The Convention Formerly Known as WWC


Supergirl and Supertoddler!

So a couple of weeks ago, it was the annual Wizard World Chicago comic book convention, or as it’s called now - Chicago Comic Con. Which I believe was an attempt to a) put it in the same stratosphere are the San Diego Comic Con and b) get the “Comic Con” name BEFORE their big competitor comes to town next year, another comic book convention actually held IN the city of Chicago rather than in than the suburb of Rosemont, where WWC happens. I think the change of name is silly, though it’s not like it happened before. No matter what the name of the convention was, I was going to go, just like I’ve been going for the last decade or so.

This year’s convention came up pretty quickly. I’ve been so busy with work that I didn’t realize that the convention was coming up. My sister Fatima wasn’t able to take vacation on Friday, so it was some alone time for me and Ben. I had heard rumors that there was another convention coming to town next year, but I didn’t care too much about that. But what did worry me was that the big publishers - Marvel and DC, weren’t coming to the convention. That’s like having a soda convention and not having Coca Cola and Pepsi not show up. It’s just not the same. Fortunately, Aspen comics was there, and it was great to see the same old faces and some new ones.


Not as Packed as it Used to Be!

There were a couple other things that showed the effects of the economy (or at least, that’s what I attribute it to). Since most of the big publishers weren’t there, a lot of the sellers who usually had stands in the back got stands in the front of the convention. There were a TON of Z list celebrities there, selling autographed pictures of themselves and photo ops. There were only half of the workshops and panels that they usually had. Last year, (or was it the year before?) there were so many artists in the artist’s alley that there were actually two alleys. This year, the back of the convention hall was barely filled.

The thing that gets me the most is in previous years, we got little name tags with holders to keep with us all weekend and we’d show them to security to let us in. This year, we got these cheap paper-ish wristbands that I’m assuming they expected us to wear ALL WEEKEND, which is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! Seriously, Wizard, you couldn’t spend 30 cents of the already inflated entrance fee to get some name badge holders? Come on! There was no way that Ben was going to keep that wristband on him all weekend, so we cut them off at the end of the day and just taped them back on the day after. You can probably see people wearing those cheap pieces of crap in my pictures.

With that said, I sadly have to say that there’s been a major decline of quality for my favorite convention - I was really disappointed.


Adrianne Curry as Every Fanboy’s Dream

That doesn’t mean that I didn’t have a great time. As I said before, I got to see my favorite people at Aspen, as well as the other faces that I’ve come to see every year. Fatima and Melanie (and our teenage cousin and his friend, but they don’t really count and just thinking about it makes me want to keep Ben as a little boy forever) came on Sunday and it’s always fun when the girls are there. Also got to see Todd Bridges, Christopher Knight (Peter Brady) and his wife Adrianne Curry, Margot Kidder, Michelle Rodriguez (LOVE HER), Lou Ferrigno (the standard) and a bunch of other almost celebrities….and Taylor Dayne. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking - Why the hell is Taylor Dayne at a comic book convention? I have no idea. I didn’t go up to any of them, except for Leyla Milani from Deal or No Deal (for Dave) and Edward James Olmos, who Melanie is a fan of because of Battlestar Gallactica and me because of American Me. Let me tell ya, even though we didn’t buy the autograph from EJO (it was $40 or $50 or something like that), we decided to just go and say hi, and he was the nicest guy ever. It was like talking to a friendly old neighbor, he made all of us feel comfortable and like we were friends. I can’t say enough about how awesome he was!

I also got some great sketches, which I’ll post and write more about later, once I get them scanned.

All in all, the weekend was just “ok”. Because of my experience, I am definitely going to check out the competing convention next year, who I heard does a great job for New York’s annual convention. I’ll still probably go to WWC (which I will always call it) but I won’t be expecting much.

Here’s some pictures from the weekend (hover on the left or right for navigation arrows)…

Green Arrow Jack Sparrow A Free Ride on the P Train Knowing is Half the Battle
Lethal Leia Whatchu Talkin' 'bout, Willis?!? Taylor Dayne Um, Scary!
Cartman Elemental Spirits Adrianne Curry Gets in the Spirit Tiger Hat
Peter and His Girls With Micah Gunnell Fata Yeti Hat Me and Vince
Aspen Guys DC Heroes A Sad Scarab Something for Dave

Click here for my full flickr gallery…

Free Comics on May 2nd!

