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August 27, 2007

FAN EXPO 2007: Field Report

Filed under: Announcements,Conventions,Photos,Sketches — M Kitchen @ 6:39 am

It’s been a year since the last Fan Expo. Our first con. Attending Fan Expo 2007 had me reminiscing about the all the conventions we hit this year. What worked. What didn’t. Things to think about for the future. And the realization that the pop-culture crowd seems to be our target audience. If you’d ask me last year, I would have thought that the A.P.E. or T.C.A.F. would have been the crowd that would gravitate to our comics. But the Fan Expo continues to blow all the other cons out of the water. Which has got me seriously considering the other BIG THREE comic cons. Maybe next year?

As for celebrity guests this year: Adam West and Johnathan Frakes were the two I was most interested to see.

On the comic book front, the heavy hitters were John Romita Sr. and John Romita Jr. who had a sketch off that I would have loved to watch, but couldn’t because I was busy selling comics. Sometime this week, I’ll have to scour the internet to see if it was captured on film.

Here is an interesting con sketch… one of our customers was having comic artists finish an old issue of Alpha Flight! Check out the Spy Guy appearance (along with The Grad and The Possum)!

And here are some other con sketches that came out quite well:

Spy Guy vs. Darth Vader.

Spud & Harry vs. Doctor Who.

Spy Guy Batman team-up.

Spy Guy vs. Spy Mite.

Spy Guy Captain Kirk team-up.

Adam West vs. Spy Guy.

Spy Guy SCUD team-up.

Spider-man vs. Spy Guy.

Harry Potter vs. Elijah Wood (as Kevin).

Geeze… the list goes on and on… so let’s end with:

The Possum Spy Guy team-up.


  1. Looks like it was a lot of fun. I wish I could have been there……… oh wait. I was.

    Comment by Blair kitchen — August 27, 2007 @ 8:25 pm

  2. Outstanding stuff. You knock it out of the park every bloody time. Tell me you at least *do* pencil these things in first…

    I like the idea of filling in the Alpha Flight issue. if memory serves there was an issue during the Byrne run (Snowblind?) that was mostly (all?) blank panels…

    Comment by jay — August 28, 2007 @ 5:30 am

  3. Blair: Yeah, I remember you… you were the guy that was getting young girls to buy you Ralph Snart comics for 50 cents a pop.

    Jay: Well, shucks. Thanks. And yes, I do some chicken scratch pencils before starting these things… actually, they’re about the same noodley chicken scratch pencils that I do on the actual comics… which is what has me wanting to try the Dave Sim tracing paper method for the next comic, in order to force me to clean up those pencils and tighten the drawing before inking… which reminds me, I haven’t yet posted those SPUD & HARRY Comic Con “work in progress” pictures yet… I have them scanned onto the computer, so it’s just a matter of rescaling and posting the things.

    And yes, your memory serves you well. It WAS indeed the Snowblind issue (number 6). I didn’t take a picture of the cover, but I’m pretty sure Blair did.

    Comment by M Kitchen — August 28, 2007 @ 9:06 am

  4. I didn’t take a picture of the cover!!! Dang nammit!!

    Comment by Blair Kitchen — August 29, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  5. The Spy Guy/Possum one’s beautiful… that Spidey’s fantastic… but I think the fact that you worked in a Doctor Who reference wins the cookies for the day!

    I loved the Spy Guy Mini’s, btw.

    Now, I’ve promised Blair I’ll grab a shirt from him next con I see him at; make sure you have something else for me too!

    Comment by gdaybloke — September 8, 2007 @ 6:50 am

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