28th , 2004 - wednesday
I stayed up way too late putting together this
photo essay last night. The sun was coming up when I finished
and I then drove down to my parents' house about 50 miles from
here, trying to stay awake by sticking my head out the window
of the car. Well, it's a good thing it's done.
some highlights from the Con:
of FLIGHT sold like you wouldn't believe. Copies of the book flew
off the table. It was surreal.
Di Beppo dinner. The event was madness, but I can't begin
to describe how happy I felt seeing everyone enjoying each others'
company, eating and drinking the night away. I stood in the middle
of it all for a few moments, looked around, and smiled on the
inside. Scott McCloud's toast made me turn red, and I just couldn't
believe how so many people I respected were cheering for me for
organizing the event. Strange, but so wonderful.
Jeff Smith. At Comic-Cons past I patiently stood in the long
lines at his booth, worried my palms were too clammy or that I
would sound like a crazy fanboy when I approached him, and I realized
then how much respect I had for this man... Now I've met quite
a few famous people I respect, and I am almost never phased by
it, but every time I see Jeff Smith I turn into a giddy ten year-old
fan. I believe that if I were to meet Miyazaki, I would simply
pass out. Jeff Smith gave the Flight crew a copy of the Complete
Bone hardcover edition signed "your fan, Jeff Smith"
Our fan! :D !!!! (go to Boneville!)
the Penny Arcade guys!
I've been a reader of their comics for a while now and I think
I get more thank yous from friends for recommending Penny Arcade
than anything else I recommend on this site. Gabe and Tycho are
really genuinely nice people and I had a blast chatting with them.
I also sat down to watch the first half hour of their Comic-Con
panel, (along with Scott Kurtz
and Richard Stevens)
and they were absolutely hilarious. I think amongst all of the
people I met at the Con, I was most impressed by these guys. With
their professionalism, down-to-earth personalities, and great
fan interaction, it's no wonder Penny Arcade is the web's most
popular comic. I also invited them to contribute to a future volume
of Flight, so I can't wait to see what they come up with!
love the guys at Viper Comics.
They did such a great job with Daisy Kutter and I have become
big fans of the work they all do. Meeting them was like seeing
old family members that I already knew and loved. Jessie, Jim,
Greg, it was great meeting you guys!
and hanging out with the Flight crew. I am convinced these people
are the sweetest human beings on the planet. When people tell
me how hard it must have been to put together this book, I usually
tell them it wasn't as difficult as everyone imagines. Just spend
a few minutes hanging out with these people and you'll understand
why I feel this way. I really, really miss them all... But that's
such a wonderful feeling...
McCloud, thank you so much for everything. What Scott has done
for the book and for the other artists on the Flight crew is overwhelming.
Without Scott, I probably would not be drawing the kind of cartoons
I do today, since it was after reading Understanding Comics that
I had a newfound respect for an artform that I felt I was stuck
with; a medium that I once felt no one really respected. I'm glad
I changed my mind about it, and I have Scott to thank. So again,
and speaking of Scotts, Scott Kurtz asked me to do a guest piece
for his wonderful comic, PVP. Check
it out! Scott and his wife Angela were also some of the nicest
people I hung out with at the Convention. Thanks for coming out
to dinner, you two!
time for that ice cold beer...whew... I don't think I'll be forgetting
this Comic-Con any time soon...
26th , 2004 - monday
had a great time at the Con! I just got back from San Diego, so
I still have to unpack, organize, drink a beer, take a bath, and
decompress. When I'm done with that, I'll post a Con report. See
the meantime, check
out some of the press Flight is getting. The reception for
our book was overwhelming....
are some pictures and reports by:
Larry and Amy!
a few more!