Saturday, May 26, 2007

Paradise Toronto Comicon 2007 - Women of Comics II & Comics For Kids

Some of the stuff going on at Paradise Toronto Comicon.

Women of Comics II

Brought to us by All New Comics, The Toronto Star, and Paradise Toronto Comicon.

The Women of Comics II Symposium to be held on Saturday, June 9th, 2007 at the Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon will feature top female writers, artists and editors from the comic book and syndicated cartoon worlds.

Click Here to View The Women of Comics II Guest List
Click Here to View The Women of Comics II Programming

Lots of great stuff going on, featuring the Women of Comics!

Comics For Kids

Comics For Kids was created as a means to bring comics books back to young people by inspiring them and their parents and educators to view comics as a valuable and powerful literary art form that promotes literacy and lifelong learning.

Together with The Toronto Star and Comic Book Masters, we have created a children’s pavilion in the middle of the convention floor – The Toronto Star Bullpen. The Bullpen is a child-friendly space where young people can read comics, get sketches of their favourite characters and create their own comic book page! Wow!

The Toronto Star Bullpen will be open 12 – 5 pm on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.

Remember, "Children 12 and under get in FREE when accompanying a paid admission."

Be sure to bring your kids!

Also, on Sunday June 10th, 2007, be sure to check out the panel, Comics For Kids

1:00PM COMICS FOR KIDS (Salon 109)
Join Joan Hilty (Johnny DC), Michèle Laframboise (Les Nuages du Phoenix), J. Torres (Legion of Super-Heroes of the 31st Century, Teen Titans GO!), Dan Davis (Cartoon Network), Mike Cho (Owl), Tania Del Rio (Sabrina The Teenage Witch) as they discuss what kids are reading and how to be successful in kids comics. Moderated by Janet Hetherington.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Paradise Toronto Comicon rolls back prices in 2007!

Tickets now available for puchase on the main page of the convention website through Paypal!

Paradise Conventions has decided to roll back prices to the 2005 level due to the HUGE interest out there for the 2007 Paradise Toronto Comicon on June 8-10, 2007 in Hall C at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place --- Toronto's LARGEST Comic book only show, A 60,000+ SQUARE FOOT CELEBRATION OF COMIC BOOKS, MANGA, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND SEQUENTIAL ART, now in it's 5TH FABULOUS YEAR as a 3-Day comic book show.

Plus, now that we have moved to June, you get to see Toronto during it's best - warm weather makes for a great road trip for those of you located outside of the Greater Toronto Area. For our American friends who come up this is one of the cheapest admission prices for a large show of this quality you will find during convention season!

We also know that each day of the convention holds something a little different for comic fans.

Whether you need to be the first to the dealers to find the books you need for your collection, or be the first on the guests' commission lists. Friday's Preview Night (3PM - 8PM) is the night when the excitement begins. We'll also be running the exclusive Stan Lee video interview from last year and some great comedy films courtesy of SRProductions!

Saturday is THE big day for the Paradise Toronto Comicon --- it's the day of the 2nd Annual Women of Comics Symposium, the special Strangers in Paradise wrap panel and party, the 25th Anniversary of Grendel panel, all of the guests are scheduled to appear, Max the Mutt Animation School Comic Book Workshops with comics professionals, plus the new COMICS FOR KIDS TORONTO STAR BULLPEN and our other panels and special events. Saturday (10AM - 6:30PM) ends with the Joe Shuster Awards presentation over at the Holiday Inn on King (8PM-10PM), which is free to those who have a pass (of any kind) for the Paradise Toronto Comicon.

Sunday is the day for bin diving! Your last chance to find the collectibles missing from your list, to catch up with the guests, to make your way through Artists Alley to see the cutting edge and the next great comic book creators, or to catch a panel! Plus Comic Book Masters will be running some great comic book drawing workshops and the COMICS FOR KIDS TORONTO STAR BULLPEN will still be going strong. Art collectors take note that Sunday is the concluding day of the Annual SILENT COMIC ART AUCTION with funds raised to benefit the Hero Initative and the North York Harvest Food Bank. Sunday should be a fun wrap-up to another amazing year of the Paradise Toronto Comicon.

