Even more photos today, so even shorter comments! The Exhibition Hall runs from letter A on the west end to letter H on the east end. This morning I walked the aisles of halls A and B and took some photos of what’s for sale there. T-shirts, for instance…
…here’s a gentleman selling wooden mustaches, which fits in with the growing steampunk craze…
…hats also fit in with that theme…
…posters and prints…
…animation art, like these unicorns from Disney’s “Fantasia”…
…and, of course, comics in collected book form…
…as well as single issues. These are new or collectible singles, back issues are also here in countless boxfulls.
There are also original comics art dealers, where I grabbed a few more logo photos.
Some of the folks I enjoyed talking to in my wanderings: IDW editor Scott Dunbier and designer/author Chip Kidd.
Mark Evanier, who informed me he had saved my life Thursday by nearly but not quite running me down with his car outside the Hyatt. I was blissfully ignorant of the entire incident! We agreed that he’s now responsible for my life, since he saved it.
One more pic from that movie prop auction: a Christopher Reeve Superman costume, and a piece of prop Kryptonite.
Here’s writer/artist of funny comics like SNARKED, Roger Langridge.
Over in Artist Alley I had a nice chat and sit-down at Zander Cannon’s table.
Writer/artist Howard Chaykin was there in support of a new Buck Rogers series he’s working on.
Artist Tom Yeates working on a sketch at his table.
For lunch I walked up into the Gaslight District for a panini and salad. As you can see, promotions are everywhere.
Back at the con I did more walking and talking. I had planned on taking in a few afternoon programs, but around 3 PM I realized I was totally zombified and exhausted, so headed back to my room for a nap instead. Later I returned to the con via the shuttle bus. Easy on the feet, but very slow through the traffic. the sidewalk outside the show was jam-packed, too. I made it to the Eisner Awards at the Indigo Ballroom around 7:15 PM eventually, where I’d been invited to sit at one of the Vertigo tables with Shelly Bond and others. There was a pretty good buffet beforehand. Here are photos from the Eisners.
The first award was for lettering. I wasn’t nominated this year, and was happy to see it go to Stan Sakai. He name-checked me in his acceptance speech, which was a nice surprise.
Here are writer/artist Darwyn Cooke and Scott Dunbier, each award winners.
Presenters Kayre and Bill Morrison. Kayre also hands out all the awards to recipients.
Undergound comix writer/artist Gilbert Shelton was added to the Hall of Fame.
Dark Horse publisher and editor Mike Richardson, winner for best anthology.
Famed SF author George R.R. Martin was a presenter.
Laura and Michael Allred were presenters, Laura also won for Best Colorist, while Michael was nominated twice but didn’t win.
Tom Spurgeon won for Best Comics Journalism. I enjoy his site, The Comics Reporter.
Writer Mark Waid won several of the big awards, including Best Writer, and seemed genuinely flabbergasted and pleased.
Rick Hoberg was a presenter, an artist I haven’t seen in many years.
The final presenter, and I think the best, was British talk-show host Jonathan Ross. He was hilarious, as always. The awards went smoothly, and wrapped up in just over two hours, record time. I heard less complaining about the long night, and everyone seemed to have a good time, though I wish some of the other creators I work with had won. But in all I felt all the awards went to deserving creators.