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July 24, 2004

Comic-Con International 2004

Frinklin and I attended Comic-Con today at the San Diego Convention Center. We skipped the three hour registration line we stood in last time and were scanned, tagged, and viewing really, really bad amateur art just minutes after walking through the doors (I so wanted to link to some really, really bad fantasy art there, but I’m afraid of the consequences of such a link. There is no shortage of bad fantasy art out there to choose from—feel free to Google “bad fantasy art” and see how many nightmarish images you come up with). Pre-registration is the only way to go.

I love comics. I especially love independent, oddball comics. While Frinklin goes for a lot of the big-tits/big muscles/big explosions stuff I head to the Small Press Pavilion. I buy mini-comics by the handfuls for 50¢ a pop, I search out publishers like Slave Labor Graphics, and I revel in obscure new finds.

A few of my favorites today:

· egg story by J. Marc Schmidt is absolutely fabulous. Who knew eggs went through such angst over their lives? Who knew an egg could have ninja aspirations?
· Domestic Abuse by Jeremy Lambros is genius. The dramas and anxieties of everyday objects are simply illustrated with maximum impact. This is one of those comics you either get or you don’t. I’ve added him to my permanent links with a banner he supplied. He updates his site daily with a new comic. How I love this one.
· Martin's Misdirection by James Burks is just as great as last year. His art is wonderful and I love Thurston. Thurston for President!

I also want to give a round of applause to those who dressed up for the Con. Well done. Well done. Especially that guy dressed as the Green Lantern. And that other guy dressed like Aragorn. And the 17 or so Legolas elves. And the 300 Jedi. Kudos to you all. Except for you, girl wearing the creepy fur-kini. You know who you are.

P.S. Where were you Tyler? I’m waiting for my next installment of Stylish Vittles. I realize you have a life and all, but I need to know what happens!

Posted by Ensie at July 24, 2004 09:50 PM


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