Convention Report: San Diego Comic-Con 2007

I'm going to do the unthinkable. I'm going to take seven very busy days and compress them into one blog post. I won't trouble you with the first three days, save to say that I worked hard getting the booth in ship-shape, and demonstrated some real proficiency in using a drill to drive screws. Apparently David Willis was impressed. Howard is a Screwing Machine, by David Willis (Note: I saw no ladies looking this impressed, but Willis assures me they were there.) The resulting booth was so pretty we had a team of videographers come by and interview Brad Guigar. See how he drags an unwilling Kristofer Straub into the limelight? Brilliant work, Brad! Brad Guigar in front of the BLC Booth at Comic-Con 2007 I met some really cool people, including Laurell K. Hamilton, who wrote the introduction to Schlock Mercenary: The Blackness Between. I had neat conversations with recent illustration graduate Kim Herbst, and got a "thank you" book from Templar Arizona's Spike. My good friend Allison in her home-grown Schlock shirtMy caricature of AllisonI was treated to lunch by my friend Allison -- we did Drama Club stuff together in high school a couple of decades back -- and in exchange I drew a caricature of her. And before you ask, the shirt she's wearing is one that she made with my permission. I don't have those for sale, but with this picture of her I bet they'd sell off the shelves. By the way, if you're ever at a convention with me, and want something like this done, the price-tag is around $50.00. Allison is a good friend, and bought me a VERY nice lunch. Note, however, that if you're not this good-looking, the price may go up, or I may find myself just too busy to accept the commission. Comics Coast-to-CoastTom and Justin of Comics Coast-To-Coast interviewed me for a podcast. You can find the hour-long podcast here, and my segment begins at 14:55. If you like the sound of my voice as much as I appear to, you've got to get some of this. Rich Stevens of Diesel Sweeties sent them over to me for the "business angle" on things, and I'm afraid they got a real earful. I didn't do any panels, I didn't do any shopping, and I didn't see much of San Diego. I did, however, have a great time. And when it came time to take things apart, it went enough faster than I expected it to that I was able to leave for home a day early. For that whole day I lied to Sandra about how far from home I was, so that Monday evening I was able to walk through the door and surprise her. As much as I love my job, and enjoy conventions, coming home is always the best part.