Monday, July 26, 2010

Comic Con 2010-Staying at the Top for Thread Additions


So who of you out there is coming to this year's Comic Con? I'm shocked that it's coming up again so soon. I want to start warming up my brain and getting in the mood. So what's everybody looking to sell/buy this year?

Ellis Note- I changed the date on this post so it will stay at the top as we talk Comicon.


138 comments:

  1. I've got the barcode, so it'd be a shame not to show up. Can't really afford to have a wish list for much of anything. I think I'll show up at the crack of dawn Saturday, spend a full day and that will be my con. We'll have to rendezvous at some point. I think Jeff is speaking this year. Tagsters can be holding a golf green pennant and we'll coalesce that way.

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  2. Your friend writes great gags.

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  3. I look forward to meeting everyone. I'm in Artist's Alley and will be selling T-Shirts, copies of the preview comic that my new company, United & International will have there - The first section of Gun Nose Presents (Gerardy pencils and DeZuniga inks) is one of five stories inside, and will hopefully have about 10 copies of Gun Nose Presents in black and white to show people of consequence. ;-)

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  4. I'd love to attend, but don't see it happening. Hope everyone has a great con.

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  5. I want to attend the Emerald City Comicon someday.

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  6. Tom C.: Best wishes! I hope the con goes well for you!

    Tom M.: Yes! 2011! You've got a place to stay!

    Ronnie!: Dude! We will have our own comic con at the next TAG meeting! Be there!

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  7. Change of plans.... I'm coming down for the Con! See you soon!

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  8. Good job Rick. Lets all meet at Tom's table Saturday.

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  9. Great Rick! What changed? Is the whole family coming down?

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  10. Yes, the whole family... I'm going to stay here and work while Sue and the kids are doing their camp thing in the Bay Area, then I'll fly down to meet them and we will all drive down together to SD on Friday (hopefully not breaking down like we did the last time), hang out in Southern CA for a few days then make our way back up to WA.

    I think Sue is going to get us someplace to stay, but I'm guessing I will need to figure out a way to get to the convention center.

    Whoo hoo!

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  11. What days will you be going Rick? I usually go Thursday, Friday and some on Sunday. I usually skip Saturday, but not necessarily. Maybe there's a day we can all go together. I'm not sure what days Raymond will want to go, but I'll talk to him more in the coming weeks and see what he wants to do.

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  12. I'll try to find out my A.A. table as soon as possible. It'd be fun to be at the center of such a creative hurricane.

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  13. Probably Sat., as that's the day Ellis said that he is trying to get a TAG gathering together. Perhaps we should get some Sat. night something or another set up a head of time so as to insure everyone can make plans accordingly.

    Also, did someone say that Jeff is on a panel? Does anyone know when that is?

    There is at least one other artist from work who is going to the con that I know of, and it's likely there are other TAG North folks going to the con that would probably like to get in on a TAG convergence.

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  14. Look at that package. It's just sitting there.


    I might goto Comic Con!

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  15. He's got the Adam West problem. Needs dual layer supporters.

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  16. I'm not on a panel unless it's a panel on the hidden messages In Cork or Ron Thompson: Legend

    I will be at the con preview night to Saturday.

    Btw is anybody involved with the shel Dorf art benefit?? I'm doing a piece and painting a Munny for it. Check the TAG Facebook page for more info.

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  17. Ack! I didn't know people are using the Facebook group!

    It sounds cool... I think I need to read it a bit more carefully to see if I have the time to put something together.

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  18. I checked the TAG Facebook site. It looks like the last post was May 16. Nothing by Jeff in sight.

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  19. I like your new ID picture Tom Moon

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  20. Thanks Ellis, I got up this morning and did it. I figure I should be able to do at least THAT much work, even if I don't post regularly here.

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  21. My plans continue to evolve... I'm probably going to fly down on Friday and then the family will be driving down from the Bay Area on Sat. I might want to pester someone for a ride to the con... not sure where I will be staying that Friday night, either.

    If the Ranjo-Scanlons are still around on Sunday, I'm sure that we would love to get the families hooked up to hang out for a while!

