Yesterday I covered the first part of our ECCC12 experience. I had to cut it short because the post was getting EXTREMELY long. Like, I wrote that many words in a 6 or 7 page essay once. Sure, this was for entertainment, but do you really want to read that much? PROBABLY NOT IN ONE SITTING. Here’s part two. Continue forth for more art, creators, and awesome photos of me with comic-famous people!
Oh, and the best part of that guy’s balloon hat above was that he was pushing a stroller.
I present to you even more Emerald City Comic Con 2012 (click to see more).
Meeting Matt Wagner was kind of weird. First off, he was eating lunch. So, he downed a pizza before signing my stuff. I was like “uhhh… yeah.” He was kind of abrasive but at the same time kind. He whipped up that Trinity line drawing super fast and insisted on me holding it up to the camera. He said he gave out free head sketches, but he didn’t have any paper. So, I would have to get some paper or an art book. Which I don’t have. So, I didn’t come back. He also said he had no idea what a ninja turtle looked like from memory so he’d need a reference (which I had). Oh well. I still got three things signed from him.
I went on yesterday about how Francis Manapul is basically the hipster at DC. Well, his counterpart at Marvel is Matt Fraction (who strangely has David Tennant Doctor hair). Matt signed away and was pretty cool. I had to rush on over to get in line for Bryan Lee O’Malley, but I really should have talked to Matt about Casanova. I have only read the first two trades and not any of the new series (on issue three or four, I believe), but I really wanted to quiz him about the representation of women in his comics. They are basically super sexy sexpot assassins. I’m okay with sexy, but it pushes the boundaries a bit. I really wanted to know how he was going to address this issue. Missed opportunity anyone?
And I missed chatting it up with Matt Fraction to meet this guy: Bryan Lee O’Malley. I waited around an hour to meet him in line, and it was disappointing to say the least. For starters, the line was really stupid. I was stuck behind this 17 year old girl (I’m assuming) who did not stop talking. For example she went, “So I called something ‘gay’ and my mom said I shouldn’t say that word like that, but I was like ‘but mom, it’s really gay!'”… I wanted to step on her fingers as she hung off of a building and watch her fall. Anyway, meeting Bryan was a bit of a letdown. He seemed super tired. I tried making some casual conversation with him, but the most he basically said to me was “nice shirt.” I asked him to personalize it to me, and he only did it on 2 out of the 6 volumes of Scott Pilgrim. On three of the others he just signed his name, and on the last one he drew a Mario star. Uh… yeah. Not the best experience. I was hoping this would be the highlight of my day, but it was definitely one of the big letdowns. Sure, I understand that you want to get through the line super fast, but it would be nice to make conversation with the person and to not look so tired. It seemed painful for him to sign things. If it’s going to be like that, then don’t come (and most of all, don’t announce you’re coming to the Con the week before).
Here’s Shane, owner of the best comics store I’ve ever been to, Atomic Comics (in Tacoma, WA), about to pummel my head with Mjolnir.
Sidenote: the reason why this photo is so shitty is because Brendan is awful. He thought it was done taking a picture so he started walking forward. Anyway, Chris Burnham was pretty great. He whipped out my Ninja Turtle pretty quick. Then, he denied Lillian’s Abraham Lincoln demands. She was like “Can I have Abraham Lincoln as an evil wall street tycoon?” or something of the sort. He replied something along the lines of “Uhh… I can’t do that, but I can give him flaming eyes!” What was pretty great too was him and Shelly Bond (basically the main Vertigo editor of always) had some great dialogue. It mostly consisted of Shelly making fun of him the whole time and being like “You just don’t read enough Vertigo comics!” I talked with her afterwards and told her about my feeble attempt at applying for the entry level editor job at DC. She said that they get a lot of applicants and to not get discouraged. The best thing to do was to keep on applying and get my degree under my belt. She was super friendly and I’d love to chat with her some more.
Here’s Lillian’s Lincoln via Burnham.
Nate Powell was the one creator that I came with a lot of questions for. I had read Swallow Me Whole, but I couldn’t find my copy in Bend. So, I bought Any Empire and read it through. I read it waaayyy too quickly. This is a comic that you cannot read in one sitting. It is so multilayered and multifaceted and deserves many read throughs. I asked him “Hey, so when the tanks come into the city, does that really happen?” He responded by explaining that his comics are basically literalist where everything he shows actually happens. Which is actually a pretty interesting technique. The meaning is in how everything ties together and the themes rather than metaphors running rampant. He explained that he found out that in the early millennium the US Army used a poor neighborhood in Little Rock, Arkansas to do urban combat training without telling or warning anyone. So, he picked up those events and appropriated them into his comic. Then, we talked about how heartbreaking it is to see turtles get hurt (by baseball bats or cars). We had a great conversation and he was one of the few non-mainstream artists I went to see. I wish there were more (I was devastated that Scott Mills of Big Clay Pot cancelled. I loved that comic) for me to meet and talk about.
If I was to ever dish out a full $100 for a commission, it would be from Francesco Francavilla. I saw a Batman commission he did, and it was the most amazing piece of artwork I spotted the entire convention. He was whipping out inks and brushes and the full hurrah. I’m not sure if he’d know about a Ninja Turtle (he’s Italian, I believe), but I’d provide references. He also had an accent and looked very confused when he peaked above the piece he was working on. Beautiful art. I cannot stress this enough.
By the way, I was walking near Ryan Ottley’s table and some other guy was getting Leonardo TMNT commissions. I was like “Hey, wait! Can I see that!?” The guy looked confused and showed me. It was pretty good and I’ve been considering getting a commission from Ryan, but it’s pretty spendy. It wasn’t the best thing I’ve seen, but still impressive.
And now we get to why Marcus To is one of the best people ever. As mentioned in the previous post, Marcus was the first person I talked to to get a commission. He told me to come back later. He was giving free sketches, but I was in line for Bryan Lee O’Malley. So, I sent Brendan to get me one. Here’s what Marcus did:
Pretty awesome, right!? Well, I decided that was not enough. So, Lillian and I came with about 45 minutes left in the show. I talked to him and was like “hey, just seeing if you had time to get to my sketch.” He replied that he hadn’t, but he then decided he could then draw it for me right there and then. So, he took about 15 minutes to pencil then ink this bust of Leonardo. The whole time he was super cool and I talked to him about working with multiple different writers and how it’s great to get positive feedback. Then, I had to correct him about some Turtles history (I let some of it slide), but he talked mostly throughout to us while whipping out a kickass piece. Here it is:
Amazing! Really, that’s all I can sum it up to being. Talking with Marcus multiple times in the convention was definitely a highlight. He’s not the most well-known artist, but he does amazing work. His lines are super clean and beautiful. Best $40 spent.
That ended the show, but here’s some photos of us after the show being goofy:
Overall, the Con was good – not great like last year. I’m going to go with much less shit next time. I tell myself every year that I’m going to talk more with the creators, but I never do. But, one can hope. Oh, and I’m totally going to be out of state for the next one… but I might fly in…
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