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Comic Foundry at the New York Anime Festival
This past weekend Comic Foundry braved the cold and our incomplete knowledge about manga to journey to the New York Anime Festival. To sum up the show in a single word: Fun.
Everyone was having so much fun. The vendors. The attendees. The media. The goth lolita brides. Everyone. The average attendee age was much lower than I was used to seeing. Out with the old curmudgeons, in with the hyperactive teens running around. Literally. You know when you were in high school and you got to go on an out-of-town field trip for Model UN or for band or some other club (what up, high school Journalism Education Association)? And there were no parents and you’re around all these other people with the same interests and you just cut loose? That is what it was like. Kids just enjoying what they love. Very refreshing to see.
Also, the cosplay was much stronger here than at general comics shows. Usually you see a few costumes here or there, but you could not turn your head without seeing someone dressed up. Yes, I realize it was part of the Cosplay World Summit, but still, the participation was much stronger. It was a bit unexpected to see people cosplay as yaoi characters though. And no, to the person that asked: I was not dressed up as the guy from that anime who grew claws and ripped his own face off. Sorry.
Another great part? The food. This convention had the best in-con food selection that I’ve seen. I can still smell those waffles.
In short, the convention made me wish I read more manga. Which is why I stocked up on a bag full of reading material while I was there at an aptly titled booth called, Cheap Manga (as in price, not quality. Though I’m yet to read the books so we’ll see…)Posted by Tim Leong on December 10th, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog |
Boys Love the NY Anime FestivalConventions, Blog |
PopPicture at Comic-Con
Me at Comic-Con, as photographed by PopCandy’s Whitney MathesonPosted by Tim Leong on August 1st, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog |
LA Times Reporter Assaulted at Comic-Con
I was walking alone to my hotel after late Saturday night interviews with Neal Adams and Darwyn Cook. I was also talking on my cell to Spencer Weiner, the photographer for The Times shooting Comic-Con. Spencer heard everything that happened next.
I (literally) bumped into a young guy walking with three friends in the Gaslamp Quarter. They were tattooed and wearing the street uniform of baggy pants, white T-shirts and shaved heads. The guy started mad-dogging me, rasping threats. I told him I was just walking by, no offense meant. He got in my face, and I told him it would be stupid for us to make something out of nothing.
“You calling me stupid?” “No, I’m not.” Then I stopped talking, because my mouth was bleeding. One of his buddies, standing off to my side, cold-cocked me, and the ring on his fist took a chunk out of my face. I never saw it coming. I was at the emergency room until dawn.Conventions, Blog | 2 Comments »
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Comic-Con 2007, A-Z
I got home about 7 this morning, checked email for an hour, slept for half an hour and then went to work. The con was loads of fun. So much so that I’ll will definitively say it’s the most fun I’ve had at Comic-Con ever (out of 3).
Unfortunately, I was trapped working behind the Comic Foundry Magazine table for 95 % of the time. But still, I loved being able to tell people about the magazine, and loved it even more when they gave me money at the end. CF star Laura Hudson graciously split her time between Virgin Comics and CF and helped man the table with me.
But, without further ado, Comic Foundry’s A-Z experience of Comic-Con 2007:
A — “Are You a Virgin?”
This is what a potential customer thought I asked her. In reality, I asked, “Are you Persian”? The answer to both was No.
B — Bloggers
I love getting to see all the people I know online. This time I finally met Whitney Matheson, Tom Bondurant and JK Parkin (and wife) and caught up with Tom McLean (and wife), Grame McMillan (and wife), Ian Brill (not married), Tom Spurgeon (who didn’t stop by the table!) and
Heidi MacDonald (who also didn’t stop by the table!)
C — Comic Creators
There were a bunch of cool comics creators that picked up copies of the magazine, including: Ed Brubaker, Eddie Campbell, Mike Choi, Matt Fraction, James Jean, Derek Kirk Kim and some guy named David Lloyd?
D — Dan Didio
He accidentally hip-checked Laura. T’was hilarious. Laura thought less so.
E — Ellis, Warren
I met him at this Avatar event some night. But I was really sad he didn’t try to destroy me with his cane or nibble on my soul. Don’t believe the hype. Ol’ Warren is a big teddy bear.
G — Good Food
I had dinner with Robert Venditti (Surrogates), Andy Runton (Owly), Kristian Donaldson (Supermarket), Randy Lander (Formerly of the Fourth Rail, now Comic Pants), and PJ, whose last name I can’t remember for the life of me. Grilled mahi tacos are delicious.