2007 ADMISSION PRICES (All Prices in Canadian dollars):

Tickets can now be purchased online using Paypal. Please note that no physical tickets will be issued or mailed to you --- YOU MUST PRINT OUT YOUR PAYPAL RECEIPT AND BRING IT TO THE COMICON BOX OFFICE TO PICK UP YOUR PASS.

1-Day Pass: $15
Can't make it all three days? The single day pass gets you in on the day of your choice and gives you FULL access to that day's events.

2-Day Pass: $25
Got to work late on Friday night? Have a prior obligation on Saturday or Sunday? No worries. The 2-Day Pass gets you in on the days you can make it for the show, and you save $5 in the process. This gives you FULL access to the events on the days you attend.

3-Day Pass: $30
For the Comic Book Super-Fan, the 3-Day pass is your COMPLETE access to everything at Comicon. As a BONUS thank-you to all who purchase the 3-Day pass we will give you one of our EXCLUSIVE Comicon variants from 2005 or 2006 (AS LONG AS SUPPLIES LAST). So not only do you get in three days for the price of TWO, you also get an exclusive variant!

ALSO, please note that ALL CHILDREN AGED 12 AND UNDER GET IN FREE when accompanied by a paying admission. The 2007 Paradise Toronto Comicon promises to be fun for the whole family of comic book fans, and this year's special COMICS FOR KIDS TORONTO STAR BULLPEN promises to be fun for the younger set!

No gimmicks required. Just straight-forward prices for straight-forward fun and excitement, without the long lines and disappointment at being treated like a piece of cattle. Our commitment to you is that we put on the kind of show WE would want to attend... because you know we're COMIC FANS ourselves.

Paradise Conventions

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts - May 24th, 2007 (Canadian Edition)

Yea, comics came out today. Yay! This past week has been so off for me. First, with agreeing to work last Friday morning (after working the closing shift on Thursday), when I usually have Fridays off now (though I am working tomorrow night). Second, with Motor City Comic Con on Saturday, taking up my entire day, most of it spent driving. Sunday was a normal day at work, but friggin busy, since Monday was Victoria Day, that I had off.

And because of Victoria Day, the new comic releases got pushed to Thursday, instead of the normal Wednesday release. Comics are out next Thursday as well.

Birds of Prey #106 - This was pretty good. The Birds vs. the Secret Six again, but more. I'm gonna miss Gail Simone on this title, when she leaves. Artwork in this book was gorgeous!

Captain America #26 - Not as good as I hear people say it was, but that bar fight at the end was good. Bucky rocks!

She-Hulk #18 - This issue should've came out before the Incredible Hulk #106, but didn't. Still a decent issue, but I think I'm done with the title. I'm also gonna try to stay away from anything that has to do with Greg Horn. Met him last Saturday... found out what kind of person he was... not impressed. I left that off my Motor City report, because I wanted to bring up the good time I had there.

The Spirit #6 - Another great story! Scarborough! Scar-beria gets a mention in this book.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fan Expo Canada 2007 Guest List

The guest list for the Sci-Fi and Comics part of Fan Expo Canada was released last week. These are most likely the two I'm gonna focus on this summer, with my main focus on the Comics.

I've been hearing mixed reviews about this guest list. Who I am kidding? Most people I've heard from, are disappointed with the guest list. As for me, I like it.

From my perspective, it's hard to top last year's guest list of Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Mike Mignola, Humberto Ramos, etc. But, it's still a pretty good guest list, and I am not disappointed, whatsoever.

I'll start it with the important one for me....

John Romita Jr. – World War Hulk Artist
John Romita Sr. – Industry Legend
Ed Benes – Justice League of America Artist, making his first con appearance, EVER!
Simone Bianchi – Wolverine Artist
Olivier Coipel – Thor Artist
David Finch – World War Hulk and X-Men Cover Artist
Greg Pak - World War Hulk Writer
Steve McNiven – Civil War Artist
Dale Eaglesham – Justice Society of America Artist
Michael Choi – X-23: Target X Artist
Chris Sprouse - Midnighter Artist
Many more here

Hayden Christensen - Guest of Honour, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader
Jake Lloyd - Young Anakin Skywalker
David Prowse - Original Darth Vader
Daniel Logan - Young Boba Fett
Adam West - Batman, Mayor West (Family Guy)
Tricia Helfer - Battlestar Galactica
Hayden Panettiere - Claire Bennet (Heroes)
Charisma Carpenter - Cordelia (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Angel)
Sean Astin - Sam Gamgee (Lord of the Rings)
Jonathan Frakes - Cmdr. William Riker (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Many more here

As I said, I think it's a pretty good guest list. Whether the actually convention is good or not, will be determined after the convention.

