Hey, here are some words and pictures about San Diego, 2012. This year was a busy one. I usually take a day to myself to walk the floor, but this time, I spent almost the entire show behind our booth. My buddy Eric and I both had our daughters with us, and guess what ya'll, booth babies generate sales. I never feel complete until I've gotten out onto the floor at least once, though, so my lovely wife took over and gave me a chance to get out for a bit.
One thing I saw a lot of during the show: Turtles. As expected, Nickelodeon is going all out with this thing, and for the first time I can remember, the TMNT were cool in San Diego. And they were everywhere. When I woke up at 6 am, an overly-enthusiastic reporter was mixing up their names on the news. When I walked down the street, two chipper gentlemen hit me up and forced Turtles comics upon me. "You like Ninja Turtles?" they chimed. "Boy, do I ever!" I happily replied.
At first I was like, "this is amazing!" But then I turned all hater. See, back in the day, I used to walk the SDCC floor from one end to the other, hoping to find some obscure piece of Turtles merch hiding among the shrunken skulls and mood beads of the booths that time forgot, or maybe a couple of Mirage comics lying in an unassuming quarter bin. No one ever carried Turtles stuff, and all I got for asking was a few strange looks. But this year, everyone was a Turtle fan. All I had to do was leave my booth, hang a left at Lou Ferrigno, and I ran smack into was a vendor selling vintage TMNT stuff from the earliest days of the franchise, at ridiculously over-inflated prices. It was Bone Thugs after Crossroads all over again. Still, it was cool to see the Turtles finally get their props at the boss of all comic conventions, and I definitely got a little rush when I laid eyes on that booth full of the stuff I used to search for years ago. I ended up lurking in there for a good half hour or so, just for old times' sake.
A couple of rows over from us, the Th3rd World guys were premiering the new Stuff Of Legend Omnibus (trust me, just buy it). Michael Devito flew in to my hood before the show, so we drove down to San Diego together, muscled our way into some free parking, and managed to get set up just before the doors opened. I've said this before, but that's a good crew. Great guys, great comics. Check out this incredible gift I received from Stuff Of Legend artist, Charles P. Wilson III. How beautiful is this? Very, that's how.
I also made my way to the BOOM! Studios booth, to pick up a copy of the Peanuts SDCC Exclusive with a cover colored by me. I've been coming to this show since I was a kid, so being able to pick up a mainstream comic that was premiering here with my name in it was pretty special.
I got a chance to meet the entire IDW Ghostbusters team. I've been saying for months that this is one of the best books on the shelves, and the guys that produce it are all class acts. Thanks to Erik, Dapper Dan, Luis, and Tristan for hanging, chatting, trading some art, and just being some super cool dudes.
This was my daughter Sophia's second Comic-Con. She's been a Yo Gabba Gabba fan since she was about 6 months old, and this year, she got to meet DJ Lance Rock in person - twice. The first time, she and my wife were walking back to our hotel when a cosplayer dressed as Lance stopped to say hi. Sophia was in her stroller, so he got down on one knee to talk to her for a bit. It wasn't until he'd said goodbye and was walking away that my wife realized that was no cosplayer - it was the real DJ Lance. I'm sure he'd probably had a bunch of photo op requests already, so it was incredibly nice of him to just stop and chat to my little girl for a minute. He was signing across from the Nick booth the following day, so I pulled the hey we work for the same network card (judge all you want suckas, this was for my daughter) and we were able to sneak in for a couple of photos with him, and also with David Crespin, who plays Muno on the show. Soph was far less impressed the second time, but it's the memory that counts.
All in all, fun, hectic, crowded, awesome, and as always, my favorite trip of the year.