My SDCC 2009 Recap!

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.

Jim Lee happily drawing the cover to Mayhem's TPB during lunch.

Richard Friend, Livio Ramondelli, Oliver Nome, and twitter contest winners look on.

Richard Friend, Livio Ramondelli, Oliver Nome, and twitter contest winners look on.

MAYHEM!

MAYHEM!

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.

Me and Tyrese, creator of Mayhem!

Me and Tyrese, creator of Mayhem!

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.

The start of the line of Hall H. This went way back and looped back around and started another line.

The start of the line of Hall H. This went way back and looped back around and started another line.

Start of the 2nd line.

Start of the 2nd line.

The 2nd line continued...

The 2nd line continued...

It just keeps going and going and going...

It just keeps going and going and going...

Camera crews covering the madness known as Comic Con.

Camera crews covering the madness known as Comic Con.

A reporter being captured by a storm trooper. Only at Comic Con...

Head of Comic Con himself, David Glanzer.

Head of Comic Con himself, David Glanzer.

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.

Naked Fat Rave booth aka The Rat Pack.

Naked Fat Rave booth aka The Rat Pack.

Jim Lee sketching for the first 8 fans in line.

Jim Lee sketching for the first 8 fans in line.

King of Artist Alley, J. Scott Campbell, aka Frank Sinatra.

King of Artist Alley, J. Scott Campbell, aka Frank Sinatra.

His line went around the tables of Matt Wagner...

His line went around the tables of Matt Wagner...

... by David Finch's table...

... by David Finch's table...

... and by Jim Lee's table.

... and by Jim Lee's table.

After the show, The Chuck Jones gallery at the Gas Lamp District put on a special gallery for Jim Lee.

Chuck Jones Gallery for Jim Lee.

Chuck Jones Gallery for Jim Lee.

Jim Lee signing for people buying art from the gallery.

Jim Lee signing for people buying art from the gallery.

Day 3′s major goal was to check out Image United’s signing, and to explore more of the show floor.

Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri at the Image United signing.

Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri at the Image United signing.

Robert Kirkman and Robert Liefeld goofing around at the Image booth.

Robert Kirkman and Robert Liefeld goofing around at the Image booth.

Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, and Whilce Portacio rounding out the Image United table.

Jim Valentino, Erik Larsen, and Whilce Portacio rounding out the Image United table.

The Image 7.

The Image 7.

Buzz Lightyear from the land of Legos.

Buzz Lightyear from the land of Legos.

Ugly Dolls coming at you!

Ugly Dolls coming at you!

Catwoman posing with 3 of her favorite artists: J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Bruce Timm.

Catwoman posing with 3 of her favorite artists: J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes, and Bruce Timm.

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.

Cage match! Tyrese vs. the crowd.

Cage match! Tyrese vs. the crowd.

Put your hands up!

Put your hands up!

Don't make me come out there! Raise your hands up!

Don't make me come out there! Raise your hands up!

Who likes me most?

Who likes me most?

Dancers dancing in the cage. In the words of Paris Hilton, "That's hot."

Dancers dancing in the cage. In the words of Paris Hilton, "That's hot."

Love lifts me up where I belong!

Love lifts me up where I belong!

Tyrese and Todd share a laugh with Jim.

Tyrese and Todd share a laugh with Jim.

Tyrese posing with sexy women in body paint.

Tyrese posing with sexy women in body paint.

Me doing my best Tyrese impersonation.

Me doing my best Tyrese impersonation.

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.

Mark 1.

Mark 1.

Mark 2.

Mark 2.

Mark 3.

Mark 3.

Mark 4. New armor debuting in Iron Man 2!

Mark 4. New armor debuting in Iron Man 2!

Best booth presentation for SDCC 2009.

Best booth presentation for SDCC 2009.

Jim Lee's Google image straight from the web and into the hands of art dealer extraordinaire, Albert Moy.

Jim Lee's Google image straight from the web and into the hands of art dealer extraordinaire, Albert Moy.

My last commission of the con, by the beautiful and talented Amanda Conner!

My last commission of the con, by the beautiful and talented Amanda Conner!

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!

From me and Hayden to you, Excelsior!

