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Offline Jabroniville

Jab's Comic Con Adventure
« on: June 20, 2011, 05:36:41 PM »
Jab's Calgary Comic Con Adventure!

-Saturday, unusually rainy, though all of Alberta's been rainy lately. Pretty big Convention Centre (it's in Stampede park, right next to the Saddledome, so it's where the fairgrounds are and junk). VERY old-looking, with a big gray cement floor, but it serves the purpose. Lots of dorks were there (I'm apparently VERY thin by dork standards), plus various costumed people. The dude dressed as Archangel was probably a HUGE inconvenience in big lines. It was crowded as heck. Some lines were bigger than others.

-Lots of celebrities and "celebrities" signing autographs:
-Summer Glau is RIDICULOUSLY skinny in person. Like seriously, eat a sandwich, girl. Her arms are incredibly tiny. Quite a pretty face, though (even if it's unusually small for her head size- she's got more space to the sides and up and down than is normal), and her legs are KILLER. I told my brother she was there, and he was like "I don't understand nerds. She's cute, but she's not THAT HOT." Agreed. Pretty girl, but too many nerds too easily project their love of scrawny women who act in sci-fi shows to make girls "PERFECT" in their eyes. Course, I ended up spending sixty bucks on Archie Comics, so who am I to judge other nerds?
-Johnathan Frakes is old. Grey beard and big bald spot. For some reason, that makes me sad. Maybe because he was so dang VIRILE as Xanatos & Will Riker.
-Couldn't see William Shatner- he was doing autographs behind a curtain for the $75. I mean, I'm a fan, and I could easily afford it, but nahhhh, I don't need to meet the guy THAT bad.
-Haha, Pinky & The Brain's voice actors were there. Cool. Tia Carrere was there, and looks like your average well-held-together older asian lady (she's gotta be 40 at least by now). ELVIRA was there, and still has a pretty impressive upper portion for an old lady. She still looks AROUND the same age she always has, but it's a lot harder to tell with all the makeup, which is thankfully part of her normal look.
-"Diamond" Dallas Page was there (arguably my least favourite wrestler of all time). He pretty much stands out as the most clear fan of himself I've EVER seen in person, as he kept standing up and going all "ooh! ooh! Listen to MY story!" and revelling in being the centre of attention, acting as if he was making the greatest points in the universe. He's pretty big in person- about 6'3" or so, but he never had much of a wrestler build, despite having decently-sized arms. His voice is raspy as all heck, though- he never sounded like that on T.V. I guess the life of a wrestler took it's toll on him or something. He looks REALLY aged in the face, too.
-Other celebs: The Guild (do I lose nerd points for not knowing who they are?), the black dude from "Stargate", Adrienne Barbeau (before my time- looks pretty good for a 55-year old or whatever she is, from 15 feet away at least), an anime voice actor (I guess he was Edward... that's the main kid, right?... from "Fullmetal Alchemist"), Linda Blair & the guy who was Pinhead. I guess that's a decent enough haul for being so far away from the States.

-Gail Simon was there, and was pretty nice. Didn't realize she had the "Middle-aged Librarian" look down so well. I told her I was looking forward to her Batgirl run, and she said there was lots of cool characters in it and whatever.
-Amanda Conner was there doing sketches... pretty much everyone either requested Vampirella or that was all she felt like doing. I think there was a Catwoman one, too.
-Neal Adams of all people was there, which was cool. Kinda wish I was more intimately familiar with his work or I would have said something. Didn't wanna be all "uhhhh big fan, huh-huh."
-Other people: Mike Mignola, Leonard Kirk... forget who else.
-HELLS YEAH- bought a crap-ton of Archie Comics, including some Jughead ones from the "Joani & Debbie" years where they tried to give him a pair of girlfriends so that he'd look less gay. GREAT stuff to find. I also completed the story from an OLD "Avengers West Coast" issue I bought when I was nine years old, featuring Dr. Demonicus and his Pacific Overlords. Also bought some Zodiac-era "Avengers" comics, because those guys are SERIOUS jobbers, which I love.
-Got a handful (20-30-ish) of Marvel Cards. Remember THOSE? I had all the Series II ones they had there, but Series III (Galactus! Collector! Talon from the Guardians of the Galaxy!) was a great find. Might've got some duplicates, but they were a quarter each, so c'mon.

