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SDCC 2012 Schedule

After skipping last year’s show, I’m heading back to Comic-Con International: San Diego, know to the rest of the world simply as Comic-Con or SDCC. It’s big, it’s crowded, it’s noisy, and yes, it’s about a lot more than just comics. None of which is necessarily bad, but it does make the show a bit of an ordeal to be endured, rather than enjoyed.

My public schedule is pretty slim this year, so I have time to take meetings and do the behind-the-scenes business that is such a part of the show. I have a signing block on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a panel on Saturday. Details below. There will be a San Diego-exclusive edition of Artifacts #19 available at the Top Cow booth, with a great Michael Broussard cover, limited to 500 copies.

Thursday
10 a.m.-noon, signing at Top Cow, Booth #2629

Friday
Noon-2 p.m., signing at Top Cow, Booth #2629

Saturday
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Top Cow panel, Room 8
4-6 p.m., signing at Top Cow, Booth #2629

Otherwise, I hope to be hanging out at Trickster, which is at 795 J Street, close to the convention center, and eating every meal I can at my favorite restaurant in town, El Vitral.

If you’re going to San Diego, hope you can come by to say hi.

Cheers,

Ron


Woodstock Day School Comic Convention

I’m going, are you?

What: Woodstock Day School Comic Convention
When: Sunday, May 20th
Where: Woodstock Day School, 1430 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock NY
Time: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Baltimore bound


I’ll be attending the Baltimore Comic Con next Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21. Baltimore is one of my favorite cons because it’s completely focused on comics: no retired wrestlers, no former TV stars, just comics, comics, comics. That’s one of the reasons it consistently has one of the best guest lists of the entire con schedule. Promoter Marc Nathan, right-hand man Brad Tree and the rest of the staff and volunteers always roll out the red carpet for their guests, and creators return year after year. It’s one of the few shows I actually look forward to, and I always return from it feeling recharged about this work I’m fortunate enough to do. It’s also a chance to catch up with friends in the industry, and make plans for future projects.

The Baltimore Comic Con website, with all the pertinent info, is here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/ and the epic guest list here: http://baltimorecomiccon.com/guests/. Highly recommended.

I’ll be spending time at both the Top Cow and Deadlands booths. I don’t yet have a schedule for any panels or programming, but I’ll add it as soon as I do. I’ll have copies of Samurai: Heaven and Earth vol. 1 and vol. 2 TPBs for sale, as well as copies of Shinku #1 and #2 (both covers). Come find me and buy some, so I don’t have them bring them home.



Cheers,

Ron


Magdalena graces Albany

Had a great time at Sunday’s Albany Comic Con. Caught up with old friends, made some new friends, and signed books from Silver Surfer to Green Lantern right up to Magdalena #1. The GL-centric panel with my buddy Joe Staton was a lot of fun, as we compared notes about our respective runs, and “our” respective Green Lanterns. David Pepose of Newsarama was in attendance, so there should be a report on the panel online sometime this week. David Pepose of Newsarama, who was in attendance, has posted a report on the panel.

The end of the GL panel was interrupted by the local chapter of the 501st Legion, who strode into the room to bestow Honorary Membership upon me. More on that in a post later this week, but suffice to say I was very flattered and pleased. It’s not every day you get a laser-etched plaque handed to you by a Stormtrooper in full armor.

I also got to meet the real Kyle Rayner at the show. He’s 4 years old. His mom and dad brought him by, and I have to admit, I was pretty stunned that someone thought enough of our everyman GL to actually give their child his name (“Kyle Rayner” is his first name and middle name). How cool is that?

The other highlight of the show was a cosplayer named Jen Wicks who wore a kick-ass Magdalena outfit all day. She posed for photos, including this one with me, as well as a group shot of me, Terry Austin and Matthew Dow Smith (who of course provided the art for the con exclusive cover of Magdalena #1). Yes, I know I need a haircut.


One of the nicest things about the Albany Con is the burgeoning local and semi-local comics community that’s developing around it. I’ve known guys like Terry Austin, Matt Smith, Todd Dezago, Joe Staton, Fred Hembeck and Lee Moder (who made it to the conn all the way from Pittsburgh) for years. But it’s been great to meet or reconnect with other creators like Dave Rodriguez, Nick Tapalansky, Saurav Mohapatra, Paul Harding, Declan Shalvey and the Timony Brothers, as well as critics/journalists including CBR’s Tim Callahan and Newsarama’s David Pepose. Virtually all the guests who attend the show end up wanting to come back, so I expect many of them will return for the fall show, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 24. Hopefully the guest list will include a few surprises. As always, you can watch the Albany Con MySpace and Twitter feed for updates.

Cheers,

Ron

P.S.
Saurav Mohapatra also posted some photos he took during the conn on his blog.


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