    In other news, Monday will be Denise's last day of high school... she's dropping out to attend the University of Washington in the Fall. (I'm not sure I mentioned that here before)

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  22. Rick, if you don't mind sleeping on a couch or futon, stay with us Friday night. You, Raymond and I will do something together that night. What time will you be flying in on Friday? Early enough to go to the Con that day?

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  23. Ah, Batman #147 from 1962. Some people may think this was a terribly silly era for Batman, but I have great memories of this kind of story. Back when post-WW2 science fiction elements permeated all of comic-dom.

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  24. I love that Batman era. The 70s should not be considered definitive. Batman was a wacky idea that had a wacky execution for its formative first decades. Like goofy horror stories are only scary when you're a kid.

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  25. Thanks for the offer Tom... that sounds like a great offer to me!

    I don't actually have a flight yet, but I will look into an early flight so that I can have some day there.

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  26. Cool Rick. If you can book a flight early enough Friday I may be able to pick you up from the airport as well, bring you to our house to drop your stuff off and then we can all go to the Con. In fact, if you want to take a late night flight in Thursday, you could stay here that night too. Don't worry about coming in really late even; it's no problem picking you up.

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  27. I'll let you know my arrangements as soon as they are made. Thanks again Tom!

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  28. Will be at the Con as well (as usual). You can find me in Artist's Alley in , I believe, the AA section. I'll probably be selling the same Cork books as last year and maybe even selling DVD copies of the first episode of Ghost Provokers! Come by and bother me! Especially Ranjo. He's got such a succulent ass.

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  29. Succulent Ass is his porn name.

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  30. Scott don't talk about my donkey like that!!

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  31. I never sounded out the name Mr Mxyzptlk as i read it. In my head it
    sounded as

    Mr Mix-pit-all-tix.

    I guess it should be more like

    Mr Mix-zip-talk

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  32. Back in the Silver Age days, one of the comics gave the pronunciation of his name as mix-yez-pi-TEL-ik, but one of the Warner Brothers Superman Animated Cartoons gave his name as being pronounced mix-yez-SPIT-lick. This comic was published in 1960 when I was seven years old. You never forget stuff that was cool when you were seven. Like water rockets, five-cent balsa wood glider planes and Red Devil Fireworks.

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  33. What's with the background on that comic? That is the most phoned in background I've ever seen!

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  34. Funny, I never noticed that. It's a Curt Swan cover, and a lot of his cover backgrounds from that same era of World's Finest are done that way, but this is one of the simplest. There are so many figures on the page in this one, I guess he must have thought super-simple-graphic would carry it best.

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  35. In the first story of Psychoanalysis #1, the patient Freddy Carter is mad at his father for pushing into sports, and mad at his mother for teaching him to love music and painting, thus making a "sissy" out of him.

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  36. Freddy's at the G20 summit right now working out his issues.

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  37. "Now scram outta here! Your time is up!" If only psychoanalysts actually talked like that!

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  38. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhlWddAXSRA

    I posted it on Facebook as well. Scott Shaw posted it first. Everyone will probably see it so much in the next few weeks that it will be baffling why I wanted to share.
    It made me laugh.

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  39. I wouldn't mind if my psychoanalyst told me to scram just as long as he quit smoking that darn pipe during my session.

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  40. Note: In the early sixties, it was difficult to keep world-destroying devices off of your head. Hey! I sound like a Rick Schmitz caption.

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  41. Better not replace my head with anything like that. I've got a list.

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  42. Tom: Ha! I wish all my captions were that clever!

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  43. Will you be sitting at a booth or just wandering around Kali?

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  44. So what are the plans for Saturday night dinner/meetup??

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  45. wandering wandering


    I waited to long to ask for my free pass- it no longer comes with a free guest pass! So I'm trying to figure out how to get Nico in!

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  46. Almost 50 comments. Wait a minute...