-The Webcomic writers/artists were there, which was pretty cool, as I was quite familiar with some of their work. They're a REALLY homely-looking bunch, too- I was surprised at some of them, as they look pretty normal in pictures. I guess it comes with the territory or something. But seriously, I can't walk up to too many gatherings of people and be the most attractive person there by a ways very often.
-Scott Kurtz of "PvP" was advertised, but I didn't see him. There was an enormous Killer Whale at his booth, though. Wonder if he knew where Scott was.
-Jeph Jacques of "Questionable Content" was there. He's a lot pudgier than you'd expect for a guy who draws a comic about a world full of two curvy women and a bunch of bulimic indie music fans. I have my issues with his work, but it's pretty good as a whole, and he's written some good stuff, so I bought his first collection of strips (pretty interesting read, as he puts little notes on the bottom of each one- the art SUCKED in those days, though- like "first time MSPaint" user bad), complimented his stuff, and told him I loved the guys who yell "BROS! BROS! BROS!" at people who insist they are "bros" with another.
-The chick who does "Girls With Slingshots" was there. Always meant to get more familiar with her strip- it's very well-drawn and funny from what I've seen, but I've yet to do an archive crawl. Might've been a good time to just buy a collection, but I didn't have any more room to carry stuff (stupid Archie Comics...).
-The "Looking For Group/Least I Could Do" duo was there. Ryan Sohmer is REALLY ugly in person- I was shocked. He looks like a normal bald dude in pictures, but I've like five times the bald dude he is up close. REALLY big fan of himself, too. Not as bad as DDP, but he just looks ultra-proud of his accomplishments (ie. running a business off of two successful webcomics.. nothing to sneeze at, but c'mon) all the time. "Ego" just wafts off the dude for whatever reason. Lars De Souza, his artist, looks pretty much like a Brazillian hobo. Which he was at one point, so it fits.
-Ethan-whatever of "Axe Cop" was there, too. I'd already bought the collection, though, and didn't have anything important to say. GREAT strip, though- even I did get tired of it eventually. What's odd is that his strip was an internet sensation for a while, but his line was piddling compared to Jeph Jacques, who had a MONSTER line a couple of times.

All in all, a pretty good show. Got some stuff I thought I'd NEVER find (late West Coast Avengers issues are a HECK of a problem to locate these days), saw some cool people who's work I admire, and it's a bit heartening to know that as nerdy as I am, there are like a bajillion other people just as bad out there.
"Who knows what kind of den of corruption Riverdale could turn out to be?"- The Punisher, "Archie Meets The Punisher"

Offline B-ko Daitokuji

Re: Jab's Comic Con Adventure
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 08:12:00 PM »
Well, I never been to a Comic Con, so I hate you.  Just kidding. XD

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Adrienne Barbeau (before my time- looks pretty good for a 55-year old or whatever she is, from 15 feet away at least),

Adrienne Barbeau is a legtimate genre movie icon.  Don't think she should before anyone's time.  She's in Escape From New York, the Fog, Creep Show, Two Evil Eyes, Swamp Thing, etc.  That's a pretty amazing filmography, plus she did the best and sexiest actress portrayal of Catwoman ever imo in Bataman: The Animated Series.

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-"Diamond" Dallas Page was there (arguably my least favourite wrestler of all time). He pretty much stands out as the most clear fan of himself I've EVER seen in person, as he kept standing up and going all "ooh! ooh! Listen to MY story!" and revelling in being the centre of attention, acting as if he was making the greatest points in the universe. He's pretty big in person- about 6'3" or so, but he never had much of a wrestler build, despite having decently-sized arms. His voice is raspy as all heck, though- he never sounded like that on T.V. I guess the life of a wrestler took it's toll on him or something. He looks REALLY aged in the face, too.

Seriously, DDP is your least favorite wrestler of all time? O__O  I mean he's no Ric Flair or Curt Henning, but I thought he was fun to watch at least and seemed like an all right guy.  He was also WCW champ like a million times, so he earned his stripes as well.  Just odd to choose someone like DDP as your least fave when you have overpushed green juiced up buffoons like Goldberg and Batista to choose from that couldn't even cut a promo.  And can't blame a guy for self-promotion.  I mean there's people who are/were extreme political backstabbers that I'm sure DDP never even came close to matching the behavior of, and I can at least respect their work in the ring or on the mic.

