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Monday, July 18, 2016


We've come to it at last!  After more than a year of waiting, San Diego Comic Con International is finally here!  Even Mike and Mindy came out of cartoon retirement to get in on the action for a weekend!  So much excitement!  So much to do!  So much to remember!  So much to see!  Like this wraparound ad for Legends on the Marriott Marquis next to the convention center in the below pic!

Honestly don't know if this show was any good, but it certainly got a lot of press, and new wraparounds are already popping up downtown!  They waste no time at all these days!

Okay, I know we are all excited, but I do have some new art to show… In addition to the Mike and Mindy art at the top of the page!  So let's dive in, shall we?  Enjoy...

This week, Pippi Longstocking gets the CRAZY treatment!  For over a century now, this pigtailed tyke has fueled young imaginations around the world, inspiring many to set out on their own adventures.  Not exactly a very positive role model in this day and age, but she came from a much different time when it was alright for a kid to go exploring.  You know, before someone invented video games!  Hopefully I did Pippi some justice in this art.

Okay, now it's time for the main event!  We set the Wayback Machine to July of 2014 for what was one of my favorite years at Comic Con!  It was hard deciding on pics for this post, I just had so many I wanted to share!  But I cut it down to a select few that I hope y'all will enjoy!  And now, on with the show...

In what has now becoming a Comic Con tradition, the Sharknado crew takes over the Gaslamp Quarter!  That year saw the second film get the swag machine rolling.

 POWDERED… TOAST… MAN!!! MAN!!! MAN!!! MAN!!!  This dude clearly does his sit-ups!

This may be one of my all-time favorite cosplay groups!  These guys and gals totally nailed the Disney Villains!  Love the baby as Smee!  Just classic!  Oddly enough, people had a tough time figuring out the hunter.  Here's a hint if your stuck: The movie's title rhymes with "Lambi!"

Another priceless cosplay moment: Gallery Joker and Bob the Goon!  And yes, he was blasting Prince's Party Man in the background.  If you're gonna cosplay at any con, you gotta own it! 

Don't even remember what this was promoting, but it scared the hell out of a lotta people cruising the Gaslamp! 

NBC has taken over Tin Fish Square for a better part of the last five years, but its a nice event for those who couldn't get passes to score some swag and see some pretty cool previews.  The monster in the center wasn't even part of it!  Some dude just built it and was walking around in it!

The FX/Simpsons Zone at the Hilton Park across the street.  The games were pretty fun, but the Homer Dome was a total bust.  We waited almost three hours to get in.  And when we did, it was merely ten minutes of highlights from seasons 3-8 of The Simpsons, or as we fans call it, "The good years."

The notoriously infamous Hall H line!  Abandon hope all ye who enter!

D23 set up a pretty cool gaming lounge for D23 Members, so I took my nephew, who's a gamer and loved Disney Infinity.  Honestly don't know why Disney shut Infinity down.  Its sales were strong and had an insanely devout fanbase.  I guess some things just aren't meant to be for very long.

Meanwhile, Skylanders is doing pretty well for itself!  Between the exhibit hall, the Xbox Lounge, the Nintendo Lounge and the Petco Park Interactive Zone, they had a LOT of coverage!  It's easy to see why these guys are numero uno in the toy-to-game genre. 

Definitely see some interesting people while strolling around outside the convention center! 

Wow.  Didn't think it was possible to out-creepy Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles, but these guys pulled it off!  And if you're reading this Mr. Bay, THAT'S HOW CASEY JONES IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK!!! 

I'm a pretty nice dude in general, but I do tend to let absolute power go to my head! 

If only this were true... 

Just outside the Xbox Lounge, some very interesting artifacts were put on display.  You see, a few years back, some filmmakers went out to the deserts of New Mexico and dug up the fabled E.T. The Video Game cartridges as part of a documentary (Which I really need to see!).  For those not in the know, this game was beyond horrible and due to a severe miscalculation in actual demand for it, Atari overproduced and helped cause a severe crash in the video game market that nearly destroyed gaming altogether!  Yup, that tattered piece of plastic in the pic above almost prevented Mario, Sonic, Halo and Madden from ever happening!  Thank God Nintendo had a trick up its sleeve!  And yes I know Mario existed before!

And so wraps up our look back at Comic Con 2014!  A stellar year at the show with one of the highlight's being Sting finally making his WWE debut!  Glad I saw that one in person because it truly was an honor!  Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time.

Before we close out, we got one last bit of info before signing off!  What info you say?  Why, the annual Comic Con Web Comic Meet Up of course!

Yup!  We are back for our fourth straight year and this time we're going tropical!  We'll be crashing the pool-side bar at the Marriott Marquis right next door to the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 21, 2016!  It's a come/leave as you please sort of deal, so come if you can!  Big thanks to cartoonist Jimmy Purcell for getting the ball rolling again!  For more detailed info, check out Jimmy's Facebook page here!

Well folks, that's all for this week.  We'll be back next time with some more art and a look back at Comic Con 2015!  For those of you going, have a fun, safe and fulfilling Comic Con.  Be sure to drink plenty of water, wear comfortable shoes and regularly use deodorant, can't stress that last one enough!  And please be courteous to others.  With so many under one roof during the hottest days of summer, it's easy for tempers to flare.  But if we all just keep calm and patient, there's no reason we can't all have a great time!  And don't forget, there are PLENTY of fun and free events going on just outside the convention center!  So check it out!  Until then, take care and I'll catch y'all later!

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