Monday, August 07, 2006

Wizard World Chicago 2006


'One view of the Wizard World floor'

Twenty years ago I sat behind a table at comic book convention in Atlanta promoting Shatter for First Comics. And now, after a two decade hiatus, which included designing laser shows, computer games, theater posters, web sites, business strategies, and software, I'm back behind the table.


'A boy and his table'

I had a great time, mostly because of the people I hung out with, the artists I met, the old friends I saw, and the new folks who came up to the table and showed an interest in my work. Plus, I sold a few things.


'Deb and Alex Wald hawking his wares'

Sharing the table with me was Alex Wald. A great artist who is getting back into the game with both feet (and his talented hands), many people were happy to see his work at the con. The owner of Mimoco (designer toys) said it best when he saw Alex's table, "Amazing artwork!" Alex's better half, Deb, came by for support and to see her first comic book convention.


'Bill Reinhold, comic book artist extraordinaire and the nicest guy in comics'

Sitting to our right was Bill and Linda Reinhold, two of comics' longtime talents. I have known them since the First Comics days and they are a tremendous pleasure to hang out with and learn from. Plus, Mike Reinhold is the coolest kid in the comic book world.


'Michael and Bill'


'Alex Wald, Andy Wachowski and Geof Darrow'

Sitting to our left was Geof Darrow, concept designer for the Matrix movies and currently blowing people away with his book, Shaolin Cowboy. Another friendly Chicago talent. Helping him out was two more cool folks - his nephew, Gayne, and Andy Wachowski.


'Andy and Geof'

Andy's name may seem familiar because he and his brother, Larry, are the publishers of Burlyman Entertainment. Oh yeah, they've done a couple of movies, too.


'Denise Dorman, Alex, Linda (Lessman) Reinhold, Dave Dorman'

Also stopping by were Dave and Denise Dorman. Dave is a master illustrator who was also sitting next to me twenty years ago in Atlanta. Now he's another Chicago area guy.


"Master Chief inspects Burning City'

The gaming world was definitely represented and to prove it, Halo's Master Chief, came by to inspect the goods. Some of the costumes people were wearing were pretty amazing this year.


'A very cool Battle Angel Alita tattoo'

The manga world was also there in force, but the coolest version of it was this young woman's Alita tattoo. This website has some interesting takes on potential casting of the upcoming movie version of Battle Angel Alita.


'Batgirl, Batgirl, Batgirl'

I thought I would end this tour with a classic figure, pardon the pun, and a shout out to Internets pal, Ray, who dropped by in the flesh to prove he wasn't a 14 year old girl messing with our minds online. A couple of other stalwarts whom I see every year were Zack and Eugene. And, of course, John.

Before I go I would like to thank James Mortensen of Comix Revolution in Evanston for supporting the cause and buying a Burning City t-shirt. I also thanked Michael Turner in the hotel elevator for helping my wife love comics via Fathom. He was happy to hear that.

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19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there:

How come you're the only one wearing your own company's logo in those photos? Alex Wald is wearing a Fender t-shirt. Isn't wearing your own shirt at an event like that the equivalent of wearing a Aimee Mann shirt to an Aimee Mann concert?

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On second though, it's more like Aimee Mann wearing an Aimee Mann shirt onstage.

9:59 AM  
Blogger alex said...

Alex was in fact wearing his brand-spankin' new original Super Giant tee shirt (available exclusively from the CafePress/BurningCity store) in all the other photos. Highly coveted by celeb artists and mutant fanboys alike, the Super Giant custom tee (available in black, white and also in women's and misses' styles) was the talk of the Wizard con. Alex wore the Fender shirt one day out of tender consideration for his table-mates; after days of gruelling networking under 8,000 watt convention lights, the Super Giant tee (100% cotton Hanes) was in need of a little R&R (rinse&repeat) before facing the thronging hordes. Aimee Mann only wishes she had a Super Giant tee to wear when shopping on Rodeo Drive.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

I use to have this discussion with my wife who thought wearing clothes marketing your own stuff was ridiculous. Then we were eating at Lucky Platter one day and sitting next to us was Larry Wachowski wearing a 'Matrix' hat and a 'Bound' jacket. I said to her, "If a bigshot moviemaker has no problem wearing his own swag, then I certainly don't." And rather reluctantly she agreed I wasn't the only narcissistic artist in town.