Paradise Toronto Comicon 2007 Guest List Update

Haven't made a mention of the updates to the guest list, though I added them to the side.

Appearing on Saturday June 9th, 2007, from 11AM-1PM. Limit of one signing item per person.

Industry Legend, who's work includes working with Bob Kane (creator of Batman), on the Batman title.

Co-writer of The Cross Bronx, and NYC Mech.

Click here to view the full guest list

Monday, May 21, 2007

Motor City Comic Con Report - May 19th, 2007

Motor City Comic Con Program Cover by Mark Sparacio & Billy Tucci

This past Saturday, I made my second trip down to the United States of America for a comic convention, the Motor City Comic Con. Accompanying me to the US, my bro, who just sat in the car, constantly spilling Nibs in my car. I have this feeling, there's still some in there.

The trip started off at 5:15AM, when we left the house. Last year, we left almost an hour later, because we woke up late. This year, at least, we left somewhat on time (shooting for 5AM, so 15 minutes wasn't too bad).

Photo taken around 6:00AM, or so, on Hwy. 401, pass Hwy. 410, I think.

Figured, by the time we get to the convention, it'd be around 9AM. Yea, that didn't happen. Made a stop at the same Sunoco gas station, as last year, but then went to a Tim Horton's not too far from it.

We got to the border crossing around 8AM-8:15AM. I managed to choose the slowest moving line at the border. The border guard wasn't as much of an ass as the one last year, but still an ass. We got passed the border around 8:45AM-8:55AM (so much for being at the convention by that time).

Beautiful, ain't it?

We ended up reaching the Rock Financial Showplace at the same time as last year. Just after 10AM. I guess I just wasn't driving fast enough. Last year, a good portion of the drive was me going 140+km/h in my car that felt like it was going to fall apart.

During the trip, my car finally reach 70000km. I've had it for just over 4 years, and it only has 70000km.

The shot of me, reaching 70,000km... also breaking the speed limit by a nice 29km/h.

We got inside the convention around 10:35AM, and went to check out the Artist Alley, getting to know where everyone was seated. I ended up finding David Petersen (Mouse Guard) and put my name down for a sketch, and handed in my sketchpad.

After, I quickly got a couple books signed by Michael Golden. After, I continued looking around, and went to see Billy Tucci and Mark Sparacio, and got a couple items signed by both of them.

(I drive to Novi, MI, and the first four people I hit up, are four guests appearing at Paradise Toronto Comicon. Such a great guest list in Toronto, I guess seeing them here gives me a little bit of extra time to see the rest of the guests in Toronto).

Still waiting for my sketchpad, I held off on meeting Stan Sakai, and Sergio Aragones. I end up searching for the CGC Booth. To my surprise, I see Peter (of over at the CGC Booth. Then I see Kevin (of Paradise Toronto Comicon), who was working at the booth for part of the weekend. Good seeing them again, and I'll see them in a few weeks, at Paradise Toronto Comicon.

I also submitted two books for CGC Signature Series, Usagi Yojimbo #100 (signed by Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragones, and Guy Davis), and The Astounding Wolf-Man #1 (signed by Jason Howard). Looking forward to getting those two back.

I ended up heading back to David Petersen, to check on how the sketch was coming along. He hadn't started on it. I did pick up a copy of the Mouse Guard Fall 1152 Hardcover, from him. He did a small remark inside the book.

Mouse Guard by David Petersen

Unsure of when I was going to get the sketchpad back, I decided to break out my sketchbook, and went around to the other guests I wanted to meet.

First up, was Guy Davis. I brought a couple of books for him to get signed, and got a sweet Hellboy sketch from him.

