Monday, August 13, 2007

Wizard World Chicago 2007

Once every year I get to be a fanboy one with the community. And although the annual comics/anime/gaming midwest pilgrimage Wizard World doesn't quite have the right mix of material for me nor the plethora of freebies I'm used to at Tech conferences, its still a lot of fun for a number of reasons.

For one, you run into people like Arthur Suydam who did the covers for the wonderful Marvel Zombies.



Or Mark Millar signing copies of his work Civil War - which was absorbing and epic.



Or Mike Choi (Witchblade) and Phil Hester (Green Arrow) scribbling away furiously.



For a rank bad amateur like me - who still loves to sketch nevertheless - its an education in technique and materials. I always come home from WW after being gobsmacked with the artwork and armed with a bunch of ink pens and brushes that I learn about from the Artist's Alley. Often I'll stumble across stuff I haven't seen before thats cool - like Agnes Garbowska's terribly stylish work (her portfolio on EvilRabbit.org)

And then there are the fans who show up in those outfits in all that heat and pose patiently for photographs for geeks like me.

Here is my favorite Inhuman: Black Bolt, who wisely chose not to say anything.



And Flash, obviously too quick for the camera.



Where else could you see Spider-man and Indy go at it?



Some awesome street art from Pepper Ink.



And the frenzy...



and waiting at the Marvel booth.



Ok, it ain't ComicCon, but I can't afford plane tickets so this is all I get to write about.

Also, some of my previous reviews of graphic novels

4 comments:

megan said...

haha last year i worked for a video game company where i had to go to this comic books/video games convention doing promotion wearing a tank top with the company name, gosh the men there were pervs

Aspi said...

Megan, you should write a post for me on that one. It'd be awesome. Next time you're bored? Please?

Amrita said...

I'd love to read that too, Megan :D
"Nerds Gone Wild"

meg said...

hahah ok!!!