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Entries in Comics (16)

Saturday
Jul252009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009.

Wholly Unnecessary Dickery by you.

This year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego was one of my favorites, mainly because I wasn’t working it. As I’ve touched on before, the Comic-Con grind at CBR is really, really hard, and two years was all I could take. Instead I spent the weekend enjoying the event itself, meeting new people and having a good time with my friends.

Not much else to report, except that it was just really, really pleasant.

Here’s a picture of the Twilight concentration camp.

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Click here for more pix.

Friday
Aug152008

San Diego Comic-Con 2008.

The hyphiest Comic-Con of all. 

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(photo by Lou O'Bedlam)

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(photo by Lou O'Bedlam)

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(photo by Lou O'Bedlam)

Noodle by you.

(photo by Ginny Guzman)

Power Girl by you.

(photo by Ginny Guzman)

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Tuesday
Jul222008

The Dark Knight party.

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No fewer than fifteen humans gathered at my home on July 19 for a bit of a party in the hours leading up to our screening of The Dark Knight in the famous Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. I can say nothing else on the subject without spoiling the movie. So for now, please enjoy these soul-stealing photographs of my friends behaving like freaks and mutants.

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Thursday
Jun122008

The Incredible Hulk: The CBR Review.

If you haven’t the time to read my full review, please enjoy this helpful comic book movie scorecard.

Monday
May192008

Rory Root R.I.P.

For those of you who didn’t know Rory Root, he was a legendary Bay Area comics retailer who did a lot to advance the evolution of the comic book store into a cool hangout and move away from the Comic Book Guy’s Android’s Dungeon stereotype. I think Matt Fraction has written the most thoughtful and informative eulogy so far.

I didn’t know Rory that well, but like everybody else who knew him at all, he left an impression on me and I have a story. The one I recall took place in 1999-2001 or so, during the opening morning of Comic-Con International in San Diego. I had arranged to to go in early to buy some original John Cassaday artwork from a dealer, but being the young idiot I was, I’d given no thought to how I was meant to get in without an exhibitor badge and was hit with the realization that I’d have to wait in line all day and potentially lose the art.

I got off the phone with the dealer, who said he’d sell me an exhibitor’s badge so I could come in and buy the art, but I’d have to wait a while because he was still busy setting up and doing other advance sales.

Rory and some friends happened to be standing nearby while I was having my crisis. He said, “How much is he asking for the badge?”

“Fifteen bucks,” I said. (I think)

“Done!” said Rory, who instantly removed a blank badge from his bag and tossed it into my hands with an enormous grin. Not only did he help me out of a jam, but he also got another WEF’er to sport his store’s badge and help take down his booth after the con.

It’s not a very epic story, but when you’re quite young and still getting high just on the con and the comics themselves, it was a fabulous moment; like sneaking in backstage at a concert. I never forgot it.

RIP Rory, and thanks again for the help.