Ah San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night … last year’s was pure mayhem. This year there was a little less mayhem, and it didn’t feel as packed in the exhibit hall as it did last year. Until you walked down the aisles to the big media booths, like WB and Fox, where mayhem ruled.
Needless to say, I spent most of my time tonight hanging out in the comics area. So let’s take a look at some pics …
Took this about 10 minutes before they opened the doors to the floor:
When the doors opened, it was a little scary.
Marvel was represented by their two big recent movie properties at their booth, Iron Man:
And Incredible Hulk:
(I have no idea who the guy is in the above picture … if you’re reading this, I apologize for my flash temporarily blinding you!) Marvel also had a lot of folks signing, and I saw Joe Quesada and Ed Brubaker walking around and chatting with folks.
I thought I’d taken more pictures of the DC booth, but apparently not. They had folks signing as well, with long lines and crowds. Did get to meet Paul Levitz and thank him for blogging with us; very nice guy. And obviously a hard worker; he was signing contracts as we spoke.
Bongo Comics does the Bartman:
A temporary slow point at the SLG booth, as no one was signing (usually it’s packed with people when they are):
Chatted with Jennifer de Guzman and met her husband, Brian Belew, who draws the comic strips she writes for Blog@.
Chip Mosher at the BOOM! booth, next to the Pixar banner:
Preview books for Pixar and the Muppets:
You can read more about their Disney line here. iThey were also turning folks into zombies:
And Ian Brill was there, working the table. Which was kind of weird after working with him on Newsarama stories at WonderCons past. But he seems to be loving the new job, which is good.
While I was walking around talking to folks and buying The Country Nurse at the Top Shelf table, my wife was in line at the Peanuts table:
They had a scavenger hunt set up where they sent you off to six other booths, and if you came back with your card signed you got a special Snoopy for President bag. She ended up doing that, and visited the Fantagraphics table, where she took a picture of the sign:
When I saw it, I asked, “Hey, isn’t that Kim Deitch?” I don’t think he was signing the Peanuts scavenger hunt cards, though.