This is going up late because I couldn’t get internet access this morning. I suspect the entire town was just overloaded with e-traffic.
Saturday morning I spent more time wandering the Exhibit Hall. Arthur Adams was kind enough to give me a copy of his newest sketchbook, above, containing some of the cover art he did for the ABC comics we worked on together.
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett were thrilled to report that the new Abrams hardcover of Paul’s BOILERPLATE steampunk adventures was sold out at their table and at the Abrams booth. Too bad, I wanted to buy it! I’ll get one eventually. Paul has been working on the property for over 10 years, off and on, and said it’s weird that now it’s an instant hit, and they even think they have a movie deal. Good for them, it’s great stuff.
I ran into Mark Evanier, man of many panel hostings, who was on his way to talk to Neal Adams. I saw two panels he hosted this day, and both were great. More on that shortly.
Phil Jimenez is a another artist I’ve worked with, but not seen in a long time. Here’s some Marvel art he had out for sale on his table, looking quite good.
One of my favorite things to do at this con is to go to the Quickdraw Panel, where Mark Evanier gives drawing commands (or gets them from the audience) from three cartoonists. Two are regulars, Sergio Aragones and Scott Shaw, with the third being different every year. This year it was William Stout, who I don’t think of as a cartoonist, but he did fine, though Sergio is always much faster than anyone, and usually the funniest. If you enjoy laughing, this is the panel for you.
One technique I don’t recall from previous years was to give the artists preprinted word balloons and have them draw something to go with it. Sergio did about six for this balloon while the other guys were drawing one each. In another segment, both Len Wein and Peter David had guest spots trying to guess words the cartoonists and audience had seen but they had not. The hardest and funniest was the word MISCELLANEOUS. I can’t really describe what the pictures were about here, but if I tell you that Stout’s drawing began with a missile, you can probably figure the rest out.
At the DC booth I chatted with Paul Levitz, who looks very relaxed now that he’s mainly a writer for the company. He said it’s really nice to just be answering questions about stories for a change.
I also ran into letterer Dave Lanphear, who I haven’t seen in many years. He’s keeping busy with lettering and other things, and we had a good chat about logos.
Here’s my favorite fan costume of the day, an odd mix, especially the shoes, but I like it.
My second Evanier panel was about Batman in the 1970s, with Paul Levitz (speaking mainly as a reader and fan), Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams, the writer/artist team that made Batman cool then, pulling away from the goofiness of the TV show version and the outdated look of the Bob Kane studio at the time. I really enjoyed listening to all of them remember how it came about, and this is another panel I recommend you try to find a transcript or video of, if the subject interests you.
After a brief time out back at my hotel, I went back to the convention center for the Fables panel, held late this year, at 6:45 PM. Bill told me later it was because they were able to get a larger room at that time, ensuring everyone who wanted to get in could, which was good after last year’s fiasco, when many people were shut out. Here editor Shelly Bond is talking to inker Steve Leialoha. Note the place marker for Mark Buckingham, who couldn’t be here this year, but sent a recorded video message. We all missed him. Writer Bill Willingham is at the podium in the back.
Here’s at least some of the enthusiastic audience of FABLES fans who seemed to enjoy the panel as much as we did.
Every year Bill comes up with some kind of giveaway for the fans, and this year it was these scarves, mirroring those worn by some of the characters in the comic.
Here’s a closer look. The “Blue” in the slogan is Boy Blue, who died earlier in the series, and as Bill told everyone, the words do NOT mean he’s coming back into the story, it represents what the Blue Scarf Cult there believes only. Nice premium, and there were other giveaways, including one of my new prints. Now, if we could only get another half hour for the panel, we’d be all set…
Later the FABLES team and others shared a good dinner in the Gaslamp District, and when I was walking back to my hotel, I noticed this amusing and predictable use of the font Comic Sans, which I’ve written about before on this blog.
That’s it for Saturday, Sunday’s coming along shortly.