From me and Hayden to you, Excelsior!

C2E2 Tickets Go on Sale Thursday, July 30th

July 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Illinois

TICKETS FOR C2E2 TO GO ON SALE JULY 30

First 100 to Purchase Tickets will be “Founding Members”!

Norwalk, CT, July 27, 2009: Organizers of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), which will take place April 16 – 18, 2010 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, have today revealed that tickets for the highly anticipated inaugural show will go on sale July 30, 2009 beginning at 12 noon EST, on the convention’s official website, www.C2E2.com. In addition, convention officials note that the first 100 fans to purchase tickets will be officially recognized as Founding Members of C2E2.

All 100 of C2E2′s Founding Members will receive a public thanks and have their names displayed both online at www.C2E2.com as well as printed in C2E2′s official Program Guide. In addition, all of C2E2′s Founding Members will be provided priority entrance to C2E2′s show floor, so that not only will they be the first fans to purchase C2E2 tickets, but they will also be the first fans to set foot inside C2E2. And, through a gracious partnership with Chicago retailer Chicago Comics, all C2E2 Founding Members will additionally receive 20% off a future Chicago Comics Purchase.

“We are very excited to create a new con in Chicago,” Lance Fensterman, New York Comic Con and C2E2 Show Manager said. “And we are not doing it alone. From partners including Marvel and DC to local friends such as Chicago Comics, to the very fans of Chicago, we are creating this show together, and we very much wish to give back to the first fans who help us make C2E2 a reality. Not only do we plan to blow away fans from the Midwest with the size, scope and content at C2E2, but I’m pleased that we will feature some of the lowest priced tickets of any major con.”

Beginning July 30 and continuing through September 1, 2009 C2E2 tickets will be available at a special Early Bird price: Weekend Pass – $45, Single Day Pass – $20.

Following the Early Bird prices and continuing through April 15, 2010, C2E2′s standard online prices will be: Weekend Pass – $50, Single Day Pass – $25.

The onsite price, which begins when the show opens on April 16, 2010, is: Weekend Pass – $60, Single Day Pass – $30.

Convention officials note that while two major Guest of Honor appearances have already been announced for C2E2, a further announcement revealing several more guests will be made within the next two weeks. “We are moving fast on our entertainment programming,” Fensterman concludes. “We plan to have top talent at our show and we want our fans to be able to make their plans early. We have already announced that registration for Artist Alley is open and we will be revealing some of these appearances, as well as all our other major guest appearances as soon as they are confirmed.” As has been previously announced, celebrated comic book painter and Chicago area resident Alex Ross will appear as a Keystone Guest of Honor and Jeff Smith will appear as a Guest of Honor. Jeff Smith has not appeared in Chicago in the past 10 years.

For more information on C2E2 or to purchase tickets, please visit www.C2E2.com. For the latest announcements, please visit C2E2′s official blog, www.mediumatlarge.net, or follow C2E2 on Twitter at www.twitter.com/C2E2.

ABOUT NEW YORK COMIC CON:

New York Comic Con is the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Our show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Our panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Our screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world — Gotham City. Further information can be found at newyorkcomiccon.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS:

The New York Comic Con is operated by Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading events organizer. In 2007, Reed brought together over six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today, Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and organized by 39 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc, a FTSE-100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider. In 2006, Reed Elsevier made adjusted profit before taxation of £1,052 million on turnover of £5,398 million.

Scene on Video: Marvel @ SDCC

Marvel.com reports on Comic-Con International with shots from their booth, panels, etc.
SDCC ’09: Day 1 Update

SDCC ’09: Day 2 Update

SDCC ’09: Day 3 Update

SDCC ’09: Day 3 Update

Scene on Video: All Things Iron Man @ SDCC

Between the Iron Man 2 panel (with appearances by Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Sam Rockwell, and Jon Favreau), the Marvel Anime teaser, and the Iron Man 2 video game trailer, Iron Man was in high demand at Comic-Con International.

