Posts Tagged ‘San Diego Comic-Con’

Comic-Con Registration, Check!

March 17, 2009

comicconlogoHow did I spend my St. Patrick’s Day (well, night actually)? I took care of my 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International Professional Online Registration. The letter showed up over the weekend and registration opened up on Sunday. Friends and colleagues have mentioned that they’ve begun the process of getting ready for the “big show” — a process that does take four months to get prepped for.

If there is one thing that always rings true in regards to the San Diego Comic-Con, it’s that it somehow shows up before you know it. Like many other “professionals” I’ve spent the months before previous Comic-Cons getting ready to promote and pitch. When I’ve had a table or booth in the past months of preparation would take place in regards to the look and function of the set up — including building an authentic-looking mini-bar with a bank of four beer taps in order to promote Hero Happy Hour. I’ve had t-shirts and stickers printed to offer as giveaways. There are the countless printings of mini-comics — both constructing xeroxed copies of ash-cans as well as keeping your fingers crossed that your print-on-demand order shows up on time. And, of course, there are the business cards — do not forget the business cards.

But, this year I’m doing things a bit different. Although, I’m all signed up as a “professional” I’m going more as a fan, as well as using the opportunity to see old friends. The last couple of years I’ve prepped to promote myself, armed myself with pitches, and busted my ass to arrange meetings with editors and publishers. Then there were the years that I worked at IDW Publishing and had a booth to attend to. The three years before that, I had my own table/booth to manage to promote GeekPunk and Hero Happy Hour. Now, while those may have been the most rewarding years, I’m looking forward to going to this year’s con with more of a vacation state of mind.

And, let’s not forget about the hotel room. Any regular attendee that has made the pilgrimageto San Diego for the Con know that securing one’s lodging for the show can often be more challenging to obtain than the most exclusive of convention-only exclusives. You think getting your hands on that ultra-rare, limited only to 500, repaint action figure that you have to enter a raffle for and get your pass punched is a challenge? Luckily, this will be the third year that I’ve arranged to bunk with friends at a condo, as opposed to a hotel room.

Odds are San Diego will be the only comic book convention that I’ll be attending this year. And, now that I’ve got my lodging taken care of, my professional registration done, and not having to worry about all that prep work in order to promote myself to publishers and/or editors that would have a cigarette outside or be in their own pitch meeting trying to sell their latest property to Hollywood.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in San Diego in July. And, of course… There will be drinks.

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Getting A Jump On My Taxes

January 13, 2009

Well, I didn’t have anything better to do tonight — at least until the new episodes of Scrubs start at 9:00 — so I did my taxes. I received both my W-2 (from my regular day gig employer) today, as well as finding my 1099-MISC waiting for me in todays mail upon returning home from said regular day gig.

So, I fired up the computer… Jumped onto the Turbo Tax site… Plugged in some number… And, it turns out that I’m actually getting a return from both the Federal and State governments. Combined, it’s not a huge amount — maybe enough to pay for, say… lodging at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Not enough to cover bar tabs, but a place to crash and shower…

But, I might not hit SDCC this year. I’m throwing that out there now for everyone who cares to do their best to talk me into not skipping out on the show and making sure that I attend for what I believe will be the tenth year in a row.

Then again, my pickup could use about $320 of work I’m sure.

Still In Post-SDCC Mode

August 6, 2008

The posts on my blog have been light lately. One reason is that I’m still catching up on post San Diego Comic Con work. Other than the work that is neglected during the run of the actual convention, there’s all of the post-con follow up work that needs to be done — thank you emails to publishers and editors that I met with, pitches that I was invited to send to be sent, research on and for said pitches to be done, and catching up on all of the industry news that is announced at the con, but I always manage not to hear about until a week or two afterward.

Speaking of pitches… Last night was a futile attempt and slumber. It was just too damn hot. I had too much bouncing around in my head — both creatively and worrisome. And, with the helicopter activity over my neighborhood last night you would’ve thought that they were filming Blue Thunder vs. Airwolf.

