Figured today was the last day I stood any chance of getting anything done.
Come tomorrow the place begins to take on a circus-like atmosphere and you spend most of your time trying to get places by wading through hundreds and hundreds of people that all appear to be moving in completely different directions. It’s like navigating this huge maze, ducking, dodging, darting into any small pocket of open space you can find, your vocal pattern reduced to nothing more than quick utterances of “Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me.” Or you can just run into people at full speed and not say shit. Yes, in the year 2007 people still do this. Back on point though, day two was all about finishing any business that would become impossible the next day.
Hit Artist Alley first, trying to catch up with Freddie E. Williams II so we could talk about Robin 167 and I could thank him (and apologize) in person for working him nearly to death on our story. Don’t want to spill everything before it’s time to do the actual commentary piece but since it might be some time before I get my hands on Robin again, “The Promise” is this intentionally frantic little thing where things refuse to slow down until the very last scene. And even then, not so much. But the deadline crunch was on both of us and Freddie had to complete an incredible number of pages in a short period of time, and if I hadn’t just said that, there’s no way you’d ever know. Highly biased, but I think it’s some of the best work he’s ever done and I’ll be begging Mike Marts to let me run a couple pages here in the weeks to come. But alas, his table was empty at the moment, so I went looking for other familiar faces.
Back to the con and the long awaited meeting with Freddie. Pleasure to find that he’s as cool in person as he is in his e-mails, and again he reiterated how much he enjoyed working up the script. Both of us are still kinda buzzing from these last frantic weeks and we’re trying to figure out another way for us to work together. Couple characters were mentioned and two minutes after I left his table I had this idea that I’ll try to have formed up by the time I reach home. Could be nothing, could be everything, but I won’t know until digging into it a little.
Did the Marvel Mondo panel, which was highlighted by the surprise appearance of Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who’s going to be writing a mini-series illustrated by Adi Granov. Before leaving the place for the day had a nice little convo. with Kevin Grevioux, who writes New Warriors for Marvel. More stories to come and I was absolutely floored to hear about the pet project of his that’s very close to becoming a reality. Can’t sat too much more than that, really because of fear I’ll jinx it and won’t get to ultimately read it, which would be an absolute shame. Still, the man is definitely turning his initial success on NW into further opportunities at the House of Ideas and they appear to be on the verge of allowing him to tell a HUGE one. Good luck to him and I’m really pulling for him to have a chance to hit the industry with this, and trust me when I say that it will make definite waves and garner major, major attention (and discussion) from within comics and outside of them.
Know I promised Ellis reviews, but again there wasn’t time and tomorrow doesn’t look to have much of it free. There’s the Image Reunion panel first thing in the morning, Cup ‘o Joe, the Archaia presentation, art books from both Paul Pope and James Jean to purchase and have signed, and several other assorted bits and meetings. Will also offer my particular brand of pure speculation on the contents of the One More Day thing. For now, thank you and goodnight.
Special thanks to J Brice who loaded in the brand new logo and profile pic.
Not too shabby, right?
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