Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Comicon 2006

Back from the San Diego Comicon... this will be a long entry.

Wow what a long draining weekend. It was the first con I’ve been to in 10 years where I actually had to be certain places at certain times for signings. Sure in the past I worked too but it was different. I was one of the kids standing in long lines to meet editors from Darkhorse or Image or whatever. I’d show them my hastily put together portfolio of fine art painings and undeveloped fully painted graphic novels. Needless to say I was always turned away and told to pick a focus in comics and come back next year. That was a long time ago, and these days the Con is a different beast in my eyes. It’s a very rewarding way to meet other artists and talk with the fans.

Our journey down to San Diego started on Thursday morning. We saw some awesome hot pink balls on a truck, I can’t think of a better way to start the day. I asked Jennifer if she wanted a set for her Corolla but you can guess her answer. I think I’ll get a pair for my Saturn.



Shannon Daisy slept most of the drive (she doesn’t like car rides usually).





We stayed at the Wyndham which was pretty nice. Very 90’s ish for some reason. Maybe all the emerald plexiglass and gold lines...



We had a great view of the Horton Plaza/Gaslamp district, and were right across from the city jail. San Diego has some great architecture if you’re into tall buildings. I love the jail, very modern looking (reminds me of something from The Fifth Element). It’s the one on the right.



First stop was the Hi Fructose booth. Barely made it on time for my signing. Attaboy is such a nice guy. I had a great time meeting everyone and I did a ton of drawings over the 4 days- maybe a hundred in all (probably why my wrist is jacked again).



Went by and talked with Jonathan Wayshack for a bit. His new stuff is looking rad...



Mark Murphy was there with his excellent collection of books. I had a few signings at his booth throughout the weekend. Thanks to all who found us over on aisle F!



Maxx and I ran into our old friend Cara who now works in San Diego. Maxx was there for my very first Comicon way back in 1995 when we all thought we were getting hired by Image comics to do coloring work. He is a true Comicon junkie. Wouldn’t be the Con without Maxx...



Shannon Daisy in the convention center. She was loving it at first but we think there was just too much going on for her. Can’t wait till she’s a little older. Maybe we’ll dress her up as baby Princess Leah...



“Plotting to take out the competition”... My friend Jon came up with that caption. I never really know why these guys every year dress up as fast food Jedis.



Levon Jihanian and Tom Neely of Igloo Tornado at the Global Hobo booth. They were nice enough to put up some of my prints. Me and Levon go way back, we went to college together in Pasadena.



A Levon pen and ink piece...



I met artist Chris Ryniak for the first time in person. Here he is showing us his kids. Awwwww.



Tim Biskup and Bwana Spoons came by to say hi...



When I did signings I drew some wacky shit for people. I know alot of artists signing drew the same little characters they’re famous for but I don’t really have a distinct image, and besides I wanted to keep it fun for me and the fans. So I did stuff like spikey aliens, tree stumps, triangle cheese people, box jellyfish (below), some robot-like things, and I even did a skyline of San Diego. It’s tradition for fans to take sketchbooks to the Comicon and though my wrist was killing me every night, I had fun drawing for people. Only thing kinda weird was people with canvases, fancy artists’ papers and whole blank toys (Qees and Dunny’s). Like, are they going to just eBay that shit? Didn’t seem like that was their intention but makes you wonder. In any case I tried to do the biggest and best drawings to the kids and people that just wanted me to sign their copy of Potato Stamp Dreams. This just may be my next toy project...



I did a signing with Toy2R on Friday. Wow, Raymond is such a nice guy. Dig my double chin. Time to regrow a beard or lose weight haha...



Tara McPherson poster. She had some nice work up. I bought her lil’ Qee toy but forgot to go back and have her sign it..



I don’t know who this guy was but he was good. It’s really nice to see traditional oil painting going on at the Con. So much stuff is digital these days.



Deph signing his Dunny. Not many people know this but we were in a graffiti crew together about 7 years ago called Bashers Crew. It was great seeing him and his numerous fans.



