My SDCC was unlike any other. My previous 5 years were focused mainly on getting as much sketches as possible. After 5 years of doing this though, I have finally delved into the realm of commissions. In addition to getting commissions, I spent my time behind the table of the biggest artist centric booth of the con, the Naked Fat Rave booth (or as I like to call it, The Rat Pack). This booth had some of the biggest name of the industry: Arthur Adams, Joyce Chin, Bruce Timm, Phil Noto, Amanda Conner, Matt Wagner, J. Scott Campbell, David Finch, and Jim Lee. While watching the lines pile up for various sketches and sketchbooks, I managed to also soak in the sights of Comic Con, as well as having the privilege of attending one of the bigger parties this year, Tyrese Gibson’s Mayhem party! Without further ado, let me take you on my journey through SDCC 2009.
It started off with a tour of Wildstorm and lunch at Karl Strauss with Jim Lee himself, along with artists from Wildstorm.
After the wonderful lunch paid for by Jim himself, I trudged on over to Comic Con to pick up my pass. After the show floor opened, I wandered about the floor, and came across the man himself, Tyrese Gibson. He was promoting his comic Mayhem all weekend long. Never have I met a man so determined to get the word out and sell his books. I saw him and his entourage at the tables, walking around selling the books, and basically popping his head around all over the place to make his name known.
After meeting Tyrese, and getting a feel for the show floor, I went back to my room to figure out my game plan for the following day.
Day 2 of the con made me excited, and I got to the show at 6 AM. However, what was before me boggled my mind, and I actually had to walk around and make sure that what I was seeing was true. There was a line of thousands all for Hall H at 6 AM! I had never seen anything like it.
My day started off getting on some commission lists for Terry Dodson, David Finch, and Steve Epting. Most of my time for Day 2 was also spent at the Naked Fat Rave booth.
After the show, The Chuck Jones gallery at the Gas Lamp District put on a special gallery for Jim Lee.
Day 3’s major goal was to check out Image United’s signing, and to explore more of the show floor.
Day 4 rolled around and after a day of more commissions and sketches, I was looking forward to Tyrese’s party at Stingaree, and I was not disappointed.
The last day of the con was a bit hellish, but I trucked on forward. I still had to get some great pics of what was considered the best booth presentation of the show, the Marvel booth.
My con was fun filled, and definitely one of the best times of my entire SDCC experience. I can’t believe it’s already over! If anyone has any other cool stories or experiences they’d like to share, please post below!