H — Hill, Jonah
I was lucky enough to chat with Jonah Hill. We featured him in Comic Foundry Magazine and he was just as hilarious in person.
I — “I Don’t Get the Joke In the Title“
That was the best attendee response to the magazine.
The second-best was: “If I could read I would quit my job.”
J — Joss Whedon
I told him his shoe was untied. He declined to tie it though, because he didn’t feel like bending over. I insisted since the bathroom we were about to enter was very…wet. He eventually wised up and tied it up. There’s a joke to be made about me making Joss Whedon bend over, but I’m not going to make it.
K — Kiel Phegley, Wizard writer
I don’t know what we were talking about, but I do know it was hilarious.
L — LOST Panel
I didn’t see it (or any other panel, for that matter), but I heard all about it. So much, in fact, I was able to describe bit by bit to other people. Ding!
M — Men’s Room at the Sci-Fi/EW Party
I met more celebs in there than I did the actual party AND the urinal was in the shape of a mouth, Rolling Stones-style. For reals.
N — Networking
I met a bunch of cool people at the show. The ones I can remember off the top of my sleep-deprived head: Nisha Gopalan, James Sime, Jacq (what’s your last name?) from DarkHorse (who LOVED our old Lost Girls issue cover we did last year), Stuart Moore, Gotham Chopra…This list will be updated later.
O — Oh Shit
We found a typo in the first issue of Comic Foundry. That certainly put a damper on things. Pobody’s Nerfect.
P — Party, The Sci-Fi/EW Party
I got to hob-nob with Battlestar Galactica, Eurkea and random other celebs.
Q — Quite Delicious = Missy Peregrym
I walked past her in the hotel. My heart skipped a beat.
R — Recognition
I got recognized twice. I also watched 47 people ask Laura: “Hey, are you Laura from that Myriad Issues blog?”
S — Saturday
Here’s what I don’t get. If Saturday was sold out, where were all the people? Friday was definitely our best day, sales-wise, and Saturday sucked. I heard the exact same sentiment from a lot of other vendors. Discuss.
T — Table Talk
The Best Pitch I heard in Small Press: “It’s about a ninja and a sumo wrestler fighting over the last piece of cherry pie,” Vinny (I forgot your last name but will look at your card later), artist on “It’s Ninja Time!”
U — U Like Us! U Really Like Us!
We had several people who bought the magazine earlier at the con and came back to the table to tell us how much they liked it. Wow.
W — Wolk, Douglas
I read his story in Blender on the plane to San Diego. We had dinner Friday (along with Laura and some Complex dudes). We discussed the possibility of a second edition of Reading Comics, and if/when, him re-writing the book so that Infinite Crisis is named the best comic book. Ever.
X — Xena, aka, Lucy Lawless
I saw her at the Sci-Fi party.
Y — Yuri Lowenthal
We featured the celebrated voice actor in the first issue of CF and we happened to cross paths many times at the show. The first was at a party where we were trying to explain the concept of Second Life to his agent.
Z — Zuda ComicsPosted by Tim Leong on July 30th, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog | 5 Comments »
They had a fun happy hour I attended. I have to say, I love the gimmick they had of giving out blank postcards and having people sketch on them and mail them in. Clever kids. At the party they had some demos and what was most interesting was a new web-comic reader they had embedded in their site. Hmm…
First Image from Comic-Con!
That’s right, table N 11 in Small Press. Find us!Posted by Tim Leong on July 24th, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog |
(photo by Laura Hudson)
Comic Foundry at Comic-Con
Posted by Tim Leong on July 20th, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog | 1 Comment »
Comic Foundry will have a table at next week’s comic extravaganza, the San Diego Comic-Con. We’re at table N 11 in the small press area. We’ll have a couple hundred advance copies of the magazine for sale. These are super exclusive, so if you’re going to the show, make sure come by and check us out!
SDCC06: At the Eisner Awards
Posted by Tim Leong on July 20th, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog | 1 Comment »
Comic Foundry covers the red carpet at the 2006 Eisner Awards
Sorry for the lame headline.
This year was a first for us because we were exhibiting. We were selling preview issues of Comic Foundry Magazine for 25 cents and I definitely had my pitch down to a science by the end of day 1. I was tempted to change my approach to: “Hey, I have two words for you about Comic Foundry: Fucking. Awesome.” But I didn’t do it.
This was also the first time MoCCA put exhibitors on the 7th floor. Everyone will be saying this, so brace yourself for show report repetition: The upstairs definitely had less traffic (insert jaw-drop here), but the trade-off was two things. 1) The people coming up were more committed and devoted and bought better than most. 2) The atmosphere was amazing — with the natural light and room to walk around, it was much more calming. And much less smelly.
Also, all the panels were moved to MoCCA’s gallery space and not the Puck building, but I can’t really comment if that was a pro/con since I wasn’t able to attend any. Though, I heard Bechdel was standing room only and the Jeffrey Brown panel was high-larious.
Laura Hudson manned the table with me and we did exceptionally well and moved a lot of books. Traffic was slow but steady and we got a lot of word out about the magazine. Everyone asked if the whole Diamond situation worked out, and it was great to get that recognition. And for the people who hadn’t heard of us, I gave them the pitch and 9 times out of 10 I got a: “That sounds great! We need something like that!” The other 1 out of 10 was: “Wait, didn’t you cry in that video?”
Random convention note:
Anyone else notice this? It’s so odd in the men’s room during shows, because you can ALWAYS hear someone reading a comic they just bought in one of the stalls. I mean, I’m sure it’s good…but really?
I spoke with MoCCA Maven Matt Murray about it, and he was guesstimating around 4,500-6,000 (including exhibitors), which is slightly up from last year. This weekend was a tough draw for three reasons: 1) The Mermaid Parade, 2) The Gay Pride Parade, 3) The Big Apple Con. Okay, so really two since nobody goes to the Big Apple Cons anymore. Plus it was goooooooooooorgeous out. So, hats off to MoCCA and especially Derrick Kennelty-Cohen for running the show.
–Meeting MF Grimm. The guy is super-cool and I love his tracks. He’s got a book dropping from Vertigo in September and I wish I knew about it before because I would’ve put it in our first issue. Wait? You’re not super-cool and don’t know who he is? Check it.
–Meeting Douglas Wolk. He’s very nice.
–Talking with Kiel Phigley. As Laura put it, Kiel’s my Wizard equivalent of, “But wait, I have a black friend!” He’s a very funny cat.
–The bloggers. Kevin Church. Neil Alien. Ed Cunard. Heidi. All quality people. Apparently I missed Chris Mautner and Jog the Blog, so I’ll have to spite them.
–The catering people.
–SuperSpy by Matt Kindt. I can’t tell you how excited I am to read this book.
–Michael by Fred Chao – an illustrated look at how Michael Jackson aged
–Sundays Anthology – I’m glad I bought one when I did, because those kids sold out
Honestly, I got a shitload of stuff but haven’t looked at a single thing. Updates when I do.
People I did not expect to see:
—DC had a booth (technically Vertigo and Minx)
—Wizard had a booth.
People I expected to see but didn’t:
—Bill Sienkiewicz. He was supposed to sketch and do an art jam with Arthur Suydam, but the dude did not show. SUPPOSEDLY everyone that was standing in line is going to get a free book from Sienkiewicz. Supposedly.
–Kevin Huizenga. By the by, I learned it’s pronounced “High-Zenga.” Learn it. Remember it.
I went to the Top Shelf party but didn’t go inside. Everyone was spilling out into the street and because it was much cooler in terms of temperature and people, I chilled outside. It was the only official party I went to — hopefully other people can fill in the blanks. The one thing I didn’t understand about the Top Shelf party was RIGHT next door there was this other party, the Sexy Mofo White Party, and all these B and T girls were wearing all white. Scantily clad, really, but what little clothes they did have were all white. It got the nerds in a tizzy.
Next Stop:Posted by Tim Leong on June 25th, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog | 3 Comments »
We’ll have a table in San Diego so look for us. We’ll have the exclusive advance copies of the book. Score!
Check out Comic Foundry at MoCCA!
Instead of using that quarter to call someone who cares, why don’t you get a preview issue of Comic Foundry this weekend at the MoCCA Art Fest? You get 16 pages of Comic Foundry goodness, including an exclusive page you won’t find in the real issue. Check us out upstairs at the show. Swing by and say hi!Posted by Tim Leong on June 22nd, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog | 1 Comment »
I usually don’t do this
Posted by Tim Leong on June 21st, 2007 filed in Conventions, Design, Blog, Press Release |
I’m usually not one for posting hype stuff I’m sent, but I have a certain soft spot for extruded typography. That’s why I look forward to checking out the Sundays Anthology at MoCCA this weekend.