So, one of the creative endeavors that was preoccupying my lack of REM sleep was for a comic book pitch that I was invited to send to an editor. I had done my research on the character that the pitch focused on earlier that day, so it was first and foremost in my mind. After giving up my attempts to get any real sleep at around 5:00 AM, I got up, did a little more research, and worked out what I feel to be a solid pitch. So, before 8:00 AM, I managed to cross off one important item on my self-imposed “honey-do” list.

Proof That I Was At SDCC08

August 2, 2008

Photographic proof that I was at San Diego Comic-Con 2008. Well, not really — seeing how the photo above was snapped by Penguino Kolb while my buddy Lance and I were enjoying a few rounds of beer over at the Marriott lounge. Per the photo’s caption — Dan Taylor and Lance Karutz chilling at Mariott. You can check out more of Penguino’s fantastic Photo Parades at Comic Book Resources. And there are a lot more interesting pictures than of two old guys throwing back brews. If I had a good side, Penguino would be the one to find it and shoot it.

SDCC08 Wrap-Up

July 29, 2008

The 2008 San Diego International Comic-Con has come and gone. Overall, I would have to say that this year has been one of the better pilgrimages to the ultimate hive of nerds and geekness. I offered up small updates during the con via Twitter via my cell phone — which I also tried to take and post pictures, but failed miserably. I was going to try to recap most of the events, exchanges, and encounters that I experienced during the five day excursion, but after a few days it’s already a little difficult to keep it all straight — so a quick condensed recap of my trip follows. (The reason why — alcohol or old age, you make the call.) My apologies to anybody or anything that I fail to mention.

Wednesday — For the first time I took the train down to San Diego. Living in Costa Mesa it’s usually about an hour and a half plus drive to San Diego — I know this because I commuted to San Diego from Costa Mesa, Monday thru Friday, five days a week, for the nearly three years that I worked as an editor with IDW. The whole train ride took about an hour and twenty minutes and I felt much more relaxed than I ever had when I was making that commute for work. Checked about getting my professional badge around two o’clock and had no problems — in and out in about five minutes. I bumped into Ragnar (a.k.a. Brandon Johnson) and his wife, Jill, and son, Oliver — and had my first beer of the con. Mmmmm… Sweet nectar. After settling into the condo — just about three small blocks from the convention center — I headed over for Preview Night. I first checked in at the IDW Publishing booth to catch up with the gang that I used to work with. I also tried to get a quick “feel of the land” of the con, but Preview Night seemed just about as busy as any other normal con day. I checked in with Matt Gagnon at the Boom! Studios booth to see how the Pulp Tales: Josh Medors Benefit Comic Book (that I edited) turned out — and it turned out real nice. Eventually, Lance and I ended up at the Hyatt bar where we had drinks until last call with the likes of Tony Lee and Jacen Burrows, to name but a few.

Thursday — This was my day for meetings with editors and publishers, and I managed to get most of them all accomplished. For the most part, I think most of them went rather well — even if they were short. Having been an editor at a con before I understand how every freelancer wants a piece of your time to pitch and schmooze for work. Hopefully, I left a good impression with those that I met with. My good friend Chris Kirby rolled into town and we had lunch with Kody Chamberlain (who apparently had the best con ever!). At night was the IDW Publishing/Circle of Confusion party at the Witherby. Free bar equals a lot of people. Again, more catching up with the IDW gang. Also, my conspirators on Pop! Darlings of America, Neil Kleid and Chris Moreno, and I discussed how we were going to take over the world while throwing back free booze.

Friday — All though I claimed that I’d be missing on all of the panels that I wanted to attend, I did manage to hit two of them today. First off was The Big Bang Theory panel. I was under the impression that they were going to show a new episode from the upcoming season, but instead they offered a clip reel of “nerd and geek” moments from the show that pertained to the “typical” comic-con attendee. Afterward the cast and creators of the show spoke at the panel. As much as I dig the show, I probably could’ve missed it. The other panel that I took in was the Boom! Studios panel where I learned more about their plans with the Muppets and Pixar properties — Mark Waid writing The Invicibles, it should and could be none other. Had lunch with Kirby and Lee (how cool does that sound) — Chris and Tony that is. More talk of conquering the world. My girlfriend, Katie, rolled in late in the afternoon and after dinner with our condo-mates Lance and Jamie, we were off to socialize over cocktails. More drinking with Neil Kleid, Tony Lee, Chris Kirby, Tony Fleecs, Jason Rodriquez, and many others. I didn’t make it to the Eisner Awards (I never do), but was glad to hear that my pal Chuck BB took home an award.

