Topic: Comic Cons
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3110:
Last week I blogged about who was going to be at the Wizard World Anaheim Comic Con in Orange County, California; both media guests and comics creators...
Well, we are back from that show, and the second blog I want to post is about seeing one of my favorite cartoonists, Scott Shaw!
Besides being a cartoonist, Scott is also a storyboard artist, writer, animation producer, lecturer, designer, art director, and comic book creator... whew!
Scott was there at the very beginnings of the San Diego Comic Con! He also worked at the San Diego Zoo for a few years, just like his dad did.
If this sounds familar to my long time blog readers, that's because my dad also worked at the San Diego Zoo at the same time Scott's dad did, and Scott and I worked at the Zoo during most of the same years, but he had an early morning shift, while I was there later in the morning. Whereas he was one of the early organizers at the Con, I didn't start as a dealer at the El Cortez SDCC location until 1972. But I digress...
Scott and his son, Kirby, were located in the Artists Alley section of this Wizard World, which was at the far end of the con after you walked in the entrance.
So, it being the first afternoon of the con, I gravitated to that area, before the media guests were fully set up and ready to go. With a 'Press Pass' I was able to see several persons before the doors opened and they became swamped with attendees.
Scott and Kirby were already set up, and I had a good talk with both of them, as seen by the above two photos that I am publishing here.
Scott, whose partial credits of his works are found via this link, had several of those works displayed on his table for sale. One that I had seen briefly at an earlier Comic Con International: San Diego show at a booth next to Scott's there, was one that I picked up this time.
Why? Well, I enjoy reading 'promotional comics', those comics that are published to help promote a company's products or services.
This one was "The Adventures Of Captain Rochester", A Rochester Electronics Publication. It was issue #2 of the title.
The artwork on the covers and the interior pages were illustrated by Scott Shaw!, so naturally I had to read it!
The script was by George Karalias & Paul Gerrish, art by Scott Shaw!, coloring by Tom Luth, with lettering by Dan Nakrosis. Edited by George Karalias & Scott Shaw!
I found this issue to be chock full of information, and a fun read! Which is why I enjoy reading 'promotional comics' like this!
So what is the background and theme for this comic book title? Here's what I found from the web site:
Captain Rochester and the Quest for Traceability, Authorization and Quality.
"To combat the increasingly severe problems caused by counterfeit and sub-standard semiconductors, Rochester Electronics joined forces with the Semiconductor Industry Association to establish the SIA Anti-Counterfeit Task Force. In addition, Rochester continues to participate in international anti-counterfeit efforts, including the Reliable Electronic Component Suppliers Classification program in China (RECS).
To further this cause, Rochester Electronics introduced Captain Rochester - a strong and entertaining industry hero who promotes safe and secure methods of dealing with the procurement of semiconductors. As an icon, he has come to be a symbol of what is right about the industry. As Smokey the Bear is to preventing forest fires, Captain Rochester is to preventing customers from making mistakes in buying counterfeit or sub-standard devices. As new plots and adventures unfold, Captain Rochester will do more than battle against the "dark side" of the industry - he will interact in positive and beneficial relationships with other characters who will represent real-world allies dedicated to facilitating the purchase of legitimate semiconductor products."
That's pretty cool in my book!
Scott had these issues for sale at his table. I'm not sure if he sells them via the mail. I didn't pick up any for resale purposes, so we don't have them in our online store, sorry!
To see more info on this cool series, plus view a animated video of Captain Rochester, check out the company web site at:
Plus, I've already posted links to Scott's websites before, but this blog keeps adding new 'followers' all the time, so here are just a couple of Scott Shaw!'s websites:
For those of You that couldn't attend this convention, I'll be blogging about more media guests and comics creators in the days to come...
If You can't wait for my posts, you can check out more of who was there at Wizard World Anaheim by joining their Facebook Fan Page right here for one, AND / OR You can go direct to their web site to see who else appeared there at: Wizard World Anaheim.
My thanks to Scott Shaw! and Kirby. It was fun talking with you guys on Friday, and during the rest of the show. See you again, real soon!
AND my thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over the 3,100 total posts in number!
~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
Note: Our online comic book store was still 'open' for business during this last weekend, as this was only a three day con, and we will be shipping orders today, Tuesday the 20th. FYI, promo comics like the one reviewed in this blog post can be found in our online store at: