Posts Tagged ‘San Diego Comic-Con’


Best Word Using (2016 Eisner Nominees) – 7. July, 2016

Last but not least, let us celebrate those writers that were nominated for this year’s Eisner award.

Jason Aaron for Southern Bastards, Men of Wrath, Doctor Strange, Star Wars, Thor


John Allison for Giant Days


Ed Brubaker for The Fade Out, Velvet, Criminal Special Edition


Marjorie Liu for Monstress


G. Willow Wilson for Ms. Marvel


And now it’s time to vote for two of your favorite.

Who is your favorite 2016 Eisner nominee for "Best Writer" (pick 2 writers)?

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See you at San Diego Comic Con!

Posted in Industry, Writing

SDCC 2015 Best Cosplay – 16. July, 2015

Hands down the best cosplay of San Diego Comic-Com 2015.


Yeah, I know, you were expecting a longer post but 1) I’m sick and 2) the day job is about to start sucking extra hard so the next month or two of posts will be very succinct. Hey, go out and enjoy the summer.

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SDCC 2015 T-Minus 1 – 8. July, 2015

Took the train (relaxing). Got to the hotel (far from downtown but nice). Set up the feeding station.


Don’t have Preview Night ticket, so we might hit up Bali Hai.

Tomorrow, I’m unstoppable.


Posted in Industry

SDCC 2015 T-Minus 2 – 7. July, 2015

I just figured out my SDCC meal plan.


Tony + Tiger’s Milk = The Unstoppable Tony


Look out San Diego, I’m coming for ya!

Tiger Out of Cage

Posted in Industry

Patriotic Animals & A Bunch of Genres – 3. July, 2015

Happy 4th of July!


Are you ready to exercise your rights? I need you to express your opinion.

Next week I’m pitching at San Diego Comic Con.


Mostly I’ll be meeting with artists about collaborating on a series of 4-page stories. It’s an anthology I’ll write consisting of 30 shorts loosely about betrayal, revenge and redemption. Each story will be in a different genre.  So far I’ve chosen…

  • Werewolf
  • Teen Romance
  • Inside the Body
  • Duel / Shoot-Out
  • Cops & Robbers
  • Biblical
  • Animals

All over the map? Yes. That’s the point. I want to stretch my storytelling muscles.

Now here’s where I need your help. I need to shorten my list of potential genres ASAP. Use any or all of the following to help you cut this list: 1) What’s a good fit for me? 2) What do you love? 3) What do you hate?

I don’t care which criteria you use. Don’t take more than 5-10 minutes. Don’t think too hard. Just let instinct and reflex take over and then hit me up in the comments, via Twitter, whatever.


Ready? Here’s that list.

  • Alcoholism / Addiction
  • Alien Encounter / Invasion
  • Arial Combat
  • Atomic Age
  • B-Movie Horror
  • Bad Girls
  • Ballet / Dance
  • Beach Party
  • Bikers
  • Disease / Outbreak / Biological Attack
  • Broadway / Backstage
  • Cannibalism
  • Cattle Drive
  • Kaiju
  • Chase / Hunt
  • Christmas
  • Civil War
  • Colonial / Empire
  • Coming of Age
  • Conspiracy Thriller
  • Cyber Punk
  • Demonic Possession
  • Detective / Private Eye
  • Disaster / End of the World
  • Erotic Thriller
  • Espionage / Spy
  • Extraordinary Romance
  • Fairy Tale
  • Family
  • Mad Doctor / Frankenstein
  • Frontier
  • Gangster / Mafia
  • Ghost
  • Girls with Guns
  • Greek Myth
  • Gunfighters
  • Haunted House
  • Historical Adventure
  • Horror
  • Indian War
  • Investigative Reporting
  • Jungle Epic
  • Legal / Courtroom
  • Lost World
  • Martial Arts
  • Medical
  • Modern Warfare
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mystery
  • Noir
  • Other Dimensions
  • Outlaws
  • Period Drama
  • Pirate / Swashbuckling
  • Political Thriller
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Super Powers
  • Pre-Historic
  • Prison Escape
  • Prisoners of War
  • Psychic Powers
  • Reincarnation
  • Revolutionary War
  • Robots / Cyborgs / Androids
  • Roman Empire
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Samurai
  • Satanic
  • School Days
  • Seafaring
  • Serial Killer
  • Sex Comedy
  • Slasher
  • Soap Opera
  • Space Adventure
  • Spaghetti Western
  • Sports
  • Submarine
  • Supernatural
  • Surf
  • Sword & Sorcery
  • Techno-Thriller
  • Time Travel
  • Toys
  • Treasure Hunt
  • Undercover
  • Utopian Disaster
  • Vampires
  • Vice
  • Virtual Reality
  • Western
  • Witchcraft
  • Women in Prison
  • Women’s Friendship
  • World War One
  • World War Two

