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Monday, July 18, 2016


We've come to it at last!  After more than a year of waiting, San Diego Comic Con International is finally here!  Even Mike and Mindy came out of cartoon retirement to get in on the action for a weekend!  So much excitement!  So much to do!  So much to remember!  So much to see!  Like this wraparound ad for Legends on the Marriott Marquis next to the convention center in the below pic!

Honestly don't know if this show was any good, but it certainly got a lot of press, and new wraparounds are already popping up downtown!  They waste no time at all these days!

Okay, I know we are all excited, but I do have some new art to show… In addition to the Mike and Mindy art at the top of the page!  So let's dive in, shall we?  Enjoy...

This week, Pippi Longstocking gets the CRAZY treatment!  For over a century now, this pigtailed tyke has fueled young imaginations around the world, inspiring many to set out on their own adventures.  Not exactly a very positive role model in this day and age, but she came from a much different time when it was alright for a kid to go exploring.  You know, before someone invented video games!  Hopefully I did Pippi some justice in this art.

Okay, now it's time for the main event!  We set the Wayback Machine to July of 2014 for what was one of my favorite years at Comic Con!  It was hard deciding on pics for this post, I just had so many I wanted to share!  But I cut it down to a select few that I hope y'all will enjoy!  And now, on with the show...

In what has now becoming a Comic Con tradition, the Sharknado crew takes over the Gaslamp Quarter!  That year saw the second film get the swag machine rolling.

 POWDERED… TOAST… MAN!!! MAN!!! MAN!!! MAN!!!  This dude clearly does his sit-ups!

This may be one of my all-time favorite cosplay groups!  These guys and gals totally nailed the Disney Villains!  Love the baby as Smee!  Just classic!  Oddly enough, people had a tough time figuring out the hunter.  Here's a hint if your stuck: The movie's title rhymes with "Lambi!"

Another priceless cosplay moment: Gallery Joker and Bob the Goon!  And yes, he was blasting Prince's Party Man in the background.  If you're gonna cosplay at any con, you gotta own it! 

Don't even remember what this was promoting, but it scared the hell out of a lotta people cruising the Gaslamp! 

NBC has taken over Tin Fish Square for a better part of the last five years, but its a nice event for those who couldn't get passes to score some swag and see some pretty cool previews.  The monster in the center wasn't even part of it!  Some dude just built it and was walking around in it!

The FX/Simpsons Zone at the Hilton Park across the street.  The games were pretty fun, but the Homer Dome was a total bust.  We waited almost three hours to get in.  And when we did, it was merely ten minutes of highlights from seasons 3-8 of The Simpsons, or as we fans call it, "The good years."

The notoriously infamous Hall H line!  Abandon hope all ye who enter!

D23 set up a pretty cool gaming lounge for D23 Members, so I took my nephew, who's a gamer and loved Disney Infinity.  Honestly don't know why Disney shut Infinity down.  Its sales were strong and had an insanely devout fanbase.  I guess some things just aren't meant to be for very long.

Meanwhile, Skylanders is doing pretty well for itself!  Between the exhibit hall, the Xbox Lounge, the Nintendo Lounge and the Petco Park Interactive Zone, they had a LOT of coverage!  It's easy to see why these guys are numero uno in the toy-to-game genre. 

Definitely see some interesting people while strolling around outside the convention center! 

Wow.  Didn't think it was possible to out-creepy Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles, but these guys pulled it off!  And if you're reading this Mr. Bay, THAT'S HOW CASEY JONES IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK!!! 

I'm a pretty nice dude in general, but I do tend to let absolute power go to my head! 

If only this were true... 

Just outside the Xbox Lounge, some very interesting artifacts were put on display.  You see, a few years back, some filmmakers went out to the deserts of New Mexico and dug up the fabled E.T. The Video Game cartridges as part of a documentary (Which I really need to see!).  For those not in the know, this game was beyond horrible and due to a severe miscalculation in actual demand for it, Atari overproduced and helped cause a severe crash in the video game market that nearly destroyed gaming altogether!  Yup, that tattered piece of plastic in the pic above almost prevented Mario, Sonic, Halo and Madden from ever happening!  Thank God Nintendo had a trick up its sleeve!  And yes I know Mario existed before!