The Iron Man 2 Video Game Trailer:
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Anime Iron Man Teaser:
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The Iron Man 2 Panel:
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Scene on Video: Tron Legacy Trailer from SDCC

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Tom Welling and Smallville Cast @ SDCC Sunday

Michael Ausiello from EW.com says:

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Welling will make his first-ever Con appearance at the show’s panel discussion on Sunday. He joins exec producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, as well as fellow cast members Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley and Callum Blue.

This will mark the first time in Smallville history that the entire current cast will be assembled for Comic-Con.

This follows on the heels of Ain’t It Cool’s report that a cape-less Superman suit is being unveiled at Comic-Con.

Scene on Video: Twilight New Moon Cast @ SDCC

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner were at Comic-Con International yesterday.

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Scene on Video: Stan Lee @ SDCC

Stan Lee talks about Ultimate Alliance, Time Jumper, and more.

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Marvel Announces Booth/Stage SDCC Events Schedule

Marvel has announced their Booth and Stage Schedule of Events:

WEDNESDAY

6:30 Sega “Iron Man 2″ Video Game Demo

We know you can’t get enough of Shell Head so here’s a real treat for Iron Man fans…. the world exclusive, never seen before, ever premiere of next year’s Iron Man 2 video game. Be the first to check out a super-early look at this brand new game from SEGA. And there’s more….grab the chance to get your hands on one of the limited edition Iron Man 2 video game posters.

7:00 Sega “Iron Man 2″ Video Game Appearance – Matt Fraction Signing

As the writer of Invincible Iron Man and Uncanny X-Men, he is one of the biggest names in the comic book industry and now he is kicking down the door into the video game arena. Come meet Matt Fraction, the writer of Sega’s upcoming Iron Man 2 video game, as he sits down, signs autographs and offers free advice on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

THURSDAY

11:00 “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2″ Video Game Demo

Three years ago, Activision rocked the gaming world with the original Marvel Ultimate Alliance video game and now they are ready to do it again with its much anticipated follow-up, “Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2″!

11:30 Marvel Drawing Board Game Show featuring Mark Brooks & Todd Nauck

So you think you can draw? Put your Sharpie marker where your mouth is. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to team up with artists Mark Brooks and Todd Nauck as contestants on a live on-stage game show where you and your infamous partner will need to draw clues to solve puzzles and win prizes.

3:00 Sega “Iron Man 2″ Video Game Demo

A must for all Iron Man and video game fans, SEGA will be demoing a super-early look at next year’s Iron Man 2 video game. Swing by, see the sleek new Mk IV suit brought to devastatingly effective life in this all new action adventure game and bag yourself a show-only limited edition Iron Man 2 video game poster into the bargain.

5:00 The Marvel Your Universe Game Show featuring Jim McCann

Always wanted to be on a game show but never got the call? Well now’s your chance. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to partner up with Marvel creators and editors as contestants on a live on-stage game show.

6:00 Super Happy Fun Marvel Giveaway Hour

You Make Yours Marvel every day and we appreciate it! And we’d like to show our appreciation by giving you some cool prizes like variant comic books, trade paperbacks, and hard-to-get autographed items. So stop by with your fellow Marvel Zombies (not the ones that enjoy brains) and you may be lucky enough to hop, skip and jump away with some gifts that will make you the envy of your family, friends, coworkers and pets.

FRIDAY

11:00 Sega “Iron Man 2″ Video Game Demo

A must for all Iron Man and video game fans, SEGA will be demoing a super-early look at next year’s Iron Man 2 video game. Swing by, see the sleek new Mk IV suit brought to devastatingly effective life in this all new action adventure game and bag yourself a show-only limited edition Iron Man 2 video game poster into the bargain.

12:00 The Marvel Your Universe Game Show featuring C.B. Cebulski

Always wanted to be on a game show but never got the call? Well now’s your chance. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to partner up with Marvel writers and editors as contestants on a live on-stage game show

1:30 Stan Lee Appearance

He created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, The X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. He was responsible…who are we kidding. If you are reading this, you know who Stan Lee is and there is no description that we can write that will even come close to describing his awesomeness. But now is your chance to meet “the Man” and have one of your items signed by him! (This will be a ticketed event. For a chance to receive one of these limited autograph tickets, please stop by the Marvel Booth – #2429 – at 9:00 am on Friday morning to receive your free raffle coupon. Winners will be announced shortly after distribution of raffle coupons.)

