Some books from SDCC, including: David Mazzuchelli’s new GN “Asterios Polyp“, Jeff Smith’s RASL (Collector’s edition which I got for a Wonderland trade! :p), a bunch of Flight Alumni books (Bannister‘s “Elsewhere Chronicles“, Scott Campbell‘s “Double Fine Action Comics” and Kean Soo‘s “Jellaby“), “Tokyo Days, Bangkok Nights” from DC Vertigo which I got for the brilliant (and sadly departed) Seth Fisher‘s story, Tae Young Choi‘s art book and a Daniel Clowes collection. Special mention too for the folks giving out buttons for racebending.com, kinda a fight against another hollywood movie casting caucasians in clearly-asian-characters roles :p
Some sketches done on the trip back to Singapore. Not really sure what they’re about just yet – i guess something to do with the combination of organic and robotic forms, maybe trying to reach somewhere outside the usual robot drawings i’ve done for a long time; very much works in progress though :p
SDCC this time round was a different experience, with booth-manning tasks (ordering books, keeping track of sales etc) adding a new wrinkle to proceedings..
First stop after a 17 hour flight was downtown LA, where I’d sent all the books to old RISD friends Danny and Sue, here’s them helping to load their car with many boxes for the drive to San Diego. We then had to figure a way to get the boxes to the exhibition hall itself , despite a trolley with a dodgy comedy wheel that wobbled like a drunken sailor :p
The booth itself, shared with Flight and Gallery Nucleus was centrally located, thought the best way to find it amidst the mayhem was to look for the Marvel banner hanging from the rafters.
The Wonderland HC trade did good business, and i drew quite a few mary anns and chesire cats :p
There were the usual assortment of costumes, though i didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of someone dressed in full Judge Hershey regalia :s
There were old faces to meet like the folks from the Flight crew, and new ones too, with Mike Allred being the most exciting just cos I’m a big fan of Madman. He’s pictured here with his family 🙂 I missed the Doctor Who panel with Russell Davies and David Tennant, but still got to meet a Dalek, plus one of this guys from Yo Gabba Gabba! :p
Also there were the folks from Secret Identities, it was nice meeting everyone there after only ever communicating via email. There were photo ops with Larry Hama and Kelly Hu too (its a guy thing, i think :p)
David Sung (animation director) was one of the many people I met at the con, and he was kind enough to show me and danny round the disney studio lots (though the actual animation dept was out of bounds cos of secret secrets), above is me and danny pretending to be mickey mice.
Before you knew it, it was time to pack everything back into boxes and say goodbyes.
The saddest one was with Munki, Danny and Sue’s cat who i first met back in art school days at RISD. She’s now 14 years old and was rather ill, and I probably won’t be seeing her again next time SDCC rolls round. Bye bye munki!
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SDCC is about a week away, will have a Liquid City booth (Booth #2329) this year, right next to the Flight crew… others who will be there off and on include Shari Chankhamma, Mike Carey, Lefty and others… floorplan location:
Will also be at the Image booth from 2:30 – 4:30 on Friday (and probably the weekend as well), plus with Gene Yang and the Secret Identity folks from 12:30pm-2pm on Thursday( Epic Props/SI Booth #1735).
Some updates on the French edition:
Over at Wartmag, its been listed as a top 5 scifi comic for the first half of 2009 (http://www.wartmag.com), i think its been shortlisted for the sci-fi comic award (not sure if its the final shortlist) at the Nantes Science Fiction Festival and here’s a rather odd interview from a couple of months back from Un Monde de Bulles... odd cos the interviewer and translator were talking simultaneously and you had to listen to the translator whilst making eye contact with the interviewer :p
With the “Decelarate Blue” project still in hiatus, still awaiting a long awaited final script, started a bunch of new designs for a new story I’m working with Mike Carey on, a sci-fi setting with aliens and gadgets :p
The two main characters are Jo and Hal, though things are very much in the earlt stages, so no idea where it’ll end up eventually :p The rest are quick half baked ideas for miscellanous aliens that might populate the story …