Dear Comic Art Fan,
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth last week during Comic-Con. I got to meet plenty of CAF members including Ken Martin, David Mandel, Wayne Nichols, Steven Ng, Joseph Damon, and more.
Comic Con is definitely a unique experience and I am glad that I finally had the opportunity to see it for myself. The mass media venues have basically taken over but their lines are so long it takes a full day commitment to go to one panel or signing. Plus it's made the convention more dangerous, poor Bill Cox was nearly trampled by a stampede of Twilight fans chasing after Robert Pattinson's car. Although I do have to admit that I was impressed with the lengths to which actor/model Tyrese Gibson went to promote his new comic Mayhem. He was hawking the book, taking pictures, and signing almost every time I passed the booth.
However, even with the Hollywood takeover, Comic Con is still the largest gathering of comic and animation artists in the world and a must-go destination for collectors. There still remain the opportunities to meet artists from all over the world or such high profile that they only do one appearance per year. The highlight of the convention for me personally was getting to shake hands and chat for a few moments with Simpsons creator Matt Groening; that instantly made me the happiest kid on the playground.
You stay classy, San Diego!!