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July 29, 2009

agIsh: Comic-Con 2009
a.k.a., “Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con: Be there and be square.”

Comic-Con was insane this year! This was my first year I’ve done a 2-day run (Friday, Saturday) of the event and you can probably imagine how much walking I did. My calves are in the best shape they’ve been in years because of Comic-Con! *thumbs up*

This was also the first year I’ve seen Comic-Con sold out. You’d think this would help contain some of the insanity but it seemed as though the event coordinators anticipated half of the registrants would be in the convention center while the other half would be in running rampant in the streets of San Diego. Well, they correctly assessed the situation.

This picture doesn’t come close to depicting how crowded it was just walking in an out of the convention center. People were absolutely everywhere, literally shoulder to shoulder at or around the convention center and only got better as the crowds dissipated to their respective parking lots.

It wasn’t much better inside…

Oddly enough, Friday seemed more crowded on Saturday even though there were more celebrities flooding the grounds on my second day. Who I grabbed a glimpse of on Saturday:

Seth Green – Family Guy, Robot chicken
Tyrese Gibson – Tranformers
Mark Hamill – Star Wars, Batman voice actor
Margot Kidder – Lois Lane from Superman
Zachary Levi – Chuck
Lindsay Price – Eastwick, Lipstick Jungle
Rebecca Romijn – Easwick, X-Men
Brande Roderick – Playboy Playmate
Kevin Sorbo – Hercules, Andromeda
Tiffany Taylor – Playboy Playmate

I knew who Seth, Mark, Rebecca, and Brande were right away – I had to look everyone else up. It was one of those situations where you think, “I’ve seen this person, I know they’re famous, I just don’t know their name.”

I managed to take a (blurry) picture of Lindsay Price and Rebecca Romijn.

I also managed to take a picture of Tiffany Taylor’s table. I think she was charging for pictures so I decided to come back later and sneak one. Turns out she was the sneaky one and bounced.

I asked our multimedia department to whip up what I feel is an accurate representation of what her booth would’ve looked like with her there:

Who else am I forgetting? Hm… Oh yeah! Your boy and mine: Lou Ferrigno!

I gotta tell you, Lou’s buffer than ever. I guess it’s true what they say: if you lose one sense, you gain more muscle.

Anyway, all this talk about celebrities has me thinking about Comic-Con hotties. And here they are!

As always, Comic-Con was overwhelming for me. It always takes a minute for me to gain some composure and come up with a plan of attack. I came upon the weekend with no real goals or a shopping list – it really was about just being there for me. The best way I’ve figured out to get the full effect is just to hit every isle and maybe something will catch my eye.

That’s easy to do when you have costumed weirdos…

The dude in the guitar and fro was actually pretty funny. I asked for a picture and the first thing he did was drop to one knee and play a riff. After the shot he hands me his card with a guitar pick glued to it. Tight presentation man. *dap*

Darth Maul! *unh!*

…sick displays…

…and crazy stuff to buy!

I’m getting overwhelmed right now! And Comic-Con’s been over for 3 days! *faint*

After settling in, I felt that I could do the most damage in Artist’s Alley. In past years, it was pretty easy to score a full sketch for free. These days, everyone’s charging $5, $10, $80 for full sketches. So for cheap bastards like me, we have to settle for head sketches (which some artists still charge for…not that there’s anything wrong with that).

There were two dudes I wanted to get some schwag off of. The first was Tony Daniel. He’s been doing some incredible work on Batman and the recent Battle for the Cowl series. He was debating on his blog whether or not to go and ended up not going, unfortunately.

The second guy I wanted to meet was Dustin Nguyen. He too has been doing some spank ass work on Detective Comics (now on Streets of Gotham). Like all asians, he works hard for his money and he was there. I scored a head sketch from him and also bought some tight posters off him.

Here is the man himself after the fact:

You can check out Dustin’s blog here as well as his artwork here.

