After about 4 1/2 hours of sleep, I wake up and head out to the Javits Center for the first day of New York Comic-Con. Upon arrival, I go straight to our table in the Podcast Arena. Co-host Joe, along with the awesome Iz (Our Lady of CNI visiting from Wales) had set everything up nicely! The Arena was in the back in the center this year. Right next to the food court. A better location to be sure, but still not much flow through traffic.
I did a quick run through of the floor and immediately run into Blair Butler from G4TV. She's always so sweet. If you remember, she used to come on Comic News Insider somewhat frequently. And with her popularity, there has been an increase in her on air duties. She said she was going to call me and promises to try her best to come by our table to chat with us. Hopefully, it will work out because she is Queen of the comic book nerds. And we love her!
I continued my run through and said hi to a lot of friends including Jimmy Palmiotti, Fletcher Chu-Fong, Fred Chao, Mike Dawson, Mike Norton, and many others. Back at the CNI booth, we set up for our first charity raffle to benefit The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF). As we figured, first day and a smaller crowd. But the winnings were spread out pretty good. We were donated a TON of swag. So, people are missing out. Tickets are only $1 or 6 for $5!
Good friend, Carrie Tucker, was our first guest to sign. She was elated that she sold a few of her books, I Love Geeks. As were we.
Next up, Molly Crabapple joined us for a 2 hour signing. She sold some of her Dr. Sketchy books and chatted up folks. At one point, a video podcast called Geeks With Issues came over and asked if would mind being on camera and saying a few words. Naturally, we obliged. Stay tuned for info on that one.
A cute moment with Iz. She had never met Mike Norton and wanted him to sign a page she had of his art. She asked me to walk her over to introduce her to him. She was so cute and giggly and in her words, "groupie"-like! Mike was genuinely happy to meet her as they had been in touch on the forums and through emails. I wish I had captured it on camera!
Another great moment of the con. Jimmy Aquino met Jimmy Aquino! That's right folks. Worlds collided! Jimmy Aquino of great radio show fame, A Fistful of Soundtracks, was in town for the show. I had gotten a hold of him previously. Really great guy and we had a fun brief encounter. He's going to swing by so we can chat with him. Will our CNI Dawgs be able to handle 2 Jimmy Aquino's?
The loquacious and hilarious Tony Lee joined us post IDW panel to give us some big news he dropped. That he would be writing an ongoing Doctor Who series for IDW! Don't worry. We only chatted for about 10 minutes. I shot him with a knockout dart to be sure.
Shortly after, "Alan Moore" joined us to discuss some new ideas and his hatred for Hollywood. He stuck around to help us out with our last charity raffle of the day. More folks showed and lots more prizes were given out!
A strange "superhero" named Lava Roid made us uh....asked us to interview him and we agreed. Reluctantly. He truly frightens me, this Lava Roid. After we gracefully and carefully ended our interview, he showed us his special powers. It was not pretty. I'm still getting the stench out!
Tony Lee came through by introducing us to Dacre Stoker. He's the Great Grand Nephew of Bram Stoker. Yes, he who wrote the Dracula novel. He got the rights back to the story, and along with Ian Holt, will be writing a sequel to Bram's story using some of his own original notes and characters! Due out later this year, so pick that one up, Dracula fans.
Post con, we all split up. Some to hit the night time panels or movies being shown, others off to eat and drink. I ended up at Landsdowne pub and ate with Mr. Phil of Indie Spinner Rack, Tony Lee and friends. Soon joined up with Heidi Macdonald, Ben McCool, Ben Templesmith, Jenny Robb, Nikki Cook and a few others for drinks. Many drinks.I know it was many drinks because I didn't notice until 2am that I didn't have my keys. I had brought 3 big bags full of books and stuff to the Javits center. I casually tossed my keys into the biggest bag. You know, the one I LEFT AT THE JAVITS CENTER. I didn't want to wake my landlord upstairs, but knew I would have to. So, I ended up staying out later with Nikki to kill time so I wouldn't interrupt their sleep too much. (Well, to hang with Nikki too, of course!) I knew they were leaving for Japan in the early morning. If this happened tonight? I'd be shit out of luck for 2 weeks. Thankfully, they were home and let me in after I called them. And I feel like an idiot for it. Watching Battlestar Galactica made me feel better for a hot minute though. HOLY FRAK!
I've barely slept and it's looking like I will get about 4 hours. And then back to do it all again!