This was the first large comic convention I have attended in about 12+ years. One thing I liked about it was that it was mostly about comic books. I've been reading about what a media event the San Diego Con has become since I attended in the 1980's, and it just doesn't sound like as much fun.
I really don't buy comic books much anymore, but a lot of the back issue prices seemed pretty reasonable to me. I picked up a stack of Gold Key Ripley's Believe It or Not comics at what I consider a bargain price. The best part of the convention for me was to see and catch up with Bernie Wrightson (see a couple posts below for the drawing I bought from him). It was really good to see Bernie happy and productive.
The biggest surprise was seeing Michael Golden. Next to Wrightson and Kaluta, he was one of my first favorite artists when I started collecting comics in the early 1980's. His work on Micronauts and Dr. Strange really stood out to me.
It was also nice to catch up with Scott Hampton. I asked him what he had done recently I should look for at the show. He suggested The Life Eaters and I was not disappointed. I'll try and post a review of it here later this week.
The Convention Floor
Bernie Wrightson. His wife Liz on the left, writer Steve Niles on the right.
Scott Hampton working on a Batman painting. I believe this was for the art auction.
Comics For Sale.
Painting of The Thing from the art auction. I don't know who did this, but I like it.
Some art for the auction.
I have no idea who they are supposed to be, but they were happy to pose for a picture.
Star Wars Dixie Cups.
Costumed couple. I believe that is the Black Widow on the left. The guy: Nick Fury? I'm so out of it with superhero comics.
Comics for Sale.
And...it wouldn't be a comic con without an Imperial Storm Trooper walking around.