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Pipeline, Issue #424

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Pipeline, Issue #424

PIPELINE PHOTO PARADE

With apologies to Jonah Weiland, who does the regular edition of the “Photo Parades” on the front page of this site, this week I present the “Pipeline Photo Parade” from San Diego 2005. This is a smattering of photos of creators that I took over the weekend, plus sights and random stuff that came up without warranting a clever caption or a front page story.

File this under “Miscellaneous,” if you must.

Now this is how you start a convention! I was “Angie” De Blieck. It’s amazing how often conversations were interrupted with someone pointing to my name and saying, “Angie?” I explained to them that the chemical treatments were successful and that I really am “Augie” now.

Seriously, though, special thanks to Jonah and Rob Worley for making sure I had my press pass. While I was up in the air flying on a delayed trip cross-country, they made sure my pass was taken care of, so I didn’t have to brave the insane lines at the con on opening day.

PANELS AND EVENTS

From Saturday’s Quick Draw came one interesting challenge. Host With The Most Mark Evanier asked the panel to draw (and I’m paraphrasing here) the most interesting costume they’d seen at the convention so far. The thing that struck me about the people Scott Shaw! and Jeff Smith drew is that I had taken photos of just those people earlier in the con. The second one — the minotaur who was swinging his tail — appeared earlier in Jonah’s photo parade, but I’ll show it to you again here.

Mark’s guest for one of the games was the legendary Gary Owens, who you can see here trying desperately to guess the pictures the panel was drawing. “Purple” turned out to be the hardest. Owens entertained the crowd with a stream of funny puns and word association as he fumbled for the answers. Sergio Aragones tried drawing Prince in the rain, but Owens never glommed on.

Mark also hosted his annual meeting of voice actors. From left to right in the picture are Mark Evanier (voice of himself), Wally Wingert (voice of a few characters on FAMILY GUY), Gary Owens (needs no introduction), Bob Bergen (modern Porky Pig), Bill Farmer (modern Goofy), E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), and Rob Paulsen (Pinky).

They were hilarious. After the panel, Paulsen was tracked down by two female attendees of the con who had to have their picture taken with them. I can describe what the two woman wore in only this way: Their name tags were pinned to the tops of their knee high leather boots. It’s the only place they’d stay. It’s one of those sights of comic-con that make you chuckle.

On Thursday night, a group of us went off to the Padres game. It turned out to be the more boring game of the weekend series, but I’m still happy I went. Petco Park may be horribly named, but it is a great stadium.

The awful stadium pizza was provided by a company named “Oggi’s Pizza,” which I thought was funny. Say it out loud. Then say my name out loud. It’s pretty close. But I’d sell you that slice for less than $5.50.

CREATORS, CREATORS, CREATORS

Thursday morning started off with the ritual visit to the AiT/PlanetLar booth. First pic honors go to publisher Larry Young and “Hollywood Big Shot” Jason Netter. (Jason — we’ll talk. Nobody has bought the rights to me yet.)

After that, I slid over to Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba, where I got copies of URSULA and SMOKE AND GUNS signed, as well as a nice cowgirl sketch.

Next stop was the Oni booth, for the only signing schedule I memorized before heading out to the con. This is Greg Rucka holding my copy of QUEEN AND COUNTRY: A GENTLEMAN’S GAME, which he had just inscribed to me with characteristic creativity and foul language.

The creative team behind LAST STOP BEFORE TOLL, Chris Mitten and Neal Shaffer, also signed at the Oni Booth. Mitten is doing art for a QUEEN AND COUNTRY book right now. Scott Chantler convinced me that the LSBT graphic novel was the greatest piece of comics fiction in the past decade, so I had to buy it.

Oni Press smuggled Scott Chantler and J. Torres over the border from Canada for a special signing in San Diego. They had to promise to return immediately after the con, but they made it. Chantler’s NORTHWEST PASSAGE debuted at the show. It’s another attempt to promote a Canadian cultural invasion, by way of a western. What are these people thinking?

The book looks good, though.

Richard Moore was busy sketching at the NBM Press booth when I caught up to him. Picked up a BONEYARD COLOR trade and his sketchbook while I was there, as well as snapping this shot.

