Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Wizard Chicago Report
Wow! another crazy convention. This one was very enjoyable though, let me explain: San Diego Comicon is great but is so massive it's hard to find time to chill, the crowds are ridiculously huge and parking is a big nightmare, Chicago's Rosemont Convention center is not as big and even though this was a well-attended show, it still pales by comparison to SDCC, we were able to relax a bit more and enjoy the company of friends and foes alike, a welcomed change of pace.
There was a snafu with the table numbers but it was sorted out nicely and we ended up in a great spot. By Friday we were sold out on the 'Pistolas' copies we brought to the event and on Saturday Sketchbook #4 met with similar fate, which gave us the entire Sunday to draw and have fun -which of course, we proceeded to do-.
Megan 'The Pagan", was busy throughout the weekend doing commissions, she's developing into quite an artist. We sat next to an incredibly annoying nerd, who, for 8 hours a day, did not stop yelling at the top of his lungs in the most disturbingly high pitch: "Please buy my comic", that was sooooo gay! Luckily he left on Saturday, otherwise I would have lost it. He made a few bucks by bullying all kinds of saps and low-self-steem-individuals into buying his poorly drawn comic, I kept my composure and minded my own business, pretending to ignore this asshole but at times what I really wanted to do was to beat this guy 2 inches from his death, maybe I have become a sissie in my old age or something, I find myself avoiding confrontations more and more these days, I know for sure ten years ago i would have reacted in a violent way.
That was pretty much the only issue with the show, sitting on the other side of us were the Image Comics Superstars: the awesomest Jason LaTour, who I must say is a magician with the color markers, the enormously talented Jeremy Haun, B. Clay , Tony & Kara Moore, Paul Azaceta and the NYC Mech crew. Just ike in San Diego, Megan and I had a whale of a time, we'll be back next year for reals!
Much love to the people of Illinois!
From the Top: Y. B. Truly setting up on preview night, a banner day, location location location, the great John 'Star Wars' Higashi commissioned Megan a portrait of Princess Leia, 'Electronique' Batwoman sketch in progress and 'finished' (bottom)