Just wanted to write up a little report about my adventures at San Diego Comic-Con last week. I had an incredible time! Here are some of my favourite moments:
Meeting you: It was great to meet so many of my readers. Thank you for coming to my signings and sessions! Here are some of your pics from the three signings I did: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A special thanks to Andrea, who made this for me, and brought it all the way from Germany!
Meeting Dan Piraro: Dan has been a huge help to me over the years, providing sage wisdom ever since the early days of Savage Chickens. It was great to finally meet him. I picked up a copy of Dan’s book of heroic cartoons, which is immensely funny – and he signed it!
Great volunteers! A big thanks to Chris and his son Eddie, who made sure I knew where I was going and when, and who coincidentally have a bunch of real chickens in their yard at home. Eddie is a real-life chicken whisperer!
Dinner with the GoComics crew: I got to meet a bunch of cool people (including John Glynn, Bill Amend, Brooke McEldowney, Andrew Farago, and many more). I sat between Basic Instructions creator Scott Meyer and GoComics editor Shena Wolf and we had a blast talking about everything from Scottish salmon to badass manatees. Scott is every bit as hilarious in person as he is in his comic — if you’re not already reading Basic Instructions, do so now!
Talking about Canada: I had a great time on the panel discussion about Canada and the Comics (moderated by Chris Butcher). I was on the panel with Kate Beaton (who is awesome), Cal Johnston (from the best comic shop in the Maritimes, Strange Adventures), and Jessica Campbell (from Drawn and Quarterly). Jessica will be heading back to school soon to focus on her own creative work. Go Jessica!
My spotlight session: I had a lot of fun at my spotlight session and everybody had great questions and seemed to like the sound of the crazy projects that I’m working on these days. Here’s me at the session. (Thanks for the photo, Andrew!)
Meeting fellow artists: I got to meet so many great artists, including Brandon Bird, R. Stevens, Jeff Lemire, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Friesen, Shannon Wheeler, and more. And it was great to see a couple of familiar Vancouver faces, namely uber-talented Ed Brisson and Miriam Libicki. I kept running into cool people everywhere I went. Bumped into Bill Amend in the hotel bar and had a great chat about comics and the internet. And I met Robin Maxwell in the hotel elevator and discovered that she has written a Tarzan book from Jane’s perspective (which looks awesome). It was great to be surrounded by so many creative people doing stuff that they love. I hope to go again next year!
Here are some pictures from my San Diego visit…
I’m getting pretty excited about the whole thing! I’ve got a Spotlight Session where I’ll be talking about how I got into cartooning and what I’m up to next. And I’m on a panel discussion about Canada and Comics which I’m really looking forward to. And I’ll be making a few other appearances here and there. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of you!
And for all of you who aren’t going to be in San Diego, you can follow my adventures on my San Diego Comic-Con page. I’ll be posting photos and tweeting about it next week! Go check it out!
San Diego Comic-Con International has announced their first 30 special guests for 2012 and I’m one of them! Woohoo! It’s a great honour to be invited and I’m incredibly excited about it – and I hope to meet a bunch of you there! The comic-con runs from July 12 to 15, and I’ll be doing a spotlight session and an autograph signing and probably some other stuff too — I’ll be sure to let you know more details as we get closer to the comic-con. But for now, go check out the guest list!
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