It's basic marketing. When the company is selling it's wares, the employees wear the company product. And, believe me, I'm definitely the 'employee' around here.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

--"If a bigshot moviemaker has no problem wearing his own swag, then I certainly don't."

That's a little different. A movie or a music endeavor is a bigger affair than its individual contributors. Go on a movie set. Tons of folks on the crew wears not your clothing. Explict or implicit boasts about what they worked on is boring. They should let their current work represent your skills.

I still see "Backdraft" jackets and t-shirts on sets. What the hell is that? Not only was it a terrible movie ... it was 15 YEARS AGO!!!!!

Larry W. and his bro should concentrate on making good movies instead of wearing their crappy merch. I'll give the original "Matrix" a pass ... but the rest of the Brother Wachowski efforts have been crap ("Bound" included)! I don't care how much money they made.

Alfred Hitchcock never was photographed wearing a "Psycho" t-shirt, and I really doubt Martin Scorsese hangs out in "Taxi Driver" apparel.

My chorus returns: Don't wear your own t-shirts.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TYPOS ABOUND IN THE LAST ENTRY! DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. LET ME TRY THIS AGAIN. (WISH THIS THING HAD AN EDIT FUNCTION FOR CONTRIBUTORS.)

--"If a bigshot moviemaker has no problem wearing his own swag, then I certainly don't."

That's a little different. A movie or a music endeavor is a bigger affair than its individual contributors. Go on a movie set. Tons of folks on the crew wear "Break-Up," "Payback," or the ever-popular Panavsion shirts. It's their way of saying "I was part of the family that birthed a certain phenomenon. Respect."

And you know what? I SAY THEY ARE ALL NERDS, TOO!

Your work and experience should speak for itself, not your clothing. Explict or implicit boasts about what they worked on is boring. They should let their current work represent their skills.

I still see "Backdraft" jackets and t-shirts on sets. What the hell is that? Not only was it a terrible movie ... it was 15 YEARS AGO!!!!!

Larry W. and his bro should concentrate on making good movies instead of wearing their crappy merch. I'll give the original "Matrix" a pass ... but the rest of the Brother Wachowski efforts have been crap ("Bound" included)! I don't care how much money they made.

Alfred Hitchcock never was photographed wearing a "Psycho" t-shirt, and I really doubt Martin Scorsese hangs out in "Taxi Driver" apparel.

My chorus returns: Don't wear your own t-shirts.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Wow. I like my t-shirts, so I guess I'll just have to be a nerdy, loser, self-aggrandizing fool, but I'm sure the Earth will survive. Or will it? Stay tuned.

7:42 PM  
Blogger alex said...

All my peeps know I'm most often seen wearing tee shirts totally devoid of company logos or promotional graphics. The garment is thus more universal, less specific; one might say--anonymous. But I'll be damned if I'll be seen endorsing the elitist posturings of our 'anonymous' correspondent. Yes, our "work and experience should speak for itself," but a little advertising goes a long way toward making the public aware of such experience. Anyway, it's a matter of choice, up to the individual. True, Hitchcock was never photographed wearing a "Psycho" tee, but I do believe he was secretly wearing Grace Kelly's panties...

1:46 AM  
Blogger fig. 7 said...

You are Shatter guy right?

I looked and couldn't find any Shatter shirts. You should post about that.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Here are my thoughts on Art and anyone associated with Art: ... (old, sad news.)

12:08 PM  
Blogger fig. 7 said...

Odd enough but that is o.k. I just wanted the Shatter shirt.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Fig. 7 - as for Shatter shirts, that property is owned by First Comics and therefore can't be sold on our site. The items for sale on the website are all owned by the artists.

4:50 PM  
Blogger fig. 7 said...

Drag. You should hook that up.

10:53 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey thereeee.

i have a halloween costume and i was wondering where you got your costume?

its great! different aswell because the ones ive been looking at are all dress type things...

it would be great if you could get back to me..cheers =]

3:48 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

Sorry Anonymous, I have been away for awhile. Which costume are you talking about? the Batgirl costume?

4:13 PM  

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