    Do we need plans yet. We got 3 weeks

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  47. I recommend asking Brent where he's going to be Saturday night. Last year he was at Kansas City BBQ ... It'd be nice to all meet up someplace. ;-)

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  48. One of my favorite stories from my boyhood, the backup feature in Brave & Bold #47 Strange Sports Stories - "Saga of the Secret Sportsmen". Fifty years ahead of his time, the author predicts the video games industry taking over the earth and making mankind too soft to protect itself from the invading Uranians.

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  49. Carmine Infantino. Very important artist in my personal memory banks. I saw on Facebook that Walt Simonson is going to do an Adam Strange meets Space Ranger story. With his little round alien pal Cryll. I also thought that was hot shit when I was a kid.

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  50. Yes, I love this Infantino era before he became a little too stylized. Of course I didn't know who the artist was until I grew up. I loved Space Ranger and Cryll. Hope the story's good.

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  51. Are these updating photos from you scanning Tom?

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  52. Yes, every comic book page I've posted comes from me scanning a comic from my personal collection. I woke up one day with the desire to go through my whole collection and make sure each comic was bagged and boarded. This has occupied me for the last few weeks, and has caused me to put my whole life on review. Each comic from each different decade summons up memories of what was happening in my life at the time. You know, supposedly Scrooge McDuck knew every single coin in his three-cubic-acre money bin, where it came from and how he acquired it. (Now I've got to find the issue with him talking about that.)

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  53. Not since Hercules cleaned the stables has there been a more daunting task.

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  54. I recognized the Infantino pencils as well. I wasn't aware of him until his Star Wars days, which I think by Tom's standards he was past his prime.

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  55. Hey, are any of you going to Comic Con? The one in San Diego?

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  56. I am Marty. Need a ride? Do you have a badge? I would lend you my guest pass, but a friend is coming in from out of town to stay with me and will be borrowing it.

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  57. I'm just there Saturday Marty. I could give you my badge at the end of the day and you can do the mellow Sunday and get some deals.

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  58. I meant "I am, Marty" not "I am Marty". No one's Marty except you, Marty, and one should not make such a claim if you are not Marty.

    "Marty, Marty, Marty." If you say it over and over it starts to sound odd.

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  59. Love that Carl Barks. So I guess this story involves Scrooge losing his mind?

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  60. He's losing his memory, goes to a doctor for a treatment, and it unlocks some long-forgotten recollections of BURIED TREASURE.

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  61. I've decided my ComicCon is entirely dependent on the vote on unemployment. I can't justify the miscellaneous money burns (gas-tire rubber-parking garage, at a minimum) unless I have some sort of cash replenishing.
    Of course a job would be better. I've got a few applications floating around.
    We'll see if the vote happens and how it goes the 19th.

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  62. What sort of work are you looking for, Ellis?

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  63. Ellis work.

    I just got a call about something that may bear fruit.

    The deal is I can't move without really being punished and losing all the value of the place I bought. But I'm very lucky that something that satisfies the Ellis work definition can be found in the LA area as quickly as it can be found anywhere.

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  64. I get contacted from time to time from headhunters with different sorts of jobs in different locations, not just in Seattle. I just wanted to know how you are defining "Ellis Work" these days so I can keep my eyes open.

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  65. Rick, I've got little chance for the jobs being offered in games. There's too much talent on the hoof, younger, ready to do the work.I can model and texture in Maya or Max but so can a ridiculous amount of other people.
    I've never managed anything.
    So I'm looking for jobs that need drawing ability and tech ability with something like Flash or Storyboard pro. I'd like to do Motion Comics or Storyboards etc. That's what I have been targeting. I have a couple of reels out and one test. The test may be the thing bearing fruit. It involves Storyboard Pro.

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  66. *** sigh ***

    Now I get to announce that I am also laid off ... Rockstar San Diego did in 44 employees today ... very sad. Kind of a top to bottom go through, senior people, jr. people and all the way in between. So, Comic Con is ONE BIG PARTY!!!! ... and I'll be beating the bushes like everyone else.

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  67. This is getting really bad. Rick Schmitz, seriously, PopCap's doing well isn't it? Have they ever considered starting a branch down here? It's a good time to pick up lots of talented people.

