Monday, July 30, 2007

Comic-Con 2007, A-Z

I got home about 7 this morning, checked email for an hour, slept for half an hour and then went to work. The con was loads of fun. So much so that I'll will definitively say it's the most fun I've had at Comic-Con ever (out of 3).

Unfortunately, I was trapped working behind the Comic Foundry Magazine table for 95 % of the time. But still, I loved being able to tell people about the magazine, and loved it even more when they gave me money at the end. CF star Laura Hudson graciously split her time between Virgin Comics and CF and helped man the table with me.

But, without further ado, Comic Foundry's A-Z experience of Comic-Con 2007:

A — "Are You a Virgin?"
This is what a potential customer thought I asked her. In reality, I asked, "Are you Persian"? The answer to both was No.

B — Bloggers
I love getting to see all the people I know online. This time I finally met Whitney Matheson, Tom Bondurant and JK Parkin (and wife) and caught up with Tom McLean (and wife), Grame McMillan (and wife), Ian Brill (not married), Tom Spurgeon (who didn't stop by the table!) and
Heidi MacDonald (who also didn't stop by the table!)

C — Comic Creators
There were a bunch of cool comics creators that picked up copies of the magazine, including: Ed Brubaker, Eddie Campbell, Mike Choi, Matt Fraction, James Jean, Derek Kirk Kim and some guy named David Lloyd?

D — Dan Didio
He accidentally hip-checked Laura. T'was hilarious. Laura thought less so.

E — Ellis, Warren
I met him at this Avatar event some night. But I was really sad he didn't try to destroy me with his cane or nibble on my soul. Don't believe the hype. Ol' Warren is a big teddy bear.

F — Five (5)
This comic by Gabriel Ba, Becky Cloonan, Fabio Moon, Vasilis Lolos and Rafael Grampa was the only thing I bought at the show.

G — Good Food
I had dinner with Robert Venditti (Surrogates), Andy Runton (Owly), Kristian Donaldson (Supermarket), Randy Lander (Formerly of the Fourth Rail, now Comic Pants), and PJ, whose last name I can't remember for the life of me. Grilled mahi tacos are delicious.

H — Hill, Jonah
I was lucky enough to chat with Jonah Hill. We featured him in Comic Foundry Magazine and he was just as hilarious in person.

I — "I Don't Get the Joke In the Title"
That was the best attendee response to the magazine.
The second-best was: "If I could read I would quit my job."

J — Joss Whedon
I told him his shoe was untied. He declined to tie it though, because he didn't feel like bending over. I insisted since the bathroom we were about to enter was very...wet. He eventually wised up and tied it up. There's a joke to be made about me making Joss Whedon bend over, but I'm not going to make it.

K — Kiel Phegley, Wizard writer
I don't know what we were talking about, but I do know it was hilarious.

L — LOST Panel
I didn't see it (or any other panel, for that matter), but I heard all about it. So much, in fact, I was able to describe bit by bit to other people. Ding!

M — Men's Room at the Sci-Fi/EW Party
I met more celebs in there than I did the actual party AND the urinal was in the shape of a mouth, Rolling Stones-style. For reals.

N — Networking
I met a bunch of cool people at the show. The ones I can remember off the top of my sleep-deprived head: Nisha Gopalan, James Sime, Jacq (what's your last name?) from DarkHorse (who LOVED our old Lost Girls issue cover we did last year), Stuart Moore, Gotham Chopra...This list will be updated later.

O — Oh Shit
We found a typo in the first issue of Comic Foundry. That certainly put a damper on things. Pobody's Nerfect.

P — Party, The Sci-Fi/EW Party
I got to hob-nob with Battlestar Galactica, Eurkea and random other celebs.

Q — Quite Delicious = Missy Peregrym
I walked past her in the hotel. My heart skipped a beat.

R — Recognition
I got recognized twice. I also watched 47 people ask Laura: "Hey, are you Laura from that Myriad Issues blog?"

S — Saturday
Here's what I don't get. If Saturday was sold out, where were all the people? Friday was definitely our best day, sales-wise, and Saturday sucked. I heard the exact same sentiment from a lot of other vendors. Discuss.

T — Table Talk
The Best Pitch I heard in Small Press: "It's about a ninja and a sumo wrestler fighting over the last piece of cherry pie," Vinny (I forgot your last name but will look at your card later), artist on "It's Ninja Time!"

U — U Like Us! U Really Like Us!
We had several people who bought the magazine earlier at the con and came back to the table to tell us how much they liked it. Wow.

V — Vasilis Lolos
I was convinced we were wearing the exact same pair of Nike High-Top Dunks. Alas, they were slightly different.

W — Wolk, Douglas
I read his story in Blender on the plane to San Diego. We had dinner Friday (along with Laura and some Complex dudes). We discussed the possibility of a second edition of Reading Comics, and if/when, him re-writing the book so that Infinite Crisis is named the best comic book. Ever.

X — Xena, aka, Lucy Lawless
I saw her at the Sci-Fi party.

Y — Yuri Lowenthal
We featured the celebrated voice actor in the first issue of CF and we happened to cross paths many times at the show. The first was at a party where we were trying to explain the concept of Second Life to his agent.

Z — Zuda Comics
They had a fun happy hour I attended. I have to say, I love the gimmick they had of giving out blank postcards and having people sketch on them and mail them in. Clever kids. At the party they had some demos and what was most interesting was a new web-comic reader they had embedded in their site. Hmm...


Blogger DavePress said...

Sounds like so much fun. My buddy Jeff had a run in with Warren Ellis in the elevator on the floor of their shared hotel and he said all Warren did was give him a death stare that said "Don't say a word, Fanboy."

I'm loving Douglas Wolk's Reading Comics book so much to the fact that I want to finish it before his thing at Rocketship on Friday. Harry Potter has been taken out ot pasture to wait until I'm done with his book.

4:20 PM  
Anonymous Tom Spurgeon said...

sorry, I suck!

I was with a pal whose appetite for the con reached negative numbers by Saturday, so we changed plans in terms of what we were doing.

4:42 PM  
Blogger Ben said...


A point to you for spelling Kiel Phegley's oft-misspelled first name correctly, but that point right back for incorrectly spelling the last name as "Phigley."

You were so close!

-Ben Morse

11:39 AM  
Blogger Tim Leong said...

Fixed! I always remembered it as "Phigley" because it sounds like "Fig Leaf." Alas, no longer.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Don Chente said...

Hey Tim, it was nice working next to you in the small press section. Keep up the great work at Comic Foundry.


2:28 PM  
Anonymous steve said...

This morning started of as a real lazy susan.
Slept in til' 10 something in a , which hasn't happened yet this trip.
We've been early to bed, early to rise everyday, and its been feeling pretty good so far.
You get a lot done when there's more than 8 hours in your day.
And I have been doing surprisingly well without the weed too.
I miss it a little less every day.

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