Every year, the comic book community holds “Free Comic Book Day”, where you can walk into your local comic book store and get free comics. Hence the name. Anyway, I’ve loved comics since I was a teen, and am always trying to get more people to read them. Comic books aren’t all superheroes in spandex…there’s a lot of comics out there for all kinds of people. It’s great that comic book movies have done well, for the most part, since they bring in more readers, but I’d love for comics to be as popular as they were when I was younger.

Here’s some of my favorite comics that may interest you:

Y: The Last Man: Anytime someone tells me that they’re interested in comics, I usually give them my TPB of this comic (TPB = trade paper back, a compilation of several issues of a comic). What would happen to the world if all the males - human and animal, all died at the same time and women were left to rule the earth? What would you do if you realized that you were the only man left? This comic is about Yorrick, a twenty-something who searches for why all the men died, and why he is the only one left living. Along the way he has to survive in a world that has evolved into a society of women, some good, some bad, and all having an ulterior motive when they find out about Yorrick. It’s AWESOME. Excellent story by Brian K. Vaughn and art by Pia Guerra.

Fables: Imagine your childhood storybook characters living in present day New York. But they’re not the cutesy characters you remember, they’re much more real than that. Snow White and Prince Charming are divorced because he’s a womanizer. She ends up marrying The Big Bad Wolf, who really isn’t that bad, just really grumpy with a bad temper. Pinocchio is really pissed that he’s still a little boy. All the non-human characters live up at “the Farm”, because people would notice 3 little pigs walking and talking around the city. They’re all trying to live a normal life, and trying to get back to “the Homelands” where they escaped years ago after an invasion by “the Adversary”.

Shrugged: What if the angel and devils you see in movies that sit on people’s shoulders were real? What if there were beings that helped you make choices, big and small? Paper or Plastic? Left or right? Love or hate? Young teen Theo has been assigned the two sides of his conscience, Ange and Dev, who will try to sway him towards good or bad. In the end, though, their main goal is to watch out for him. Sweet art by Micah Gunnell, and story by Frank Mastromauro and the late (and incredibly awesome) Michael Turner.

So if you’re interested, head out to your local shop on May 2nd and pick up some free books - take a little time to browse the store and see if maybe something catches your interest! Check out the Free Comic Book Day website to see what free comics are going to be available. There’s some good ones there! Hugh Jackman wants you to ! (see the Wolverine trailer afterwards)

Remembering Michael Turner

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, one of my favorite comic book artists, Michael Turner, had passed away at the age of 37. I had been a fan of his for as long as I could remember - his career was taking off a few years after I had started collecting comic books.

My first love will always be Jim Lee, but Mike will always be a personal favorite. I loved his art, it always made the stories better. Witchblade was my favorite book when it started out. He even got better when Fathom came out. When he broke off from Top Cow and started his own company, I followed.

What made Mike more of a role model than his incredible art was his spirit. As I just said, I loved Fathom - the book he had created. There had been several months that had passed since I had seen a new issue (which, in comics, really isn’t all that unusual). During a trip to my comic book store, I mentioned to my LCS guy, “What’s up with Fathom? Why’s it so late?” to which he answered, “Dude, didn’t you hear? He has cancer!” Of course, I felt horrible.
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That was in 2000. One removed hip, three pounds of removed bone, physical therapy, radiation and too many health ups and downs to count later, it’s 2008. In that time, his star continued to rise. He did the covers for DC’s Identity Crisis (right) as well as a story arc for Superman/Batman. Any comic that he had a part in saw an increase in sales. He was still attending conventions, and the lines for his autograph were always packed. Even though he was in pain, he still pushed on. He didn’t HAVE to work…he could have just sat on the side and let others in his company do the work. But he loved it, and he loved the fans. He had his special cushion-y chair to sit in as he did autographs and the occasional sketch, and he always did it with a smile.

Throughout the years of reading comics, going to conventions and living on the West coast, our paths had crossed several times, leaving me with some wonderful memories of the man who other artists remarked was “one of the best of us.” Here are a couple of my favorites:

  • When I first met him at the Chicago Comic Convention many years ago, he had really liked my thumb ring, which had waves on it (Fathom, underwater, waves, get it?). He jokingly asked me if he could have it, and I replied for $15 he could. He then asked to try it on. He put it on his pinky, and it got stuck. After much pulling and laughing, we got it off, and he drew this marvelous sketch for me in return for my troubles. He rarely did quick sketches for people, since there were always a lot of people in line - I was lucky that his finger got stuck!

  • The year the Mike started his own company, Aspen MLT, me and my sister Fatima were lucky enough to get to work at their booth during the convention. It was a ton of fun! I had to leave early because I had to catch a plane to LA. I’m sitting at the airport talking on the phone and reading my comics, when who saunters over to the gate but Mike Turner! So I sneak up to him and ask him to sign my book. He looks up, surprised, and laughs. He invites me to sit and chill with him before the flight. He got on the plane before I did, but when I boarded I passed by him and he waved hello. Of course, my seat was pretty much in the back of the plane. Once we landed, it was a while before I actually got off the plane. But as soon as I got into the terminal, who’s standing out there waiting for me? Mike! He actually waited for me to get off the plane and walk with me to baggage claim. I was really touched. Then once we got there the president of X-Systems (my boss) came up to me and in my head I prayed that he wouldn’t yell at me in front of Mike Turner, which he didn’t. Anyway, he didn’t have to wait for me - I’m sure he was excited to get home and he was probably really tired. But he did, and for that he will always have a place in my heart.

    At the convention this year, the day after he passed away, a bunch of artists took turns sitting at his booth doing free sketches for fans in his honor. It was really touching to see people who had worked with him, who called him friend and brother, come together with hugs and tears. If there was one thing I knew for sure about Mike, is that he surrounded himself with good people. I definitely missed my Aspen people this year - Peter, Frank, Mark, Vince and everyone else, and the booth was so empty without them. So it helped to see all of these talented artists come together.

    If you’d like to read other artists speak about Mike, click on this link. It has artists who had worked with Mike, as well as those who only knew him in passing, and some of them were Mike’s closest friends.

    I guess another reason why his death has hit me so hard is because it reminds me of my mom. She had a long battle with cancer, but she fought it. In the end, it was just too much. But after her passing, I had realized how much she had touched the lives of others, how much other people loved her.

    Cancer sucks.

    Rest in Peace, Mike.

    If you would like to send condolences to Michael’s family you are encouraged to do so. Please send them to:

    Aspen MLT, Inc
    C/O Michael Turner
    5855 Green Valley Circle, Suite 111
    Culver City, CA, 90230

    His company Aspen Comics is also encouraging anyone wishing to do so to send a charitable donation big or small in Mike’s name to The American Cancer Society or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

  • Goodbye to a Great One

    I don’t have much time to post about it right now, but my favorite comic book artist, Michael Turner, died yesterday night at the young age of 37. It’s really hard for it to sink in - he was so young, so talented, and such a great guy, surrounded by a bunch of great people. Going to the comic book convention won’t be the same today, especially since his booth will be sadly empty.

    I’ll write more about my favorite memories of him later…

    Indulging in My Geekiness

    Today I’ll be going to the Wizard World Comic Book Convention, like I do every year. I’ll be sure to bring back reports and pictures of this terrific orgy of comic book goodness.

    Check out my tweets on the side, since I’ll be mini-blogging from the show.

    Can’t Wait!

    The Dark Knight

    Loooooove this poster!

    WWC Thank You’s

    I guess I’ll do my Wizard World Comic Convention in little snippets…there’s no way that I have time to sit down and do one complete write up! I’ll start off with my thank you’s, because it wouldn’t have been as fun as it was without the help of friends…


    I haven’t seen Talent since I lived in Long Beach, so it was great to see him again. He was as warm and wonderful as he was the last time we saw each other, and he had a blast showing Ben’s little “temper” trick to all his friends. Ben liked him so much that he actually went to sit on his lap.


    I always look forward to seeing Peter at the convention. He always picks on me whenever he’s leading a panel, but it’s all in good fun. Now he’s got Ben to pick on!


    I forgot to take a picture of him this year, so I’ll post the crappy cupcake I made for him. I didn’t judge my space properly, so I ran out of cupcake to draw on. Anyway, he had flight troubles in Philly, so he braved a super long car ride to Chicago to come to the convention. I’m glad he didn’t just say “Fuck it!” and stay home!


    Ben kept me pretty busy this year, so I didn’t get as much time to hang out with my favorite San Diego artist, Pat. But it was great to see him again. Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, Pat!


    My partner in crime, my sister Fatima. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any pictures together, but this picture with Roz will just have to do! This is our 1000th year at the convention together, and it wouldn’t be the same without her. I always look forward to this time of the year so me and Fata could have our quality time together.

