It’s that time again, where I tell you what’s really grinding my gears for the week of October 9th, 2019.
Some weeks it’s mostly likes, other weeks it’s dislikes.
So what’s grinding my gears this week for NYCC 2019?
NYCC 2019 Edition
It’s great traveling for the big conventions. New York always puts on a great show. Until I can make it out to SDCC, this is the goto show each year.
It was great stopping by all the booths, chatting up with the small publishers while also stopping by a few of the artists in artist alley as well. While Anthony and I were chatting with Marguerite Bennett, who by the way was doing some awesome maze sketches of her bombshell cover art (yes, I suck, didn’t even snap a pic of it), who decides to drop in and interrupt us to tell her she’s knocking the maze doodles out of the park? Greg Capullo. Awesome guy, so Anthony just made him take a selfie for bumping in line.
Sorry Anthony, I probably beat you to the punch. The funny is, right before this picture was taken, Snyder squeezed by behind them while they were chatting so I had to give Snyder a shout out and nod, he just smiled back and kept on moving. Then following him was Joshua Williamson.
Chatting with Ed Brisson was also a delight, learning that Sheltered isn’t completely dead with renewal of a media deal and some new story arcs possibly in the works. This was one of the first series I read and fell in love with around the time I was just getting back into comics heavily.
I also praised Brisson for his first issue so far on Ghost Rider, a series I’m really looking forward to.
So after I get Brisson to sign my Ghost Rider Black Blank variants, we stick around for Kuder to sign it as well.
While chatting as we got to his booth a bit early for him to do signings as he was doing a commission piece for someone at the time, we are checking out his Ghost Rider #1 original drawings. If I had unlimited money, I would have bought the variant original cover art (this is the Kuder King of Hell variant) he had available for $1800.
So I nabbed 3 total Ghost Rider blank variants so Kuder can add his marks on them..
These were just quick sketches but still way cool if you ask me.
Some of the other highlights during the convention was chatting with Frank Gogol, the writer of Dead End Kids. He was sharing his gripes of Diamond and their delays, allocations and such. It’s nice to hear the publishers and the creators share our common dislike when Diamond acts like Diamond.
The other thing that was kind of cool that happened was as we were heading back to our hotel on Saturday mid-day, we passed Donny Cates so I threw out a “How’s it going Donny?”… he threw out the typical, “what up” before he realized who he was throwing a shout back to and said, “Oh hey, didn’t mean to give you the typical convention fan response”… It’s pretty nice knowing he recalls who I am since I’ve been to so many signings and many chats with him down here in Austin.
Our CHU get together was pretty fun. We wish more could have made it but it was cool to chat with some regular readers. Big thanks to Sonny, Mike C (who we also hung out with during the convention) and Michael who came out, had a few drinks. Almost the whole CHU gang made it though as it was me, Anthony, Mel and Blind Adam.
I could go on and on but the thing I dislike the most was my voice started to get hoarse towards the end of the CHU get together. I thought it was just from the colder dry weather (it was literally hot and humid two days prior), drinking some beer and having to talk loud in the bar but it seems I caught a full on head cold now. Saturday I lost my entire voice for a huge majority of the day and most of my traveling home today has been miserable. Since the airport I have yet to been able to relieve the pressure from my ears and the second flight after my layover caused my nose to be runny. Good times though right?
Until next year.. Signing off from NYCC 2019.