Legendary letterer JANICE CHIANG (she of Marvel Comics in the 1980s) paid me a visit. This is the first time I've met her in person although I've already interviewed her for an upcoming BACK ISSUE magazine article. She's a pip--a terrific interview---and a true survivor in an industry that has changed "radically" (get it, Janice?) in the last 15 years. She's currently lettering for Archie and a bunch of other companies. You'll be reading more about her next year in the pages of BACK ISSUE magazine!
What would Comic-Con be without the terrific costumes? How that tall guy found an Optimus Prime outfit, I'll never know! On the left is Alex Vallejo, that's me in the Gumby green, about to get stomped on by an Autobot.
Sometimes I crack myself up! Here I am -- Laughing Boy -- yukking it up upon realizing that the ice cream counter at this Rite Aid in La Mesa has the same colors as my dessert, a scoop of Lemondheads and a scoop of Red Hots flavors. (Yes, I ordered those flavors willingly, not on a dare! And I loved them!)
Alex is looking really cool on the left, I'm looking not nearly as cool on the right. Judging by my hair, this was from San Diego Comic-Con 2008.
Here we are this year, eating at the courtyard in Old Town because the Ranchero Lena restaurant (below, from 2008) is now defunct.
That's fellow BACK ISSUE contributor Jerry Boyd (blue shirt), Alex, my girlfriend Laura, me in the red Speed Racer tee, and CRYING MACHO MAN cartoonist/CARTOON FLOPHOUSE partner Jose Cabrera (looking dope!)
See how much fun we're having at Comic-Con 2008? We shut down the place.....LITERALLY! It no longer exists!