Posts Tagged ‘SDCC’

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.

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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.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Sunday

July 17, 2008

Assuming that I’ve survived the Wednesday Preview Night, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, I’ll find myself ready to wrap things up on Sunday and get the hell out of Dodge. But, before I make my escape there are a few panels that I’m interested in that I’m likely to skip out on.

10:30-11:30 Zuda Online Comics— Read. Vote. Create. With those three little words, Zuda is changing the face of webcomics. Panel participants include Zuda staff Richard Bruning, Ron Perazza, Kwanza Johnson, and Dave McCullough, along with creators Jeremy Love (Bayou), Bobby & Peter Timony (The Night Owls), David Gallaher & Steve EllisHigh Moon), Nick Doan (Pray for Death), Johnny Zito & Tony TrovarelloThe Black Cherry Bombshells), Sheldon Vella (Supertron), and Caanan GrallCeladore). Listen as they ramble incoherently, pausing occasionally to make a good point. Room 4

Seeing how I currently have an entry submitted for the Zuda competition, there might be some useful nuggets of knowledge at this panel.

12:00-12:45 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Comedy legends Harold, Kumar, and NPH (Kal Penn, John Cho, and Neil Patrick Harris) appear live and in-person ato talk about the creation of their latest masterpiece—Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay—available on DVD on July 29. Don’t miss the stars of this cult classic comedy franchise as they talk about their experiences making the films and the plethora of extras features on the DVD including “Dude, Change the Movie!” where the viewer decides what Harold and Kumar do next. Ballroom 20

Having just recently seen this movie this might be a lot of fun. My admiration for Neil Patrick Harris has been growing steadily — and this flick just helped the cause.

12:00-2:00 Browncoats Fan Group— Calling all Browncoats! Fans of Firefly and Serenity are welcome to join the California Browncoats to hear about upcoming events and products that you’ll really love. Stop by and listen to some quality storytelling by ’verse-related and ’verse-friendly authors. And last but not least, come to meet and hang out with all the great Browncoats at Comic-Con! Room 24A

I’ve stated before that I’m a Firefly/Serenity fan though I’ve never participated in any Browncoat activities. It might be worthwhile to hang out in the back of the room and check it out.

And… That wraps up the San Diego Comic-Con panels that I’ll regret missing for the year 2008. It was revealed earlier today that the event is now completely sold-out. It should be a helluva year. Hopefully I might even make it to a panel or two this year. See you at the show.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Friday

July 15, 2008

Alrighty then… Let’s take a look at the San Diego International Comic-Con programs that I’m probably going to regret missing on Friday, the second official day of the show, because I’m either: a) too hungover from Thursday night’s parties, and/or b) trying desperately to meet with editors and publishers to find work in order to pay rent.

10:00-11:00 Batman: Brave & Bold See an exclusive first look at the latest take on the Dark Knight, which premieres this fall on Cartoon Network. Producers Sam Register (Teen Titans) and James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited) discuss the show, along with writer Michael Jelenic (The Batman), director Brandon Vietti (Superman Doomsday), voice director Andrea Romano (Superman Doomsday), and the new voice of Batman, Diedrich Bader (Surfs Up), followed by a Q&A session. Room 6B

The latest incarnation of the Batman cartoon sounds to be the best so far. I dig the Brave & Bold concept of teaming Batman with other superheroes. Generally, I wouldn’t be going out of my way for a panel like this — but something about Diedrich Bader being the new voice of Batman caught my attention. How come nobody thought of this before?

10:15-11:15 The Big Bang Theory Screening and Q&A— Positive proof that physics is funny, The Big Bang Theory makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the “Nerdvana Annihilation” episode and a Q&A with the show’s creators and stars. Come talk with executive producers Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg), as well as series stars Johnny Galecki (Roseanne), Jim Parsons (Garden State), Kaley Cuoco (Charmed), Simon Helberg (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) and Kunal Nayyar (NCIS). Adam Savage (MythBusters) will moderate the session. From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory returns for a second season on September 22 and airs Mondays at 8:00 PM< ET/PT on the CBS Television Network. Room 6CDEF

The Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows currently on television. While a lot of the science technobabble may fly over my head it’s still rather amusing — and I do get all of the nerd/geek jokes relating to gaming, sci-fi, comic books, etc… I’d be more inclined to hit this panel as opposed to the Batman: Brave & Bold panel. And, then there’s also Kaley Cuoco.

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Max Brooks America’s favorite zombie expert is a Comic-Con special guest for the first time! Author Max Brooks, whose groundbreaking work in the walking dead genre could possibly save your life some day (see his The Zombie Survival Guide), talks about his work and what’s up next for him. Room 5AB

Zombies are still cool, what can I say?

11:00-12:00 LEGO and BrickJournal: Brave New World— See what grown-ups and “big kids” are doing with LEGO today and what fuels them to never put the brick down! With notable guests including Joe Meno, editor and creator of BrickJournal, the magazine for adult fans of LEGO; expert builders Bryce McGlone and Brandon Griffith; and female builder Jessi Pastor. This panel showcases amazing examples of how they put their LEGO building talents to use! Dust off those old bricks in your basement and join the brave new world of LEGO builders! Room 4

I’ve always dug LEGO, but it’s probably best that I do miss this panel since I’d just be insanely jealous of the talent that these true architects of the plastic building blocks is so far above my own. That, and the fact that they can afford LEGO sets. Damn them.

11:30-12:30 Marvel Cup o’ Joe— Meet the EEK himself, Joe Quesada, and surprise guests as they unveil what’s in store for all your favorite Marvel characters and creators, make some surprising announcements, and take on any and all questions! As always, this is the one no-holds barred panel that everyone’s gonna be talking about and the one panel you don’t want to miss! Room 6CDEF

I’ve never been to a Cup o’ Joe panel. Maybe I’ll just wait until he’s announcing that Marvel is publishing a comic that I’ve written — which means I’ll probably never will.

1:30-2:30 Joss Whedon— Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the writers and cast of his new short film, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, will show never-before-seen clips while Joss also discusses Buffy Season Eight, the Fray crossover, and the upcoming Serenity comic focusing on Shepherd Book. Ballroom 20

I don’t consider myself a real Whedon groupie. Other than the fact that I’m nuts about Firefly/Serenity that is. (Hence the tattoo.) I do appreciate his work though — even as far back as writing for Rosanne. And, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog is pretty damn nifty. This panel is sure to be packed.

3:00-4:00 World of Warcraft Hear what’s next for World of Warcraft straight from the source! Representatives from Blizzard Entertainment will be joined by folks from Upper Deck, DC Comics and Tokyopop to reveal what’s in store for World of Warcraft gaming, comics, action figure, and manga fans. Plus, while supplies last, attendees will receive an exclusive World of Warcraft Comic-Con gift! Room 6CDEF

I miss playing World of Warcraft — even if the highest I ever got was 28th level Orc Hunter. Hopefully I’ll jump back in sometime in the near future. I’m no where near as Word of Warcraft suave as I should be in order to even be admitted into this panel I’m sure. But, there’s always that exclusive gift to put up on eBay come the day after the con.

3:30-4:30 BOOM! Studios Panel— One of the fastest-growing independent publishers invites you to take a peek at what makes BOOM! so great. Editor-in-chief Mark Waid (Kingdom Come), co-founders Andrew Cosby (Eureka) and Ross Richie, marketing and sales director Chip Mosher (Left on Mission), and a few surprise guests will be making announcements about the upcoming year for BOOM! Studios. Come and watch us explode! Room 10

This is a panel I’ll be sure to attend, and not regret missing, having worked with BOOM! Studios on the Josh Medors Benefit Book Pulp Tales.

4:00-5:00 All Hail the Transformers!— TF editor Denton Tipton hosts a panel of Transformers creators including writers Shane McCarthy (All Hail Megatron), Chris Mowry (The Reign of Starscream), Marty Eisenberg (TF Animated), artists Alex Milne (The Reign of Starscream), Marcelo Matere (TF Animated) and others. Advance art, surprise announcements, and pints of Energon all around! Room 2

Oh, I remember sitting on these Transformers comic book panels back when I was editing the Transformers titles — good times. I think this might be the first panel Mowry is sitting on, so I might have to show up just to heckle him. That, and who can turn down a pint of Energon?

6:30-8:00 Kevin Smith Makes a “Porno”— Well, not really, but for the umpteenth time, Smith is back at Comic-Con to talk movies, comics, and whatever else the audience wants to talk about. This year, he’ll be highlighting his fall film, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Expect some special guests. Hall H

The Kevin Smith panels are always packed. The man knows how to entertain a crowd. I’m looking forward to Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and if Seth Rogen is one of the special guests, then I’m sure that my girlfriend will see to it that we’re at this panel. I just don’t want to wait in line for it. At least it’s at the end of the “day” schedule.

8:30-11:30 The Spirit Presents the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards The 20th annual Eisner Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry, will be given out at a gala ceremony. This year’s special them is “The Magic of Comics.” Presenters include comics creator/director Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, The Spirit), Spongebob Squarepants creator Tom Kenney, and Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos, plus several other celebrities from comics, animation, and film. Other prestigious awards to be given out include the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award and the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award. The master of ceremonies is Bongo Comics’ Bill Morrison. Admission to the Eisners is free to all Comic-Con attendees—just be sure to bring your badge. Doors open for pros and VIPs at 7:30 and for attendees at 8:15. Ballroom 20

Actually, I don’t think I’ll regret missing the Eisners seeing how I’m not nominated for anything. It’s not that I was overlooked. It’s kind of hard to be nominated when you haven’t produced anything in which to be nominated. As much as I respect the Eisner awards, I’ll probably hold out until that day comes.

SDCC Panels I’ll Regret Missing — Thursday

July 11, 2008

I’ve been to the San Diego International Comic-Con every July for maybe the last dozen years or so. It’s my regular pilgrimage — both as a fanboy like most everybody else and now as a “professional”. One thing I don’t attend at the con as much as I should are the panels. In fact, I think I may have been on as many panels as a speaker than I have sat in the audience as an observer.

And, this year probably won’t be much different than others. The Thursday Schedule has been released (Sunday has as well, but I’ll cover that later) and after perusing the first official day of the programing schedule I’ve concluded that I will probably regret missing the following panels…

11:30-12:30 Hasbro: GI JoeAs Hasbro ramps up for the summer 2009 blockbuster movie release of GI Joe, Aaron Archer (Hasbro Design), Michael Ritchie (Hasbro Marketing), and Michelino Paolino (Hasbro Design) discuss this year’s product line, entertainment, and other initiatives. Panelists will include special guests that you won’t want to miss, plus Q&A! Room 7AB

It’s going to be a big year for GI Joe — IDW is launching a new comic book series, and there’s a new live-action movie due out next summer. Having been involved with The Transformers in the past I’ve got an interest in what’s in store for the “Greatest American Hero”. And, I’ve worked with Aaron Archer and Michael Ritchie in the past so maybe I can throw an awkward question their way.

2:00-3:00 Red Sonja: One-on-One—Robert Rodriguez (Sin City), Rose McGowan (Grindhouse), Doug Aarniokoski (2nd unit director, Resident Evil 3) and David White (Undisputed 2) are teaming up to bring back the red-headed warrior woman known as Red Sonja. Join Robert, Rose, Doug, and David for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session! Room 6CDEF

Spy Kids movies aside, I dig a lot of Robert Rodriguez‘ flicks — El Mariachi, From Dusk Til Dawn, Sin City, Planet Terror. And then there’s Rose McGowan — yeah, fanboy crush. I was intrigued when I heard that the two were lined up to remake Barbarella. Now it looks like it’s the on-again, off-again, on-again Red Sonja. This may potentially be the most kick-ass and hottest looking sword wielding movie ever.

4:00-5:00 Star Trek Without a Blueprint: How Books and Comics Keep Expanding the Boundaries of the Star Trek Universe—Andy Mangels (moderator and Star Trek author), Margaret Clark (executive editor, Pocket Books), Andy Schmidt (senior editor, IDW) and Star Trek authors Kevin Dilmore, Dave Mack, Scott Tipton, Wil Wheaton, and Dayton Ward discuss the future of Star Trek publishing. Room 32AB authors

This is pretty much the same panel that I was on last year when I was serving as editor for IDW’s Star Trek line. I’m interested to hear what Andy has to say as the new Star Trek editor. It’ll also be nice to say “hey” to Margaret and Scott.

Now, if they only held panels at the Hyatt bar I’d probably attend more of them.