Here’s a behind the scenes panorama of the CBR Tiki Room at WonderCon as I interview LEVERAGE creator & Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) co-creator John Rogers. Photo by Seth Sherwood.
Check out this fun Panorama that letterer extraordinaire Chris Eliopoulous took while in the CBR Tiki Room, complete with a rather stern look from myself! Bonus!
Just finished up a lovely interview with the creator of MacGyver himself, Lee Zlotoff. Look for the full video interview to be posted next week and thanks to Lee for coming out today.
I’ve known Marvel’s Director of Communications, Publishing & Digital Media Arune Singh for a long time. Arune wrote for CBR from 2001 through 2007 when he moved to New York City to work for Marvel. We’ve been close friends throughout and I’m honored to be one of his groomsmen for his wedding this October, when he marries his lovely bride Michelle.
This week I got the wedding invitation and was pleased to discover a very tangible comics connection inside. Marvel Exclusive Artist David Marquez drew a beautiful rendering of what Arune & Michelle just might look like on their Wedding day, and also if their three cats were allowed to join them. Here’s a front cover scan of the invitation.
Nice job, David! And congratulations to Arune & Michelle!
If you live in Los Angeles, you drive everywhere. While public transportation is better than it was, to get from Downtown to Santa Monica or from the Valley to the South Bay, you really have to drive.
As car culture took hold in California, so did the use of personalized license plates. You see them everywhere in LA. In fact, I had one for 5 years in the ’90s. It said “LA CLIPR” … yes, my fascination with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers has been a bit nuts for years.
The other day, as I drove in to work on Melrose in Hollywood, I found myself behind this car with a personalized license plate I can certainly appreciate.
If you’ve visited Comic Book Resources for a good length of time you know I have a lot of love for cosplayers. Going back to 1996, CBR has regularly featured photos from cosplayers at comic conventions around the world in many, many a photo parade. Yes, sometimes I can be a tad snarky about some of the more, shall we say, poor choices made by some cosplayers, but I really do love seeing the creativity on display. There have been some mind blowingly good costumes over the years.
Where just 15 years ago seeing cosplay outside a comic convention was an oddity (unless you lived near the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, in which case it’s been an every day occurrence for your entire life), these days cosplay seems to happen most anywhere. Even at the Olympics.
I’m watching NBC’s coverage of Women’s Indoor Volleyball this Wednesday evening, a match between Team USA & China, when as the announcer throws to commercial this image of a fan in the audience comes up on the screen.
I’ll be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this. It’s not the choice in costume, or even the fact it’s a relative cheaply made costume. No, I have no problem with that. But, I dunno, superhero cosplay seems kinda wrong at the Olympics. Like it just doesn’t fit in.
Oh, who am I kidding — I’m just jealous and wish I was there! If someone wanted to fly me to London, get me in to events, on the condition I wear a Captain America costume at all times, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s make this plainly clear, I’m a guy. Fairly typical in most ways, especially when it comes to noticing those things women do that they’d like us to notice but don’t. Stuff like new hair styles, new shoes, painted finger or toe nails. Stuff like that. Guys just don’t generally have that on their radar.
BUT, when one of those things is merged with something geek-tastic, well, men start to notice. This happened the other day when I was scrolling through wall posts on my Facebook page and my friend Teaa Bradley posted this picture last Friday.
She dressed up her nails for a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises!” Very nice, Teaa!
Love the hub caps!
This is about half of what we’ll take down to San Diego on Monday. Tomorrow’s our big packing day! Only 6 days to Comic-Con!
Love this!!! Go Clippers Go!
There’s only one thing that could get me to miss FCBD today and it’s LA Clippers Playoff Basketball! Here are the Avengers at LA Live across from Staples Center. Someone should have set up an FCBD booth down here.
Steven Seagle and Joe Kelly in the CBR Tiki Room.
The famous CBR paper Mâché Spidey from TJ hangs from the ceiling in the CBR Tiki Room at WonderCon.
Opens Friday at WonderCon in Anaheim!
This weekend I stopped by a friend’s home for dinner. She just came back from London and was raving about seeing the latest production of HAMLET starring Michael Sheen at the Young Vic. Having read loads of Shakespeare back in High School, she knew I’d find the interpretation fascinating, but when she handed me the playbill for the production I was suddenly interested for another reason entirely.
So we’re getting ready for the DC Comics New 52 Wrap Party in Los Angeles Friday night, co-hosted by CBR & Golden Apple Comics. Follow the link for all the details! Today I’ve spent my afternoon printing out 13×19 poster sized versions of comic covers and artwork from books that will be represented at Friday night. Here they all are, side-by-side.
All of these posters will be mounted on foam core and we’ll have them around the studio tomorrow night when we’re filming our video interviews.
Gotta say, I love that Epson Stylus Photo R1900 printer — if you’re looking for a large format color printer with amazing quality, this is the one for you.
Again, that party is Friday, September 30th at Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood — be sure to stop by!
We finish off our first week of photos from the CBR Yacht 2011 edition at Comic-Con International in San Diego with a photo of me with “Torchwood” star John Barrowman. When we get the video interview online, I’ll have to share with you the full story behind this interview as some stuff went on behind the scenes that was really fun. What an incredible guest and very generous guy. Pleasure meeting John who, BTW, is also a comics creator, having written a “Torchwood” comic with his sister, illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards! So, he gets bonus points for being a comic creator, too!
[NOTE TO SELF: Stop being so squinty eyed in every photo you take! Seriously, dude, get it together!]
Day Quatro of the CBR Yacht/Comic-Con International photos is here and this time we have at “Locke & Key” co-creator Joe Hill! The video interview will be online shortly, but this is another comic creator I’ve never had the pleasure of interviewing and it was a real treat. Fascinating writer and a great interview subject. Honestly, this is just one example of the reason why I do these video interviews at conventions — it gives me an opportunity to talk with some of the most interesting, creative people in the world and that’s no exaggeration.
Day three of the Comic-Con International/CBR Yacht photo roll out continues and this time it’s one of my favorite illustrators in comics, Jill Thompson! Don’t miss my full interview with Jill Thompson on CBR’s Video hub.