I know I’m way behind on this but I gotta see this post through. I thought SDCC this year was just fine. We did about what we expected sales-wise based on convention debuts and special guests and the fact that we’re in a recession. Many parts of the convention were run better than ever. In fact, this might have been the most hassle free Comic-Con ever for us. Anyways, here’s the usual collection of costume photos and snarky comments.
Alison Naturale, our convention temp, early on in the Con, still smiling.
I’ve got to give this guy a hand because this is actually a comics-related costume.
Later, Pete Maresca would win an Eisner and give a pretty nice speech. Actually, one of the best. Here he is holding up one of his new books, The Upside Downs by Gustave Verbeek. Really beautiful stuff, beautifully presented.
Here is why this is funny–a blue guy is holding court while leaning on a blue recycling bin. I’m increasingly unable to identify the costumes these days (it used to just be either Green Lantern or bondage club clothes during the daytime) but I’m told this might be Little Mermaid related.
Alright, Tom Spurgeon already stole this joke from me but seriously this was the first day of the show and this booth was empty. Wasn’t this a really popular show three months ago? (The sign says “Battlestar Fan Club.”)
I can’t even remember the name of this bar. I feel like it was something “The Velvet Crab” or “The Hot Box” or something. Either way, us older folks are still looking for the replacement for the Picadilly.
Late late night Friday post-Eisner, I ended up in a hip-hop video or so it seems whenever it’s past midnight and you’re hanging out with the Giant Robot crew. I swear to god this photo was not staged.
On Saturday, Chris and Seth both received Inkpots at Seth’s excellent slide show. It was a special surprise for both of them and I have to say that it is probably the single handsomest and appropriate award for cartoonists. It’s really nice.
We have the best fans because this one guy told me about a Moomin bank for sale at the other end of the convention center, took me there, and helped me skip the Pushead-signing line to get the last available copy.