2005: Day 1
No Sex, Please, We're Fanboys...
a giddy night of updating and squelching the urge to shove
a pillow down one's roommates snoring throat, the morning
came too soon.
your average morning commute...
the huge attendance at Preview Night, today didn't seem
much more crowded than this time last year. Though the floor
did seem to have a lot more children than usual (and hey,
that's okay), today turned up the noise, the heat and the
we finally found some true booth babes. Of course, the awful
thing about being a true fanboy is that they were actually
more distracting than enticing.
started out the day talking to Monty Mickelson at Sideshow
Collectibles. They're a company that has one of the most
dominating convention displays, but for good reason. For
years, fans have known that they may pay a little more for
a Sideshow product, but it will be worth it.
informed us this morning that Lucasfilm knows it, too. After
successfully producing a series of statues based on Star
Wars characters, Sideshow entered into an agreement
with Kenner and Lucasfilm to take over the creation of new
12-inch fully poseable action figures. Though, really, with
the detail that Sideshow gets into their work, the stuff
is almost too beautiful to play with.
spending too much time drooling over dream items like a
life-size Terminator (every house needs one), we moved on
to wander the floor and see what swag could be found. Upper
Deck wins my favorite give-away for Green Lantern t-shirts
to promote their new Green Lantern Corps expansion deck
for the Vs. System card game. I still don't quite get the
game, but I love the shirt. It goes very well with the power
rings DC has been handing out.
Mish'al wandered in and out of some panels and hung with
the 501st Legion, today turned out to be a good day for
me to check out some of the independent stuff. I spoke to
Sean O'Reilly of Arcana Studios, which has been getting
some attention for their book Ant. Their catalogue
runs a lot deeper than that, though, and we'll be exploring
that a bit in weeks to come.
also took me to the most socially conscious independent book
launching at the Convention, Feed America's Children.
This effort from writers Clark Castillo and Mel Smith leavens
its important message with some decent superhero action and
a little introspection, despite a blunt title. Set in a superhero
universe already in progress, the book is far more assured
than many independents out there.
Castillo offers a good book
that will let you feel good about buying it.
page is drawn by a different artist or art team, and the
talent contributing may surprise you. The proceeds go to
food programs all across the West Coast. At the Convention,
the book sells for $3; at a comic shop near you, it will
retail for $4.99. If you are interested in picking this
up and feeding hungry children, check out Wildcard Productions'
table at N19. For more information, go to their
by the sight of die-cast metal Batmobiles that I'd wanted
since I was a child, I learned that Corgi Toys is about
to branch out into statues and metal figures. Later this
year they will launch a line of figures based on Marvel
characters, but they feel most confident about a property
created and controlled by soft-spoken but enthusiastic Londoner
Francis Lee -- so confident that they've put him and his
Tales of Midnight front and center of their display.
Francis eagerly shared his successes, which have led him
to a huge global fanbase. Now he's set to conquer America,
and why not start in San Diego?
publisher that always catches my attention is Penny-Farthing
Press, mainly because every book they produce ends up getting
me hooked. Though you may not know them, they attract solid
talent, from old-school giants like writer Len Wein and
cover artist Jim Steranko to the up and coming Joshua Dysart.
While working on Captain Gravity and the Power of the
Vril, Dysart landed a gig on a little Vertigo book
called Swamp Thing. If you stop by the booth at
the Con, you can get the final issue of Captain Gravity
a full two months before the rest of the country, as well
as pick up all the great stuff you probably missed. Tell
them Dave McGaw sent you.
the first time since Mish'al left the country (or was he
pushed?), we made contact with Devil's Due Studios and met
Josh Blaylock. In addition to a successful relaunch of the
G.I. Joe franchise, Devil's Due has dipped a toe into superhero
waters and will soon be reviving some of Chaos! Comics'
key properties. Look for Untold in 2006, a tale
of the early days of the Dracula legend. A Devil's Due rep
would also like me to remind you that they are NOT Dreamwave.
has more lives than The Family Guy...
to the Con is complete without a journey up the street to
Dick's, a restaurant where the wait staff all act like,
well, jerks. True to the already strangely laid back atmosphere
here this year, our lunch party was treated with mere incivility.
and I hooked back up at Master Replicas, where I found the
useless item I would most like to own for the year: a Rocketeer
helmet replica. Alas, I did prove that my head is too big,
something that should come as no shock.
spilled outside before the dreaded sweepers could be activated,
we witnessed the spectacle that could end everybody being
laid back: a Padres home game. Yes, every day of the Con,
the local baseball team plays a home game at the fabulous
Petco Park. Streets are blocked off, and we have to be wary
of a confluence of sports fans and comic fans.
Kane and the Rock are coming to protect us.
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