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    RED will be fabulous, and we shall paint the town. Har har har.

    I am a spaz, so for those of you I did speak to, I apologise for the ramble without direction. For those of you I didn't speak to very much, it's probably because I was caught up already rambling maniacally.
    • CommentAuthorSpike3185
    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2010
    Holy shit that was fun. We definitely need a Jon Stewart Green Lantern and I'll get to work on that ASAP. Somehow I get the feeling if we sent that to the real Jon Stewart it wouldn't garner a negative reaction.

    A Huuuuuuuuuuge thanks to William Christensen at the Avatar booth, without whom I'd have never made it to the meetup tonight. And also for his help in completing my Wormwood collection. You fucking rock!!!!!!
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2010
    It was a great night. John gave us the essentials of how Transformers relates to American politics. Oldhat regaled us with tales of Canada and how the Statue of Liberty was sure to be a disappointment since she couldn't slather it with slime and save the city from a ghost infestation. Rachel brought a sword fighter and the enthusiasm we lacked after puttering around the convention floor all day elbowing 15 year olds with big damn swords out of the way. Lucid Seraph gave me lessons in how to speak Greek. Spike has vowed to create the Jon Stewart Green Lantern AND gave me a place to sleep (thankyouthankyouthankyou). I basked. Oh, and drank.

    Special thanks to Paul Duffield and Kate Brown for patiently signing all of the shit that I bought, that was awesome. And to everyone at the Avatar booth for being so friendly and helpful and watching my stuff that one time I had to go to the bathroom because I'd had a few beers, but was carrying too much swag to properly...well you get the point. You guys rock.

    PS. I don't think we took any pictures because, frankly, I'm guessing we were all to drunk to remember to do it. Just imagine the most fun you've ever had, ruin it a little by inserting my big mouth and drink a lot of beer/liquor and you'll get the gist.
  2.  (8938.104)
    Yes. See! I'm really not as morose as I seem. I'm a pretty boppy smiley human when i get to interact with the world. YAY!
    • CommentAuthorSpike3185
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2010
    I think most of us would probably fall into the "it was great but I fucking ruined everything!" Even If You Didn't category.

    Whitechapellers always have a place to stay in NY if I know and can do anything about it.

    The only picture from last night that I know of was a cute girl taking a pic of my Nerd Cock shirt while I was on the phone outside. Aside from that I, too, totally spaced on taking any pictures. Something tells me a night like that is best half-remembered anyway. It was awesome, that's enough for me.
  3.  (8938.106)
    This con really had two highlights for me. One was getting to talk to Paul Duffield and Kate Brown in person and express my utter awe at the work they've done in Freakangels (I especially liked their discussion of whether KK is drinking tea or coffee in the print I got)...the other, and the slight winner, was going out with all of you afterward.

    What a great time! Steevo, Spike, oldhat, Rachael and Lucid Seraph were some of the best company I've had since I've lived here. It's a shame I didn't get to see many of you on Sunday also, but so it goes.

    ...anybody planning on starting a RED premiere NYC meetup thread? Because that meetup should happen.
  4.  (8938.107)
    Okay now that I am more awake!

    I was a bit disappointed in the convention itself, but I had a fantastic time meeting all you people. You're all vastly entertaining, and I wish I could remember half the things we talked about (did I agree to write zombie apocalypse fiction? I think I agreed to write zombie apocalypse fiction.) but A Good Time Was Had.

    That said! I have a question for you fine gentlemen (and also ladies). I will be writing an essay on this con (which may eventually turn into a book on convention culture) and if you would be so kind as to oblige me, I have some questions. Obviously you are welcome to decline. But! Namely! What did you think of the con itself (outside Whitechapel meetups of win)? How did it compare to cons past? To other cons you've been to? What about the whole NYCC/NYAF combo platter? Were you impressed? Disappointed? Indifferent? What would you have liked to see done differently? And, finally, outside Awesome Meetup, what was your favorite part of the con?
    • CommentAuthorSpike3185
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2010
    Hey Lucid, I'll definitely be hitting you up for D&D tips later.

    As for your questions:

    What did you think of the con itself (outside Whitechapel meetups of win)?
    Pretty good, and Artists' Alley was fucking insane. I think they definitely needed the extra space but that huge wall in the middle kinda needs to go. On Friday I was thinking "some asshole online is totally gonna bitch about how segregated Artists' Alley is from the rest of the con" but when I went today, I ran into a friend of mine who had gone one of the other days and he spent his whole time going through AA getting comics signed and didn't even know there was another section of the convention! He asked me where the Marvel and Midtown Comics booths were so I said "Other room", he says "what other room?". Fucked. Up. It was fun seeing his and his nephew's faces when they saw the rest of the convention though. The kid just kept saying "wow" again and again as we could see more of the main room.

    How did it compare to cons past?
    There were some organizational issues (the fact AA didn't have a proper alphabetical directory till Sunday was a big one) but that always happens. Overall I was happy, but I suspect quite a few other Whitechapellers would agree that the crowds were really tiring. Especially today. I went in, went to the How To Fail In Comic Books panel, grabbed some shit from the Avatar booth (con exclusives of the first two issues of Neonomicon, which I got signed by Jacen who was still signing at the booth. Thanks dude!), tooled around AA and found my friend, showed him the main floor and then fucked right off back home.

