–Cool stuff I picked up Thursday: a collection of art from Cliff Chiang, Necessary Monsters ashcan from Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, All Knowledge is Strange by Goodbrey (which is hilarious) and a War at Ellsmere preview by Faith Erin Hicks. You can get them at, respectively, the Cliff Chiang/Jill Thompson/Brian Wood booth, the AiT/Planet Lar booth (both of the Goodbrey books) and the SLG booth.
– Faith Erin Hicks is attending the con for the first time, and is a lot of fun to talk to. So stop by the SLG booth and say hi.
–Thursday at the con may a well have been Saturday. Typically I’d expect to wait in line and possibly not get into many of the panels, but that applied to almost all the panels I attended yesterday. The line for the AiT panel wrapped around the room and down the hall and back again.
–Chatted with Tony Lee, Kody Chamberlain and Kevin Colden for awhile. Lee is working on a sequel to Oliver Twist called Dodge and Twist, which’ll come from AiT. He also showed me one of four copies of the new IDW Dr. Who comic that were at San Diego (it comes out next month).
–My panel report from the Grant Morrison/Stan Lee panel is up. Stan was a hoot. My other three panel reports from yesterday are still in development. It was a long day. It ended at the Westgate, at the Newsarama-sponsored Comic Book Legal Defense Fund party, which was fun. Joked with Matt Brady and Steve Ekstrom for much of the night. Saw colorist/art professor Jose Villarrubia, Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci and Gina Gagliano from First Second. Fun, low-key night.
–Ran into Graeme McMillan after the Comic Book Visionaries panel. He’s now the fulltime weekend editor at io9.com, and gave me one of his fancy new business cards. He quit his day job and is now just blogging for a living, which is totally awesome.
More later … here are some pics: