July 22, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con, Here We Come!

It's that time, again!

Every Summer for the last decade or so, Tommy and I have been attending the San Diego International Comic-Con, here in California. For those of you who don't already know, Tommy Kovac is a comic book creator who writes and illustrates his own works for publisher, Slave Labor Graphics. So far, his body of work includes the books 'Stitch', 'Skelebunnies', 'Autumn' and, most notably, the highly acclaimed Disney Press published 'Wonderland'. That last one was a collaboration with artist Sonny Liew, who did all of the beautiful illustrations complimenting Tommy's well-crafted story. If you have any appreciation for Disney's 'Alice in Wonderland' movie, or Lewis Carroll's original books, you would probably like 'Wonderland'. Tommy based his tale on both, while creating something entirely new and inventive. You really should check it out!

Cover of the Disney Press 'Wonderland'
graphic novel.

(To be clear, SLG first published the story
as a series of 6 single-issue comic books.
Then, Disney Press published them all
together in one graphic novel.)

If you're not familiar with Comic-Con, let me enlighten you. The San Diego International Comic-Con is the annual convention for all-things comic related. And even some stuff that isn't! It's been drawing thousands upon thousands of attendees each year for about 40 years, now. You would not believe the crowds unless you'd been amongst them personally! It really is an "experience" being at the convention. And when we go, we always attend all 4 days of it, so I'm always more than ready to leave when the final day approaches! I do have some fun, and I like being a supportive husband, but 4 whole days of that craziness and crowd congestion is quite exhausting for most anyone.

This is but a mere taste of what it's like walking around
on the convention hall floor.

Here is what it looks like outside the convention center, at the
end of each day. It's chaos in the streets, I tell you!

One of the most entertaining things to see at the convention, is the people. Well, the people who are not afraid to wear a costume, anyway. You see all manner of dress, too! Everything from total head-to-toe Klingons (with those big prosthetic foreheads and face make-up) to barely there, skimpy, flesh exposing "outfits". And believe me, you don't want to see some of the people who choose to share their physical attributes! For some reason, they seem to think that they're quite a hot property, and most of them are soooo not...

Look at this gaggle of giddy girls in their goofy getups!
Of course, the skimpier ones are tame compared to some...

A Cylon from Battlestar Galactica attempts to intimidate his
way through the thick crowd of humans.

I rather like this one! I guess that
she's supposed to be like some kind
of burlesque interpretation of
Batman's Joker?

No, they're not martians. It's the Shreks, of course!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this one
actually is a martian! (...with a coordinating
green Starbucks drink, natch!)

O.k., I just threw this one in for the ladies...
No, I didn't. I really threw it in for the boys!
(But if the ladies enjoy it also, that's great.)

This one kinda scares me, and I'm not sure why. Is it some sort
of Super Panda Girl? What would her powers be, I wonder?

This one might be my absolute favorite! I mean, it's
Darth Vader on a rickshaw! I just don't think it gets
any better than this.

Well, that's about all I have time for. I still have to pack my suitcase and fill the gas tank so that we're ready to take off to San Diego tomorrow morning...

I know it's only mid-week, but have a great weekend once it gets here! I'll be having a weekend full of sensory overload, while wading through tons of people just like I've shown you.


All photos via Google Images


  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Husband! Super Panda Girl scares me, too. Imagine you wake up in the middle of the night, groggy, wondering why you're awake, then you glance over at the doorway of the bedroom-- and SUPER PANDA GIRL is standing there, STARING!!! But I guess she's not as terrifying as Darth Vader in his rickshaw.

  2. WOW!!! I am IMPRESSED!!! Tommy, you are one talented guy. Gosh, I would like to have 1/4 the talent you have. I can see why Anthony loves you...and why you love him. He is quite a special guy and I know that anyone he loves is just as special. You guys have a wonderful trip! Enjoy every moment! Wish I could tag along.:)

    xoxo to you both!

  3. Sixpence, that's very sweet. :) It's amazing to me how many people are out there with oodles of talent, and unfortunately it's a much smaller number that get published, or recognized for it. And you're right, Anthony is an incredible, talented, special, awesome guy. I couldn't navigate that crazy convention and all the social expectations without him!

  4. Thank you, Six! You are too kind!

    And thanks for checking out Tommy's work. Of course, the Wonderland book is waaaay tamer and clean compared to some of his other stuff, like Skelebunnies! I guess that it just proves how versatile Tommy can be, huh?

    We DID have an excellent time at the convention this year. Although, I'm guessing it would have been even better if YOU had tagged along! I'm sure that your first-hand impressions would have been entertaining...

  5. Looks like a happy-happy Place!
    I want to hug The hello Kitty girl...and yesss, and the bare-chested hunks too (more than hug if I could-blush-blush*). I'd like to congratulate you, dear Anthony & Tommy on your Anniversary! Big hugs & kisses to both darlings...

  6. Thanks, Lenore!
    We went out to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner (and dessert, natch!) as our little celebration... but now we're feeling like stuffed piggies! Why do we do that to ourselves?

    I thought that you might like the bare-chested hunks, and I was RIGHT! I plan to share a few pics from this last Comic-Con, also, but I'm sorry to say there won't be any more half-naked men for you to enjoy. :(

    Instead, I'll be showing a photo or two of a lady that was dressed as Alice (in Wonderland) AND also happened to be a dead-ringer for Bette Davis! I kid you not! It was bizarre.

    Hugs & kisses back at ya!

  7. I LOVE Darth Vader in the pedicab. Just writing that makes me laugh. Your photos and comments are so great. I can't wait to read your post about the Con this year. was it fun? was it hotter than hell?

  8. Hey, Jules!
    Was that politically incorrect of me to call the thing Darth Vader's sitting in, a rickshaw? I didn't know they were also called a "pedicab". At least, the guy on the bike isn't wearing a coolie hat! ...And eating rice.

    The heat wasn't that bad down in SD, this time. Of course, we were inside of an air-conditioned convention center most of the time. But even when we were outside, it wasn't too bad. Coastal breezes, you know!


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