I met up at Horton Plaza with Randy Green and Kelly Yates outside of The Great Khan Mongolian Grille. Given Randy’s fanaticism with the place (which may be justified, it’s good) it’s not surprising that I would run into them there. To kill time until badge pickup we went to see Spider-man, which reinforced my opinion that Tobey McGuire is the anti-spider-man.
After a very painless and quick trip through the pro badge pickup process (well done, SDCC) we made our way into the three hour Preview Night. SWEET MOSES IT WAS CROWDED. It was shoulder to shoulder with various lines for various con exclusives forming, twisting and winding on ad nauseum. It was too tightly pack to do anything but shuffle along like cattle and too stressful for me to enjoy anything. Fortunately, jet lag forced me to call it a night.
Up at 4am. My body’s on East Coast time. After driving in to San Diego I grabbed breakfast at The Broken Yoke, a diner that only took me 4 years of attending this show to find. I eventually ended up handing out post cards advertising my site and my art book to the attendees filing in to wait for the show to open. I handed out more than I thought I would (if you’re here as a result, I usually post art, except during cons. Hence all the photos.) I intended to put some on the freebie table, but apparently you can only do that if you’re an exhibitor. Which I’m not. Fail.
Spent the first half of the day attending panels which left me with the feeling that I need to work harder. In between them I stopped to say hi to Doug Tennapel and buy his latest book, CARDBOARD, which he says is his best. He’s also committed to drawing 400 pages this year and has done 200….which makes me feel like a slacker. If nothing else SDCC pushes me to quit wasting time,
My stomach thinks it 3:00 so I stopped at a pub for lunch. Once I rest my feet, I plunge back into the madness.