One person I’m always happy to see every year is the Portland homie Martin Ontiveros. He makes me want to regrow my beard.



Sci Fi channel always has the coolest looking booth with the most boring shit to do.



O.G. CVC honorary Soto brutha Grant Robers with Soto designed tattoo.



Day 3 and Jennifer and Shannon went to Sea World with the grandparents. I love Sea World- manatees, tropical fish, bat rays, etc. We’ll have to go back when time permits! I don’t know where this shot was taken but Shannon loved the Penguins and the Shark Encounter...



Souther Salazar at the Buenaventura Press hangout. I always admire this guy- Souther is one of those artists that’s just pure somehow. He doesn’t compromise with his work and I get the sense with his art he’s doing exactly what he wants to do. I don’t really know how to describe what I mean, eh nevermind. Good stuff and a true homie.




L to R- Mark Todd, Martha Rich and Esther Pearl Watson. They all have new books
out and I have them all. Mark and Esther have “Whatcha mean what’s a zine?”, a how to book about making your own zine. After skimming through it I’m ready to get going on making my own zines like I’ve done in the past. Martha’s new book is called “Freedom Wigs”. It’s a great collection of her work.



Mark Todd Skeletor shirt...




I like Warcraft, and I’m not trying to judge, but man, there were some dorks hanging around their booth. Then I realized that I was hanging out a little too much. I had to leave when someone said, “Shit, you see that 72dps one hander!? No way!!!”



This guy had the sickest costume. Diapers for the win! And to top it off he was coming out of the men’s bathroom. haha, it was probably his truck on the 15 cause you gotta have balls to wear a Depends in public!



Sammy Harkham at Drawn & Quarterly. Love this guy’s stuff.



I talked with Martin Macintosh and family. Martin owns Outre Gallery in Australia and is a great guy. Very cute baby too!



Bob Dob was on hand to sign his new book at Mark Murphy’s booth.



Cameron Tiede’s custom Qee giant.



O.G. Bashers PRski Steven Daily was there with Roman Dirge signing at Slave Labor.




Legos!!!!!! I wanted to jump in and play but left it to the kids.


This guy Murrugun performed at the Last Gasp booth and it was pretty sick. He crunched and ate lightbulb glass (and that shit was real I touched the bulb before he broke it). He pierced his biceps with a giant surgical needle. He ate dry ice. And he swallowed some big swords. The kids in the front looked horrified and my pal Jon had to leave!







That was pretty much the end of my con experience this year. It was crazy to say the least. We headed over to Jon and Lani’s place in Carlsbad and stayed the night before our drive back to the I.E.

Jon studying for a job interview the next day.



Shannon checking out Kramer’s Ergot. She has pretty good taste for a baby...



Monday we headed back and saw another awesome ball sack on a truck. This one was bigger and more realistic. It was a great way to end our hectic little getaway. Damn there are a lot of balls dangling on Interstate 15!



Jeff signing off.....

Monday, July 17, 2006

On Saturday night Jennifer, Shannon and I went out to have dinner with artist Shaunna Peterson, her husband Mike and their lil' baby Dylan. They just moved to a new house in Yucaipa, a beautiful house actually. Shaunna has a really nice studio space that I forgot to get a photo of. The babies had tons of fun chasing each other around and pushing each other on toys.



Like the Soto's, they collect art. I ran out of room on my memory card so I didn't get to shoot everything (and some of what I did shoot turned out too dark). Here are a few tidbits of their collection...


Biskip painting...


Glen Barr pressure prints over the bed...


Dan Santat piece. We wnt to school with this guy...


Some of Shaunna's drawings in the hall....



Viner giclee. He is looking for hotel recommendations in the LA area for his first visit to the Left coast. Email him if you have any idea where he should stay...


Vintage life cover in the bathroom...


Mammas with their rascals.


I believe this is their cat Sammy. I think that's the right name...

We had a great time and want to thank Shaunna and Mike! And... the heat continues in the IE. When we left around 11 it was still 93 degrees. Scorchin'
Jeff signing out...