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  68. Saturday at 4pm SOE is having a block party, whatever that is. Joe Shoopack sent me an invite. Tim Webb, animator who used to be at SOE, and I will attend. You never know. I'll make sure to wear an open backed shirt to show my lash marks (just a joke). ...

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  69. Hope the Sony thing happens Tom. I would think your Bluesky history made you a shoe in. As Weezner makes the point on facebook, this is "our" industry's biggest shame. Putting talented , dedicated people through an incredible marathon of work, and then releasing them when the title ships.

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  70. So is that what happened with Red Dead Redemption? Is that game doing well on the marketplace?

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  71. Sounds like the Game industry in SD is shot to hell. Even with a "2 month " call back, and I don't know if it really will be that long. This whole economy is at the hands of the SUITS and their RED markers. Very depressing and I've been shit of of luck for a year and a half, it's not been fun scrapping for survival after being gainfully employed for a LONG time.

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  72. Just got back from a company meeting. SOE has laid off 35 people, 21 in San Diego, 14 from the other studios. No one I know personally so far, but we just got the news.

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  73. Various answers: Red Dead Redemption is the highest selling game that Rockstar San Diego ever made.

    I agree with Weezie. Shame shame shame

    And with Krayonzilla, too.

    I'm silkscreening a shirt for Comic Con that says (in the RDR font) RED DEAD REDUNDANT

    I can only respond to such times with humor, the wry-er the bet-ter.

    Sorry about SOE. Maybe the Block Party will have beer.

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  74. Jesus Fucking Christ! I'm away from the TAG blog for a couple of days and all Hell brakes loose!

    Yeah, I remember reading about the animation industry being like this years ago... staffing up for a big film or TV show and then laying everyone off when they are done. I'm not sure it's still like that, but it wouldn't surprise me. It seems so short sighted to take a talented team who has figured out some great ways for working together and send them all away when the HIT project is done. Why wouldn't you, oh, I don't know, maybe make ANOTHER HIT GAME WITH THE SAME TEAM? No wonder EA and Rockstar take 4 years to make a game... they have to re-invent the wheel for every game.

    To answer Tom M.'s question, yeah, PopCap is growing right now, but no plans of starting up an office elsewhere (we have big offices in Seattle, Dublin and Shanghai and small ones in the Bay Area and Chicago already)... but we are trying to build up our Social gaming team up here in Seattle. 99% of what we do is 2D as far as game art is concerned... probably not what most of Rockstar folks have focused on. If anyone knows any senior UI artists/Graphic Designer types who are looking for work, send them my way. We are also looking for producer/product manager types, too, but I'm not involved in those searches.

    Tom C., send me your resume... I hear things from time to time about what's going on and we may get lucky. Same with you, Ellis. You never know...

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  75. http://weirdellis.com/Goodson-Reel/3D-Reel-Ellis.mov

    Takes about 10 minutes to load. It's 50 meg. I did this last night so I could comply with Insomniac's need for an online reel. I'm going to do another of my concept art.

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  76. Good God! What the hell? Is San Diego imploding all of its game developers? So sorry Tom. When did this happen (this dumb blog comment section isn't great at showing the dates of the comments)?

    Sheesh. Time to see if I can dig out my old Round Table Pizza apron. See you at the Con.

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  77. This happened yesterday, Thursday July 15. I think that it's just one of those fiscally strategic times of the year when, if you need to show that your company is profitable, you make whatever cuts are necessary. I'm pretty sure that's why every games company did it right at this time.

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  78. Turns out I did know at least one person who was laid off fairly well - Diane Gerard (Covill). I'm sure Rick remembers her.

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  79. Others directly involved can probably speak more authoritatively on the specifics, but in the cases of High Moon and Rockstar, I think it's that they created huge teams to make huge games, those games have shipped so and until their next huge game is ready to begin production in earnest they need to trim the team down.

    Whoa, that is one long sentence!

    That's what I like about where I'm at... rather than putting all of our production eggs in a single basket, we spread efforts on a variety of different, smaller projects. We can afford to hang on to people when their project is done because there's typically something else for them to work on right away. Also, our fate doesn't depends on a single product... if one thing doesn't do as well as expected there is always something else on the horizon that make up for it.

