As usual, as the show wears on, our obligations pile up, leaving less and less time for blogging, which is totally lame. Saturday, long dreaded as the ultimate Con-Mageddon, was instead a lovable pussy cat. For whatever reason — Twilighter defection, massed lines outside Hall H, Ballroom 20 AND the Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton, people huddled in fear at home — everyone we mentioned it to agreed the floor was less crowded and had more open space than any other day.
In fact, everyone agreed that Preview night has become the much dreaded “Saturday” of the con, with no programming to keep people off the floor.
Most folks also noted fewer costumes on the floor. Coupled with the smaller displays in the movie section, it does seem that the real economy has slowed the fantasy economy a bit.
In comics news, Jim Shooter is back at Dark Horse, reinventing the Gold Key Universe. Bill Willingham is at IDW, writing ANGEL and a new series with Gene Ha for IDW.
We spent a long time talking to Dean Mullaney on a non-Marvelman/Miracleman related matter, but he told us his version of what the contracts say — Marvel’s new Marvelman stuff is based on the original Mick Anglo stuff, apparently, hence it being called MARVELMan. We’ll have more on this when we can devote the time to it that it deserves. The short version of our own takeaway is that the legal web is so complex and all-encompassing that reprinting all those old MIRACLEMAN would almost be an anticlimax at this point.
In the social scene, we hit the Pop Candy meet-up and drank amazing comics-themed cocktails with some swell folks. We were thwarted in attempts to order room service, so ended up very, very late at an awesome sushi place that unfortunately decided to kill some of the sushi right in front of us. Hooray for Beef Jerky!
After that, it was the fab PopKult party with a kabillion peeps and then a final wind-up at the Hyatt where the other kabillion folks were hanging out. We reunited with some old friends, made a new one or two and then called it a night, hoarse and baggy-eyed. Yet another Comic-Con. Since these reports have been so lame, here’s some piccies.
This “Walking” statue may well be the emblem of Comic-Con.
Surly nerds who were camping out Thursday night.
Russ Heath briefly and graciously accepts his Eisner Hall of Fame award.
Judges just appointed new heads of Elite Security.
Gilbert Hernandez, Diana Schutz, Mario Hernandez
A little Green Witch!
Dylan Williams of Sparkplug eats his last scrap of food as Austin English contemplates the future.
The Isotope’s James Sime and Pop Candy’s Whitney Matheson.
iFanboy’s Ron Richards, Cecil Castellucci, Hope Larson and Mark Bernadin (named new co-writer on THE AUTHORITY…AND winner of the SD Fat Bastard Challenge! What a con!)
Shane Helms, Nick Barrucci and Dave Gibbons
The beginning of the end…