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Gabe / on Wed, Jul 28 2004 at 3:16 pm

San Diego Comic-con

I had a really great time in San Diego this year. I’d like to thank everyone who came out to our booth. We really appreciate it.

I’m just going to list off some of the highlights of the trip for me.

-I got to meet Kazu and the rest of the unbelievably talented artists from “flight”. I heard that they had the second best selling book of the show and I believe it. It’s a stunning collection of work and I highly recommend that you go out and pick up a copy if you haven’t already.

-I got a sketch of the Cardboard Tube Samurai from one of my favorite artists, Stephen Silver. You might not know the name but chances are you’re familiar with his work. He’s responsible for the look at feel of shows like the Clerks Animated series and Kim Possible. He is probably my biggest influence as an artist and having him do a sketch of one of my characters was a real treat.

-I was invited out to a sketchbook party in the lobby of a nearby hotel. It ended up being forty or fifty artists all passing their sketchbooks around and chatting. It took an incredible act of will power for me to overcome my debilitating anxiety and actually attend such an event. Now looking back on it, I’d say is was the high point of my trip. I met some incredible artists and learned a lot.

-I had the opportunity to speak with Stan Sakai for a little bit. As it turns out he is actually aware of the CTS and not only that, he told me he likes my work. Hearing Stan Sakai tell me that my Samurai character was unique and well drawn was almost enough to stop my heart. He even drew a picture of Usagi slicing off Gabe’s head with a Tube. I drew a picture of Usagi for him in exchange. I’m still having a hard time believing that the entire thing actually happened.

Adam Warren came by the booth. It turns out he likes to read Penny Arcade. I was actually too nervous to speak to him while I was autographing his Penny Arcade sticker, and then later when I went looking for him he was gone. I’m not sure what I would have said to him had I actually found him. I probably would have just groaned and spit up a little.

-Tycho and I were invited to talk in a panel about syndication vs. web comics. I’m not sure why we were even there. We never think about Syndication and don’t really have any desire to discuss it. At one point during the panel Tycho said that discussing syndication was like “discussing the circulatory system of an extinct animal”.  Maybe in twenty years I’ll be on a panel called web comics vs. hyper comics. Then some kid can tell me that creating comics for the web is out dated and that everyone should be making comics that are injected right into your brain.

The mail link at the bottom of my post is the one that works now. I’d change the one at the top but I don’t know how.Until I figure it out you can just use the one below.

-Gabe out


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