Here's more from the floor at San Diego Comic-Con 2010, the most exciting Comic-Con in years.....Many thanks to Grasiela Rodriguez, Kathryn Renta and several others for the photos on this post!
I spent the week as a guest at the Gumby table, where the book I wrote, GUMBY'S GANG STARRING POKEY, was a best-seller, thanks to the combined efforts of publisher Mel Smith (on the left), who did a terrific job packaging the book and guiding it; artist Rafael Navarro (below), who drew the hell out of it, Lance Borde, colorist extraordinaire, who was at our table as well, myself the writer, and, of course, the main reason it sold out....It's Gumby, dammit! The book sold out by Sunday night, selling hundreds of copies since Wednesday's preview night.
Our artist, my longtime L.A. crony and fellow southpaw, the outlaw Raffles Navarro, would pop in for a couple hours a day to sign. We had a damn good time signing for the folks, and as I would draw up Pokey when signing the books, he had little choice but to draw Gumby (sorry about that, chief! My Pokey hand is stronger than my Gumby doodles!) He was stretched thin between manning the Sonambulo comics table and signing a few other books at other tables. A comic book at every port! That's how Navarro Nava-rrolls!
That's Jose Cabera above, triumphant at his table, while Tyler Chin-Tanner looks a bit baffled by what Jose is triumphant about. Jose, his wife Naomi and I road back and forth to the convention together. Put us together and Jose and I always have a good time. I definitely missed Jose during his year and a half away from L.A. This was his triumphant return to Comic-Con (since 2008) and the enthusiasm ran high. Jose and I at one point toward the end of the convention attempted to approach the legendary Neal Adams for some chit chat. But when we saw a bored Neal yawn in the face of a sycophantic fan who was rambling on in his face, we cut and run. Better to appreciate him from afar (lots of people wore tees with his classic
The Saturday night Old Town outing was action-packed. Tortilla soup seemed to be the second-biggest hit (after the margaritas) and I enjoyed the company of cartoonist and children's book author Rhode Montijo (on my left) and Alex Vallejo (on my right in bright red). Behind Alex is his cousin Adrian and goddaughter Geneva, Chris Salas and Stan Yan and another guy from SquidWorks. Behind Rhode you'll spot Jose and Naomi Cabrera, Kathryn Renta, Stacie from the SquidWorks crew, and Grasiella the animator and quite animated Cartoonista! We were home by around midnight. No one seemed to get enough sleep during Comic-Con week!
Back to the floor....One convention highlight was meeting Dark Horse head Mike Richardson, who picked up a POKEY book. Another convention highlight was getting to hang out a bit with dear friends Tina and Tony DeZuniga. Tony (above with fellow classic Marvel/DC artist Ernie Chan) is having one hell of a summer this year with his co-creation, Jonah Hex, appearing all over the comic book and movie landscape. He signed my copy of BACK ISSUE # 42 (which features a Jonah Hex cover he drew) and my editions of JONAH HEX-NO WAY BACK, which looks terrific, like a European-produced Western bande dessinee. I can't wait to read it! You'll be hearing from me on that one.....