|Security was pretty tight, especially for the DCUC Figures|
While Day 1 saw quite a long line to enter the exhibition halls as the gates opened, there was still elbow room to mingle, shop, and get stuff signed. Well, Day 2 probably saw traffic increase y three times--great for the people running the Con (because it's the first year the event is ticketed) but bad for me! I couldn't turn without narrowly avoiding smacking someone in the face, with my own face! But nah, that can only be a god thing. More people means it's more likely the Con will come back bigger and better in 2011!
The other great thing was that I got the chance to really meet quite a few people today, which was nice because you hardly get the chance to talk to others when in large crowds, but in a Con like that, you get to speak to artists and writers promoting their work, as well as fellow fanboys when lining up for autographs. And that's where Day 2 began for and ended me, in the queue to get a signature!
|"Honestly, I was really gonna pay for the DCUC. I just...got a little lost..."|
|The (Little) Red (Riding) Hood!|
|HALO guys on my tail.|
|What you don't see is his dagger below camera|
Like: For Keith, who had to put up with this guy just ahead of me who was pretty nasty to him and told him to "piss off," which Keith duly did without any fuss. It could've turned ugly right there but cooler heads prevailed so kudos to the big guy!
|Tron chick about to kick my ass with her thingy|
|Starro! Guess what the eye was made of? Starro-foam!|
Ok just kidding, they don't. But I'd feel awkward taking picture of and with things/characters I'm not familiar with. Where is Pikachu when you need him?
|I KNEW the Sith and the Japanese were in cahoots...|
Like: The Marvel Heroes Panel with their artists and talent scout (and writer) C.B.Cibulski. This was my first non-media panel and one of the few that I had planned on attending.
|Leinil, Alex, Esad, C.B. Salvador, Giuseppe, and Harvey. Check out the white calves! Lol.|
The artists were chatty and really funny, answering questions about their motivations, family life and ambitions. Special mention goes to the comedy duo of Alex Maleev and Esad Ribic. They started the ball rolling when asked what motivated them to draw and Maleev said, "deadlines for me, money for Esad." Ribic was especially candid, sprinkling his Eastern European accented answers with some flowery bits of swearing, like, "If you want make sheetload of money with your art you don't work in comics, you go work in advertising or some sheet like that." He's a bear of a man and reminded me of a Croatian version "The Dude" from the Big Lebowski.
The best answer of the session came when a fan asked what's the artists' ambitions were after having established themselves in Marvel, to which Maleev replied, "Well after getting established in Marvel the next logical step is to get established in DC." Funny guy. Oh yeah and he draws Daredevil pretty well too.
|2 for SS20 (US$15.40). Aww yeah...|
|I just wanted Giganta's leg...|
|S$45 (US$34.60): the pick of the day! Woohoo!|
|He was drinking, really!|
Oh yeah, and props go to Bernard and G&B Comics for bringing the guy in. He's a class act!
|David Lloyd, Superman, hot reporter wife.|
Day 2 Convention Rating: Another solid 8/10!
The day was really affected by the crowd at STGCC. But instead of fighting them, I found that talking to people individually works better! :P The toy deals were also great, though I'm waiting for Day 3 to really grab some stuff I've been eyeing. The Con is really a great place to do Christmas shopping, especially for myself! Heheh. ;D