This past Thursday, Oct. 9th, I arrived at the Jacob Javits Center on the west side of New York City around 1 PM and got my pro pass to the New York Comic Con. I’d hoped to get there sooner, but traffic delays between my home in southern New Jersey and my mom’s place closer to the city held me up. Another hour by train from her place brought me to New York’s Penn Station, a 20 minute walk from the con. Before even entering the show I needed to meet Shelly Bond and others for lunch at a nearby restaurant to discuss an upcoming project. That was fun, but got me back to the show around 3 PM. Then I was able to do some scouting and planning for the primary reason I was there: meeting up with my friend and inspiration, lettering master Gaspar Saladino on Friday. Continue reading
Images © Todd Klein.
Sunday was mostly about talking to old friends for me, as well as selling prints at my table, where I did surprisingly well. When I arrived at the Con a little before 10 AM I walked around a while and first found Don Rosa at his table giving away hot peppers that he grows at home. Don is always doing something interesting and surprising. “I like to grow them,” he told me, “but I can’t eat most of them, so I give them away at Cons. When I go to Europe I pack an entire suitcase of them.” I asked if he had any trouble with customs. “No, they don’t care what you bring in!” he told me. Here he’s holding what he thinks is the hottest pepper he grows, a “Carolina Reaper,” if I remember correctly. Continue reading
Images © Todd Klein.
This year’s Baltimore Comic Con expanded to three days, but I wasn’t able to go on Friday. Early Saturday I drove from home to the Con hotel, and after checking in, walked over to the Baltimore Convention Center, arriving just after the show opened at 10 AM. Lots of others were going the same way.
This year the con is in a different, larger part of the Convention Center than previously, but the entry setup was the same: upstairs for panels and registration, downstairs to the large exhibit hall. Continue reading
Next Saturday and Sunday I’ll be at the Baltimore Comic Con. This will be my third or fourth time at the show, but my first time at a table. I don’t yet know what my table number is, but I’ll be there somewhere! I’ll have all my prints for sale, and of course would be happy to sign anything I’ve worked on.
From 4 to 6 PM on Saturday I’ll be at The Last Fables Panel in room 339-342 along with Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Andrew Pepoy, Steve Leialoha and probably plenty of other Fables creators. I’m looking forward to that.
Baltimore is what I would call a medium-sized show, but what makes it especially nice for comics fans is: comics and comics creators are the focus and main attraction. You can see the guest list HERE, and read more about the con HERE and on their Facebook page, which seems to have more up-to-date information than the website at the moment. You can get tickets HERE. Downtown Baltimore and the Harbor area are also great places to spend some time away from the con.
If you go, hope to see you there!
Above is an image that’s making the rounds on Facebook, not sure who put it together, but I found it amusing. I’m breaking a 21-year streak by not going this year. My reasons? Ellen and I wanted to save some moneyafter our spending slightly exceeded our income last year, never a good thing, and San Diego seemed a reasonable place to save a few thousand dollars. Also, we had other things going on in July before and after that are easier to manage if I don’t go. I’ll miss it, I love going, and am starting to get withdrawal symptoms already. Continue reading