Browsing in Isotope

Buying comics for 21 years has taken me to lots of stores in lots of cities but I got my start back home in Quincy, California.


continue reading "21 Years of Buying Comics: Where I’ve gone"

Finally!

Everything is ready and I’m about to hop on a train down to Moscone Center. David and James will meet me there and Eric will be by later. Tonight after the show we’ll be attending the Isotope’s Tiki-Tour for as long as our livers will last!

You can follow all of our con adventures on Twitter.

Ghah, time flies!  I’ve been meaning to write about this past weekend, but the present keeps getting in the way.

Halloween was a great night.  We decided to attend the Isotope’s party since we weren’t having one.  For the last five years Eric & I have thrown “Spook-A-Palooza” but we were both too busy to devote the time and energy it would require this year.  So, we sadly put it on hiatus, with the hopes that next year’s return will be grand.

I dressed as Tetsuo from AKIRA which people recognized and complimented me on (my cyborg arm) at the party.  This was a huge improvement over work (were about half of us dressed up) where I spent the day saying “I’m from a Japanese comic and movie from the 1980s” only to be met with blank stares.  But that’s ok.  It was worth it.

Also in our group Colleen was a witch, Eric was Rorschach (getting that in a year before it’s over exposed), our friend Amy was Sarah Palin (the only year that will be noteworthy) and David was…nothing.  Because he’s lame.

We enjoyed the parade of costumes and were expecting an endless stream of Sarah Palins, Jokers and Nurse Jokers.  I was really hoping for a Palin-Joker, but it was not to be.  We did have four Jokers at the Isotope party, but they were outnumbered by five Batmen (or four Batmen and a Batman Beyond).  Plus for back up there were four Clark Kents and a Bruce Wayne.

And Triple Cobra was fantastic.  And they closed with a brilliant rendition of “Thriller.”  We’re going to make it a point to see the next time they do a full show.

Saturday I slogged through the rain with Eric & James Wilson for APE.  We didn’t get a booth there this year.  We were expecting to be busy this year and last year’s APE was just ok for us.  We were placed in a poor section of the floor.  This year they rearranged things and moved the food court into what used to be the most ignored ghetto area (the upper right side closest to the front as you enter), which was a brilliant decision and made the convention much easier to walk.

There was a little something for everyone there.  It was nice to peek at Kramer’s Ergot 7 and look over all the other great things.  I made a point to stop by Writer’s Old Fashioned’s booth and picked up Emily’s Brazillianoir and Danger Bob’s Dwarves Behaving Badly.

It was a great day but a long one.  I spent Sunday relaxing.  I considered going back to APE, but instead Colleen & I spent it shopping for things for the house.  I don’t regret it.

Last night Colleen & I went down to the Isotope for a very special party: to celebrate Matt Silady’s Eisner Nomination in the “Special Recognition” Category.  And let me tell you, a nicer more talented guy couldn’t be found!

The party was great, low key and allowed us plenty of time to talk with the man of the hour and a few other guests.  Matt even showed us a page from his next book and it looked amazing.  And we drank a fantastic original concoction that James put together in his first return to bartending in seven years. 

It was a great time for a great occasion!

It’s nearly here!

Issue 4 just came back from the printers. Our booth equipment is all set. And we can show off where our booth is located! We’re in the small press section, at booth SP-14. You can find us here:Small Press Map

We are looking forward to meeting everyone who comes by the booth to either pick up a book or to simply meet you all.

We’re also looking forward to checking out some of the great programming that WonderCon has scheduled. And we’re sure to be attending at least one Isotope party!

We hope to see you there!

We’ve got a table at APE! I got the exhibitor packet yesterday. And Eric & I have built a backdrop for our booth and David is making plans for the art on it. Also this week we should be hearing if we get a booth at San Diego. As soon as we hear, it will be on the blog and the main page, and I might just yell it from the rooftops. Oh, and Issue 3 is done. We handed in copies to the Isotope for the MiniComic contest. It should be online later today. Check it out and let us know what you think!

-Adam

Just finished scanning in the last couple pages of the comic. These 16 pages took so long that it’s hard to believe that I’m actually finished. Right so I have midterms to stress about and good old life to get caught up in again but in all truth I can’t wait to get to dig into another comic. Right well just wanted to say that Comic 3 is done and we will be submitting it into the mini comic of the year contest at the Isotope.

Peace out

Dave/id

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