Saturday — Still waking up rather “okay” after three consecutive nights of cocktailing. Tried to do a little bit more of the convention show floor, but Saturday is generally not the day to attempt this — though it really didn’t seem much busier than any other day or preview night. More hanging out in and around the IDW booth — it was well located for a central meeting place. Took in the IDW Publishing panel where among such announcements as the continuation of Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez, Ben Templesmith’s Welcome to Hoxford, and Darwyn Cooke’s and Richard Stark’s Parker, my two series Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails and Pop! Darlings of America were announced. After the panel Katie and I had a quick lunch with Neil Kleid, then it was back to the con for random chats and catching up with folks that I only seem to see or talk to at these shows. Saturday night was much the same as the previous three nights — fill with alcohol, rinse, and repeat — except with the edition of a large dose of The Transformers team from IDW, including Denton Tipton, Shane McCarthy, Chris Mowry, Marcelo Matere, Robby Musso, Klaus Scherwinski, and others.

Sunday — Katie and I got to the con shortly after it opened. Having completed all of my scheduled meetings and still fighting the urge to do any shopping, there wasn’t a lot that I had to do on the con-floor. Chatted it up with a few friends and colleagues. With little to do business or shopping wise Katie and I joined Chris Kirby for lunch at Joe’s Crab Shack. We took our time and avoided the chaos of the con.eturned to the con-floor for some last minute check ins with the IDW crew and others. We realized that we had to head out of dodge in order to catch the train back home, so I said my goodbyes and made my final escape from the San Diego Convention Center for 2008.K atie and I picked up our luggage at the condo we stayed at, then took a short trolley ride to the train station. About an hour later we we’re in a standing room only packed train-car with a herd of drunks from the Del Mar Racetrack.

I want to thank all of the editors, publishers, fellow creators, friends, and talent that I admire who took the time to chat with me over the course of the convention. Some of you can begin to expect my follow up emails as early as today. See you all next year.

IDW Announces Pirat Tales And Pop! Darlings Of America

July 28, 2008

At the IDW Publishing: Ideas and Dreams 2008 panel Saturday morning at the San Diego Comic-Con two titles that I am writing were announced — Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails and Pop! Darlings of America. The announcement was tucked neatly within some other major announcements by IDW publisher Chris Ryall, including the Locke & Key ongoing by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez, Ben Templesmith announcing Welcome to Hoxford, and Darwyn Cooke announcing Richard Stark’s Parker.

Pirat Tales: The Legend of the Cat O’ Nine Tails is a swashbuckling tale of rats sailing the high seas aboard the vessel the Vile Vermin — under the command of the infamous Captain Blacktail. It’s a classic buccaneer tale featuring the story of a young mouse named Pip who is thrust into the adventure of his lifetime. Pirat Tales is created and written by myself, with fantastic art by Orlando Baez and stunning colors by Juan Mar.

Pop! Darlings of America is a twisted tabloid tale of Tinsel Town featuring three major players — the Pop Star, the Starlet, and the Heiress (you know who we’re eluding to), and the Publicist that keeps the spin on the three ring circus that is Hollywood. Pop! Darlings of America is created and written by Neil Kleid and myself, with Chris Moreno beautifully handling the art and featuring awesome covers by Ragnar.

It’s not every con that I attend that features an announcement from a publisher such as IDW that I have two new comic book series debuting on the horizon. It was a good day.

San Diego Comic-Con Updates

July 22, 2008

Alright, so much for getting another post or two up before jumping on the train and heading down to San Diego for the Comic-Con. I did in fact see The Dark Knight yesterday, and I still have to post a review.

But, during my duration at the San Diego Comic-Con I’m going to try to share my experience by utilizing Twitter and Flickr. I’m not bringing my laptop with me, so my phone is all I have to work with — sending text messages and photos snapped with the camera option. So, until Monday — and if you’re interested in what’s going on at SDCC — you might want to check my Twitter and Flickr sites for updates.

Let’s see how well this experiment works.