Hellboy by Guy Davis

Next, I went to see Dick Ayers, and got a book signed by him. I was hoping to get a sketch from him, but he had a panel to go to, and I ended up skipping him for the rest of the day.

I went to Sergio Aragones (creator of Groo), and got a couple of books signed by him, and a quick sketch from him.

Groo by Sergio Aragones

Next up, the man who was on top of my list to meet at this convention, Stan Sakai (creator of Usagi Yojimbo). Much like everyone else so far, I got a couple of books signed by him, and a quick sketch from him.

Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

And I had to...

Stan Sakai & Me

Sergio Aragones and Stan Sakai both remarked my Usagi Yojimbo #100 cover (the copy that I didn't submit for CGC SS).

Usagi Yojimbo #100 remarks by Sergio Aragones & Stan Sakai

At that point, I decided to roam the convention, just to check it out. Took a bunch of photos, so see the end of this to see some of those photos.

I went back to David Petersen, and picked up my sketchpad. Got an awesome piece done of Lieam, from Mouse Guard.

Lieam by David Petersen

Once I picked up my sketchpad, I noticed that Bruce Jones had arrived, so I went to get a bunch of books signed by him (most were my brother's). Then I went to see Jason Howard. I put my sketchpad down for a sketch from him. I didn't end up getting it back for quite a while later. He did remark two of the copies of The Astounding Wolf-Man #1 I brought (both, not the ones I submitted for CGC SS). Just click the links to check them out. Remarked Cover #1. Remarked Cover #2.

Some more roaming around, taking photos around the convention. I also went searching for William Messner-Loebs, to get a couple books signed by him. Took me a while, but I did find him.

Continued roaming...

Lunch... roaming... photos... roaming...

I end up getting my sketchpad back from Jason Howard, and got a very awesome piece of the Astounding Wolf-Man.

The Astounding Wolf-Man by Jason Howard

At this point, I was pretty much done. It was like 2:30PM, but I wanted to make the most of the convention. I ended up taking quite a lot of photos. For the media celebs, I took photos from a distance. As for everything else, I just took more random photos.

I went walking around some more, and notice Andy Bennett sketching. I decided getting something done by him, but I wasn't too familiar with his work (nor am I now). I did get a quick Batman sketch. I also picked up a pre-done Catwoman piece from him.

Batman by Andy BennettCatwoman by Andy Bennett

At this point, I decided on getting a sketch from Tommy Castillo. I was undecided on what I wanted to get done, since his name was announced. I even spent a good portion of the drive deciding on what to get from him. I finally decided when I saw one of the paintings he had on display.

Spider-Man by Tommy Castillo

More roaming... spent a little time looking through the bins, but being there for only one day, I didn't look for too long. I did pick up an issue of Daredevil. Issue #26, the first issue by the Bendis/Alex Maleev team-up. Went to get more food.

I decided on getting something done by Andy Price. I've seen some of his work on, and the price was right, so I dropped my name down for a piece. He was finishing off on another piece or two, and said to come back before the show ended.

I noticed the line for David Finch was pretty short, so I decided to line up for him. With his covers for World War Hulk, looking the way they are, I decided on a sketch of The Hulk.

The Hulk by David Finch

Had a nice chat with David during the time he was doing the sketch, about the con, upcoming work (Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America: Spider-Man, out soon!). Most likely gonna see him and his lovely wife, Meredith, again in Toronto this summer.

At about 5:30PM, I went back to Andy Price to check the status of the sketch. He had just finished it.

Supergirl & Wonder Woman by Andy Price

Once I picked up the sketch, that was it for the convention. My bro and I decided to leave, but not before getting some dinner before the long drive home.

I gotta say, that area, really needs a fast food joint around. But since there wasn't one, we just picked any restaurant that didn't have too many cars infront of it.

Big Boy!

That's right, I'm a tourist!

I had the Big Bleu Cheese. Quite messy, and I really should've gotten the meat a little more cooked. Won't be having that burger ever again, but it wasn't bad. I just don't like the food dripping all over my hands.

After dinner, we headed back home. Not sure how Hwy. 401 was during the trip back, but Hwy. 402 from Sarnia to London, was pretty messed up. No lights around, just reflectors signs leading the way. Then it started to rain heavily. It got to a point where we decided to make a stop at the next service station, which was still 30km away. About 10 minutes before getting to the service station, the rain was gone, and the roads were dry. Figured, we got passed the rain. Still made the stop. Needed me some Tim Horton's coffee.

