Nicest guy! Wish I hadn’t just put the boy to bed…
Anyway, go buy one of his books, will ya?
Just went downtown and spent some time at the Chicago Cultural Center’s John T. McCutcheon exhibit.
Check out the pics! (Not bad for an iPhone!)
My mother-in-law was kind enough to come over and help the Mrs. over the weekend (my wife’s left arm is in a cast thanks to a recent tumble) so I could take a day downtown to cleanse the ol’ soul for a bit.
First stop â€“ the Museum of Contemporary Art for the Massive Change: The Future of Global Design exhibit:
More from the MCA:
Even their staircase is cool!
Lots o’ graphic novels and cartoon art in the gift shop!
Then on to the Mauldin exhibit at the Jean Albano gallery:
No pics allowed inside, but it was fabulous! I LOVE seeing original art like this. The white-out, the pencil marks, the variations on the black washes… It’s cartooning geek heaven!
One last stop at a comic book store. Not much of note there, but this sign made me laugh:
A wonderful brain-soothing day out! Thanks again to my mother-in-law for helping around the house so I could indulge myself for a day!
Well, I did it. I went to my first comics convention.
It was fun, but I’m not a big comics fanboy, so it wasn’t such a big deal. To be honest, I didn’t really know one artist from another, and I didn’t stand in any lines to get any autographs or anything.
Basically I walked around, soaked in the pale, heavy, nearsighted atmosphere and took some goofy pictures. Enjoy!
Here we go…
Marvel was right at the entrance
What are these HeroClix figures so excited about?
The invasion of the giant water bottles!
Honestly, this looks less like an Iron Man costume and more like my 3-year old’s pajamas.
I don’t know who this was, but she seemed to just be an attendee. A very popular attendee.
That’s a lot of comics!
You remember him as Jaws, but I love him best as Eegah!
Some wrestlers looking for a fight.
Whew! Close one! (One nearby nerd actually said “Dude, that would be totally one-sided. I mean the storm-troopers would just like blow them away man!”)
Every time I walked past this guy he was all over me. Yeesh!
Isn’t it past your bed time? Oh wait… Sorry…
The DC booth.
A banner at the DC booth. Like most guys my age, I used to love Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman. (OK I kinda still do.)
Joyce DeWitt?! What the hell?!
He’s either shopping for a new helmet, or he just made a boom boom in his pants.
I dunno who this was either, but she seemed to like taking photos with folks. Who am I to argue?
The Dark Horse booth.
I didn’t want a picture with this guy, but this sign is too funny!
I almost bought this. My wife is happy I didn’t.
Oh my! (There was a lot of this kind of stuff.)
Ran into these guys on the way out. I’m not gonna call them.
And I ran into this person by the elevator to the parking garage. She was applying blue makeup to her armpits.
But, the absolute BEST photo is the one I paid $20 for a crappy Polaroid of…
…that’s right. Me and Lou Ferrigno. Here’s a closeup:
All in all, a fun day, but not a lot there for your friendly neighborhood gag cartoonist. I’ll post pics of my purchases and freebies soon…
Well, I’m taking the plunge.
I don’t think I’m quite ready for the big Comic-Con in San Diego (maybe next year), but tomorrow I’m going to the Wizard World Chicago just down the road a piece.
Not being much of a comic book guy, I’m paying close attention to Mark Evanier’s Convention Guide.
I also bought a few recent comic books (Marvel Civil War 1 & 2) and the latest Wizard magazine (it’s kinda like People for the comics nerd set) to help prepare me. Boy oh boy have comics changed since I was a kid.
Wish me luck, and expect lots of pic next week.