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HOME FROM THE WEST COAST…
I got back from San Diego late last week but I am still horribly lagged. It was a very enjoyable 10 days and I even got to do some fun things too. I’m hoping that the regular visitors here haven’t all died of boredom and stopped visiting as it’s been almost a month since I last put up a new post. But July and the beginning of August have been very interesting indeed, passing by in the blink of the proverbial. So here’s half a dozen photos from San Diego for you (Bruce Timm, Frank Darabont, some bloke dressed as Death who was on the escalator opposite me, John (Bender) DiMaggio, who I gave a copy of TRIPWIRE to, Matt Groening and Grant Morrison. I’ll be putting up a proper post in the next few days…














COASTING PART THREE
Friday was spent mostly at the TRIPWIRE table, selling copies of the TRIPWIRE Annual 2009. I did get to do a Disney roundtable with Pixar’s John Lasseter and Japanese superstar director Hayao Miyazaki plus I also did a roundtable with Toy Story 3 director Lee Unrich. They were both very enjoyable if a little too short and I gave Lasseter a copy of Studio Space and the latest Annual. I also went to an Angel of Death roundtable in the evening with its writer Ed Brubaker, stars Zoe Bell, Ted Raimi, Doug Jones, director Paul Etheredge and producer John Norris, which was a lot of fun actually although it meant I had to sprint to avoid missing dinner. So Friday was a little bit exhausting but a pretty good day. I only did one press thing on Saturday and that was a Solomon Kane roundtable with its director Michael Bassett and star James Purefoy, Marc Anthony in HBO’s Rome. The advance word on the film is very positive and it would be great for a movie like this to do well. I also got a few photos of James Callis, aka Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica, when I went to find someone else. Weirdly, even though this was the Saturday at the show, there was no queue for Callis. So the busiest day of the show ended pretty decently…

















COASTING PART TWO
So Wednesday started with us dropping off copies of TRIPWIRE at the Icv2.com conference which took place at the Marriott. We gave out copies of 2008 and 2009’s Annuals and saw Jeph Loeb give a keynote speech, watched Robert Venditti and Chris Staros discuss the Surrogates‘ move from comics to the big screen, which was fairly interesting when you consider that this was Venditti’s first comic and his day job is helping Staros out at Top Shelf. Jeff Smith talked about how he has resisted a cinematic version of his series Bone, which was pretty funny. I admit we didn’t stick around for the second half of the conference as I was still tired and trying to adjust to the time difference. So we set up for Preview Night and got a decent amount of foot traffic by our table, making a few sales of the new Annual. I saw Richard Taylor from Weta briefly on Wednesday too, which is always a pleasure. I don’t remember where we went for dinner on Wednesday. Thursday was a decent day as we kicked it off with the TRIPWIRE panel, which Rich Johnston and Kody Chamberlain came for, and we even had a good turn out for the audience. Myself and Andy G also met with our Barnes & Noble buyer, James Killen, which went well, I did a press conference with Tim Burton about Alice in Wonderland and I got to do a Terry Gilliam roundtable about Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. I got some great photos of him and he came across as very approachable. To be honest, if all I did at the whole show was do the Gilliam thing, I would have been satisfied. The weirdest thing about Burton is that, the older he gets, the more he looks like Bob Dylan. Myself and Andy G met with Bill Schanes at Diamond Comic Distributors regarding the whole benchmark thing and, while he was very pleasant, they wouldn’t change their mind, which is their prerogative. So we are looking at other options. I didn’t get to do the James Cameron interview or Peter Jackson but I did a Kick-Ass roundtable that evening and got to see its producer Tarquin Pack again, which was cool. I saw lots of people throughout the show and gave them copies of the magazine and don’t remember looking back which day I actually saw them. Sales on Thursday were steady. So here’s another selection of photos from Wednesday and Thursday…















COASTING PART ONE
So I’m just back from my exhausting trip to San Diego Comic-Con and just beginning to get my brain back together again. I’ll be breaking it up into bite sized chunks for people to read so here is the first post. Unlike previous years, we decided to make it a little bit of an extended trip. It’s a pretty knackering trip from the UK (11 plus hours on the plane) so we thought that it might make more sense to do it as a nine day affair. So myself and Andy (Colman, who hadn’t been since 2005) booked the Embassy Suites from Monday 20th to July 29th. Now for anyone who’s ever been, getting the hotel is like planning a military operation: rooms sell out in seconds of them being opened up by those geniuses at Travel Planners and you want to be as close as you can to the show geographically. The Embassy Suites is alright: about four blocks from the Convention Center, rooms have their own fridge, microwave and a pull-out bed as well as a regular bed. So we got in on Monday evening West Coast time after a whole day of travelling and reached the Embassy Suites, exhausted but happy we had got there safely. The TRIPWIRE Annual 2009 had turned up in one piece and they looked great. This is the third year running that the first time I’d seen them in print was in San Diego. We had a quick dinner with our friend Jim Johnson at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza and then fell into bed. Tuesday was pretty uneventful: once I’d picked up our exhibitor badges, dropped a couple of boxes of TRIPWIRE at our table, Andy C went into the hall to talk to the golden and silver age dealers while I went off to Horton Plaza to try and see Up. The hall is so odd without its hordes of people. So here are some photos in San Diego before the madness of Comic-Con 2009 began taken with my D60, which I had to buy when my D40x packed up two days before I left for the States…