SDCC this time round was a different experience, with booth-manning tasks (ordering books, keeping track of sales etc) adding a new wrinkle to proceedings..
First stop after a 17 hour flight was downtown LA, where I’d sent all the books to old RISD friends Danny and Sue, here’s them helping to load their car with many boxes for the drive to San Diego. We then had to figure a way to get the boxes to the exhibition hall itself , despite a trolley with a dodgy comedy wheel that wobbled like a drunken sailor :p
The booth itself, shared with Flight and Gallery Nucleus was centrally located, thought the best way to find it amidst the mayhem was to look for the Marvel banner hanging from the rafters.
The Wonderland HC trade did good business, and i drew quite a few mary anns and chesire cats :p
There were the usual assortment of costumes, though i didn't get a chance to snap a picture of someone dressed in full Judge Hershey regalia :s
Lots of toys and figurines of course, including original Coraline Stop Motion figures and custom Storm Troopers (my fave ones were the comic con fan and popsicle versions :p)
There were old faces to meet like the folks from the Flight crew, and new ones too, with Mike Allred being the most exciting just cos I'm a big fan of Madman. He's pictured here with his family :) I missed the Doctor Who panel with Russell Davies and David Tennant, but still got to meet a Dalek, plus one of this guys from Yo Gabba Gabba! :p
Also there were the folks from Secret Identities, it was nice meeting everyone there after only ever communicating via email. There were photo ops with Larry Hama and Kelly Hu too (its a guy thing, i think :p)
David Sung (animation director) was one of the many people I met at the con, and he was kind enough to show me and danny round the disney studio lots (though the actual animation dept was out of bounds cos of secret secrets), above is me and danny pretending to be mickey mice.
They also had original props on display, the best of the lot was a couple of Steve Zissou headgear, including the red cap worn by Williem Defoe.
Before you knew it, it was time to pack everything back into boxes and say goodbyes.
The saddest one was with Munki, Danny and Sue's cat who i first met back in art school days at RISD. She's now 14 years old and was rather ill, and I probably won't be seeing her again next time SDCC rolls round. Bye bye munki!
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