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Comic-Con: Day Two

Posted on Friday, July 25th, 2008

Dave!Yeah, everybody who had bets against me restraining myself from buying crap so totally won.

I could have lied and said I didn't buy anything, but Vahid photo-documented everything.

First I stopped at Chris Sanders' booth to pick up his sketchbook and Kiskaloo collection. If I could be anybody at ComicCon... it would be this guy. I first caught notice of his work when I was studying Disney animation (where he was an animator for films like Beauty and The Beast and co-creator of my all-time favorite Disney character, Stitch, from Lilo and Stitch). His last project, American Dog (which he was slated to direct at Disney), was stupidly taken away from him after the Pixar merger and is now called Bolt. This is a tragedy of epic proportions, because now we'll never know what brilliance he could have unleashed with that film. Now he's at Dreamworks, and I can't wait to see what they let him do. In the meanwhile, we get his sheer genius in comic book form...

Kiskaloo Book Cover

Next I went to get Brandon Peterson to get his latest sketchbook. As I said yesterday, he's one of my favorite artists in comics, and I was thrilled to finally meet him as he autographed my copy...

Brandon Peterson

From there, I went to meet my long-time idol, Sergio Aragones (of MAD Magazine and Groo fame). What a tremendous honor that was...

Sergio Aragones

I start to walk away with my autographed copy of "Life of Groo / Death of Groo" hardcover, and =BAM!= There's Scott Shaw! Yet another legend in the comics and animation business!

Scott Shaw!

Then it was time to find Eric Shanower, who I've long idolized for his artistic style. I've collected most everything he's ever done, and his influence on my personal art is incalculable. I've met quite a few important and famous people over the course of my travels, but I can honestly say this was the first time I have ever been "star-struck." In talking with Eric, I think he was a little taken back about how much I knew of him and his career, but it made for a great conversation...

Eric Shanower

Lastly was another comic book great, Stan Sakai, who is the creator of another amazing book: Usagi Yojimbo. Though I have long been a fan of Japanese art and culture, Stan's fantastic historical references opened up a whole new world of interest in Japanese history, which I've long been grateful for. Cool bonus... he did a sketch in my book of Usagi himself...

Stan Sakai

All in all, a pretty amazing day for me. And I didn't even mention how I got to sit in on a panel with Joss Whedon, Neil Patrick Harris, and Nathan Fillion...

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  1. Belinda says:

    I LOVE that you are giving an account of everything you’re seeing there. I always follow up your recommendations for good comics and graphic art, and in my estimation, you haven’t been wrong yet! 😉

    And hey, I saw a bunch of Twittering from that panel you sat in on! Cool!

  2. Avitable says:

    You got to meet Sergio Aragones? I’m sooo jealous!

  3. Shash says:

    You were at the Dr. Horrible Panel?!?!?!?

    Dave, I think I love you…. 🙂

    Glad you could move around in there yesterday, it looked pretty packed on the teevee when they showed the floor.

    My kids found out Red from Fraggle Rock will be there Sunday, and have BEGGED me to take them to meet her. What can I say, they LOVE Fraggle Rock!

    Have a blast Dave!!!


  4. karla says:

    Here I am reading your blog, like usual. Comics, comics, blah blah ok ok yes Dave likes comics that’s nice and then I get to last line and YOU WERE IN ON THE DR HORRIBLE PANEL!!!!! AND YOU ONLY JUST SORT OF COOLY MENTION IT? YOU WERE IN THE SAME ROOM WITH JOSS WHEDON? AND THE EPICENTER OF HOTNESS THAT IS NATHAN FILLION? AND IT GETS ONE MEASLY LINE????????

    and you wonder why I am yelling?

    Aren’t your eyes blasted by being that close to the sun?

  5. I think I need to look into Comic-Con because although I have absolutely no interest in comic books, my son wants to make them when he is older. He already draws all kinds of “books” and leaves them all over the house and even though I am quite biased, I would say he’s pretty talented.

  6. A panel with Joss Whedon, Neil Patrick Harris, and Nathan Fillion?! ARGH! You bastard! That’s so NOT FAIR! *hurruph*

    All I can say is that you better be having fun, dammit. ‘Cause I’m damn jealous. 😛

  7. Tracy says:

    Because I’m not a comic book geek (and I use that term with love), I was quietly enjoying your post and being happy that you had a great day. You deserve it. Then I get to your last line, and all I have to say is….BASTARD! You got to sit in on a Dr. Horrible panel? And that’s all you’re giving us?

    You must know that I love you, but this is just WRONG. 🙂

  8. Mrs. K says:

    Love “WonderDave” from yesterday. Awesome!

  9. kyle says:

    i’m insanely jealous that you saw nathon. oh, and the kiskaloo stuff is great – i was introduced to lilo & stich by a good friend in ny earlier this year – was blown away by some of the animation. great stuff.

  10. Michelle says:

    I vote with the other women here … you got to meet Nathan Fillion?!!! Jealous. Indeed. Didja at least get their autographs? A hug? Underwear? SOMEthing?????

  11. Sarah says:

    So I’m guessing day two went better than day one?

  12. Suzy says:

    Based on your stellar shopping skills and knowledge of the designers themselves I just want to say that you’d make one hell of a great woman.

  13. how about i didn’t know that usagi had his own stuff…i only know him from my beloved teenage mutant ninja turtles…woops. yet another reason why comic-con would be lost on me. but i am so happy for you to be enjoying it the way you are. more on the dr. horrible panel, please!

  14. yellojkt says:

    I had the Dr. Horrible blog all cued up the other night and never bothered to watch it. Now they want me to buy it on iTunes. The bastages!

  15. Oooh, Nathan Fillion is hot…show photos of him! 🙂

  16. Oh my gosh, this was AWESOME for you! So cool!

  17. ChillyWilly says:

    Wow. Sergio Aragones. I was a HUGE MAD Magazine reader when I was a kid. Loved… loved that magazine. And it was Sergio’s artistry that caught my attention in each issue. Awesome.

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