...but I take immense satisfaction in a job well done and esthetically pleasing. Here I am inspecting my
Before you know it is is six PM and time for the con to open for the special "preview night!" But it's still fantastically busy with many many people who have bought four day passes able to make their first excited runs through the show. It's only my second Comic-Con, so I still very much enjoy watching the happy people: unlike some of the other industry trade shows I've attended like BEA, this is a general public consumer show, and the enthusiasm and love these fans have for the comics, films, games, toys, videos and other fantastic media is infectious and raucous. We do a fairly solid business selling books in the first few hours, far busier than last year on Wednesday night. I think I brought a better variety of books than last year and there's a lot of interest in our Will Eisner Library, New Press's Dr. Seuss Goes to War, the Tim Burton's Corpse Bride movie book, and many other titles. I wish I'd brought maybe six or eight additional titles to really fill up the table, but they're nicely spaced and attractively displayed. I may have button eyes, but they are good at stacking up books in attractive ways, if I do blow my little stuffed horn! Our pals at Fantagraphics are even busier, and this is only Preview Night! What will it be like on Saturday?
But Comic-Con isn't all about spending money. (Altho' I did bring my little Hello Kitty change purse to get myself souvenirs!) One of my biggest delight about the show is talking to and seeing a large variety of folks, either industry professionals or just plain good friends of yours little stuffed truly and my puppet-town cow-blog. I spotted quickdraw master Sergio Aragones sprinting down the aisle. My goodness, that man's mustache really is impressive! Speaking of men with impressive hair, Eddie Campbell is once again holding court across the aisle at Top Shelf, and he comes over to hang out with the good folks at Fanta for a while. I had a very lovely chat with Phillip Ginder, a good friend of my blog and my Flickr photos. He said his wife wanted to knit me a sweater! If I were not black and white all over, I might blush at such a lovely sight. I spotted animator Craig McCracken peekin' at our Newmarket movie books but I did not harass him with my Spice Girls/Powerpuff Girls theory. I spotted one of my favorite Legion of Super-Heroes artists, Jeffrey Moy. I got a little fanbull gushy when I had a great extended chat about Will Eisner and other greats of the industry with Danny Fingeroth, who has worked on some of my favorite Marvel Comics in the eighties and nineties and now publishes the amazing Write Now! magazine for TwoMorrows (whose booth I surely must pop by this week).
I didn't spot many costumed attendees at the Con tonight (tomorrow they will be out in full force, and of course even more on Saturday, the busiest day of the show), but keep your eyes open and you might just spy Davy Jones. No, not the Monkee (I believe he was busy tonight at Marcia's prom) but old Calamari-Face himself from Pirates of the Caribbean:
I'll tell you this about Davy Jones: guy smells great. Like a Red Lobster. Man, was I hungry for fried shrimp after he passed by! The only thing disappointing about his appearance at the Con was that he was not accompanied by Keira Knightley.
Speaking of subjects of my affection, WiedlinWatch '07 continues! I'm pretty sure I spotted the lovely Miss Jane several times. When I was in line at Starbuck's for a venti mocha frauppucino (mmmmm), I was standing behind a convention attendee in full Wookiee costume. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have blinked twice but I was almost certain I could hear her humming "Rush Hour" in her fuzzy suit. She was a little short for a
Warren Ellis has reported on his Twitterfeed that apparently someone died at Comic-Con! Oh dear! I sure hope it wasn't you, dear reader. Please take it gentle and easy and enjoy the show: it's a big, big one and there's lots to see. You can follow my progress and celeb sightings throughout the day by tuning into my Twitterfeed. Yes, it's a busy show but I still will have time to tell you if I spot Laurell K. Hamilton or Darwyn Cooke. (I know which one I'd rather meet!) But if I do run into Jane Wiedlin, you're just going to have to wait. I'll be busy telling her just how meeting her is making me Feeling Like Flying.