I have returned to Seattle from the 2009 San Diego Comic Con.
I am tired. Wiped out. Done in. A stiff breeze would push me over (or destroy me like the Magic: The Gathering Path To Exile card above). And yet I also feel great gratitude for the time I was able to spend at the convention, the work I accomplished, and all of the friends I got to see and make. It was four days of high stress, high takes and high octane.
As Lev Grossman said in his recent Time article, “I don’t think humans were meant to go to all four days of Comic-Con.”
I don’t know about Lev, but I attended all four days and normalcy is at least a week away from happening for me.
Anyway, I have a lot of great posts to write about this week. I thought it would be fun to start with the original essence of Comic Con—penciled and sketched artwork. I stopped by to see my friend Todd Lockwood at his San Diego Comic Con booth. Todd is a super nice guy, extremely talented—to the point I actually do hate him at times for his genius—and I thought it would be fun to interview him and put him on the internet(s) for all of those artists either wanting to break into the field or those who are fans of Todd’s work.
Turns out as soon as I walked up two fans were requiring Todd’s attention, one of whom wanted a sketch done. I snuck into Todd’s booth on cat’s paws, his wife Rita grinning in amusement at me, and I turned on my cam without Todd knowing.
This is the sketch he produced:
It was very cool to see that pen dance over an empty white page.
I will post the interview with Todd tomorrow. By the time the interview was conducted, he and I were both dreadfully tired, it being late in the day on Saturday and our life force slowly bled away by the pumped in air, false light and rampant misty body odor. But you will see some of Todd’s newest art as well as what he thinks of it.
In the meantime, I need a vacation from my vacation!