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San Diego Comic-Con 2008 was a blast. it was entirely exhausting, but a blast nonetheless. like going to an amoeba records, but in comic form with the addition of cosplayed attendees. and a lot of free loot! lots of highlights to mention, but just like the event itself it would be overwhelming to try to mention them all.

one of the coolest parts of comic-con is being able to meet the writers and illustrators.

J.G. Jones was on hand to sign my copy of Wanted (probably most known now for being the loose basis of the movie starring angelina jolie and james mcavoy) along with my copies of Final Crisis #1 and #2 (DC’s big summer event and currently my most anticipated comic). his art is amazing. very nice guy.

i was really stoked to be able to see adrian tomine in person. current favorite comic artist. he drew a cool picture in my copy of “Shortcomings” in a matter of minutes. i attended his panel discussion where he gave some (very well spoken) insight on how he got started in the comic business.

got a copy of Action Comics #340, the first issue that superman villain, parasite was introduced. back in 1966, the comic sold for 12 cents. you can’t get anything for that price anymore!

picked up a copy of omega the unknown #5. the original series came out from marvel in the late 1970’s, about the mysterious alien hero title character, a 12 year old boy, and the strange relationship they have with the world. i’ve been reading the reboot of the title (2007) written by jonathan letham and illustrated by farel dalrymple (farel’s art is a great inspiration) so it was cool to have a copy of the original series.

i bought a bunch of other comics, but the fantagraphics booth really tested my self control over my wallet. fantagraphics puts out work from a bunch of great american comic authors and does it with smart and stylish packaging. picked up gilbert hernandez‘s “new tales of old palomar” and Kevin Huizenga’s “Ganges.” “Ganges” has got to be one my favorite comics in a long time. the storytelling comes from the heart. please read.

also great: mark todd‘s “bad ass” and “lame ass.” they are equally hilarious. example of a bad ass: darth vader. example of a lame ass: scrappy from scooby doo. so true.

side note: street fighter IV looks great.

mad magazine pointed out some likely scenes that you might find at comic-con, and it’s so true:

one last thing. congrats to “Laika” for winning an Eisner!

thanks to jmar for letting me tag along and for setting up the venture.

a few Comic-Con exclusive items that i picked up this year:

Vintage Charlie Brown bobblehead made by funko.

exclusive gold version of King Ken by Strangeco/Amos Toys.

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