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Comic-Con '07 recap

Posted by rtil - July 31st, 2007

San Diego Comic-Con 2007
This was my 3rd year at the Comic-Con in San Diego. This was easily my favorite year, despite most reports coming back surprisingly negative. I'm not sure what their problems were, I couldn't get enough of this place. Yeah, it did start a little lame, waiting Thursday noontime for about two hours just to get in even though I was pre-registered, and the freebie table being a bit lame this year, but after that it went nowhere but up.

I got my portfolio reviewed by a few people including Mattel, Cartoon Network representitives from the internship program, a staffer on new cartoon Chowder, and finally the creator of PPG and Foster's Craig McCracken and his wife, Lauren Faust. I learned a lot from them, and hope to come with a stronger portfolio for next year. It was my first time having my portfolio reviewed by f. Faust and McCracken had a booth for Lauren's new cartoon venture entitled Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls, an idea of taking the planets and giving them characters, each with their own personalities that people can choose from. She is interested in developing it into an animated series hopefully next year. I got a button and an autographed poster as a gift. I also spoke to Craig about Foster's and animation in general and got an autographed book from him as a gift entitled "Wander over Yonder", a sketchbook he did as a personal project away from his job to sketch whatever he wanted. It is a charming sketch book and I can see him doing more of them in the future, that is if he has the time. I have to say McCracken is the most tired person I have ever seen in my life. He has these bags under his eyes that look as if they have developed due to lack of sleep for at least a decade. Which would make sense because the Powerpuff Girls are celebrating their tenth anniversary.

I also was given an original cell from the Powerpuff Girls at the "Acme" booth, where they sport many original paintings and cels. It's a pencil frame of "HIM" with his arms wrapped around the three girls with a huge smile on his face. I can't get enough of it. I wanted so many other cels, but they are very expensive. The most expensive cel I came across was at some anime booth, it was $2,500. Not sure what the anime was, but it looked to be from the 70's or 80's. It was painted and included the background. A typical cell will cost you anywhere between $150 and $300, depending on what's going on in the cel, the popularity of the show and the level of finish. It is amazing to see how much life is in a single frame of quality animation. Sometimes you forget.

Visited many other places, as many as I could. Of course, one of these places was the Newgrounds booth. It was a big step up from the Behemoth booth of last year. Nice display case for the new shirts, figurines and handouts. The xbox 360's sporting Alien Hominid and a fresh Castle Crashers demo were occupied literally all the time. Side-by-side, Castle Crashes is a huge improvement over Alien Hominid in all aspects. On the other side of the booth Tom was answering questions and chatting it up with quite a few Newgrounds regulars. I met Tom, Mindchamber, Luis, Anigen, The-Swain, ActionBeaver, sugarpolyp from deviantart, and many others. I had no idea how many Newgrounds members would show up, and I didn't even met the ones that were coming on Sunday only, because sadly I had to leave early (6AM) Sunday morning. Why? For what is the best show I have ever seen in my life, DAFT PUNK at the WaMu theater in Seattle.

It was a nice little topping to end what was probably the most fun I've ever had in 4 consecutive days. I even got a little Vegeta thing I can hang from my phone. what more could you ask for. anyway, this is getting too long, so i'll end it right here, and post a pic of the sweet PPG cell i got. (sorry, i'm not gonna scan it, don't want the paper to shuffle around in the case too much - graphite smears).

comic-con pics
daft punk pics

Comic-Con '07 recap

Comments (15)

I've read it all and I must say it was very interesting. I should really come there, one day. The PPG cell looks really amazing, how much did you have to pay for it? Around 150-300, as you said before, or was it cheaper?

$180, but it was a gift.

That's awesome. I love seeing cels. I have a Jessica Rabbit.
I wish I had gone to ComiCon. Maybe I'll try to arrange to go next year.

You won't regret it

Oh man, That Daft Punk show looked sweet, I'd love too see them live sometime everyone says it's awesome. I'd also love to go to comic con, that'll probably never happen though.

daft punk is seriously the most awe inspiring show ever
and comic con is just a few plane tickets away, entrance fee is only $60.

Damn, that original PPG cell is so fucking hot.


Nice meeting you, sounds like you had a productive comic con experience, continued success to you. You have great vision and immagination.


thanks luis. nice meeting you too

sounds like you got the publicity you were looking for and maybe some contacts?! along with the nickelodeon ones you're gonna get soon ;)

didn't really get any contacts, but talking to them was nice enough.
and the nick thing is coming up soon :)

Comic-con sounds pretty cool. It's a shame I'm in the UK so I'm guessing it'll be a few years before I'll be able to make a trip there. I'm envious that you saw daft punk. They were playing at a festival near me but we only went for a day and they were playing the day after.

Can't wait for Freetown :]

that is quite a ways away. if you ever do plan to come here, make sure it's in sync with comic-con ;)

Awesome man, glad you had fun :)

thank you. i saw your cards on the newgrounds display, very nice.

I hope to see you again next year. 4 days this time bro, NO RIPPIN OFF ANIGEN

i'll go all the way so long as daft punk doesn't show up on the same weekend again

I can't believe you ate all my chocolate =(

Nice Cell, and photos =) Lovin the one of you with Tom Fulp ;D Caption-tastic. Why are all the photos pointing at the roof though/lights? This confused me.

I really gotta go to this sometime. Despite the nerdiness it looks brilliant =)

That Daft Punk show looked DA BOMB too! XD

the photos are pointing up cuz i wanted to make a cool 360 spinaround with it later. you'll see

daft punk was indeed the bomb

Its sad that I watched the Powerpuff Girls so much I actually recognize what scene and episode that cel came from.

I've seen so many photos of Craig. He seems like someone who would be fun to draw.

ahah. i don't think i've seen that episode yet
i'm on a quest to see them allll

ur fine

I saw Daft Punk recently in New York city.

I could not agree with you any more...it was the best show I have ever seen in my entire life. You can't really say anything else about it...


um ppg? u should look at bleedman's version. go to bleedman.com

AHhhh i wanna see DAFT PUNK SOO MUCH....im really jealous. They never play down in the UK D: