Thursday, August 02, 2007

$an Diego Comic-Con 2007

So I went to Comic-Con this weekend and as usual, spent $$$ on sketchbooks, comic albums, and original art. Flew in directly from Toronto on Friday morning after finishing my two month stint storyboarding "The Incredible Hulk". I usually buy at least one piece of original artwork at the con. Picked up a couple of original comic strip dailies. An original "Johnny Hazard" daily by the legendary Frank Robbins and an original "Friday Foster" daily drawn by Jorge Longaron. Got each one for under $90. Of course I made my pilgramage to Stuart Ng Books and bought a few great books including "Torpedo Integrale", a MASSIVE book collecting all the Torpedo stories, written by Sanchez Abuli and drawn by Jordi Bernet ( and the first one, done by the late, great Alex Toth ). It's a beautiful volume--hardcover and nearly 2" thick--in dazzling black and white! Also picked up albums by European comics veterans Alfonso Font and Carlos Gimenez. If you aren't familiar with their work, GET WITH IT! Look them up and see true masters at work! Also picked up another nice sketchbook by Pierre Alary. Other books of note: A political primer by Dreamworks Animation artist Jakob Jensen called "My First Imperial ABC". A gorgeous little sketchbook by Gabriele Pennacchioli. Great poster art book by Kevin Dart and Chris Turnham. A new collection of work by my friend Trevor Goring and his collective known as "The Blvd". A beautiful collection of cartoon girl drawings by Pixar artist Bill Presing called "Belle du Jour". A great little mini-comic called ""Steel Noodles" by Louis Del Carmen. A nifty hardbound collection of art called "Grab yourself a handful of Cheeks" by Sean "Cheeks" Galloway ( who was one of the designers on the upcoming Spectacular Spiderman cartoon! ) Of course my friend Jamie Baker had his great little elephant book, "Elephants In The News" and new mini comic, "Jock" out. "Gorillaz" artist Robert Valley had a nice thick new color collection out called "Massive Swerve". "Lilo and Stitch" co-director Chris Sanders had a beautiful little sketchbook and vinyl toy out. Dean Yeagle put out a nice, hardcover, over-sized "Mandy" collection as well as a "Designing Mandy" DVD! I also picked up new books on comics legends John Romita, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, Michael Golden and a new book on Paul Pope


At Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at 8:31:00 AM PDT, Blogger James Baker said...

Wow! You went crazy with the purchasing, eh? I will probably pick up the TORPEDO book myself at some point in the future...

At Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 2:44:00 PM PDT, Blogger crazy_asian_man said...

Very cool! Sounds like you had a great shopping spree! :)

Sorry I didn't run into you at this year's SDCC--- An aside, was it just me, or was this year's attendance beyond ridiculous? (Most of what I remember of this year is being herded along by security along with the rest of the masses for most of the time...bleaugh. Damn Hollywood for ruining comicon!)


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