Left the service station, then like 10 minutes later, we hit the rain again. Sonuva... the rest of the ride was on-and-off raining, some parts were really bad. We got back home before 11PM.

In the end, it was a nice trip.

As promised, here are some photos at the convention.

And now, the media guests

Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.

Peter Mayhew
Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca)

Jeremy Bulloch
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)

Billy West
Billy West (Philip J. Fry, Futurama)

Lou Ferrigno
Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk)

Christy Hemme
Christy Hemme (TNA Wrestling, former WWE Diva, Playboy Cover Girl)

Gail Kim
Gail Kim (TNA Wrestling, former WWE Diva)

Mia St. John
Mia St. John (IFBA Lightweight Champion of the World, Playboy Cover Girl)

Now that this is over, I can now focus my attention to Paradise Toronto Comicon. See ya in there!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts - May 16th, 2007

Went to two shops, and no Satan's Sodomy Baby. I'm really looking for a copy, and I'm hoping to get one sometime soon. I'm also gonna hold off on the Mouse Guard hardcover, until this weekend, when I'm at Motor City Comic Con. Hopefully, David Petersen will have them for sale. I also held off on the Runaways vol. 3 hardcover. I'll get that soon.

All Star Batman and Robin The Boy Wonder #5 - It's been a year since issue four, and we're finally introduced to the Justice League of America. Wonder Woman! Don't like her hairstyle. Issue 6 should introduce Batgirl. Looking forward to that.

Countdown #50 - Not bad, but I'm gonna skip the next couple issues.

Fallen Son: Death of Captain America #3 - Captain America - Pretty good issue. Saw a potential candidate for the new Captain America.

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #12 - Not too sure why I picked this up. The Flash vs. the Rogues.

Justice League Of America #9 - I enjoyed this issue, but I'm really looking forward to the next part, the Justice Society of America issue.

Local #9 - Great issue! Megan McKeenan remembering her mother, and paying tribute to her. Fantastic.

The Mighty Avengers #3 - Wonder where that ending leads to.

Painkiller Jane #1 - With how Jimmy Palmiotti ended this issue, I'm so on board for the next one, and more!

Ultimate Spider-Man #109 - Kingpin playing mind-games, the team find out who is the spy, it all ends with the next issue, which will be Mark Bagley's last Ultimate Spider-Man issue!

Ultimates 2 #13 - In a way, I was kinda disappointed with the ending, and how long it took to get to that. The tribute part of the issue was good.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Boughts and Thoughts - May 9th, 2007

I completely forgot to pick up Amazing Spider-Man #540. I guess the cover was one that didn't stand out to me, even though I've seen it. And I forgot my PDA in my car, so I couldn't check what else I was missing. I'm making the trip out tomorrow to pick it up, and possible Countdown #51.

Guy Ritchie's The Gamekeeper #2 - The first book I read today, and I really enjoyed it. This could so be made for a movie. Make it happen, Guy Ritchie.

Hack/Slash #1 - Okay, I enjoyed this. Vlad's scene in the middle, at the coffee shop, was a great way to lighten the story. Hoping the next issues won't contain as many flashbacks, if any at all.

Immortal Iron Fist #5 - Next issue seems to be a big showdown.

Madame Mirage First Look - I didn't really read this. I'll just wait until the first issue comes out.

Marvel Zombies Dead Days - So, this didn't really show how it all got started (i.e., the first bite, or how the first person got infected). That was kind of a downer. Though, it did lead to before the Crossover with the Ultimate Universe.

New Avengers #30 - RONIN IS REVEALED! Well, the new Ronin. And as the cover shows, Dr. Strange gets stabbed with a sword.

Nova #2 - Somewhat misleading cover, but I enjoyed the issue. I'm looking forward to the next issue, unless that's a misleading cover too. Then I'd be pissed.