The good news was just announced in the back of his Image books. Robert Kirkman (right) and Mark Englert (left) are returning to CAPES very soon. Good news.

Kirkman, as usual, had his spread of comics on display and for sale. The INVINCIBLE hardcover debuted at the con, much to the delight of many. I pre-ordered mine, so I had to beg off on a copy. It was one less heavy thing to carry home, so it wasn’t all bad.

Speaking of carrying things home, this is the TSA tag I got in my bags upon my return to Newark. They randomly searched me. That explains the shifted contents during flight and some of the dinged up comics. I had packed the bags tightly so that the comics wouldn’t do that. Ah, well.

Duck cartoonist Don Rosa signed and sketched at the Gemstone Comics booth on Saturday afternoon. The line, sadly, was never that long that I saw.

There is a bit of buzz for the recent edition of THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE McDUCK, though. My retailer had to reorder more copies already due to sell outs in the store, and I’m generally one of two people there who reserve any of those comics. Meanwhile, there are bloggers reviewing it and others who’ve never read a Duck comic who are sampling one now. It may not make a Top 100 list anywhere, but I think Gemstone can consider this book a big success. I’ll go right ahead now and nominate it as “The Buzz Book” of the convention. Why not?

Here are Comicraft’s J.G. Roshell and Richard Starkings, whose Active Images booth provided a wealth of new comics to try. They also do a lot of lettering, in case you hadn’t heard. Lots of it was on sale for half off.

Speaking of letterers, Blambot’s Nate Piekos was set up not too far away, offering fonts on the fly, and a special limited edition San Diego dialogue font that’s both stylish and functional. He also had copies of his web comic, Atland, for sale.

EARTHBOY JACOBUS’ Doug TenNapel is a cartoonist to the very end. While working on a slightly less “heavy” comic for his next project, he poses for a picture that he said would look multi-dimensional. It’s true — that outstretched arm is just screaming for a red and green mirror on either side for my 3-D glasses to pop out at me.

Always a pleasure to talk to at any convention they attend are Todd and Dawn Nauck. Dawn is a tireless traffic manager at his booth and a never-ending smile, while Todd is a sketching machine with a thirst to know about everyone who steps up to his booth. I couldn’t imagine keeping up that many conversations all day while pounding out drawing after drawing. He’s the perfect choice to be drawing the TEEN TITANS comic and a great ambassador for comics when signing at the DC booth.

I just read the first trade of WILDGUARD and liked it bunches. I have some comments on it that should appear in this column sometime in August.

Over in Artist’s Alley, Zander Cannon had stacks of pages to sell and some comics to pimp. I sorted through the SMAX pages for what seemed like a small eternity before finally arriving at a page to add to my collection. It was a tough decision. I thought I was going to make it back on Sunday for a second page, but decided against it for fear of adding anything else to carry on the plane with me.

He’ll be in Chicago next week, though, so I’ll be faced with the tough choice all over again. So will you — the pages are very affordable, and most include Todd Klein’s hand lettering on them.

Too Hip Gotta Go Graphics debuted the new WAHOO MORRIS #1 at the show. I have not read it, though the art looks as good as ever. It continues directly from where the series left off several years ago. Hopefully, it’ll prove accessible. Pictured is the book’s creator, Craig Taillefer.

He’s keeping busy scripting things for Rob Liefeld and putting in the occasional Marvel short story. He’s Brandon Thomas, writer without fear. The tired dude next to him is me. The picture was taken as I was leaving the convention on Sunday afternoon for the last time. Special thanks to Zack Smith for handling the camera work.

Enrico does the beautiful ADVENTURES OF MIA series, and contributes to the FLIGHT anthologies. He also is the godfather of the sketchcrawl and did a very successful 24 hour comic, which he sold at his table. It was full painted color.

Chris Giarrusso poses like the gangsta he is, right after doing a crayon drawing of an incredibly cute Nightcrawler in my sketchbook. He is a man of many personas. I also bought a framed Thor crayon sketch from him this year, which faces out from atop its perch above my filing cabinet here at Pipeline World Headquarter. It never fails to make me smile. He’ll be in Chicago, folks, so go and commission a mini Marvel of your own from him.

