Well, I finally made it! Today marked the beginning of San Diego Comic-Con International with their traditional Preview Night.
Once again my day started early and I spent the morning catching up on various emails and pieces for the site – including my list of 10 Tips & Links To Help You Survive San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
I then sorted out my schedule for the convention, packed my bag with the necessary items, and made my way downtown in the early afternoon.
Professional registration looked like it was going to take an eternity, but once the queue got moving it really flowed.
This year Warner Bros have been very generous (and sensible) by giving out their oversized promo bags with the Comic-Con Guide & Souvenir Books when attendees register.
The bag to own this year seems to be the much-coveted Big Bang Theory design, but I was more than happy with my Justice League image … Definitely better than ending up with The Vampire Diaries or something similar.
I went for a quick beer in the Gaslamp Quarter, and before I realised what was happening it was time for Preview Night to begin.
Preview Night only lasts a scant three hours (between 6 and 9pm), but it’s a great time to scout the terrain, make some quick early purchases, and catch up with some old friends.
Here’s a small sampling of the things and people I saw over the course of the night:
If you haven’t heard of Randall Christopher or seen his work then you are seriously missing out … His creations Kleeman & Mike and Bear & Fox are amazing properties that should have their own animated series by now. Check them out at www.kleemanandmike.com and bearandfox.com.
Although no one can deny the influence of Bob Montana and Dan DeCarlo, when it comes to Archie these days it’s Dan Parent who defines the Archie house style. Check out his website at www.danparent.com.
Definitely one of the most under-rated new series of the year, Ian Churchill’s MARINEMAN is a true all-ages book that I highly recommend. Ian has advance copies of the first trade paperback on sale at the show, so grab one and see for yourself. Find out more at ianchurchillsmarineman.com and ianchurchillsmarineman.blogspot.com.
Batton Lash and Jackie Estrada are two people who define San Diego Comic-Con for me. If you’ve never read Batton’s Supernatural Law then do yourself a favour and pick up one of his many books – you won’t regret it. Read more at www.exhibitapress.com and www.webcomicsnation.com/supernaturallaw.
You might remember my interview with the amazing Cliff Chiang about his new SDCC exclusive t-shirt being offered by Jerry Ma’s Epic Proportions. Well, now you can have one for yourself! Just visit them at Booth 1221 or check out their website: epicprops.com.