I’m a little late with the Comic Con report (in fact, I’m a bit tardy with any update whatsoever in the News section of my site), but I did want to chime in with some photos from the massive event.
Over the past couple of years Comic Con has become the place for fine artists of the pop surrealism movement to make signing appearances — usually in conjunction with new books or toys. I think Comic Con is a big draw for two reasons: the art fits the cutting edge pop culture sensibilities of the event, and San Diego isn’t far from Los Angeles (where a number of these artists reside). In fact, my first formal exposure to Mark Ryden’s work was at Comic Con 6 or 7 years ago when prints from The Meat Show could be easily had for bargain prices. In consequent years, I’ve had books signed by Gary Baseman, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, the Clayton Brothers and others, and had a sneak peek of Ryden’s now impossible to find Anima Mundi, many, many months before it was published.
At the top of this entry is a photo of the drawing Jeff Soto created in my copy of his wonderful book Potato Stamp Dreams. Jeff was signing at a couple of different booths and this was my first opportunity to meet him after contributing one of the essays to the book. Very nice, friendly guy and I feel honored to have my writing included in his book. Here’s a photo of Jeff signing at the Murphy Design booth.
Also signing at the Murphy booth was Martha Rich and Bob Dob, though I don’t have photos to share (sorry).
Nor do I have photos of Mark Ryden or Tim Biskup, both of whom were at Last Gasp. And I also didn’t have my camera ready for Shag, who actually had his own signing booth on the pavilion with all the B-list celebrities.
So… what photos do I have?
Gary Baseman, here signing at the Giant Robot booth. Gary’s on hand at Comic Con every year and always has a big crowd queued up for autographs.
Camille Rose Garcia and Ron English were signing their respective books at Last Gasp. Camille was embellishing each book she signed with a custom drawing.
Liz McGrath was stuck in traffic Saturday afternoon as a long line waited for her arrival at the Last Gasp, leaving a long line waiting for her arrival. She eventually made it through the hellish gridlock and spent the rest of her afternoon signing copies of Everything That Creeps.
That’s it for this year’s report!