Oh, and if you’re an artist come find me at SDCC. I’ll be at the Comic Creator Connection Thursday night, then roaming the halls until Sunday. Here’s what I look like (if I were in a comic).


I love my new business cards. Illustration by Michele Melcher.

Posted in Writing

The Cons Are Coming, The Cons Are Coming – 19. February, 2015

This is what we used to imagine when we thought about comic book conventions.


These days, they’re chock-full of A-List actors…


And girls that could make a good dog break his leash…


I mean DESTROY that leash.


But I’m not looking to take selfies with stars or ogle the babes. That’s not why I attend these conventions. I want to break into comics as a writer, and to do so I’m following Jim Zub‘s advice: make comics and make friends.

So why attend cons? Why not network online? Because of my Austin Film Festival experience (BTW, I just bought my 2015 badge, so come October I’ll see you in line for Franklin’s). Being there, in person, forces me to talk to people. At a con, I can turn to the person next to me and gush, “you love Bandette, too?” or “isn’t Becky Cloonan the bee’s knees?” And if that person turns out to be an up-and-coming artist or an assistant editor at a small publishing house, all the better.

So what are my convention going goals? One, to deep dive into the community. Two, to meet editors and assistant editors. Three, to meet potential collaborators, especially illustrators. Four, to learn which cons would be good for me to attend as a professional (i.e., where I could get a table and sell books). Five, to discover a potential mentor. And lastly, once I have a finished comic, to put that sucker into people’s hands (or, at very least, to hand out business cards with a link to my work).

So which cons am I attending this year?

Long Beach Comic Expo – This is a fun, local con for me. Honestly, my favorite thing is how easy it is to navigate. If I attend both days, the artists I cruise will recognize my face, I’ll feel compelled to buy something, and we’ll strike up a conversation. That’s how I picked up this great print by Babs Tarr.

Did You Put on Your 3D Glasses?

Did You Put on Your 3D Glasses?

Emerald City Comicon – This will be my first time attending the Seattle based con. Everyone raves about it, so my expectations are high. I’m told that most of the Portland talent attends (you do know that Portland is the mecca of comics), so this con definitely has the potential to kick ass.

WonderCon – I first attended this con last year, it was my first convention as a budding creator, and it was fantastic. The panels were awesome, the people were friendly and it was energizing without being overwhelming. Will I turn up at the Creator’s Connection again (where I pitched my idea to potential artist)? Seeing as I’m still hunting for an illustrator, I’m pretty sure it’s a “must do” for me.

Phoenix Comicon – I don’t know much about this con but because the guys at the Nerdist Comics Panel raved about it, I’m attending.

San Diego Comic-Con – This is the grandaddy of all cons. I went in 2009 but had no idea what I was doing. I’m hoping to attend this year but the SDCC is known to sell out in a matter of seconds. If you have a way to help me get a badge, please drop me a line.

Long Beach Comic Con – The slightly bigger brother of the LBCE. If I’m committed to community, then I have to attend.

