Yesterday I started working again back at my part time job after having some holiday. It was back to reality and it’s been a bumpy few weeks. The site once again let me down. I couldn’t upload any images, nor could I send any emails to people. As you can see I’ve had bit of a refurbishment on here, I’ve had to back-date the entries that I’ve written and it took almost two days. Prior to that.. yep it’s a no brainer, I was at London Super Comic Con.
Artist’s Lee Bermejo and Emanuela Luppachino were part of all star line up.
So in place of Stan Lee star guest Neal Adams took up his spot. The Batman artist spoke to a lot of fans whilst charging them for autographs and photos much like Stan the man but take the guy outside the con and put him in a supermarket, would people recognise him as opposed to Lee? Although the decision to charge for autographs and pictures were by his handlers, fortunately I managed to get a free autograph from him when there was a signing session.
Like I’ve said in previous posts I know quite a lot of the people who go to cons now. It was great seeing the regulars there, people I’ve become good friends with over the years, a majority of them bought like myself, early entry tickets. As people were waiting, stewards began lining people up in different queues which led to some consternation.
That’s colorist and equally talented artist Nei Ruffino assisted by inker Nicki Andrews.
As we were told to line up, it reminded me of the scene from the Dark Knight Rises when Batman and Commissioner Gordon square up against Bane in the streets of Gotham. So when the shutters opened geeks suddenly had the ability of Usain Bolt only with added backpacks rush to artists tables. So things began running smoothly as the con got underway. The organisers spared no expense when it came to talks, I went to a great panel which featured panelists Adams, Gary Frank, Brian Bolland and David Finch. The discussions was Batman-centric, it had Bolland explaining his admiration of Batman artist Dick Sprang and Adams’s answering a question as to why Batman wouldn’t work in real life.
The advantage of an early entry pass was to get a bargain back issue(I tried in vain to look for a Incredible Hulk#181) or get on an artist’s sketch list, quite a lot of the top artists there including Lee Bermejo, Chris Weston, Gary Frank, Herb Trimpe, J Scott Campbell were all occupied with requests for sketches/autographs from fans, as for the small press side it seemed overlooked. Small Press and Indie publishers have a big part to play in the comics industry, it’s a springboard for talent. I often pop round their tables and either get a sketch or buy their work.
Angel & Faith artist Rebekah Isaacs.
Unlike Thought Bubble and the missed BICS where they put artists along with smaller lesser known creators it gives the chance for people to have a look at work aside from Marvel and DC. This is something that the organisers could improve and having a better queue system. In fact just last week TB organisers just announced that all their table positions sold out within a matter of hours. That’s how big comic cons have become in a few years.
Probably the most busiest guy at the convention Dan Slott was signing for fans.
No doubt about it, it was an expensive weekend. I was having lunch with my friend at work yesterday and he asked me how much I spent there. I said a few hundred. He was quite shocked when I mentioned this, we’ve had previous conversations in the past regarding artist’s sketch rates and the type of money they demand for pre commissions and convention sketches, there’s also the ugly side of flipping when someone gets a sketch they put it on EBay hence the reluctance of Wolverine artist Frank Cho and with my sketchbook being almost full, I met legendary Hulk artist, Herb Trimpe, had to buy Lee Bermejo a pencil, met the talented colourist and underrated artist Nei Ruffino and the sight of seeing Batman at the bar along with a drunk Wolverine will stay with me. I left the Excel with a sense of contentment. Remind me to thank John(and the rest) for the lovely vacation.