Please keep in mind that I work for a NATIONAL newspaper. And yet they still find the time and space to keep me humble. Thanks, guys!
I wish I knew which staffer wrote this paragraph, because I’d love to sit them down and tell them why they’re wrong. I was at the show this year and all I saw were people excited as HECK for comics. I spoke to several rooms packed FULL of people, with lines around the corner, who wanted to see Image creators. I was on a manga panel where a crowd of people cheered or gasped or laughed at our choices for best and worst manga. I personally spoke to several dozen of people a day who wanted to read Rocket Girl or Lazarus or Deadly Class or Kung Fu Bible Stories. I watched Jasons Aaron and Latour blow through their signing lines. I watched Scott Snyder hustle to make sure the fans were right. I watched Kelly Sue DeConnick do her thing with aplomb at what seemed like every single moment of the show, and I watched Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction make a couple hundred people a day smile goofily. People kept telling me how good the panels were and how it made them fans of authors they’d never heard of before. One cosplayer said that sneaking her into the Saga signing made her whole weekend.
And that was just the experience of one man working one booth. Boom! was hopping. Fantagraphics looked great. Vertical had some of the best books at the show.
If you were at SDCC and you don’t think comics had a fantastic presence, if you’re judging the significance of comics through whatever announcements to buy things that aren’t out yet came through, you need to adjust your sights. You’re aiming in the wrong direction.
Judge it by the smiles, not the capitalism.
Sadly, it’s not to be. No plans in the near future to return to the UU. But, it’s in extremely capable hands. :)
Working on the FF is quite literally a dream come true. I’ve loved them since childhood and getting to play with them and whatever twisted versions they let me dream up is seriously one of the most exciting things I’ve ever gotten to do.
So, I’m hoping and praying my time playing with the characters isn’t over, either.
Thank you so much. Issue 5 is NUTSO.
I’m so incredibly grateful to Marvel for the weird things they let me do.
But, I’m taking some time to work on my creator owned books, and some non-comics stuff right now.
But, no, no middle fingers anywhere.
Here’s where I’ll be today, folks. Don’t forget to get your BRAND NEW BUNKER TPB’s, Issue 5 advances, and THE LIFE AFTER exclusives, AND your very own EXCLUSIVE BUNKER PIN SET!
FRIDAY, July 25
11am - Signing Ultimate FF - Marvel Comics - Booth 2329
3:30 pm - Signing - The Bunker / The Life After - Oni Press Booth - Booth 1833