    To other cons you've been to?
    I've only ever been to the last two NYCCs and one MOCCA. MOCCA was pretty cool but it can't compare at all. I have no frame of reference. Ask somebody who's gone to SDCC, they'll give you a better answer.

    What about the whole NYCC/NYAF combo platter?
    Pretty cool. I didn't notice too many more anime fans there than any other NYCC I've been to, so it didn't really make a difference to me. I did think it was weird that they were somewhat separate. Separate panels, separate Artists' Alleys (the NYAF AA only took up one page in the booklet, why not combine?). Strange but not obtrusive and I also didn't learn anything about anime/manga I didn't already know.

    Were you impressed? Disappointed? Indifferent? What would you have liked to see done differently? And, finally, outside Awesome Meetup, what was your favorite part of the con?
    Outside of the meetup and meeting Geof Darrow (he's one of my favorite artists EVER so I couldn't even really talk to him except like 2-word vomit bursts of "ok awesome" or "i'll take that one") it'll probably go down in my memory as just another NYCC. This was the year I finally got my shit together and planned out what I wanted to do beforehand and still built in some wandering time, which is the other reason I cut out early today. I finally got good at going to cons and so I didn't need to go "durrr wheres that thingy? what's going on?" It was an amazing weekend and pretty much exactly what I needed right now, so I really can't bitch but at the end of the day I get the feeling 2010 is gonna be just another year, so this is gonna be just another con after a while. I do have to say, though, that this being my third NYCC I think it was the one where I finally got comfortable going without coming out of it kicking myself too much for missing shit.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2010
    @Lucid Seraph - I almost forgot about that! You did indeed agree to write some zombocalypse fic. If you're still interested I can send you some guidelines.

    To answer your questions, this was only the second con I've been to so I can't give you too much compare and contrast, but it seemed more crowded this year than last. I don't want to say I was disappointed because I got what I went there to get (a shitload of Avatar goodies) and it was fun wandering the floor (when I could move). I do wish it had been a bit less crowded, would have made the experience better. Umm, the anime crowd was a little much, but they were there last year too, just seemed like there were fewer of them. Maybe it's the cynic in me, but seeing so many happy little tweens and teenagers kinda made me want to puke. Then again, I'm a jerk.

    My favorite part of the con was definitely the Avatar table, but again, that's because after all the money I gave them, I couldn't really afford to do much else. Other than drink with you fine folks, of course.

    Take all this as you will. I'm no professional con-man, you know, so mileage may vary. If that even makes sense. It might not, I've started drinking early today to dull the pain of being awake. Also to celebrate the fact that I've done a full day's work for the first time in a week or so. It feels good.

    My Avatar Haul:
    Comic Con Haul 008

    Comic Con Haul 002
    • CommentAuthorSpike3185
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2010 edited
    OK so here's my Jon Stewart Green Lantern. I know it doesn't look much like him but I do like how it came out, so I said fuck it I'll put it up. I'll have another go at just the head and try to put it on there but we'll see what happens.

    Jon Stewart Green Lantern
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    @steevo I am indeed still interested; now I just have to find some kind of inspiration. ^_^

    @everyone: thanks for sharing your stories, guys, this is really helpful.

    Oh, and I see JOHN STEWART LANTERN yes. Marvelous. I do agree it doesn't look like him yet, though I like your inking here.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    @Spike - Awesome drawing, regardless of its Stewart similitude rating.
  6.  (8938.113)
    Yeah, I'm still kind of amazed you did that in less than two days, Spike.
    • CommentAuthorSpike3185
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    Well pretty much what happened was I came home from NYCC on Sunday, took a nap, woke up at 9 PM and aside from a few hours sleep later that night I didn't stop working on it till like 1 this morning. I was using pens and stuff I bought at NYCC so it was just one giant test of the new supplies. It's all flatted for color now on the computer but I usually stop at linework so I'm hoping somebody on Deviantart wants to color it or something cuz I sure as shit don't. At the ass end of the night I came up with a bunch of stuff that I could add that'd make it more of a "Green Lantern: The Real First Flight" kinda thing if I didn't mention it's supposed to look like Jon. I still have to install Manga Studio on my computer and mess around with that tonight but I think I have a pretty nutty idea for how to do the dialogue. Should be fun, I'll update whenever there's anything to update.

    Thanks for all the compliments on it. Always nice to hear.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    Everyone at the Avatar booth was terrific. Picked up a lot of Crossed variant cover issues. Jacen was kind enough to sign them all. As was Paul Duffield. Kicking myself for not bringing my FreakAngels material for Kate to sign. And special thanks to the fella that helped me find the issues I was looking for. I did not catch your name, unfortunately. If you are reading this, thanks bud. :)

    Only bummer --and it is totally my fault-- was the fact Jacen was too backed up when I arrived on Sunday to do a sketch. Note to self: do not show up on the last day of the Con!
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2010
    Sorry I couldn't make it out to the bar on Saturday night. It was nice to meet some of you at the Avatar booth that afternoon!

    Jacen is pretty damn awesome. :) But we knew this, I think.
  7.  (8938.117)
    Thanks everyone for coming by and so glad we were able to help make the con a little more enjoyable for some of you! See you next year!
    • CommentAuthorSpike3185
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2010
    I kept fuckin with it yesterday, although not to make it look more like Jon, but it's improved enough that I figured I'd post the updated one.

    Jon Stewart Green Lanter 2
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2010
    Spike, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA That is so damn awesome. Best mistake in listening I ever made.

    It was really awesome seeing you folks.

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