Punisher War Journal #7 - Punisher as Captain America? Okay, so it happened in the last issue, but Frank Castle is still attached to that friggin pole. After two issues, and he's still attached. I'm quite disappointed with Ariel Olivetti's artwork. Most of the background is just straight up photos, and he digitally drew the comic over those photos. This was my last issue of this book.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Free Comic Book Day 2007 Report - May 5th, 2007

The day has finally arrived, and I was set to embark on a wonderful tour of Toronto. Or, as it was put, The Gauntlet. Yes, my plan was to hit up all three signings in Toronto, for Free Comic Book Day. My planned order, 1) Paradise Comics, 2) Silver Snail, 3) The Beguiling.

I did just that, but first, I decided to head over to One Million Comix, mainly to head over to Curry's to get a few portfolios, so those 9"x12" sketchpad pages, since they fall out so easily. Curry's ended up being my first stop. Then I decided to check out what's happening at Grey Region Comics. Well, nothing was happening.

I went down thinking that One Million Comix opened at 10am, but was wrong, so that threw off my timing for everything (mainly, the signings). Well, once One Million Comix opened up (around 10:35am), I proceeded to pick up the bags + boards I needed. Then I picked up a bunch of comics from the FCBD books. Key pick up, Amazing Spider-Man: Swing Shift.

Next stop, I went over to Comics & More, to check out the FCBD happenings there. The store was pretty crowded, preventing me from looking threw the bins and trades. I ended up just getting three FCBD books, with the key pick ups being the Astounding Wolf-Man, and Owly.

After that, I headed over to Paradise Comics, for their signing. It was just past 12pm, but no guests had arrived. I did run into Milo of Digital Kontent and Kathryn, on the way to the shop. Once in, Peter Dixon, owner of Paradise Comics was relaxing, while helping everyone out. The store was slightly busy (the busiest I've seen, since the Thomas Jane signing). I picked up a copy of the Unseen Peanuts comic, and a Limited Edition Batman Heroclix. I also picked up the Incredible Hulk #106 (not free, and was recently announced as a sell-out). I also picked up a copy of Korgi, by Christian Slade.

Zatanna by Agnes GarbowskaZatanna by Francis ManapulThe first two guests to arrive were, Francis Manapul, and Agnes Garbowska. Once set, I was able to get a sketch from each of them. I decided on getting the same character from both artists, Zatanna.

While the sketches were being done, the Paradise Conventions crew started showing up. First, Jeff, which was the first time we introduced ourselves, as we are members of the BendisBoard. Then Allison also showed. Then Kevin Boyd, co-promoter of Paradise Toronto Comicon, arrived. Had a chat with Kevin, before leaving for the other signings.

Silver Snail Poster by Adam HughesNext on my tour was the Silver Snail. It was packed in there when I arrived around 2pm. Grabbed my sketchbooks, and check in my bag. Proceeded to the free comics, which had a line-up to get. Picked up some books, but the selection was running thin. Also, I grabbed a free toy, which I gave to my little brother (a Pikachu magnet). I then proceeded to the signing upstairs, and it was also packed. I went to line-up for Leonard Kirk, who was an unannounced guest. Other unannounced guests were David Ahn and Sean Ward, in addition to the announced guests, Ty Templeton, Jason Armstrong, and Karl Kerschl.

Superman by David AhnWhile in the line, infront of me was Kathryn (meeting once again during the day), and Edward (another convention regular). I also noticed that there wasn't a line-up for David Ahn (Strongarm by Image Comics), and I asked for a Superman sketch. The line-up behind me got somewhat long, for a store signing, and the store got very hot. Had a few young teenagers there, acting like teenagers would. Quite annoying. One especially, and the rest whined like kids. I don't mind when kids whine like kids, but teens... nevermind.

Stargirl by Leonard KirkOnce up for Leonard Kirk, I decided on Stargirl. She is definitely one of my favourite Justice Society of America members (Thank You, Geoff Johns). While there, all of the guests began taking breaks for lunch, while Leonard Kirk finished off my sketch, before he went on break. Once the break was announced, I was glad to see the crowd cleared out, not wanting to wait. I ended up sticking around, cause this was something that I'm used to, waiting at a table with no one there. It definitely was beneficial for me, because I became first in line for Karl Kerschl. Chillin', looking around at all the Star Wars toys, that I would've wanted to have in my teenage years, when I was a huge Star Wars fan.