    There’s a buttload of other people to thank, mostly people that I see every year at the convention as well as new people I’ve met. Thanks to the artists that did sketches for me (I’ll post ‘em up eventually!) and anyone who made Ben’s first convention a memorable one - for me, not him. ;-)

    She Works Hard for the Money

    Sometimes I feel like all I do is work. Oh wait, all I do IS work!

    Anyway, I haven’t had a chance to write up my wonderful comic con memoirs, and I really want to since I had such a great time.

    I’ll throw out a couple pictures to whet your whistle. (whet or wet? am I sharpening it or moistening it?)


    She-Hulk


    Spidey Powers, Activate!


    Michael Turner at Work


    Group Picture with the Aspen Crew…

    Busy at the Comicon

    We’ve been having a blast going to the Wizard World Comic Convention over the last couple days, and I’m too tired to really post up any pictures or a recap of what we’ve done so far…

    Until I do….take look at this link and scroll halfway down to see if there’s anyone familiar in there….

    Comic Book Resources

    The Chicago Comicon Extravaganza

    Watch out…a really long post coming up!

    I was so totally wiped out after going to the Wizard World Comic Book Convention a couple weeks ago. I’m just not used to waking up at 7am on my weekends and walking around all day. But I’m happy, last year I didn’t get to go to all three days of the convention because we were moving into my new house. I wanted to go, but Dave had reminded me about this stupid thing called ‘priorities’ so I just ended up going on one day.

    This year was pretty great. I was excited to see some people I’ve seen at previous conventions, and also to see people I hadn’t met yet. I’ve joined a message board here and there (I truly wouldn’t be an internet whore if I didn’t) and was curious to see if these people lived up to their personalities on the message board. So, since it’s hard for me to tell it all in a regular format, I’ll give you my highlights of the weekend….which will be pretty much ALL of my weekend since everything was a highlight. That, and I talk too much.

    - First of all, thanks to my comic book life-partner, Fatima. We’ve been going to this thing for about 8 years now, and it’s always been at least the two of us. It’s a bit like our quality time together. Three days of geeky fun. We work well together, maneuvering around the convention floor, asking for sketches, talking to creators and fans…Fatima is always there with me. She is the one of the best two sisters ever!

    - Pat Loika is the coolest. All the talk about him being the nicest, most generous, coolest cat around isn’t just hype. I’ve known Pat for several years now - I think we ran across each other blogs a while ago, and I was excited to see someone talk about comics on their blog. We’ve been in touch and were even at the same panel at the Long Beach convention last year, but we never met. I’m so happy that I finally got to meet him and that he ended up being everything that everyone said he would be. I know he didn’t have the best weekend, since there was a lot of external crap going on, but nonetheless, I’m happy he went to the con and I appreciate everything he did for so many people while he was there. He truly is one of the best people I know. Get out there and purchase “Path to Armageddon”!

    - Jim Lee, my comic book god, was there. I caught a glimpse of him at the very end of the convention. I could have waited in line for him, but I’ve already met him and had my picture taken with him, so I wanted to share the wealth. I also heard he wasn’t doing sketches, so I didn’t want to bother getting my books signed or anything. I’m still on the quest of my Holy Grail of convention sketches, which would be a Psylocke sketch my Jim Lee (are you out there Jim? Do you hear me?!?!?). Ohh, it just gives me the shivers just thinking about it! *shivers*

    - The convention seemed less packed that recent years. I don’t know if it was because of the dates, or because there were4 days of the convention this year (I didn’t go to the first) or just because it was a slow year for comics. Wizard still said it was their most successful show ever, so I’ll believe whatever lies they tell me and hope that next year there will be more people. I’m not totally complaining, though, because less people means less lines for me to wait in.

    - I saw Jason Mewes again this year (Jay from Mallrats and Dogma). On Saturday, I passed by him as he was walking into a panel that Kevin Smith was hosting, and I asked him for a picture. Marian came with us on Sunday, and I told her that he and Kevin Smith were signing autographs, and she wanted to go and take a picture. (the line was closed to people who had signed up in the morning) We went over there to take a picture and she stood on the side, waiting for the right moment. He made eye contact with her and made a weird face for her camera. She took the picture, and then he pointed to me and Fatima and said, “You’re the girls from yesterday, aren’t you?” Fatima and I nodded, and he gave us a wink and a smile. I walked away feeling like a stalker. However, Marian complained that he made a weird face for her picture and she wanted one of him smiling, so we went back. I stood off to the side as she went back and waited for a moment to catch his attention. When he did, he was like, “Back again?” and Marian said, “I want a picture of you smiling!”. She held up her camera and took a picture right as he was giving her the finger. It was awesome.