4:00 Marvel Costume Contest

Are you dressed as your favorite Marvel character? Then get your friendly neighborhood, star-spangled, best-at-what-you-do self down to the Marvel Booth at Comic-Con for The Marvel Costume Contest! The Grand Prize: a Marvel Omnibus signed by Stan Lee! All entrants may also be featured in a gallery on Marvel.Com!

6:00 Super Happy Fun Marvel Giveaway Hour

You Make Yours Marvel every day and we appreciate it! And we’d like to show our appreciation by giving you some cool prizes like variant comic books, trade paperbacks, and hard-to-get autographed items. So stop by with your fellow Marvel Zombies (not the ones that enjoy brains) and you may be lucky enough to hop, skip and jump away with some gifts that will make you the envy of your family, friends, coworkers and pets.

SATURDAY

1:00 Sega “Iron Man 2″ Video Game Demo

A must for all Iron Man and video game fans, SEGA will be demoing a super-early look at next year’s Iron Man 2 video game. Swing by, see the sleek new Mk IV suit brought to devastatingly effective life in this all new action adventure game and bag yourself a show-only limited edition Iron Man 2 video game poster into the bargain.

1:30 Sega “Iron Man 2″ Video Game Appearance – Matt Fraction Signing

As the writer of Invincible Iron Man and Uncanny X-Men, he is one of the biggest names in the comic book industry and now he is kicking down the door into the video game arena. Come meet Matt Fraction, the writer of Sega’s upcoming Iron Man 2 video game, as he sits down, signs autographs and offers free advice on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

2:30 THQ “Marvel Super Hero Squad” Video Game Demo

Welcome to Super Hero City! Hero up! Assemble your squad, and fight your way to victory to save the citizens of Super Hero City from the evil schemes of Dr. Doom and the Lethal Legion in this multiplayer adventure game inspired by the action-packed animated Marvel animated series, Super Hero Squad! Fight through campaigns full of adventure or wage an all-out battle in the streets of dynamic environments as you mix and match Super Heroes and Villains with their own unique powers and abilities. Pick your battle and fight for fun!

4:00 The Marvel Your Universe Game Show featuring Paul Jenkins, Audrey Loeb, Jeph Loeb & Marjorie Liu

Always wanted to be on a game show but never got the call? Well now’s your chance. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to partner up with writers Paul Jenkins, Audrey Loeb, Jeph Loeb, and Marjorie Liu as contestants on a live on-stage game show

SUNDAY

12:00 Sega “Iron Man 2″ Video Game Demo

A must for all Iron Man and video game fans, SEGA will be demoing a super-early look at next year’s Iron Man 2 video game. Swing by, see the sleek new Mk IV suit brought to devastatingly effective life in this all new action adventure game and bag yourself a show-only limited edition Iron Man 2 video game poster into the bargain.

2:00 Marvel Drawing Board featuring C.B. Cebulski

So you think you can draw? Put your Sharpie marker where your mouth is. Stop by the Marvel booth as we randomly select people from the audience to team up with Marvel creators and editors as contestants on a live on-stage game show where you and your infamous partner will need to draw clues to solve puzzles and win prizes.

4:00 Super Happy Fun Marvel Giveaway Hour

You Make Yours Marvel every day and we appreciate it! And we’d like to show our appreciation by giving you some cool prizes like variant comic books, trade paperbacks, and hard-to-get autographed items. So stop by with your fellow Marvel Zombies (not the ones that enjoy brains) and you may be lucky enough to hop, skip and jump away with some gifts that will make you the envy of your family, friends, coworkers and pets.

Schedule is tentative and may change without notice.

Scene on Site: Convention Scene @ Comic-Con International

While I am back holding the fort as usual, we do have 2 Convention Scene staff members on the ground in San Diego. Managing Editor Colin Solan will be at the convention and will fill be filling us in later on all he’s seen. Meanwhile, Richard Oh, our L.A. Sequential blogger, will be using the official Convention Scene Twitter account to let us know what’s he’s up to so if aren’t following us on Twitter already, now’s the time!

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