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Category: Comic-Con 2008

November 1, 2008

Comic-Con Sketches: Ninja and Pirate

Scott Morse: Ninja Pirate

Phil Craven: Ninja

I was saving these as they are my favorites from Comic-Con 2008... and ended up not posting them at all. Now that I have pets, its important that I take every opportunity to immortalize them in art.

The painting is by Scott Morse, who also did the art in the previous entry on APE. Morse is a great artist and also great with his commissions.

The sketch is by Phil Craven, of Flight fame. He's done ninjas for me before, so he was the first I went to when I got the idea of collecting sketches of my pets.

August 3, 2008

Comic-Con Sketchbook: xkcd kwc

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Randall Munroe showed extreme patience and goodwill to fans as he endured a long line of fans waiting for sketches and didn't skimp a bit. Stick figure art may not be trying, but try drawing Sierpinski's Triangle to five levels of recursion and tell me whether or not you feel like doing that all day. He humored my request for a 'KWC' doodle, ala his doodle he did for Google. The W and C gave him pause until he tied it together as a person climbing up on to something (W) and then jumping off (C). He also did a quick handwritten note for a colleague simply stating, "Python: It Works Bitches."

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Penny Arcade/Leeroy Jenkins

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A crazy looking Leeroy Jenkins drawn by Mike Krahulik (Gabe) of Penny Arcade and, for good measure, a 2007 sketch as well.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Cheeks

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I love Cheek's (Sean Galloway's) character designs for the Hellboy and Spectacular Spiderman. I picked up a copy of his new art book, "Spread the Cheeks," and he did a sweet Hellboy sketch for me.

August 2, 2008

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Axel 13

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This sketch by Axel #13 is my second-favorite sketch from Comic-Con (my favorite will be posted later and is of a similar subject matter). It's easy to see why I like this sketch: who doesn't think their pets are superheroes?

Comic-Con Sketchbook: KMNDZ

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KMNDZ's (Command Z) work stood out immediately to me as I was flipping through my issue of Hi Fructose. Perhaps it was because his art features awesome robots, but I like to believe that it's more than that (they are really awesome robots). When he's not busy doing art he's busy working on ARGs (Alternate Reality Game), which I'm a huge fan of but never have enough time or patience to fully engage in. The company he worked for did the popular I love bees game, among others.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Dave McKean

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Dave McKean, master of many artistic media, did another quick sketch for me at Comic-Con this year. I've been the fan of how he can find the surreal in whatever medium he chooses, whether it be photography, 3D graphics, or illustration. I felt bad as I accidentally caught him as he was running late, but he kindly received my request.

Comic-Con Sketchbook: Tara McPherson

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I really liked Tara McPherson's art for the Fables: 1001 Nights special collection. Her style of cute grotesque seems well at home in the Fables universe.

July 30, 2008

More posts forthcoming

Even a shortened Comic-Con (skipped Wed/Thurs) was full of fun goodness, but the gas tank is now empty and I'm pushing the car in neutral. I'm really fond of the sketches I got this year and I'm looking forward to scanning them in and sharing.

July 26, 2008

Tour de Comic-Con: Friday's Stage

comicconsplash_ccilogo.gifkwc arrived in San Diego just in time to walk over with the rest of Team Uni (bleusky, ota, parakkum, and littlestar -- m had already gone on a solo breakaway) to the Convention Center.

The big panel on the day was Joss Whedon, plus the writers and actors of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. The line for Ballroom 20 was once again a nightmare, but kwc was able to guide littlestar and bleusky through the special door he found last year, past the cast of Stargate: Atlantis, through the security guard check, and into the ballroom. A harrowing course, but easier with experience.

The first goal on the day was to obtain the Lego pieces for the Joker figure, which like all good schwag, is upgraded to even better schwag when completed: you get a display box that also contains a Lego Batman figure. It was time consuming, though easy to complete, and Team Uni now has six Lego Jokers, seven Lego Batmans, and an extra Lego Joker head.

Nathan Fillion and Neil Patrick Harris dueled on stage in real life as on screen and Whedon answered the many questions with the normal entertaining, sarcastic responses. There didn't seem to be much difference between Captain Hammer and Nathan Fillion, and much of Dr. Horrible's character was formed out of Neil Patrick Harris' amusements for boredom. Felicia Day was forced to keep her hands on the table after the audience misunderstood what it meant to be "twittering".

The sketches today were few but quality: a couple Attaboy sketches, a Pirate Scratch by Kurtz, the yearly Stan Sakai sketch, and some monsters by Rodolphe Guenoden. parakkum collected some signed Queen and Country definitive editions from Greg Rucka, who entreated parakkum to "Please, don't blow me up." Yes, Rucka can peer into men's souls. There was also a bit of 3D to this year's sketch haul: a Gary Baseman-drawn Vimobot.

Team Uni regrouped at the end of the day for the Avatar finale. The audience was tested with long lines into Room 6CDEF and the verbal challenge: "If you get out of line to go to the bathroom, the line is closed, we will not let you back in. If you have to go to the bathroom, you will have to chose." The crowds where huge, the silhouette of a Fire Lord logo was visible -- MST3K style -- at the bottom of the video screens, the fan art and costumes were entertaining, and the finale was epic.

July 24, 2008

The Tour de Comic-Con is a go

comicconsplash_ccilogo.gifSchedule conflicts and sold out tickets had me thinking that I would have to miss Comic-Con this year after five straight years of attendance. I was forced to think what my life might be without the crushing crowds and schwag schwindling. But Team Uni has proven that the Tour de Comic-Con truly is a team event. littlestar, parakkum, and m on site braved the volatile Wednesday parcours to secure a last minute entry for me. Southwest frequent flier vouchers took care of the rest.

I'm a bit out of form and I'll have to ride into form for the event. It took the help of d to help find my sketchbook (sitting on the bookshelf, where you'd naturally expect it). There's only ten pages left so I'll have to be selective tomorrow. I'm also forced to travel without many accessories as Comic-Con does not allow rolling luggage on site and I'll be flying directly to the event. Five years and I'm still a rookie.

Nevertheless, I'll put everything I can into the event because there is so much to be seen, so much to do, so much Comic-Con.