ITEM! Kathryn Immonen comfirmed that she is indeed writing Runaways in the near future. (This might have been confirmed on Newsarama or something but I don’t read it regularly so whatever.) She was amused when I shouted “FUCK YEAH.” (Which is just proof that unlike most people, I am pretty much who I am on the internet in real life. Which involves a lot of nut-punching, unfortunately.)
ITEM! Finally got to meet Kate Beaton. I say “finally” because my little sister Lindsay is a good friend of Kate’s and shows up in a few of her comics even. Kate signed my copy of Never Learn Anything From History with a sketch of Lindsay which was captioned “all Birds are good in my books.” Which makes her the BEST CARTOONIST EVER and she should totally win the Doug Wright Award.
ITEM! Speaking of the Doug Wright Award, Seth had a signing lineup a mile long because he was drawing original sketches of Snoopy or Charlie Brown if you brought him one of his books. Since Seth’s books are all great this was not exactly a disincentive.
ITEM! Also finally got around to picking up a copy of Super Spy by Matt Kindt. Matt was busy sketching a picture of Black Widow doing a tango move with fingers in front of the eyes like Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction in front of about a billion AIM agents, because TCAF, despite its supposedly artsy reputation, is CHOCKABLOCK FULL OF NERDS. Then I spied an old Action Comics with Vartox on the cover, and Matt explained that someone had asked for a sketch of Vartox wrestling Emma Peel and provided it as a reference. “And you know, I’m glad! Because you can only draw the Punisher so many times.”
ITEM! At one of the panels the various panel members were playing “what indie band is each cartoonist.” IE, “Peter Bagge is R.E.M.” I mention this because Scott McCloud’s daughter said that Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics would be the Ramones, because “only the words change.” I think this qualifies as the biggest OH SNAP of the entire festival.
ITEM! This is still far and away the best comics show on the planet. SUCK IT, SAN DIEGO! SUCK IT LONG AND SUCK IT HARD!
Top comment: So you went to a con and enjoyed it. Soon we will have you cosplaying as She-Hulk. — Skemono