Kid Flash by Karl KerschlLobster Johnson by Jason ArmstrongThe guests slowly started to return back from break. Ty Templeton was the first back, deciding to sketch a few more before taking off. Leonard Kirk returned to sketch for the Superman little boy. Jason Armstrong returned (seated next to Karl Kerschl), so I asked for a sketch once he got back. He's working on the upcoming Lobster Johnson mini-series, so I decided on a Lobster Johnson sketch. He showed me some pages from the series, which look pretty good. Karl Kerschl then returned, and I was able to get a sketch of Kid Flash from him.

Once the sketch was completed, I decided to head back downstairs, and I ended up getting some more free comics. Bad thing, Silver Snail ran out of the FCBD comics. Good thing, they started giving out issues of 52. SCORE! I picked up five issues I didn't have, bringing my collection of 52, to the halfway mark of the series. I doubt I'll collect the rest, but I found that to be a good pick up. I also grabbed a little Disney's Princess toy for my little sister.

I headed to the front, and grabbed a few of the Adam Hughes Silver Snail posters (see the coloured picture above). Those posters are huge. I was thinking they would be 11"x17" or something like that, but 15"x27". I got nowhere to put them, or display them.

I then proceeded to The Beguiling. I was originally hoping to get there by 3pm, but I got there after 4pm. The patio/porch area where the signing was taking place, was directly in the sun. That must've been rough for everyone, but it looked like everyone was in good spirits. I picked up a couple copies of Comics Festival 2007. My intentions are to get it signed on both covers, just on separate books. I'm getting there, and I'll most likely see everyone (with the exception of the late Doug Wright) in the coming months.

Donna Troy by Kalman AndrasofszkyI dropped off my sketchbook for Kalman Andrasofszky (who had a slice of pizza in each hand), and got a Donna Troy sketch, once he was done eating. Seated next to him was Howie Shia and J. Torres.

Cameron Stewart was seated across from them, but at the time, was packing up to leave, after spending most of the afternoon there. Before he took off, I got the Comics Festival 2007 issue signed.

Jellaby by Kean SooColby Reynolds by Jim ZubkavichI picked up a copy of The Makeshift Miracle from Jim Zubkavich. Jim was in great spirits, just kept getting anyone that walked by to check out Comics Festival 2007, and gave them each a copy. He ended up running out of copies at his part of the table. Great stuff! Hopefully this gets people really interested in the comic book medium.

Next to Jim Zubkavich was Kean Soo and Ray Fawkes (I think... I'm sorry, some of the guests, I don't know what they look like). I got a sketch of Jellaby from Kean Soo.

Vampirella by Chip ZdarskyNext up, Chip Zdarsky. He was finishing off a sketch, before I got there. I am not sure why I stuck with getting Vampirella, since I still haven't found a copy of Chip Zdarsky's Monster Cops (I'm still looking, I swear. I didn't see it at Paradise Comics, Silver Snail, or The Beguiling... maybe I should ask someone, sometime... lemme know if you see it somewhere). I'm actually quite happy with the Vampirella, and Chip Zdarsky rocks!

Captain America by Michael ChoAnd the final person of the day, and final sketch of the day, Michael Cho. He was nice enough to make this his final sketch of the day, after a long and tiring day of sketching for people.

After the sketch, I went inside to check out The Beguiling. Other than Chip Zdarsky's Monster Cops, I didn't have anything else in mind that I was looking for. I proceeded to head home at the time.

Taking the subway back to my car, I noticed that a bunch of people that attended the Global Marijuana March, was already back on the subway, heading home (or wherever). Way to support legalization! Quitter! Burnout! There to bum a joint off others, weren't you.

Yea, I found that funny.

Thanks to the shops (One Million Comix, Comics & More, Paradise Comics, Silver Snail, and The Beguiling) for the books! Thanks to Paradise Comics, Silver Snail, and The Beguiling for putting on wonderful events! Thanks to Francis Manapul, Agnes Garbowska, David Ahn, Leonard Kirk, Jason Armstrong, Karl Kerschl, Kalman Andrasofszky, Jim Zubkavich, Kean Soo, Chip Zdarsky, and Michael Cho for the sketches!