After two weeks in California, I'm finally back home in NYC trying to catch up on work and email.
Quick San Diego recap:
I love Comic Con. I know, it's noisy, crowded, smelly and hot, but I've met some amazing people there, many of whom have become good friends. Okay, might I sound a little cheesy but I really love this crazy con where the whole industry gets together for a week-long slumber party. By Sunday I'm always tired and ready to go home, but I always leave feeling totally satisfied, and with a reaffirmed faith that I chose the right industry to submerge myself in.
I arrived in San Diego with Vasilis Wednesday afternoon, checked into the hotel and immediately ran into our good friends Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. I met the twins several years ago at that very same convention, and we always look forward to our time to hang out ever year. I took it as a good sign to run into such good friends so quickly.
Wednesday was preview night. We had hooked up at a booth with Brian Wood, Cliff Chiang and Jill Thompson (who had a glorious win at the Eisners Friday night!). Preview night was insane, I feel like it was the busiest night of the week.
Thursday was noticably less busy, I did a few interviews and walked around the floor a bit, and thursday night had an amazing dinner with the Ladies of Vertigo (which I hope becomes a yearly tradition, it's great to get some girl time in), then met Tim Sale (one of my favorite cartoonists next to Guy Davis!) had a few drinks and turned in for the night.
Friday was a little hectic, I had a lot going on that day. I had a panel which went well, and that night I had dinner with Hope Larson, Brian O'Malley, Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen. After that was the Eisners, which was held in a new venue. I got there maybe an hour and a half late, but there was still a few hours of ceremony left. I liked the new location, but thought the awards this year were kind of boring, but then I'm not one for award ceremonies unless I'm winning, ha ha!
Saturday I had a great panel on Women in Manga, a subject which, I thought would be a little nebulous and off topic, was a surprise hit! We packed the room and there was some great discussion about manga in comics, women in comics, and the two together. I actually learned a lot by being on this panel! The big news however, came a few hours later at the Dark Horse booth where they announced Gerard Way, Shaun Simon and my new book: The True Lives of the Fabulous KillJoys
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The final day, Sunday, was fairly quiet. I walked around Artist Alley with Cecil Castellucci, and saw the convention through to the end! That night we went out for celabratory dinner and drinks.
We stayed an extra day in San Diego, and monday me and the rest of the Pixu crew went to the Zoo. The gorillas and the turtles totally stole the show!
Tuesday morning we met up with Jim Lee, who I had totally missed the whole con, and had an amazing breakfast in La Jolla, along with a tour of Wildstorm and CMX (who publishes EMMA, my favorite comic ever!) Then we took the train up the coast to Los Angeles where Vasilis and I would spend the next week with our friends Amy and Kazu Kibuishi.
Tuesday night we got tickets to see Miyazaki talk at the Academy of Film, which was amazing, and very thought-provoking. We hung out a lot with Amy and Kazu, Kean Soo, Nicolas Seigneret (AKA Bannister!) and JP Ahonen, went to The Huntington Botanical Gardens, saw My Chemical Romance at the Roxy Saturday Night, and ate at more amazing restaurants than I care to remember.
I'm sure I'm forgetting people, places and things, but my head is still in a whirl. I just got home Tuesday night, and Vasilis and I spent Wednesday cleaning the apartment, organizing work for the week ahead, and restocking the fridge. Now I've got two weeks of email and work to catch up on- so if I'm slow on the take, just give me some slack.
Happy SDCC everybody, see you next year! Originally posted at Ink and Thunder. CSS Journal Coded by ~FleX177