And so wraps up our look back at Comic Con 2014!  A stellar year at the show with one of the highlight's being Sting finally making his WWE debut!  Glad I saw that one in person because it truly was an honor!  Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time.

Before we close out, we got one last bit of info before signing off!  What info you say?  Why, the annual Comic Con Web Comic Meet Up of course!

Yup!  We are back for our fourth straight year and this time we're going tropical!  We'll be crashing the pool-side bar at the Marriott Marquis right next door to the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 21, 2016!  It's a come/leave as you please sort of deal, so come if you can!  Big thanks to cartoonist Jimmy Purcell for getting the ball rolling again!  For more detailed info, check out Jimmy's Facebook page here!

Well folks, that's all for this week.  We'll be back next time with some more art and a look back at Comic Con 2015!  For those of you going, have a fun, safe and fulfilling Comic Con.  Be sure to drink plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes and regularly use deodorant, can't stress that last one enough!  And please be courteous to others.  With so many under one roof during the hottest days of summer, it's easy for tempers to flare.  But if we all just keep calm and patient, there's no reason we can't all have a great time!  And don't forget, there are PLENTY of fun and free events going on just outside the convention center!  So check it out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


NEXT WEEK!!! COMIC CON 2016 IS NEXT WEEK!!!  SO LITTLE TO DO AND SO MUCH TIME…  Wait a minute, thats not right.  There's TONS to do!  Alright, lets just get through today, shall we?  Here's some art...

Today's art came from the Daily Doodle theme of Flat Stanley, the tale of a boy who goes flat and is literally blown around from one situation into another.  In the end, Stanley's brother pumps him back to normal, which made for the perfect excuse to do a twisted variation of the finale!  I can't tell you how many cartoonist and illustrator pals tweeted me over how much they loved the rough art for this.  One pal even said he would've happily pumped up his sister if she had gone flat!  I can only imagine what family get togethers would've been like afterward!

Well, the art part's done, so now it's time for some blast-from-the-past fun courtesy of Comic Con!  This time, we jump back to 2013, the year everything came full circle… Or did it?  Hell, I don't remember!  That weekend is a whole blur now!  Thank God I got pictures to piece it all back together!  Enjoy...

The WB booth.  One of the biggest at the Con.  They used to have a huge water tower there, but those days are long gone.  Lord only knows what's gonna happen at the booth this year.  LOTS of fans are gonna be vocal over DC's movies! 


The final year of the Shifty Look retro lounge.  They went under two months later.  I'll always have memories at least. 

The Xbox Lounge was moved to the Hyatt after spending its first year at the Hard Rock.  The Hyatt certainly offers more space, but thanks to some rowdy folks the previous year, it's no longer free for all and also no longer gives out snacks!  Still, this lounge was a lot of fun and gave out some great swag. 

The Regular Show Experience at the New Children's Museum was awesome!  It was a long wait, but totally worth it!  Got an exclusive poster, played some classic 80's games and won a pair of fuzzy dice! This really was the best thing at the Con that year!

Pretty sure this counts as a trained service animal. 


Alex Ross-style Joker!  He looks so classy! 

The Ender's Game Experience in the Gaslamp.  In the past, it'd been the Frankenweenie Experience.  These days, it's the Assassin's Creed Obstacle Course.  And yes, I've wasted hours watching folks get their asses handed to them on it!  I never did see Ender's Game, but the experience was pretty cool.  Got a pretty funny ID Badge (Top of the post) out of it!

This was something at the Hasbro booth.  Can't recall what toy it was for, but it looked pretty cool!  Also looks like it wants to munch on some ponies! 

Always something awesome to see and do at the Petco Park Interactive Zone!  And best of all, its completely FREE!!!

 Boltman was on the hunt!

Pretty sure the Ocarina of Time isn't meant for panhandling, Link! 


Wild West Ghostbusters!  Love this variant!

And so wraps up our look back at Comic Con 2013!  A great year and the last Con to date where I actually got to walk around see what I wanted to.  These days I got my nephew and niece with me.  It's all good though.  They're starting to get into the stuff I'm into, so now we can enjoy it together, instead of being bored with each other's interests!