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-The Webcomic writers/artists were there, which was pretty cool, as I was quite familiar with some of their work. They're a REALLY homely-looking bunch, too- I was surprised at some of them, as they look pretty normal in pictures. I guess it comes with the territory or something. But seriously, I can't walk up to too many gatherings of people and be the most attractive person there by a ways very often.

This doesn't surprise me much.  Webcomics are like the McDonald's of the comic world.  I still have yet to read one that wasn't totally hackneyed, lame, or self referential to the point of being totally annoying.


Offline Jabroniville

Re: Jab's Comic Con Adventure
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011, 02:21:32 AM »
My DDP hatred is partially irrational, but most of it stems from his appearance and acting like a general white trash dude most of the time. And the fact that he was pushed to the moon because he was friends with Eric Bischoff. Plus jealousy over the fact that he was married to KIMBERLY PAGE, legit one of the hottest women ever.

Goldberg was bad, but his Spear was AWESOME, and he had great animalistic charisma (vs. DDP's calling everyone "SCUM!" and raving). Batista... I SHOULD hate him more than DDP. He ripped on the MUCH more talented AJ Styles, he earned the nickname Botchtista, and roids shrivelled him up and aged him 15 years in about four. I just don't hate him more- it's a personal thing :).
"Who knows what kind of den of corruption Riverdale could turn out to be?"- The Punisher, "Archie Meets The Punisher"

Offline John Asperger

Re: Jab's Comic Con Adventure
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 02:09:47 PM »
Jab's Calgary Comic Con Adventure!

-Saturday, unusually rainy, though all of Alberta's been rainy lately. Pretty big Convention Centre (it's in Stampede park, right next to the Saddledome, so it's where the fairgrounds are and junk). VERY old-looking, with a big gray cement floor, but it serves the purpose. Lots of dorks were there (I'm apparently VERY thin by dork standards), plus various costumed people. The dude dressed as Archangel was probably a HUGE inconvenience in big lines. It was crowded as heck. Some lines were bigger than others.

-Lots of celebrities and "celebrities" signing autographs:
-Summer Glau is RIDICULOUSLY skinny in person. Like seriously, eat a sandwich, girl. Her arms are incredibly tiny. Quite a pretty face, though (even if it's unusually small for her head size- she's got more space to the sides and up and down than is normal), and her legs are KILLER. I told my brother she was there, and he was like "I don't understand nerds. She's cute, but she's not THAT HOT." Agreed. Pretty girl, but too many nerds too easily project their love of scrawny women who act in sci-fi shows to make girls "PERFECT" in their eyes. Course, I ended up spending sixty bucks on Archie Comics, so who am I to judge other nerds?
-Johnathan Frakes is old. Grey beard and big bald spot. For some reason, that makes me sad. Maybe because he was so dang VIRILE as Xanatos & Will Riker.
-Couldn't see William Shatner- he was doing autographs behind a curtain for the $75. I mean, I'm a fan, and I could easily afford it, but nahhhh, I don't need to meet the guy THAT bad.
-Haha, Pinky & The Brain's voice actors were there. Cool. Tia Carrere was there, and looks like your average well-held-together older asian lady (she's gotta be 40 at least by now). ELVIRA was there, and still has a pretty impressive upper portion for an old lady. She still looks AROUND the same age she always has, but it's a lot harder to tell with all the makeup, which is thankfully part of her normal look.
-"Diamond" Dallas Page was there (arguably my least favourite wrestler of all time). He pretty much stands out as the most clear fan of himself I've EVER seen in person, as he kept standing up and going all "ooh! ooh! Listen to MY story!" and revelling in being the centre of attention, acting as if he was making the greatest points in the universe. He's pretty big in person- about 6'3" or so, but he never had much of a wrestler build, despite having decently-sized arms. His voice is raspy as all heck, though- he never sounded like that on T.V. I guess the life of a wrestler took it's toll on him or something. He looks REALLY aged in the face, too.
-Other celebs: The Guild (do I lose nerd points for not knowing who they are?), the black dude from "Stargate", Adrienne Barbeau (before my time- looks pretty good for a 55-year old or whatever she is, from 15 feet away at least), an anime voice actor (I guess he was Edward... that's the main kid, right?... from "Fullmetal Alchemist"), Linda Blair & the guy who was Pinhead. I guess that's a decent enough haul for being so far away from the States.