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  80. U&I Media (United and International Media) launches at Comic Con ... (Me, Johnny B. Gerardy, Rocco Torres, Melissa Rathbun ...). Here is a starter blog link:

    http://UandIMedia.blogspot.com

    Hope you like. It'll be fun to have a comic book at the comic con.

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  81. I like the Pop-Cap approach Rick. I know of at least one bust out company trying to be their own Pop Cap.

    Your enterprise looks like a likely success Tom. Hard work usually is the key to success and I know you work hard.

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  82. In just two more days, This entry starts to go below newer entries. I think it has done it's job well.

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  83. Yes, but we need to reach 100 comments in those next couple of days. Maybe we should take role on who still reads the TAG posts. How many TAGsters are lurking silently in the background? Raise your hands.

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  84. I'm lurking loudly in the foreground!

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  85. BTW, Mike C. is going to the con, so be sure that he knows about any TAG gathering.

    I know a couple of folks from these parts who are going to be there... what are your plans?

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  86. You lurking at me? Well I'm the only one here.

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  87. I raised my hand, but apparently no one could hear me.

    Friday evening I'm busy with our dance class until 10 pm. Sat night I'll be attending the Steampunk Gala at Queen Bee's in North Park, 8 pm- 2 am. Otherwise I'm free the whole weekend.

    Ellis, you say you're down here only on Saturday? Get Krayonzilla to put you up for one night (we've got a full house) so we can all do something fun on Sunday ... like shoot a silly movie or something. Buncake? Anyone?

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  88. I've talked myself into Friday and Saturday. Jim will let me crash for the Friday night. I may park my car in Tom Moon's neighbourhood and have Jim take me to retrieve it. Jim and I are using the trolley from Fashion Valley to get in and out of downtown.

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  89. You guys help me. Anyone that looks like they are doing motion comics, I want to know about them. As an example for myself or for possible work. I really like what the work amounts to. Making a short film out of sequential art. I would jump on the chance to make half of what i made in video games to do motion comics for a living. I like it.

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  90. Here's the idea for the goofy film Beata. I'll use the Vado to capture little snippets of video from miscellaneous Tagsters. Bunch of angles doing a lot of emotional takes. I'll take it into quicktime pro, make stills out of select bits and make a La Jetee film from it. Using Storyboard Pro.

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  91. Ellis, you would probably be good at making Ken Burns style documentaries for PBS.

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  92. Hey Tom Moon. You could be post 100. You deserve it.

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  93. Did Ketcham do the Dennis comic books?

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  94. This is from "Dennis the Menace in Mexico". I thought this was the funniest scene when I was a kid. Actually it's still pretty funny.

    No, Ketcham didn't do this story personally. An artist writer team did a lot of the Dennis "Travel" specials. This was done by the "good" Dennis artist, just like Barks was the "good" Duck artist.

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  95. As Tom probably remembers (since I mentioned it to him before) I had one of those travel comics when I was a kid. It was Dennis traveling around the world to experience Christmas in different countries. It was a great comic with all sorts of bizarre customs... I think it is a Dutch story of 3 children being murdered and becoming Christmas ghosts or something weird like that. Pretty trippy stuff for a D the M comic.

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  96. Ellis! If you need a place to stay for a night my place is available to you up in Carlsbad. As long as you're not allergic to cats or Asian women that is.

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  97. Scott! You've become an Asian woman!?

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  98. Buncake, your girlfriend wants me. I wish you could see the signs. I tried to tell her I'm not funny in real life. Thanks for the offer. I'll just crash with Jim Gorham . Who also has a cat. And dreams of Asian women.

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  99. Wait a minute. You said Women. How many are there?

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  100. We should all crash at Buncake's with the catses and the Asian womanses ...

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  101. Asian wo...? Hey, wait a minute... What th-?! That's no woman! That's my nineteen-year-old NIECE! S-C-O-O-O-O-O-O-O-T-T-T-T-T!!!!

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  102. TOM, BUNCAKE: my sympathies for yr situation, and outrage for yr employers. A pandemic of abuse. It's profoundly disturbing to see, much less be a part of. I'm hoping you guys find better stuff soon.

