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WonderCon

So the three of us ventured down to WonderCon last Saturday. We had a good time. I’ve been going to WonderCon for the past few years and David & I went to San Diego last year (it was his first convention). Eric’s last comic convention was WonderCon 2002, in far off Oakland. But we had fun getting to wander about and talk with other people who love what we love.

WonderCon floor

Much of our time was spent examining booths not just for what they have but for how they look. We are hoping to get booths at both APE & San Diego and want them to be the best they can be while still reflecting the WOAH Comics look. We got some great ideas and look forward to showing them off. Speaking of which, David took the time to show off a little at the Wacom booth.

David & a Wacom

The character there is one from our upcoming issue 3, which he tells me he has just finished the last bit of art for. Eric will now do the lettering and I expect it to be online this week. David started to do much of the art on his own Wacom table but wants more practice before it sees print. Though he did love the Cintiq he’s playing with here.

Big Room

We also spent a lot of time in this room as well. The previews for the movies are always fun. Eric enjoyed getting up close and snapping some pictures (you can see more here). He did a good job of capturing Gerald Butler’s hair troubles. But the oddest thing about convention panels, both the ones we attended this time and others I’ve been to in the past is the dangers of the Q&A part. You never know what is going to happen when someone walks up to that microphone.

There are three big dangers I’ve seen from the questioners. First you have the basic rude people. This was epitomized by the man who insulted Ali Larter and was promptly booed away by the audience. But at the LOST panel back at SDCC ’06 there were hecklers who stand out in my mind. I can’t understand the burning need to get up and insult someone who has come out to talk and present their latest work. What do they have to gain by telling an actress that they don’t like their tv character? With everything else going on in the convention, why take the time to go to a panel and stand in line to proclaim your hate? There must have been something positive that brought you to the panel, why not be there and enjoying that?

The other thing that bothers me at panels is people who either make their question about themselves or don’t know when to stop talking and ask their question. If you want to ask, “How did you prepare for [some movie roll]?” There is no need to say, “Hi. I’m from Decatur, Illinois and I first saw [some movie] when I was on a first date and thanks to you it went well. Now we’re happily together and have been for a while, well, except for the unpleasantness. But your performance in [some movie] was really great and I loved the character. I wish I was more like that, particularly when I have to deal with things at work. My job is ok, but I really want to become an actor. I actually am in several home movies I make with my friend. We put them on YouTube. You can find them under my profile, RamblingFool, if you search for it. And I try to channel some of your influence while I act. So how do you prepare for a [some movie roll]?” It’s terrible. Just ask the question! No one, not the person on stage or all the other people in the audience wants to hear it. It just drives everyone else crazy.

Thirdly, people need to stop asking actors if they have read every issue of the comic their film is based on or if they play the video game. If they have, they’ll mention it. If not, then no. And don’t be so disappointed, not everyone knows the subtleties needed to play random guy with a gun in a first person shooting game who’s face you only see in cut scenes.

Of course, this won’t change anything, but I just felt I needed to say it.

All in all, we had a great, but long day.

And afterwards David & I hit up the Isotope for their J.M. DeMatteis party. That was fun. I was able to talk to Mr. DeMatteis himself and thank him for writing The Spectacular Spider-Man when I first started reading. I got to tell him that I really loved “The Child Within” storyline and all he did with Harry Osborn. He thanked me for saying that and said that while everyone compliments him on “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” Harry’s story was his favorite thing from working on Spider-Man. That was very special. A great way to end the day, being with people who we could share our comic love with.

-Adam

Welcome to the WOAH Comics’ blog. Eric was kind enough to set this up and I, Adam, will be writing most of the posts. My aim with this is to offer a peak behind our work and give you a better idea of what we’re doing and who we are.

As I write this David is finishing up the art on issue 3, which will be out and online at the start of March (after Eric does the lettering). Issue 4 is already written and David will jump into that as soon as he can. We’re also getting ready to attend WonderCon here in San Francisco on Saturday.

We have some pretty exciting things coming out in our next few issues and the next few months, so look forward to that!

-Adam

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