Why it's important to have great artists as your friends...
Headed up to LA on Saturday for Wizard World LA with the wife. Had a great time seeing lots of friends and lots of incredible art. In no particular order, Alex Garner had a really beautiful painting up as a banner in the IDW booth for a new Gene Simmons title they are producing, the Dominatrix- Alex is really becoming an incredible illustrator, a talent to be reckoned with; talked with Chris Ryall about the perks of doing Kiss-related work. Stopped by the Comicraft booth and bought all the Ladronn stuff; the man is just amazing, absolutely beautiful work-buy these books!!! Ryan Odagawa spent close to an hour talking to my wife about his new Buddhist title he's working on, sounds incredibly cool. Saw my bud Carlos D'Anda and talked about him giving fans his dirty socks. Spent a while reminiscing with Sandra Hope and laughing about how old we all are now. Threatened Ryan Benjamin with violence-until he noticed me, at which point I ran meekly away. Said hey to RC Montesquieu (sp?), who I hadn't seen in years. Tried to talk to my boy Cheeks, but he had a line a mile long; luckily, saw him later, hugged, drank.
Met Len Wein, co-creator of Swamp Thing, woo-hoo! Met Dave Bullock and Howard Shum, awesome illustrators and animators. Said hey to Steve Niles, who I hadn't talked to in a few years. Got over my fanboy fear and talked to my idol/hero/art god, Bernie Wrightson, bought his sketchbooks and new comic, and generally gushed- he seemed unperturbed by my geekiness.
The highlight of the trip was hanging with my compadres, Dan Panosian (our book, JACK SECRET, is coming soon; in the meantime, check out Dan's blog, [link]
, to see some of the design work for the book!), Jeff Johnson (Iron Fist!), and the Reverend, Dave Johnson (who highly recommends you all watch 'The Secret'). We went to dinner, along with Ford Gilmore, Andrew Robinson, and the Flaming Carrot himself, Bob Burden. Thankfully, we were also accompanied by both Amber (my wife), and Elena (Dan's wife), so the car bombs were kept to a minimum (kinda). Dinner was great, and I was lucky enough to have all parties draw great pics inside my Drink And Draw Social Club hardcover, probably the coolest book ever- [link]
. You should all own multiple copies! Later that evening at the Figueroa, saw Phil Noto, Jimmy P, Amanda C, LeSean, Koi, and a host of other artists. Drank more, and was thankfully dragged home by my lovely and oh-so-sober wife, saving me from an ugly Sunday. A great time, seeing lots of great friends, and TONS of amazing art. These guys are all the creme de la creme; check 'em all out if you don't already!
Car bombs- delicious and deadly!