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Comic-Con: Preview Night

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Preview Night brought the expected log jams to the roads surrounding the Convention Hall. The line to get into the Exhibit Hall was absolutely ridiculous, circling half the building, so we waited it out comfortably, scanning through the guide. Can you believe both Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki coming to Comic-Con in the coming days? Madness.

Our group started off accompanying me to Penny Arcade to pickup a Cardboard Tube Samurai Blank, we then split up as I needed to talk with Scott Kurtz. I made my way across the convention floor to stop by Flight in its new central location. Flight 6 was out, but I'll have to wait until September for Amulet 2. A little further down the floor I also dropped off two commissions for [Scott Morse][morse] as this one needed an update. I also picked up Strange Science Fantasy which, as promised, comes with original art from each issue. It's kind of fun to read a comic and have one of the original panels just sitting in the pages.

Despite splitting up, amazingly enough, all of us managed to accidentally reconvene at Stuart Ng books on the opposite side of the convention hall (those that know the distances involved would be impressed). Perhaps its the fact that Stuart Ng's booth is like a refuge as they control access into it to keep it comfortable. There I spied a copy of Vive il Ciclissimo, which was beautifully tempting, but as almost $100.

I was already exhausted and needed to take a food break. A cheeseburger, fries, drink, and $14 later, I was ready to go again.

I made my way back to the webcomics section once again, again stopping at Flight inbetween to pick up a print of the cover for the Flight 1 rerelease. This I explored the likes of Dumbrella. Sadly, there was an awesome kitty-holding-machine-guns "Baffer" by Chris Yates that we just missed out on. The POOP Stop signs were tempting, but I don't think the kitties can read.

I also chatted with Jorge Cham of PhD comics, stopped by picked up James Jean's Process Recess 3 and Fables Covers at Last Gasp, and otherwise wandered aimlessly with my now extremely heavy bag. Hopefully I've knocked off the heavy items for this trip, but there's still some Mouse Guard Winter hardback action and couple more bookish items that I'm sure will weight me down.

Here's Parakkum's summary

http://scottmorse.blogspot.com/

Comic-Con Sketches: Ninja and Pirate

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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.

APE

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Scott Morse: Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!

m and I went up to San Francisco for APE. Rainy November weather was an odd setting for APE, which was bumped from it's Spring slot by Wondercon. It's only been three months since Comic-Con, so the new timing and weather was a bit of a downer. The big booths were carrying mostly the same stuff as Comic-Con, though I did manage some new finds:

I also purchased some original art from Scott Morse. I commissioned an Obama painting, but after he refused payment (due to it being based on Fairey's print) I took the opportunity to purchase some original art from Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!

Scott Morse: Obama

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APE 2007

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I try to make it to APE every year so I can buy some indie comics from the creators themselves and find stuff that would often fall below the radar at my local comic shop. There are panels -- this year included Art Spiegelman -- but I find that I really only have energy to do those once a year at Comic-Con. This mostly makes APE a shopping experience for me, so without further ado, here's what I shopped for:

Ancient Book of Myth and War

This was the only item I went in intending to buy. It is a themed art book that Pixarians Scott Morse, Lou Romano, Don Shank, and Nate Wragg put together. I had read about it on Scott Morse's blog and figured that at least Morse would be in attendance. It turned out even better than expected as Morse, Shank, and Romano were all on hand to do free sketches (in the case of Morse, a painting) in the inside cover. The result is pretty awesome:

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A great book and what you see above for only $20.

Kitosan Tea . an Eastern Beauty Tea Brewing Instruction Book

I know a fair bit about tea already, but this clever packaging of a tea bag was too good to pass up. Contained within is a single tea bag plus cute illustrations that take you through the proper steps for brewing tea, including how to brew the same leaves up to four times. I don't see how you can order them online, but I'm sure if you e-mail her arrangements could be made (only about $5). Afterworks 2 features the story of Kitosan.

Too Much Coffee Man

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Friends of mine are fans of the book and I couldn't go yet-another APE without buying an issue -- I was lured by the Too Much Coffee Man guitar picks.

Gallery Nucleus/Christopher Appelhans: Last of the Unicorns shirt

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Who knew unicorns could be so big, ugly, and cute? I picked one of these shirts up for d.

Super7 T-Shirt

Super7 had at least 3 t-shirts I wanted. I ended up going with an camo-silhouette of a AT-ST, Star Wars dork that I am (not listed on Web site right now). I almost got the Star Wars spaceship lineup or the Godzilla lineup instead (also not listed on Web site).

Kazu Sketch

left: APE 2007 sketch, right: Comic-Con 2007 Amulet sketch

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Kazu Kibuishi of Flight/Daisy Kutter/Copper fame does amazing sketches. I didn't buy anything this time around as I pretty much own everything, but Kazu was kind enough to do this sketch and also let me read through an Amulet draft -- there were some amazing pages in there (as expected). Amulet is an epic effort for Kazu. Book 1 will come out in Spring 2008 and will weigh in at 200+ pages. If I recall correctly, five whole books are planned, though Scholastic has only committed to two so far.

