Thursday, August 09, 2007

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Comic Cons!

Comic Con was busy this year. A sweaty, humid, stinky kind of busy. Like ten thousand stormtroopers cried out that they wanted to bathe, but were suddenly silenced. I think at one point it took me almost an hour just to find the people I was supposedly with. Of course, during that time I got to see Star Trek's "Q", had a cute girl in red shorts flirt with me (and mysteriously vanish), bought a really cool print of an elephant with fire coming out of his trunk (which mysteriously vanished), ate a really tasty pretzel dog, and found the print again.

CN's booth was a little bigger than last year, and I think we had a much better location. That being right across from the one-legged pinup girl from the "Planet Terror" booth. The kids waiting in line to get their picture taken with the Eds couldn't take their eyes off her. Remember: There's no better babysitter than a hot amputee.

I have to thank all the fans who came and overfilled our auditorium for the panel. Even though it's been a rough year (and in some ways it was a rough Comic Con), it's nice to be reminded why I'm doing this in the first place. Everyone had great questions and everyone I got to meet in person seemed pretty nice. I mean I'm sure some of you were jerks, but thanks for suppressing your natural urges for a few moments during our encounter.

It was great to meet Nick from MySpace after all this time, and great to see Tara again, if only for a moment!

A special thanks goes out to Kristin for making this for me on her birthday. Way to think outside the box!

And another special shout-out to Major Doctor Ghastly, seen here with CN Executive Jay Bastian. And look! She even brought the Chief along for the ride. Ghastly... come home baby. I miss you.

So here are a few moments of what you missed if you weren't able to come. And if you were able to come... let this be a sobering reminder of what a nerd you are.

Comic Con Fun!

The infamous Elvis Trooper hangs with my pal Jabba.

Geeks. Why did it have to be geeks?

It seems none shall pass without receiving a thorough
tongue lashing from James...

For those of you wondering what Comic Con is really all about,
it is this:

A bunch of people on the phone. All the time.
What, are they looking for something bigger and better?
Why not talk to me? I'm right here.
Am I not good enough? Is that it?

Oh wait. I'm doing it too.

"Batman drinks because his parents are dead."
-Curtis Lelash, 2007

Hangin' with the Beastmasters.

The 2007 Creator's Dinner

Danny Antonucci and I express our primal cartoon rage.

Once he sobered up with the help if his Boy Wonder, Batman was
able to apprehend The Nerd, once again rescuing Gotham
from an evil plot to corrupt children with crude fart jokes.

Signing bags with the voice talent!

Greg Eagles (The Grim Reaper), Vanessa Marshall (Irwin),
and Richard Horvitz (Billy) were all there, yo! Where were you!?

I still can't believe he really did it!

Curtis and I killed Superman. Again.

See you next year...


Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Trick-or-Treating in August

I do apologize for the seemingly needless drama of posting a big picture and not explaining anything. But to be fair, I was also being lazy. I figured that if I started talking about Comicon I wouldn't be able to stop, and since so much happened I'd be writing all day instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing... which is working on Underfist.

So all of my Comicon reviews and thank-yous will have to wait a few more days. For the moment, just kick back, relax, and let Underfist knock some sense into you!

The Underfist Halloween Bash!

I pitched Underfist just for a laugh about a year ago. It probably wouldn't have even made it to Atlanta if C.H. Greenblatt and Jay Bastian hadn't also been so excited about it. So I sent off a few drawings (inclusing the group shot in the previous post and the drawing of Skarr below) and the next thing I knew I had a Halloween Special for 2008.

Yeah, let's get that out of the way up-front. It's still over a year away.

"My sugar-free double-shot half-caff mocha!"

Per the bible, Underfist is the continuing story off Hoss Delgado, Skarr, Irwin, Jeff the Spider, and Fred Fredburger, and their battle against evil monsters from the Underworld. Sort of like adysfunctional half-monster "A-Team". The action takes place (strangely enough) in the near-future of next Halloween. Hoss has obviously been through some rough times since we saw him last, and Skarr has augmented his love of growing plants with a new love of growing facial hair.

I'm really happy with the way the storyboards are turning out. It's still got a "Billy & Mandy" feel, but it's really all about epic slapstick battles and fnding out more about some of the favorite secondary characters. If you thought Hoss was just a generic beat-em-up lunkhead or that Fred Fredburger had nothing more to offer than running off to go poo-poo, you're in for a pleasant surprise.

Billy, Mandy, and Grim do make a few brief appearances, but Underfist is truly a spinoff and truly its own show. It's still too far out to be giving away the story, but I'll try to leak something every once in a while. And not the stuff I usually leak. You wouldn't want that. Trust me.

In the mean time... "May the Fist be with you..."