And so we finish another week!  We'll be back next time with some more fun art, a look back at Comic Con 2014 and some info on this year's Web Comic Meet-Up!  We'll also be posting on Monday next week so that everyone will have more time to soak it all in.  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


WOOOOOOOOO!!!  JULY IS HERE!!!  SO IS COMIC CON!!!  Okay, okay, I gotta calm down.  But how can I?  It's Comic Con month!  My favorite month of the year!  Every week this month, we'll be looking back at past Comic Cons as we count down to the grand daddy of them all!  But first, there is some art to show off before the awesome commences!  So let's get to it...

Sure to be lost in the con excitement of July is the art I'm doing this month, based off characters from classic kids books.  These are all from the Daily Doodle and first up is the often-mentioned-but-never-seen Snozzwanger from the classic Roald Dahl book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Longtime readers know I'm a big fan of all things Dahl, so I jumped at the chance to draw one of these beasts!  Quite proud of the colors on this one.  Hard to believe Oompah-Loompahs are easy pray to these guys.  They don't appear to be all that bright or fast!

You waited patiently, and now the payoff!  Last week, we ventured to Comic Con 2011, so this week, we hop into the time machine and fast forward to 2012!  Lotta great moments that year, so lets catch up!  Enjoy...

WONDER WOMAN!!!  Batman v Superman certainly split fans down the middle, but I think we can all agree that Gal Gadot was a pretty good Wonder Woman at least.

By Merlin's beard!  It's Merlin!  Disney Merlin no less!  Maybe this year we'll FINALLY get some Mad Madame Mim cosplay?

I don't think this Power Ranger needs a Zord.  He seems capable as is! 

Ninja Gecko!  Sorry bud, I already got insurance! 

Glamtrooper!  May the force be fabulous!

 The infamous "Dawn Of The Con" party held at Petco Park.  It's been mentioned several times over the years what a letdown this event was.  Security was overzealous, they were charging nearly $20 for bottles of water and host Rob Zombie showed up for roughly 20 minutes, said nothing and left.  If nothing else, I at least got a cool shirt and a sweet photo op with the Munsters' car (as seen in the pic at the top of the page) out of it.  They had a nifty retro arcade set up too.  See?  There's always a silver lining somewhere.

SEEEEEEGAAAA… Aw how I loved hearing that every time I fired up this game on my Genesis!  Sega had a free gaming lounge set up at the winery across the street from the Convention Center.  They had many arcade classics set up! 

Don't always have time to wait for a table at a restaurant during Con.  Luckily, these kind folks promoting a TV show gave me a nice snack to tie me over for a bit!  (On a side note, that foot actually got moldy over the course of several days!  I had to throw it out eventually!) 

Events at the Hilton Park outside the hotel are always fun!  This year saw every Batmobile up to that point on display and free movies and concerts by the show, Extra, took place too!  It should be noted the Batmobile from Batman and Robin was plastered in spit by the week's end!

Many celebrities were in attendance that year.  Even Toadie made it out of the Mushroom Kingdom for a day of fun!


The Nintendo Lounge is always a blast.  Free and relaxed, I know people who had badges that spent the entire weekend there playing games! 

 Not to be outdone, Microsoft opened their pocket books and put up a free Xbox Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel!  It was the first year they offered one and man was it great!  Unfortunately, some creeps showed up hoping to grab some free food and drink and wound up causing a lot of trouble.  Now, you need a badge to get in.  Only takes a few to ruin it for everybody.

Darkwing Duck at the Shifty Look Lounge!  Shifty Look was an awesome site that promoted comics based on classic Namco games and characters.  Sadly, they only lasted about a year and walked off into the sunset.  For one glorious year though, they rocked!  And the arcade they set up at SDCC 2012 was my favorite freebie that year!

My feelings exactly when it comes to the religious zealots who like to harass con goers every year.  Right on sister!  Right on!

And there you have it!  Comic Con 2012 was an awesome year and a big improvement over the previous year when personal problems were making it impossible for me to enjoy the show.  It was also awesome for me because I got to set up some pretty cool booths like Warner Bros., The Walking Dead, CBS and Ubi Soft among others!  All in all, a great show!

Well folks, that all for this week.  We'll be back next time with some "Well-Rounded" art that hopefully won't leave you feeling "Flat" and even more photographic fun from Comic Con 2013!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!