    - Late last year I fixed up some graphics for my friend Goddard, and his thanks was a promise to do anything I wanted him to do for five minutes at the Chicago Con. I took him up on it and had him dress up as Tigger, from Winnie the Pooh. Now, there are a lot of people who dress up for the convention, but normally these people dress up as Storm Troopers, X-Men, Ghostbusters or anime characters. Tigger just doesn’t have a big representation in the comic book world. So I had Goddard dress up on my old Tigger costume, which was a size too small for him, itchy, and very warm. But as soon as he put it on, it was like giving him some sort of superhero potion. He started to walk with a strut, he was handing out high fives, and he became a total rock star - he couldn’t get 10 feet without people taking a picture with him. What made it even better was that Wendy was with us, who was dressed up as Red Sonja, chainmail and all, and so the pictures with the two of them are hilarious. We also made sure to take a picture of Tigger checking out porn in one of the booths.

    - There are so many cool people I had met, that it’s hard for me to name them all, but I’ll try…Andria (who had a kickass Soulfire costume - wings and all), Ryan (all of them), Aaron (who gave me free Hobbit Feet because I was talking about how awesome they were), John, Peter, Brian, Wayne, Nathan, Kent (who did an awesome Psylocke sketch for me), Kari, Christian, Adam, Alysha, Colin, Shannon, Tessana, Shane (Cardinals suck!), Nick, MoMa, Jester, Cbei, Madmonkey, Thudpucker (dammit, I forgot your real names), David Thornton, Saul (we never got a picture of you and the Asian Girl Gang! Next year!), and lots more, but I can’t recall the names.

    - Also, it was great to see some old faces, including Antonio, Noble, Mystique and her husband, Dave (who let me keep the tigger costume under the table), Goodman, Chris, Kristin (who was Jason Mewes’ special guest for a day, that lucky bitch), Alysha, Colin, Ryan “Odie” (I had no idea who Cheeks was talking about when he was saying “Odie”, then I realized it was Ryan), “cheeks”, David Mack, Rafael and Mike “the Chief”.

    - 19. What’s nineteen? The number of people who passed by us and smelled like ass crack. Next year, Irish Spring should come by and hand out samples on the first day of the con.

    - Raven Gregory rocks. Go out and buy his comic, “The Gift”, it’s like the Twilight Zone on crack! From the moment I met him, he was warm and funny and I immediately felt comfortable enough to joke around with him. Probably my Raven highlight was Friday night when I was threatening to tell Fata incriminating stories about him, and he kept on saying “Nooooooo, c’mon, please? Don’t! Nooooooooooooooo. Don’t tell Li’l Yano! She doesn’t need to know. Nooooooo!” We were laughing so hard at that! Eventually, due to the amount of alcohol in his system and our super Yano sister persuasive powers, he gave in and told Fatima the goods. And it was good…

    - I’ve got a ton of pictures from the convention. Mostly of the statues (I love the statues, but just don’t have the cash flow to buy them, so I take pictures of them) but I also tried to take pictures with everyone I met.

    - I didn’t get too many sketches this year. I’ve been a little low on the funds, and for some reason, I had no time. What else was I doing? I have no idea! The three days seemed to have just disappeared. But I did get some pretty good ones from a wide assortment of people.

    - Keep your eye out for a book called “starting Over”, written by Craig Maloof and pencilled by Michelle Walters. I’ve read the first couple scripts and it sounds like a great book. Want another reason to get it? It stars ME! Yes, ME! Well, the character looks nothing like me, but she IS named Christine Estacio. She’s a tough detective who is rough around the edges and acts before she thinks. Not really like me, but a little bit. My partner is some guy named Pat Loika. The name sounds familiar but I can’t place it.

    - A big thank you goes to Kat Amano, who brought me some books that she had been wanting to give away. She is such a sweetheart, and is even prettier in person than in pictures. She was so awesome to lug around that pile of books in her luggage to bring to the convention for me! I also talked to her father, Jeff Amano, who was really cool and thought that we were from Hawaii because Fatima was wearing a shirt that said Hawaii on it. I like it when people think we’re from Hawaii. I don’t know why. Maybe because people from Hawaii seem better looking. Anyway, Jeff Amano has some pretty great genes, because his daughters Mandy and Kat are gorgeous! What a great looking family!

