Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New York Comic Con 2011: Day 2

After going unprepared on day 1 (Thursday), day 2 saw me headed back to the Javits Center with enthusiasm, determination and books in my backpack.  One of the books was my Walking Dead Book One hardcover for a Robert Kirkman signature.  Now, I debated whether I wanted to make this line again after being on line the previous day with nothing but a comic con pass.  In my defense, I made the line that first day hoping that his staff would have the new "Rise of the Governor" hardcover available for sale to have signed but, though they were expected in, the books never arrived so I settled for having my pass signed instead with the thought that I'd just do the line again the next day.  So, here I was on line again, enjoying a pleasant chat with a fan who made the trip from Pennsylvania.  As it turned out, that chat really helped the hour-long wait go by pretty quickly.  Finally, Kirkman signed my book along with my Walking Dead season 1 dvd slipcase and my "bloody" Rick Grimes Walking Dead action figure which, from what I understand, turned out to be a New York Comic Con exclusive.  Afterwards, I was able to score a signature on my book and action figure by Tony Moore who drew the interior art on the first 6 issues of the comic and the cover art for the first 24 issues.

Another creator I revisited was Terry Moore.  I really enjoy visiting Terry and his wife Robyn.  Unlike most other creators who have to be pulled away for panels or can only been seen after long waits on line, Terry is an independent creator with his own booth and is almost always there and very approachable.  It's quite common to see Terry and/or Robyn in conversation with customers about all things Strangers In Paradise or Echo.  After having purchased the Echo hardcover book, which he signed, along with a Rachel Rising (his new series) t-shirt on Thursday, I went back on day 2 with my copy of the fabulous Mary Jane Loves Spider-Man 2nd volume hardcover book which he wrote.  He signed it as we chatted about Echo and how it's been optioned for a movie with a screenwriter currently attached.  I told him I'd see him again the next day with more books for him to sign and he graciously told me he'd look forward to it.

Also, I visited DC's hour long Batman panel where current creators Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Chris Burnham (Batman Inc.), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), Greg Capullo (Batman), David Finch (Batman: The Dark Knight), Kyle Higgins (Nightwing), Amy Reeder (Batwoman), Scott Snyder (Batman) and Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin) all shared their views on their respective books and took time out to answer fan questions.  It was an interesting panel but, more importantly, a nice hour break off my feet.

All in all, I had a great time but I'd be lying if I didn't say I got home with pain in my legs and back.  Lots of walking, waiting on lines, and carrying a heavy backpack of books on the subway to and from Comic Con can take it's toll.  But, when you're there taking it all in, meeting new people (fans AND creators alike) and enjoying all the wonderfully creative costumes and outfits being worn and shown at the show, all you can think of is.... I get to do this all over again tomorrow.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Comic Con Goodies

While I decided to not attend NYCC on the final day, I do have more pictures from days 2 and 3 to post. I'm just extremely tired and need a day or so to reboot so I should have them up in a day or so. For now, here are the prints I purchased.

This one was from the great Amanda Connor. She personalized it for Angelise.

This Spider-Man print, which I gave to Angel, is one of 2 that I purchased from Greg Horn.

Here's the other Greg Horn print.

Here's a Walking Dead print from Tony Moore.

These final 2 are from Vinnie Tartamella.

Lastly, I purchased the bloody Rick Grimes Walking Dead action figure (a NYCC exclusive) and was fortunate (and patient) enough to have comic writer/creator Robert Kirkman and early series penciler Tony Moore both sign the packaging for me.  Unfortunately, I didn't make it in early enough on Saturday to make the line for Todd McFarlane.  He owns the company that produces the figures and would've been great having all 3 signatures.  Dave, you lucky bastard!  ;-)

Ok, I'm off to watch the season 2 premiere of The Walking Dead.  Enjoy, my fellow dead-heads!

DVR REMINDER: After tonight's encore presentation will be the premiere of the Talking Dead live aftershow hosted by Chris Hardwick with guests Robert Kirkman, James Gunn and Patton Oswalt.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New York Comic Con 2011: Day 1

Day 1 of New York Comic Con 2011, held at the Jacob Javits Center located on the west side of 34th Street in Manhattan, was only from 4pm to 7pm for VIP and 4-day pass ticket holders. While I had been looking forward to this years NYCC since purchasing my ticket way back in February, I almost didn't go due to low expectations on my behalf of anything remotely productive happening on this abbreviated first day. But I'm glad I did as the floor wasn't as crowded as it will definitely be during the rest of the weekend. I was able to cover lots of ground and take a good number of pictures without having to deal with passing crowds wandering in and out of my shots.

I was able to meet up with fellow LCVG members Dave, Joey, Phil and their friend Ruell. After having met up with Dave, I joined him on line to meet Walking Dead creator/writer Robert Kirkman. Not coming prepared to have anything signed, I asked Kirkman to sign my 4-day pass. Afterwards, Dave and I went over to the Abstract Studios booth to meet Strangers In Paradise (SiP), Echo, and Rachel Rising creator Terry Moore. Maria and I had met Moore at last years NYCC and purchased Echo and SiP t-shirts along with some prints of his. He was kind enough to sign quite a few of his books for me. Alot more than I had any business asking of him but he and his wife Robyn were more than happy to oblige. This year, I purchased the complete hardcover edition of Echo and a Rachel Rising t-shirt.

In addition, I was able to see and take pictures of some great looking action figures. Some figures that I saw and took pictures of were:
  • DC
  • Marvel
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Ghostbusters
  • WWE Superstars
  • The Munsters
  • Street Fighter
  • Walking Dead
  • Universal Classic Horror Monsters.

There were some Gears Of War props and props used in movies. The ones I saw were:
  • Batman suit and miniature Tumbler from Batman Begins
  • the Joker's card deck from The Dark Knight
  • a newspaper, piece of Kryptonite and Clark Kent's glasses from Superman Returns
  • the Night Owl mask from Watchmen
  • the baby prop from The Hangover
  • the monkey prop and a severed finger prop from Hangover 2

And what would a comic con be without costumed fans? Day 1 didn't provide many since the floor was only open to ViP and 4-pass fans but there were a few around and tomorrow thru Sunday should see many cool and original costume designs.

Afterwards, I joined Joey, Phil and Ruell for a post-Con meal at a nearby Five Guys.

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