    We all need to commiserate, and more importantly, brainstorm on new directions. So...

    DUDES--WHEN ARE WE ALL GETTING TOGETHER??

    I'M RESORTING TO ALL CAPS FOR EMPHASIS.

    Do you think there's room Saturday evening between the SOE Block Party (?? "Layoff Party?") and Beata's Steampunk event to get together? Or should we shoot for Sunday, (when Ellis's inhibitions will be at their lowest ebb?)

    I've been offline for weeks--staying with family. But hope to see TAG peoples this week/weekend!! (tho' I'm not going to actual Con).

    Sheesh, I don't even remember my proper Blogger log-in...

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  103. Yes, we should iron something out as far as rendezvous goes. Saturday for something somewhere. Not too pricey. I'm broke.

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  104. Funny Goodson, I prefer redheaded Scottish lasses even tho I find Japanese culture fascinating.

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  105. Yeesa! Meesa Sorta Broke 2, Okie day!

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  106. If any of you guys want to get out of the building sometime during the Con, I'm willing to bring my lunch down there and eat it on the back steps while hanging out with you. Or if it's too crowded, maybe a little further along the waterfront. Any day is good. E-mail me for my cell# if you don't already have it.

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  107. Can the back steps of the convention center be got to during the Con. It sounds like a plan. But we'll need to check on that access.

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  108. I just checked with Peter (my bro) about those back steps. He said they're indeed blocked off for the Con ... (any attendees that do manage to go out beyond there have to go all the way around the front to get back in).

    So, for the less busy of you, Seaport Village might be a convenient option. But I won't hold my breath. There's too much going on, with too many different schedules, commitments, panels, preferences ...

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  109. After more mature thinking, I've decided I'm setting myself up for hurting if I go down to San Diego right now. I'm too vulnerable if something goes wrong on the trip. Even with AAA, I'd hate to pay for a tow from San Diego. I don't want to buy a tire etc. Job first, Con in the future.

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  110. Now I've read this and I've decided I'd better show up. Take some risks...
    http://tinyurl.com/36qr956

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  111. I think it's too late for organization. So now Jim Gorham is in charge of calling everyone and telling them where to meet.

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  112. Oh for crying out loud! I know I'm not going to be there, but I can't stand watching this fall apart. It's only Thursday... you have plenty of time to arrange something. The sooner you solidify plans now the more likely it is that word will get around. I also suggest that you have 2 gatherings, one for lunch and other for dinner, so as to accommodate as many folks as possible.

    I recommend that you plan to just meet outside for lunch someplace, perhaps that park that we hooked up in a few years ago? People should expect to just bring their lunch with them.

    I seem to recall that folks aren't so keen on Dennys, so perhaps something in the Fashion Valley area for the nighttime gathering?

    Sorry for sticking my nose in where it probably doesn't belong, but someone needs to step in and get this moving forward.

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  113. What? You aren't coming Rick.? I thought you were.

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  114. YEAH, ELLIS!! We'll mold you into a Forbes Woman yet!

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  115. Step 1: Approve the recommendation I wrote for you on Linked-In.

    Step 2: Tell Krayonzilla and Buncake to see Step 1.

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  116. Thanks for the recommendation on LinkeIn Beata. I need more of those. I'll start to solicit them after the Con.

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  117. Yeah I've been on again off again for a while now, but I can't make it this year. Next year for sure!

    There is a group of us at PopCap who are planning on doing a group comic book that we will sell at Emerald City Comic Con in 2011... we may get a batch of tables in Artist Alley all together. People should come here and see it.

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  119. RE: SAT NIGHT: Fashion/Mission Valley is a good idea, but might be Con-gested with Coniacs?
    Would anyone be interested in taking the trolley someplace like Lil'Italy, maybe scarfing a pizza @ Mona Lisa?(or some similar place) Might allow option of returning to Con/Parties without moving car?

    Or there's Washington and 5 area--Saffron Thai next to freeway, or someplace just up the hill like Jimmy Carter's Mexican Eatery @ Washington and Goldfinch (?)?

