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My First SDCC 2011 Report: Preview Night
by David Stanley, posted July 21st, 2011
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This is supposed to be a preview, not the full-on Comic-Con experience, but nobody told the hordes (see the picture of them running through the hall trying to get their hands on an exclusive something or other—it’s always a mystery to me):

Luckily, we had our own oasis at the Prism Comics booth, spawling over three booth spaces and looking more fabulous than ever with the incredible backdrop designed by our very own Charles "Zan" Christensen and featuring a plethora of queer comic’s characters being their fabulous selves in the middle of all the comic-Com madness. And here’s just the half of it:

Really really fantastic, Zan!

While the overwhelmingness of it is not new, what does seem different this year is the fact that we have a history now with Comic-Con, that we are an established presence yet we haven't just blended into the background. The need for Prism to exist is more vital than ever yet the acceptance and support we have gotten from fans, comics professionals and companies makes us feel part of the fabric of this world.

But you know that. What you want to know is what it’s like to be there on preview night. What’s the haps, what kind of swag, who did I see?

Well, let’s start with who was at the Prism booth. For the past couple of years, we’ve added booth partners to the mix, providing a space for those who didn’t want to get a booth all by their lonesome and get lost in the sea of the Small Press Pavilion or Artist Alley. So what it’s created is our own Queer Alley or Queer Pavilion, whichever way you want to look at it. We’re not quite a Queer Island yet, but working on it.

Anyhow, our first booth partner was Brad Rader (Harry and Dickless Tom) who is seen here doing a sketch in a copy of his DC/Vertigo graphic novel, Fogtown. If you can’t come down to the convention and get your very own sketch, go to his website to find out more.

Jeff Krell is a Prism mainstay, famous for having created Jayson and keeping us apprised of his adventures ever since. He’s here at the Con with an exclusive, Jayson Conics #1, containing key chapters from his upcoming graphic novel Jayson Gets a Job. Check out his website here.

Jon Macy was last year’s co-recipient of the Queer Press Grant for Fearful Hunter, then went on to win the Lambda Literary Award for Teleny and Camille (published by Charles “Zan” Christensen’s Northwest Press) in the category of Gay Erotica! Teleny is an adaptation of the 1893 anonymous erotic novel attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of writers and poets. So talented and super-nice! Here’s his website. (Note that a finalist for a Lambda Transgender Fiction award was our very own Justin Hall, for Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, also published by Northwest Press.)

Sean-Z announced that the Myth e-books are now available and that Myth #3 is on the way! For all the info, go to his website. Sean is also busy promoting Bent-Con (Think: "a Comic Con, only Gayer.") which is rapidly becoming the must-attend event of the LGBT comics year (well, besides Comic-Con). It’s impossible to take a bad picture of this guy!

Next to Sean was Ed Luce, with new Wuvable Oaf books and t-shirts galore. Unfortunately, the photo I took of him was too blurry. Not that any of my pics are particularly clear (damn you, iPhone!). Well, I’ll post a pic sometime this weekend. But better yet, go to the release party and book signing of Wuvable Oaf #3 (with debut of a new Goteblüd print) on Saturday, July 23rd from 6-1-pm at Double Break, a local San Diego gallery, located at 1821 5th Avenue, San Diego.

Then I got out onto the floor for a bit. Despite the huge numbers of people, it is one of the only times during the convention when you can roam the aisles without getting mashed into a pulp by the hordes.

I had to see the comics first. I just like the comics, not the video games or the action figures or the movie stars. I just like the comics. Is there anything more beautiful than comics piled on a table?

And I love love love Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani whose book is the Eisner Award-winning Tiny Titans. Here they’re at the DC booth, but they also have their own booth where they sell teeny tiny paintings. Adorable.

Across from the DC booth is Eric Shanower’s booth for all things Hungry Tiger Press, Age of Bronze, and Oz! He will be at the Prism booth this Friday from Noon to 1pm signing his Oz books published by Marvel Comics and more!

Also stopped by Dan Parent’s booth (not sure of the number, but was in the Small Press Pavilion) where he has two exclusive prints, one featuring a retro take on Kevin Keller and another with the whole gang with the old Pep Comics logo. I snagged myself a drawing of Kevin Keller portfolio. He is really a nice guy and so generous to Prism.

Last but not least, TARDIS! Okay, for those of you who don’t know, it’s from Doctor Who. Craig Ferguson would be ashamed if you didn’t know that.

And oh, and I saw Paul Levitz, Craig Thompson, Neal Adams, and…Kynt of Amazing Race, although sans Vixen (you remember, they were the goths), but was rushing out so didn’t get a pic.

Till tomorrow, when the madness really begins, ta.


David Stanley is Prism's PR Chair and Editor, Queer Eye On Comics.

Prism Comics promotes the works of the LGBT community in comics. It does not implicitly endorse any other material or products associated with those works. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s).


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