Last day of Comic Con is typically an easy-going day for me. There aren’t as many panels to choose from and there are “last day deals” down on the convention floor. But, even “less panels” for Comic Con entails far more panels than are available at most other conventions….. and I LOVE interacting with comics creators at panels!
Panel #18: Life’s Work: Long Term Comics Projects
Jason Lutes (Jar of Fools, Berlin), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising), Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Zot!, The Sculptor), Lynn Johnston (For Better or For Worse)
Another group of creators I admire. It’s so wonderful that a con that “isn’t about comics any more” has such a VAST amount of programming about comics and their creators.
Panel #19: Inside Comic Con Museum
The room was packed for this panel, and by the end of it I was very excited about the museum. I’m now a “Founding Member”, and I look forward to what the team will build. They have LOTS of museum experience and will learn the rest as they go along. People will crow about it “not being about comics”, much as they do about Comic Con itself, but guess what? They want it to be successful. I want it to be successful. You do that by pulling people in with the general pop culture they love and then expose them to the comics stuff along the way. I talked to Executive Director Adam Smith and Director of Public Programs Keegan Chetwynd after the panel and I have every confidence they will do a great job.
Panel #20: Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
This is a panel I try to attend every year. There are 4 or 5 artists, Mark Evanier shows each 4 covers they drew, selected randomly. Then they talk about what they do or do not like about the covers and also share a bit about some of their process in creating them. A consistently great panel year after year. This Year: William Stout, Veronica Fish, Matt Taylor, Joelle Jones, and Joe Jusko.
Panel #21: Len Wein Memorial Pro/Fan Trivia Panel
In 1994, Len Wein, captain of the Purple Pros, challenged Tom Galloway, captain of the Black Ink Irregulars, to a comics pros vs. comics fans trivia match. It happened almost every year since. With Len’s passing last year, it’s a final match with all questions on Len’s least favorite topic: the work of Len Wein. Len rarely managed to correctly answer questions about his work; when he did, he got a standing ovation.
Len’s wife Christine read the questions (and did a GREAT job…she was quite salty and took no prisoners), Len managed to score 40 point from “beyond the veil”, and Paul Levitz led the pros to victory!
And that brought the con to a conclusion, followed by our end of con tradition…. by the few of us who made it to the end of the day (several people leave early to beat the traffic back up to the LA area)… a trip to the downtown Hodad’s for a great hamburger!
I’m looking forward to the 50th Anniversary of Comic Con!! Cross your fingers for me… I hope my Press qualifications are in order to get me in again!
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