Wednesday, August 06, 2008

More San Diego Photos

Here are some behind the scenes photos of the long, arduous process of shooting a 20 second bumper for G4. Oh the grueling days, oh the sleepless nights. Oh the well-stocked catering table. It was the toughest four minutes I'll ever love.

Thanks to Shad for the photos!

On Saturday night, I ended up running around with my old friends from my New England Comics Press days: Ben Edlund and Jackson Publick.

Zander (left) and Ben Edlund

Zander (left) and, Jackson Publick

Zander and the NEC Press crew

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Zander's on G4's Attack of the Show!

Some dudes with cameras and large personalities came by my booth at Comic-Con on Thursday and wanted to film a concluding segment for their video convention report. Would I please sketch while Zach Selwyn wraps it up in Attack of the Show style? Why certainly!

For a larger version, as well as all of the other Comic-Con segments, visit:

Attack of the Show!

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Friday, August 01, 2008

A Thought on Comic-Con

I've been going to Comic-Con for 14 years now, and the one thing that's been constant throughout that time is that people complain that "it's not about comics anymore".

There are too many booths about TV, movies, video games, toys, t-shirts, role-playing games, etc, they say. It's gotten away from the purity it had 5 years ago (it's perpetually 5 years ago; a rolling date of when it was still what people wanted it to be). While I can't dispute that comics only make up a percentage of what is shown at Comic-Con, I have to disagree with the gloomy, slippery-slope predictions people make.

Comic-Con is always going to be about comics. It may be silly that everything else's connection to it is through comics' typical genres (sci-fi movies, animated TV shows, superhero video games), but it's an honest, organic evolution, and it's certainly a shared fan base. It just wouldn't happen otherwise. I mean, there was a ton of promotional stuff at CCI 08 about the TV show "The Office", which is about as remote a property as you could possibly have, and yet it fit in perfectly at the con.

Comic-Con also has the biggest Artists' Alley/Small Press section of any convention I've been to, and nearly all of those people is a comic book artist. The Artists' Alley is juried and tightly monitored, so there are almost always popular creators, and almost never empty booths. It's not a flashy area of the show, but it's the best floor-space-to-interesting person ratio in the room.

And the strongest point I could make that this diversification has helped, rather than hurt, comics is this:

Once a year, there is one event that is the undisputed center of the universe for all Western pop culture attended by over 125,000 people. No one dares miss it, and movie, video game, and comic studios and publishers will wait six months to announce new projects there, to great fanfare. And what's this giant omni-media celebration called? Why, it's called COMIC-CON.

That sort of branding of comics in the mainstream media as the wellspring from which all other fun, awesome, exciting pop culture comes more than offsets, in my mind, any perceived loss of comics purity. And if you don't buy that, buddy, I've got four words for you: MoCCA, Heroes Con, SPX, and APE.

Oh, and of course, The Minnesota FallCon.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

San Diego Diary: Wrap-up

I'm back, I'm back!

This is what I was seeing, while relaxing, post-con, at the Tiki Bar at the Marriott. My plane reservations kept me in San Diego for one day after the show, so I got to chill and think about stuff before rushing home and getting back to work.

Then a trip out to Coronado Island and lunch at the fancy hotel.

It was a fantastic show; lots of fun and I saw lots of friends, none of whom I apparently photographed during the weekend. I was pretty much bolted down to my table in Artists' Alley all four days (I had to get up early on Thursday to get my seller's permit at the California Board of Equalization, so I wasn't going to waste it), but you get to see a pretty good cross-section of humanity right there in front of you even if you don't move at all.

I ended up doing a lot of sketches, selling a lot of books and mini-comics, and talking to a ton of people, mostly telling them that there is a new Top Ten series coming out in October.

And I got a beautiful extra day in San Diego, too. Perfect weather, beautiful ocean; just one drawback as far as I could see:

Count your blessings, Minnesotans!

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

San Diego Diary: Day Four

SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2008

Dear Diary,

As the great social experiment known as Comic-Con comes to an end, we're treated with a handful of final photographs from man-in-the-field Zander Cannon.

The Owlship!

This is Jim Ottaviani's hand.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

San Diego Diary: Day Three


Dear Diary,

We sure miss Zander back here in BTA headquarters. Fortunately he's sending these hilarious and often very touching snapshots:

Dinner with Berni Wrightson

Melissa and Chris

Ten minutes after the show opened.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

San Diego Diary: Day Two

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008

Dear Diary,

It's raining water here in Minneapolis but I bet it's raining FUN out in San Diego!

I found her! Attention all computer game players of the 80s, SHE IS AT COMICON.

Aisle 5000, Friday, 9:15 am

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

San Diego Diary: Day One


Dear Diary,

Zander jetted off to San Diego yesterday to sell a few books, ink a few deals, and crash a few parties. Fortunately he's got his cell phone camera and my email address. So while I'm back in the office "working" I'll keep relaying his Comic Con snapshots and his (hopefully) witty text messages.

The view from my table.

The Owlship!

The hostel has themed rooms!

Willy wonka shall be last off the plane!

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