-Gail Simon was there, and was pretty nice. Didn't realize she had the "Middle-aged Librarian" look down so well. I told her I was looking forward to her Batgirl run, and she said there was lots of cool characters in it and whatever.
-Amanda Conner was there doing sketches... pretty much everyone either requested Vampirella or that was all she felt like doing. I think there was a Catwoman one, too.
-Neal Adams of all people was there, which was cool. Kinda wish I was more intimately familiar with his work or I would have said something. Didn't wanna be all "uhhhh big fan, huh-huh."
-Other people: Mike Mignola, Leonard Kirk... forget who else.
-HELLS YEAH- bought a crap-ton of Archie Comics, including some Jughead ones from the "Joani & Debbie" years where they tried to give him a pair of girlfriends so that he'd look less gay. GREAT stuff to find. I also completed the story from an OLD "Avengers West Coast" issue I bought when I was nine years old, featuring Dr. Demonicus and his Pacific Overlords. Also bought some Zodiac-era "Avengers" comics, because those guys are SERIOUS jobbers, which I love.
-Got a handful (20-30-ish) of Marvel Cards. Remember THOSE? I had all the Series II ones they had there, but Series III (Galactus! Collector! Talon from the Guardians of the Galaxy!) was a great find. Might've got some duplicates, but they were a quarter each, so c'mon.

-The Webcomic writers/artists were there, which was pretty cool, as I was quite familiar with some of their work. They're a REALLY homely-looking bunch, too- I was surprised at some of them, as they look pretty normal in pictures. I guess it comes with the territory or something. But seriously, I can't walk up to too many gatherings of people and be the most attractive person there by a ways very often.
-Scott Kurtz of "PvP" was advertised, but I didn't see him. There was an enormous Killer Whale at his booth, though. Wonder if he knew where Scott was.
-Jeph Jacques of "Questionable Content" was there. He's a lot pudgier than you'd expect for a guy who draws a comic about a world full of two curvy women and a bunch of bulimic indie music fans. I have my issues with his work, but it's pretty good as a whole, and he's written some good stuff, so I bought his first collection of strips (pretty interesting read, as he puts little notes on the bottom of each one- the art SUCKED in those days, though- like "first time MSPaint" user bad), complimented his stuff, and told him I loved the guys who yell "BROS! BROS! BROS!" at people who insist they are "bros" with another.
-The chick who does "Girls With Slingshots" was there. Always meant to get more familiar with her strip- it's very well-drawn and funny from what I've seen, but I've yet to do an archive crawl. Might've been a good time to just buy a collection, but I didn't have any more room to carry stuff (stupid Archie Comics...).
-The "Looking For Group/Least I Could Do" duo was there. Ryan Sohmer is REALLY ugly in person- I was shocked. He looks like a normal bald dude in pictures, but I've like five times the bald dude he is up close. REALLY big fan of himself, too. Not as bad as DDP, but he just looks ultra-proud of his accomplishments (ie. running a business off of two successful webcomics.. nothing to sneeze at, but c'mon) all the time. "Ego" just wafts off the dude for whatever reason. Lars De Souza, his artist, looks pretty much like a Brazillian hobo. Which he was at one point, so it fits.
-Ethan-whatever of "Axe Cop" was there, too. I'd already bought the collection, though, and didn't have anything important to say. GREAT strip, though- even I did get tired of it eventually. What's odd is that his strip was an internet sensation for a while, but his line was piddling compared to Jeph Jacques, who had a MONSTER line a couple of times.

All in all, a pretty good show. Got some stuff I thought I'd NEVER find (late West Coast Avengers issues are a HECK of a problem to locate these days), saw some cool people who's work I admire, and it's a bit heartening to know that as nerdy as I am, there are like a bajillion other people just as bad out there.




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