Rose City Comic Con – This was the second con I attended last year and I loved it. Look, Portland is the home of great food, awesome beer, and unbelievably talented creators, so I’d be a knucklehead to skip this con. If I have one complaint, it’s this: because most of the talent lives in town, they don’t necessarily hangout after the con, so it’s a little harder to mingle with them at the local bars.

New York Comic Con – This is another con that sells out fast. If anyone that can help me get a badge, I’d be in your debt.

And that’s all (for now).

Yeah, I know, I’m exhausted just reading that list.

So, am I missing any big cons? Any other convention goals I should be setting for myself?

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Comic-Con 2009 Day 04 – 26. July, 2009

Today was the final day of Comic-Con and I did… well, I didn’t go. My sister wanted to get home early so we hit the 5 before noon and got tangled in traffic. Not a big loss, the only thing I really wanted to do was say “hi” to my friend Jenni after her movie panel.

So, before I dive back into After Effects I will say this: I think I’d like to go back next year so let’s start planning.

Over and out.

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Comic-Con 2009 Day 03 – 25. July, 2009

Started the day early today, tried to crash the LOST panel but the line was so long I decided to cruise the exhibit floor again.

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FYI, there was a steampunk meet-up today so there were a ton of folk in awesome costumes.

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Note to all, if you want to wear a costume to Comic-Con and do so with style, go steampunk.

I then jumped into a line thinking “30 minutes would be enough time to get into a ballroom for a FUTURAMA panel. Um, no. I missed that entire panel and most of the SIMPSONS panel that followed.

Undeterred, I lined up extra early for my “Writing for TV” panel which meant I sat through “A Spotlight on Seth” and they didn’t mean Rogan or McFarlane. This guys, this illustrator… wow. He projected a PowerPoint highlighting works from his sketch book and then proceeded to tell twelve seemingly unrelated autobiographical stories. It was like a mini episode of THIS AMERICAN LIFE. My attention was rapt. This artist has a new fan.

The “Writing for TV” panel was just what I expected (I’ve been to hundreds of these by now) but the funniest moment came when the writers started heckling a woman in a military costume and then she said, “this isn’t a costume, it’s my uniform.” How quickly they tripped over themselves to thank her for her service (FYI, she was a communications liaison).

After that I wandered towards Hall H (I heard someone call it “Hall Hell”) expecting a 5 hours wait to hear Kevin Smith talk.

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Imagine my delight when I walked in without any wait. I was bummed that Kevin didn’t show any clips of his upcoming movie but the crowd loved him anyway.

After that it was time for a steak dinner and then back to the After Effects grind (gotta take 2k stills, do a basic gamma correction, animate them along their X, Y and Z axis to give the illusion of a hand-held camera and then crop, adjust & resize them for a 1920 x 1080, 29.97 HDTV timeline).


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Comic-Con 2009 Day 02 – 24. July, 2009

Today I walked the main exhibit floor. Holy, it’s huge. I tried to soak it in and that proved to be (say it with me now) overwhelming. That took up most of my day. Yeah, it’s that big. Get a glimpse for yourself.

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Only caught one panel featuring two filmmakers ya might have heard of.

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Peter Jackson

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James Cameron

I could have listened to these guys talk about film for hours. I left the panel feeling incredibly inspired. Then I checked out the Star Wars Fan Film Awards and I got really… well… (how do I stay positive here?)… let’s just say I left early and decided that a good night’s sleep would be time better spent.

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Comic-Con 2009 Day 01 – 23. July, 2009

Overwhelmed. That’s the one word I kept repeating when folks asked, “what do you think of your first Comic-Con so far?” How else would you feel about this crowd?

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Today we (my sister and I) checked out the KICK-ASS and THIRST panels and they weren’t as crowded as I thought they’d be.

The highlight of the evening was our final event, the “Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza” and boy it didn’t disappoint. Sure, a guy showing you cool clips from awesome kung-fu films doesn’t sound like it’d be that much fun but it was. I loved it.

Okay, that’s it for now (I really need my sleep) so I’ll leave you with my pic of the day (check out my 2009 Comic-Con Flickr set for more pics of the con).

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(very pimp)

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