    - Jeffery and Tonia are the cutest couple. Jeffery is a total charmer and the biggest sweetheart, and Tonia is the sexiest bitch you ever did see. On Friday night, Jeffery got up in front of all the people who were in the lobby of the Hyatt (and there were a lot, let me tell you!) and re-proposed to his wife, down on one knee and with a ring. It was the sweetest thing!

    - I knew that the Brian Michael Bendis panel would be packed, so I decided to get to the room about 20 minutes early to get myself a good seat. Imagine my surprise when I get there and see that the Wizard people are turning people away from the door, because there’s no more room - not even standing room in the back. I was so disappointed! I asked security if I could maybe just squeeze in, and he said no. Next to him, I saw Brian Michael Bendis come by the door, see me and motion to security to let me and a couple of the people behind me in. As I squeezed in, I came up to him and introduced myself to him. “Hi, I’m Yano!” I said (which of course is the name I use online because I’m a ninja like that). His eyes lit up with recognition as he shook my hand, “Hey! How are you? There’s some space in the front if you just want to sit on the floor or something.” I went up to the front of the room, extremely aware that everyone could see me. Then I started hearing whispers of ‘Yano! Yano!’ come from several places near the front rows. Turns out I knew some of the people who were in the front rows, and Jeffery, wonderful Jeffery, offered me his seat in the front row. The panel was pretty cool. Bendis is such an awesome guy, he acknowledged all his fans and his message board members, staying later to take pictures and talk with people.

    - Redpac and Tall Steve came with us on Friday. I gave Dan one of the extra sketchbooks we brought, and he went around asking for free sketches. He’s got a pretty impressive collection now, all involving a character and ‘pie’. Sometimes we lost Redpac and TallSteve, but were always able to find them again by looking ebove the rest of the heads at the con and finding TallSteve. We’re not kidding. He’s tall.

    - Some of you may remember that I won a contest to get myself made into a character in a comic book. I stopped by the NYC Mech table and got to see Andy MacDonald’s work for their upcoming issue, and it looks incredible! Fata and I were amazed by how much it actually looks like me. I can’t wait to scan it and show you guys the art once the book comes out. A big thanks to writer Ivan Brandon for starting up the contest. These guys were awesome!

    - I had a moment of fangirl giddiness when I went up to Ale Garza’s table in the artist alley to check out his stuff. He’s finishing up his run on Batgirl, which is one of my favorite comics. When he saw me he said that he recognized me, and I told him that several years ago he did a sketch for me. He then said it wasn’t that, he remembered me from when I posted on his website. Which I did twice. I was surprised he even remembered me! It made me happy. I should have asked for a picture or a sketch, but I was in a daze.

    - Taki Soma is as cool, witty and pretty as I thought she would be, if not more. She definitely kicks ass! Her art is amazing, and I wish her only the best - we need more women behind the scenes in comics, and Taki is perfect for it.

    - Of course we hung out at the Aspen booth again this year. I love seeing these guys every year. We also got a bonus, because Liz was back! She told us that she was moving away last year, so we took bunches of pictures and got all teary eyed, but she’s moved back and the world is all right again. Peter, of course, was as silly as ever. However, I’d have to say that Koi is now my favorite Aspen person just because of how much fun Fatima and I had hanging with him and Mark Morales in the Hyatt. Mark is hilarious, I feel bad that Koi was the subject of our teasing, but he was a good sport!

    - The artist alley was PACKED this year. It should be called ‘The Artist Neighborhood’ because there were actually 3 different areas for artists this year. It’s great that there are so many people out there that are doing comics, I only wish there were more people out there *buying* them. There was a huge assortment of artists there, from big names like Greg Horn, Josh Middleton and David Mack to people who were just starting out, trying to find their big break. Unfortunately, my cash flow is low so I didn’t get as many books as I wanted to, or I would have gotten TONS because there was some really great stuff there.

    Hmm..that’s about all I remember. I’m sure that there’s more, but in Yano time, it was YEARS ago. I had a great time, and I can’t wait til next year!

    You can check out my picture gallery here:

    Wizard World Chicago 2005 Gallery