Over at the Speakasy booth sat a new collective of creators. They’re looking to stake their claim on their own shared universe with three new titles under the “Voicebox” banner. That’s Brandon Jerwa, Marie Croall, and Dan Jolley.

RANDOM SIGHTS AND SOUNDS

At the close of the convention, I went down to the little village behind the convention, cracked open a comic, sipped on a Diet Pepsi, and enjoyed the view of the bay. Ah, relaxing.

I took this picture because of the huge Elmo stocking. I thought my niece would like it. Instead, I’m most amused by the image of Christopher Lee looking over the tree from the Star Wars booth in the background. Serendipity, thy name is Comic-Con.

Some things on the con floor take your breath away. Other things make you scratch your head. Sometimes, you have several quick responses that you can’t make in a family-oriented column. I had all three reactions to this thing.

This has nothing to do with comics. I’m just amused by today’s trend to throw as many pillows as possible onto a bed. They’re all different shapes and colors. This is the bed in my hotel room, with no less than six pillows on it. I see home decorating shows on cable TV that use even more. What’s the point? If you’re throwing them all on the floor so you can fit in your bed at night, is it really worth the accent color? UGH

Pikachu, attack! If you listened to the podcast last week, you’ll know why the little Pokemon critter is yellow. This behemoth faced the DC booth, which was visibly frightened by it.

There’s a direct-to-DVD FAMILY GUY movie coming out, and Stewie wants the world to know. Listen to Stewie. He will one day rule the world. He towered over the dealers at the far right side of the convention center.

I don’t collect action figures at all. I haven’t since I amassed a large number of G.I. JOE and TRANSFORMERS toys as a kid. I think the last figures I bought were the SAVAGE DRAGON toys from a decade ago.

I won’t be able to resist these beautiful Looney Tunes figures, though, coming soon from DC. Action figures based on “What’s Opera, Doc?” What could be better?

EVERYTHING ELSE

If you missed any of Pipeline’s coverage of the San Diego Comic Con, here’s a brief rundown:

  • Day 0 – Flying out
  • Day 1 – Baseball and Comics
  • Day 2 – Copious name dropping
  • Day 3 – Panel Day
  • Day 4 – Flying and finishing

There were also two podcasts:

  • If I were a small convention organizer, I’d be begging Wizard right now to start up a con in the same region on the same weekend. Heroes Con 2006 is going to rival San Diego for comics content at the rate it’s going.
  • I enjoyed the new DEFENDERS #1. NeilAlien loved it.
  • Speaking of Giffen/DeMatteis comics, Boom! Studios offers up HERO SQUARED #1 this week, the first of a new three part mini-series following on the events of last year’s successful one shot. This time around, there’s an alien invasion and hilarity ensues. Also, there’s a lot of dialogue. A ton. I don’t know how letterer Ed Dukeshire fit it all on the pages, but he did a great job with the overlapping and the balloon order and all the rest.

    “Don’t panic, Milo.”

    “Oh, I’m way past panic now. In fact, I think I can see hysteria coming up on the left.”

    That’s an example of the more literary dialogue in the book.

    Joe Abraham’s art is even stronger this time around, perhaps because he gets to draw more stuff blowing up and crumbling down. I don’t know, but it’s all good.

    This is a very fun comic. Buy it.

I’ll be back next week with some reviews that have been piling up. WizardWorld: Chicago comes up the following weekend.

Check the Pipeline message board for updates on the Pipeline Comic Book Podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes now, too!

You can still hear last week’s podcast through the MP3 file.

Don’t forget about the VandS DVD podcast.

Various and Sundry continues its link dumps, and all political discussions are at VandS Politics.

You can e-mail me your comments on this column, or post them for all the world to see and respond to over on the Pipeline Message Board.

More than 600 columns are archived here at CBR and you can get to them from the Pipeline Archive page. They’re sorted chronologically. The first 100 columns or so are also still available at the Original Pipeline page.

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