    Beata, is Sat. evening (before your Steampunkery) a possibility?

    Scott and Ranjo (also Tom C.), will you all be too busy hob-nobbing Sat. night to get away?

    TomMoon, are you tied up with yr guest Sat night?

    Rick are you available?

    Ellis & Jimmy, you guys are like me, you'll be there no matter what!

    We can do breakfast, too--Sun AM?

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  120. Oof. Sorry to hear you won't be with us Rick. I was still living in the comment 48-67 world, where you were excited to be coming down...Emerald City is the new ComicCon!

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  121. Jim Gorham melt Jim Kelly, Black Belt Jones. Ranjo took a picture of David Hasselhoff. All the good celebrities have probably left.

    Mike Christian would probably be happy with that Little Italy idea. Lets do that . It's also on the train track I'm using . Pizza Grotto. Felipe's/ Or Mona LIsa. Jim just said that's not bad.

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  122. Marty, my guest Raymond is set to take the 4:40 Saturday afternoon flight out so I should be free that evening.

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  123. I can make it to a dinner anywhere on Sat (but only until 8-ish, so ... unless it's an early dinner, that likely means just a quick dessert on our way to the Gala).

    My Sunday is wide open, however, and I do love breakfast/brunch. You guys should just go ahead and schedule to meet when most of you can make it, and I'll try to work around you.

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  124. someone is UP late. Don't forget Sat at 4:30pm there will be a memorial panel on Shel until 6pm.

    Got Buncake, Mike C, Ellis, Ranjo, Beata and Brent A. CONTACT INFO so far. Need to get others for contact.

    Email me at maurice9762@gmail.com to get on the list

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  125. At the memorial panel someone please tell the story of how Shel spread ketchup all over a table in Dennys on one of our post-TAG gatherings. I'm not sure there is a better example of how much Shel was in touch with his inner child than that.

    Good god I was embarrassed!

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  126. "...Maurice??

    Jimmy, I emailed you with imprecations and info.

    Felipe's or Mona Lisa? I'll go early and get a table for us. I'm thinking I'll get there around 6:30?

    Beata, so glad you can make it!!

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  127. It's been so long since I've posted here my comments need to be cleared by "the blog owner." Does that mean Ranjo?

    I'm in for a long wait.

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  128. I'M TRYING TO GET AS MANY TO ATTEND

    Saturday, July 24
    4:30-6:00 Remembering Shel Dorf—

    Shel Dorf, who passed away on November 3, 2009, took a group of young comics and science fiction fans and helped mold their ambitions and passions into Comic-Con back in 1970. Shel was a lover of all things pop culture, especially comics and movies, and he helped set the bar early on for Comic-Con to be an event that focuses on a variety of the popular arts. A panel of Shel's friends -- many of whom worked with him on the early Comic-Cons -- gather to pay tribute to him, including moderator Mike Towry and Shel's brother Michael Dorf, along with Richard Alf, William Clausen, George Clayton Johnson, Greg Koudoulian, Matt Lorentz, Clayton Moore, Mike Pasqua, David Scroggy, and Phil Yeh.

    Room 5AB

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  129. For those of you who aren't on Facebook, or haven't been called yet by Jim ...

    TAG is meeting tonight for dinner at Kansas City BBQ, 600 W Harbor Dr. It's across from the CC at Harbor and Market. Immediately after the Shel Panel, which ends at 6 pm.

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  130. The TAG dinner has now been moved to 9 pm!
    Same place. Show up if you can.
    Sigh ...
    We really need to do a pre- or post-Con gathering next year.

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  131. Great time last night. Only bad part was those MIA (though of course we understand). Beata, I agree completely--next year we need to plan something that jives with a higher percentage of TAGsters.

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  132. Sorry about my MIA status. I was feeling totally out of it. I also didn't want to duplicate the trolley madness of leaving with the pack. But it was mainly being at the end of my energy reserve. After a good nights of sleep, I regret not slogging it out. Had some good stuff happen, enjoyed this and that, but it was kind of a flat experience for me this year. Next year!

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