10 September 2007

Baltimore Comicon!

my balto-comicon loot!

Beth and I had a great time at the Baltimore Comicon this past weekend (Sept. 8&9)! It was a really casual, relaxed show - much less claustrophobic and stifling than NowYouCanCome, but still drawing some really great creators. I came away with a lighter wallet, exchanged for a bounty of comics goodness (as you can see in the pic above). My first stop on Saturday morning was the AdHouse Books booth, so as to be sure to score a ZOOBALL print (Paul Pope colored by Jose Villarrubia)(mine was 4/100!). I also picked up Zig Zag #1, THB: Comics from Mars, Pulpatoon pilgrimagE, and loads of excellent minicomics from Joey Weiser. Joey was super-nice to Beth and I, and did sketches in all the minis, as well as in my copy of his excellent new book The Ride Home. It was really fun to meet Joey and Chris Pitzer (who both frequent the ISR forum), and right across the aisle was the ever-exuberant J. Chris Campbell. I scored a load of JCC/Wide Awake Press books, including the awesome(ding!)© JCC FAT PACK of minicomics. His stuff is sooo fun! Right around the corner was the Top Shelf booth, and I was able to snag a copy of the only Matt Kindt book I didn't already have - Mephisto and the Empty Box. Matt is one of my all-time favorite comics creators, and it was a real thrill to be able to get a sketch and talk briefly about his future projects.

On Sunday, we attended the standing-room-only Spotlight on James Jean and Paul Pope panel. The discussion was moderated by Jose Villarrubia, and he did a great job of steering the discussion in interesting directions. PP was really inspiring, speaking about world-building, artistic direction, and his various influences. He did an A-V presentation that offered a look into his creative thought processes and the way in which he synthesizes myriad influences into his own idiosyncratic style. I left the con absolutely energized to make art!

A fun weekend, and what better way to end, than with a Joey Weiser sketch-parade . . .
©2007 Joey Weiser


Jeff said...

That sounds really cool. Is the big thing in the middle of that photo the Pope/Villarubia print?

Alister said...

Yeah, that's the ZOOBALL print.
It is absolutely beautiful.
You can get a closer look at it on PP's FLICKR - ernestborg9 is his user name.