendy's and hung out in the hotel room.

* Seems like most everyone had some traveling horror story-- Otis Frampton's luggage ended up in Denver, Gregory Giordano's luggage simply disintegrated into thin air, Tom's flight was delayed for four hours or so, the Fanboy Radio fliers ended up at a warehouse (instead of Oliver's hotel).

* Brent Schoonover, along with my family, and I went to a nice resturant on Thursday night. Brent ran into Stan Lee on the way to meeting us, which is cool. Brent showed me some of his character sketches for Astronaut Dad, a project we're working on together. They look amazing. Can't wait to show them to everyone.

* Also on Thursday night, the Viper crew hung out on the second floor of the 500 West. It was a lot fun.

* I spent less money this year. My only major purchase was for the hardcover edition of Project: Superior (limited to 200 copies and numbered) from AdHouse Books. I went around and got it signed by several of the anthology's contributors: Jeffrey Brown, Tara McPherson, Jim Rugg, Scott Morse, Brian Wood, Jim Mahfood, Doug Fraser, Dean Haspiel, James Jean, Ronnie del Carmen, Chris Pitzer, and Ragnar.

* My mom came down and stayed in the room next to us. She looked after Kennedy, so Melissa and I could enjoy the Con. Really fortunate to have my mom there, without her it would've been difficult.

* The Eisners were incredible. The event itself lasted a bit longer than usual, but much of that was do to the several tributes made to Will Eisner. Melissa, myself, and the rest of the Viper crew had our own table, which I consider a real honor. I certainly appreciate Jessie setting that up. Of course, the table next to us was a different matter all together. One writer was answering his cell phone during the awards show, while his publisher was talking throughout the entire event-- including the "in memory" segment. Show a little respect.

* Afterwards, a bunch of us went to the Hyatt to hang out and have a few drinks. The bar on top floor was too crowded, so we went to the less crowded one of the floor level. We met a lot of people there-- the place to go in the evening.

* Oliver Tull's short film Equilateral was featured during the Comic Con film festival. Very entertaining. The audience loved it. I was particularly pleased to see the protagonist crying like a baby while reading my mini-comic. Lovely.

* The Fanboy Radio panel was my very first panel. And what a great line up! Scott and Oliver moderated with guests Joe Quesada, Robert Kirkman, Scott Kurtz, Jim Lujan and myself.

* The Viper booth was extremely busy. Jaime Delarosa, productions director, and PJ the mighty intern did a great job running the booth, which allowed Jessie and Jim to get more work done at the Con. It felt good to sit next to Tom and Marlena, and sign copies of issue one. Karma Incorporated will be in stores on Wednesday, July 27 (don't forget the release party). The online Viper store will also be selling posters, buttons, and t-shirts.

* Met a lot people in the exhibition hall (too many to name, I tried and then gave up) -- in particular, Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir were very nice.

* The Asshole of the Con 2005 Award goes to some anonymous guy who spit on Scott Kurtz (read about it here, Scott also commented about the situation on his website) What the hell? If anyone knows who this person is, he deserves a swift kick to the head.

* My only major complaint about SDCC is with the film studios who seem to think the convention is all about them now. Some of the trailers and sneak peeks they were showing at their booths, where extremely gory and violent, and just not appropriate for an all-ages crowd. I saw one family that had to cover their daughter's eyes as they walked past. Generally speaking, the comic book publishers are far more respectful about such matters.

I'm sure there's more to say that I'm forgetting. I might post more later.