Of course you gotta venture out a bit and give other artists some love too, right? I mean, where would Jim Lee, Tim Sale, and Joe Quesada be if every fanboy just went for the big names back in the day? *shudder* Perish the thought…

So, continuing on, I met Chris Batista. Really cool dude with tight pencils. I can’t recall his current project, but he drew me up an Adam Strange head sketch. “Who?” Exactly. I don’t know who Adam Strange is either, but the pencils were tight nonetheless.

I also met up with bg’s brother, Jonboy Meyers. He too was throwing out some cool stylistics so I figured I’d bite. Chegg the end result.

Not bad, eh? You can check out Jonboy’s page here.

So it was a long two days with lots of walking. Our initial plan was to have one day dedicated the panels and previews and another day for walking for floor. Let me tell you, the panels tend to be shit. You have fanboys doing some intense suckling and asking “what’s gonna happen next” and after an hour you learn nothing about something that’s already over your head. Previews, on the otherhand, I’m sure are cool but good luck trying to get up in one. I wasn’t willing to wait an hour in line just to see a trailer two days before it’s posted on YouTube.

That’s that – another Comic-Con in the bag. I just need bg to get on the passes early next year so that this can be a real event!

July 24, 2009

bg/ish: “Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)”

Well, it’s Friday, and whilst folks tend to thank the gods for this day, I’m just glad it’s almost over here at the office. I’m sleepy, and I’m tired. “Weekend of the Wolfman” will likely be posted this weekend. I’ve had a chance to sort through the pictures, but at the moment don’t have the energy or time to complete that post. Almost there though…

Your boy and mine ag is galavanting around downtown San Diego this weekend and hopefully getting some excellent coverage of Comic-Con 2009. Yes, I’m still jealous that I was unable to secure a ticket for today or tomorrow, but I’m sure ag will do just fine without me. *weeps* Is it dusty in here?

In other news, it’s no secret that we here at the ‘Pub suckle Johnny Depp without qualms. Thus, we naturally lust for his latest flick, Alice in Wonderland. So, on this Friday, we’ll leave you with this tidbit of goodness, albeit goodness filled with annoying ads from your boy Disney…

April 24, 2009

bg/ish: “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

I’ve had trouble coming up with catchy titles for these posts as of late. You’ll notice this week I haven’t come up with anything at all really. Let’s call it a practice in simplicity. For some strange reason I meant to explain but really had no explanation for, last week I used a couple of Han Solo quotes that were essentially unrelated to the posts they headed. I’m back to using a Han Solo quote again, only this time, I really do have a bad feeling about something…

Perhaps I should have entitled this post, “What an incredible smell you’ve discovered!” Ah, let me just get to the point already.

I started work on a post about things I wanted to do this summer (Bay to Breakers, Socialism 2009, Comic-Con 2009) and was gathering up links and info when I came across this information…

…ya that’s right. Sold Out.

I’m so confused. I thought it was only April. I thought we were in an economic recession. I thought I wanted to go to Comic-Con this year. Well, not on a Thursday or a Sunday… clearly nobody gives a fuck to go then.

So, it looks like no summer trip to San Diego (German for “a whales vagina”) for me, your boy bg. No running wildly through the streets. No casting aside of parking tickets. No leg numbing search for swag. No fanboy gawking at scantily clad womenses. No bus ride tangentialism. No sanskrit. No pigeons. No fajitas. No, none of this, for Comic-Con is sold out. (on the only days that matter)

It’s not a stretch to say that I’m offended by this concept of a “sold out” Comic-Con. I’m fucking quite seriously offended. I thought waiting in a twisted, nonsensical line of people that stretched into Tiajuana for 4 hours to get in was pretty much as bad as it could get. That was Chinese Torture #47, until it’s recent omission from the list, but at least you got into the filthy Con! Has Comic-Con become too good for walk-ups!?

Ah, but it was only a matter of time! There’s been a cloud of smug brewing down there for years! Filthy fucking fanboys! “Damn yous! Goddamn yous all ta hell!”

Not that I’m bitter or anything.

So my apologies ag. Last year I dropped the ball and waited too long. This year the ball was dropped on me.