Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3239:
Yesterday I blogged that this past Sunday we attended the 3rd Annual San Gabriel Valley Comic Book Festival in El Monte, California. For that Part 1 of this 2 Part series, please click here.
For earlier posts about who would be there, and what was going to happen there, here is the link to those earlier blog posts, and other links that have picked up my earlier posts.
Now, on to the those that I wasn't able to include in yesterday's post:
First up is Ted Seko. I had not met Ted before, nor read his works.
However, I understand that he is best known for creating comics with B-Movie-like storylines. So I now have one of his comics to check out for possible review in this blog, which is the one he shown holding for the photo. The title of the comic book jumped out at me!
Next is Rafael Navarro. He is pictured behind his table, with Tina taking a photo to upload to Facebook.
Tina was working so hard at this con, that I had to take a photo of her taking a photo! Thanks again, Tina!
I had met Rafael briefly at the recent San Diego Comic-Con International. He stopped by for a moment at another booth there, where I was told he had illustrated some Gumby material. Rafael's own booth was so far away at the Comic-Con from where we were, that we never made it there.
Which is why this smaller more intimate comic con was nice to attend! Rafael suggested I try some of his comics to read and hopefully blog about them?! I've already started his first TPB compiling his first three issues of El Sonambulo. Which I am enjoying. So it's just a matter of time before I post a blog on that!
I was a little surprised to see Drew Edward Johnson at a table at this comic con. Pleasantly suprised actually, as I knew he had illustrated the Fantastic Four: 40th Wedding Anniversary Special. Being a Fantastic Four Fan since 1962, I wanted to see how he illustrated them.
Drew is shown holding an original art page from that FF publication that he illustrated, in the photo above.
We also met Bernyce Talley, who is pictured to the left, holding one of her latest publications.
As you can see by this blog post and the one from yesterday, there were many comics creators at this comic book festival.
Additionally several of the exhibitors there were also in other genres, including animation.
Those would include Jim Lujan, pictured near the top of this post. Steven Sievers (a.k.a. Daniel the Turtle, also pictured at the top of this post), and Dahveed Kolodny-Nagy, among others at the festival.
The number of creators at this comic book festival were plentiful in numbers and in quality merchandise for sale at their tables.
Others attending that either Tina or I talked with but not pictured in either of the two parts of this blog series, included Michael Aushenker, John Narcomey, Geo Brawn IV, Jamie Gambell, Dan Smith, Sherm Cohen, Karl Altstaetter, Gerimi Burleigh, among others. There's only so much room for photos & text in a blog post, even one as long as mine are!
There were also raffles for items that were donated by the creators.
Some are shown to the left, being held by Renato Aguirre, of the Nuvein Foundation. The Nuvein Foundation is the Sponsor of this comic book festival.
Also, as mentioned before, there were programs, three in number, that were presented during the day.
At the left, I'm in the back row, while others are listening intently to Raul Aguirre, Jr. who was presenting his program.
Tina and I caught a portion of each program during the day.
The reason that we didn't catch all of the programs is because of two reasons.
First, we were spending so much time at each creator's table, that we were starting to run out of time. Which actually was a good sign that this was a good comic con for us, as we made a lot of new connections, plus got to see several new publications that are out there that we hadn't seen before.
Second, although the choice of music being played by the deejay pictured to the left were good, (Thanks for the Led Zepplein, BTW!), the low lying ceilings inside the Cuban Hall made for a noisier atmosphere inside, where we couldn't fully hear the program speakers above the din of the crowd on the exhibit floor, plus the music that was being played from the outside front of the street access area leading to the Hall doors.
Perhaps, if and when the 4th SGV Comic Book Festival is at a different venue, this noise volume could be lowered? Again, the choice of music was fine, just that the inside of the building was not built to accomodate crowd noise and music while a program is being presented.
After saying that, and all that I've said in the 1st Part of this blog series, plus today's post...I still gotta say that Tina and I enjoyed ourselves immensely at this 3rd Annual SGV Comic Book Festival!So...Here is the link to the event on Facebook to see what others have said about the SGV Comic Book Festival.
And this is the link to the web site for the Festival.
Our thanks again, Grasiela and Javier, for inviting us up to this comic festival and for the info / pics that have been used in earlier blogs here publicizing the event!
You both made us feel at home at this Comic Book Festival that we both enjoyed very much. Thanks for that!
We are also looking forward to attending your 4th Annual SGV Comic Book Festival next year in 2011!
PLUS: My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over 3,235 total posts in number! I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
Note: Our online comic book shop carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items at the link seen below.