Bean's Song (Book 1)

This was one of those books that just caught my eye. Artist Travis Hanson was working on inking a print, it caught my eye, and next thing you know I have a book to read. It is an illustrated novel (think Stardust). Book 2 is coming out in a couple weeks, so if I like what I read I'll have even more to read. I was told by a Super-Con organizer that Travis Hanson will be there.

Seven Kurosawa

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1) Why didn't I know that Rashomon is public domain? I love that movie.

2) After finding out (1), I did a Google search and found out that Sanshiro Sugata is also public domain and on Google Video. There's a whole bunch of 1940s Kurosawa films I've never seen, including this one. All Japanese movies pre-1953 are public domain, so now its just a matter of finding them.

3) Regardless, I love my Criterion Collection restorations (even if I end up buying the Seven Samurai from them twice).

4) parakkum sent me the Seven Samurai Drinking Game, which is good if you subtract out references to exact scenes (e.g. Kambei "gets shorn bald" is a silly drinking game rule, but "Has to remind himself he's bald by rubbing his head" is a good rule).

5) Speaking of which, I finally scanned in the painting I had Scott Morse do at APE 2006. Morse noted that he's a bit sadder in this painting than he was in the movie:

Scott Morse - Kambei - Seven Samurai

6) It goes well with my Yojimbo Comic-Con '05 commission

Scott Morse - Yojimbo

7) Tacked onto the seven like he was in the movie, Kikuchiyo, from Comic-Con '03:

Scott Morse - Kikuchiyo - Seven Samurai

Tour de Comic-Con: Sunday's Stage

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Sunday is a day to explore the floor, break out the wallet, and fill up the bag. Yes, today is the day that Team Uni goes out in search of a high ranking in the Credit Ruining Accountrements Classification (CRAC).

Before getting started in the CRAC, there was some loose ends with schwag and sketch points to get out of the way. Team Uni started off with a quick stop by the Wizards of the Coast booth to see if they had restocked any Attack on Endor sets. They hadn't, but there were new prizes and Team Uni managed to pick up some Magic starter and booster packs. Then it was off to Scott Morse's booth, where I got a Triplets of Belleville-style sketch of Tom Danielson drawn with sharpie and honeyfield's water brush. The sketch combines a bit of the alien-ness of time-trial cycling gear with impossible Spiderman-like body positioning and the elongated Triplets form. It'll be posted soon with the other sketches I got. I didn't commission a painting this time around as I got one at APE and I wanted to wait until I've had a chance to hang up the ones I have in my new place before I decided what I want next. Morse should have a new book out with Lou Romano and others at APE, which I'm looking forward to.

The wandering gets a bit more difficult-to-remember from there. We won some hats from Viz Media, I got a sketch from Adrian Tomine and Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Push Man), and we got some sketches at the Flight book from the always super-nice and talented Johane Matte as well as Dreamworks storyboardist Phil Craven.

The big purchasing came when honeyfields picked up nearly every book in First Second Books catalog -- and I do mean nearly every (five out of the six spring catalog books and two out of the six fall catalog books, the latter were only available as gifts for buying the spring books). I also picked up a bunch of New X-Men issues for daveextreme, which was fairly easy to do for cheap once the Sunday fire sale began in earnest. It's always fun to see what you can buy on Sunday because some dealer doesn't want to ship stuff back.

Sunday ended earlier than normal as I wanted to get back home at a more reasonable time given the dearth of public transit options on a Sunday from San Jose Airport. m and I took off at 3, tired and happy.

Scott Morse paintings

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Update 2: cyclist sketch from Comic-Con 2006
Update: got another painting (Kambei from Seven Samurai) at APE 2005

The two items I'm happiest to have received at Comic-Con are both paintings by Scott Morse. After I got an awesome sketch from him in 2003 I picked a bunch of his stuff and became a fan of his illustration style. I tried to get another sketch in 2004, only to find out that he had stopped doing sketches and was only taking commissions for paintings. I nearly commissioned a sketch, but chickened out at my lack of funds.

This year I was determined to get a painting, no matter what the cost, and luckily, due to the generosity of Team Uni (especially honeyfields) I ended up with two paintings. Morse had some limited edition Little Book of Horror: Frankenstein books that he had done paintings on the inside cover for. After watching me covetously eye the limited edition, honeyfields picked one up for me as a very, very, very early birthday present.

The second painting is goes along with my sketch from 2003. In 2003 I asked for a Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune) sketch from Seven Samurai. I debated getting paintings for all seven samurai, but I decided this was a daunting and prohibitively expensive goal. Instead I went for a Toshiro Mifune Sanjuro painting: gruff, base, improper-yet-honorable samurai. Next year I'll probably go for a Kambei painting (Seven Samurai) and perhaps one of these days a Ran painting so that Morse can spray bloody red all over the canvas.

Morse Frankenstein Morse Yojimbo