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Cool Jerk’s SDCCI recap

Sigh. Another year, another Comic-Con International in San Diego. Another exhausting five days of playing pitchman and getting through on adrenaline and minimal sleep. And another five days with my voice totally thrashed.

Wouldn’t miss it for the world.

In a nutshell, SDCCI was really terrific for me and Cool Jerk. I’m almost totally out of air fresheners and ashcans. Many t-shirts are gone and may not be reprinted. The Post-Its were a smash and so were the Happy Happy Funbags.

I had a mental checklist of Cool Jerk fans & friends that I expected to see, and I saw pretty much all of ‘em at one point or another. I’d like to say thanks. I know SDCCI is gi-freaking-normous and there’s so much to see and do… and it means a lot that you all took a few minutes to swing by and chat/buy stuff/get some sketches. There’s no way I can mention all of you, but “hey!” to a chunk of the Poway Posse (Nathan, Ben, Joseph, Barry), Jamie, Sister Mary Shovelface and Superfro, Chris C. the Tokyo Pizzaboy, Layman, Marc Mason, Allen, Robert the Adult Swimmer, sketchmongers Jonathan and Jonathan, Will “Thwip” Bento, Kim the caffeinated cat-girl and her pop, the Louisiana Pines, Charlos and so many more!

Special thanks to my gal Darlene, who provided a lot of support and behind-the-scenes brainpower. I really appreciate that she spent so much time with me behind the table, luring unsuspecting comics fans into our web of comedy. Despite the hours she spent working the table, she was able to meet two of her idols: Yvonne Craig (actress who played Batgirl on TV’s “Batman”) and Carmine Infantino (artist who brought Batgirl to the comics as a result of Yvonne’s character’s popularity). She also blogged for Comixpedia.com

If you’d like to live vicariously through me, check the photo-heavy recap page.


SDCCI ’05 photo recap!


My veal pen for 2005. T-Shirts, collectible business cards, buttons, stickers, sampler books, hats, Jones soda and a thong. Even MORE crap for all!


David Poller, yours truly and Jason Childs at the table.


If Gotham’s defenders are here… who’s protecting the city?


I guess that leaves Batgirl, whose shift begins in an hour.


And here’s the movie version of Nightwing.


Two candy-powered ‘Jerk fans, Kim the Cat and Ian.


The source of the aforementioned candy. He looks more like Elton John than Johnny Depp, tho.


“How much do you like Cool Jerk?” “THIS much!”
Other days they were dressed as Hulk and She-Hulk, Flash (below) and Catwoman, two members of the Green Lantern Corps and Vision and Scarlet Witch.
The dude was commando. Swear.


Sweet Jesus. This guy makes Jack Nicholson look like an old woman. And (seriously) he’s a Cool Jerk subscriber!


The ass of the Fastest Man Alive! (this one’s for all the ladies)


The Sentinel of Liberty better not skimp on the relish.


Another Black Canary, Catwoman, Batman (in back) and Harley Quinn.


Doc Splatter’s colleague, straight from London — Shawn (of the Dead)!


Hey, zombie! Watch out for Shawn!!


Spider-Man nemesis Electro! The fingertips really shot electricity, I think.


Dark Phoenix stopped by to annihilate the hemisphere.


Jack Black was hangin’ around, talking smack and promoting “King Kong.”


Gene Simmons looking skeezier than ever.


One of the best costumes at the ‘Con…


…and one of the worst (hint: Dr. Doom doesn’t have “dirty pillows”).


Another celeb. I always dug his song “Rock You Like a Hurricane.”


Scarlet Witch and Vision. Homeboy’s mask was too high so you can see his chin bulging out of the costume’s neck… among other bulges.


He’s got a Question for you: what’s the matter with the dude over his right shoulder?!?


“So, what’re you gonna wear to the ‘Con today?”
“Oh, I was thinking my denim short-shorts, striped leggings and my Sidewinder missile bra.”

She’s actually quite shy, I’m told.


SDCCI ’04 photo recap!


Plenty of crap for all!


Young minds forever corrupted… by Cool Jerk!


My arch-nemesis after the freak accident that grafted four prehensile tentacles to his body!


That’d be me (second from left) surrounded by Ghostbusters and She-Hulk. Those Ghostbuster uniforms were freakin’ sweet! And She-Hulk was best-lookin’ 7-foot-tall green gal in Nike underwear at the ‘Con. Swear.


Dr. Octopus kicks Cool Jerk’s pasty-white ass! (Doc Ock is Nathan Pierce, a ‘Jerk subscriber from last year’s Comic-Con, btw!)


Nightcrawler after some hormone therapy, an overdose of estrogen and a trip to Kinney Shoes. Love the fanny pack, you fuzzy blue elf!


Doc Ock drops his guard and gets laid out!


Ugly doll, cute doll, ugly doll.


Long-time ‘Jerk subscribers examining an ashcan and… the thong!


Even dainty, mythological forest creatures enjoy a good laugh now and then!


Suffocation hazard! Keep Cool Jerk stickers away from children!


“Soda sense tingling…!” After a day beating the living crap out of criminals, Spidey likes to throw back a special Cool Jerk Root Beer Jones Soda! (That’s Will Bento behind the mask)


Aqua Teen Hunger Force takes a breather.


No cuts in line! No slashes, either!


AWESOME Wolff and Byrd – Supernatural Attorneys at Law!


Bruce lives on!


That Monaghan Hobbit dude looking at some cool comics or something!


Best Superman at the ‘Con, hands down.


Remember that swell movie “It’s Alive?” I did (hence the smile)!


Ruining some gal’s sketchbook with my chicken scratches.


Another Nightcrawler. Well, I guess we all know why his tail was sticking straight up…!


A comic-con isn’t a comic-con without Buddy Christ. He was probably wondering why everyone was blowing off church to hang out with society’s seedy underbelly.


BEST COSTUME EVER! Actually, it’s an upcoming Bowen sculpture of Galactus. I made a joke about this two years ago, kinda. Wish it were actual size!


BEST FANS EVER! Since it was the last day, I decided to give them the Puppy thong. Of course, I personalized it for them by wearing it every day of the convention… even in the mornings when I was doing lots of yard work. Gosh it was a humid weekend! Anyway, I peeled it off and now it’s theirs.


In exchange for the thong, the crew above gave me this lovely work of fan art. I think it’s illegal to do that to money… but it’s probably illegal to sell used underwear, too. Thanks, chums! (note the anatomically correct illustration of the thong)


Incredibly hot! uh, I’m talking about the costume. It must’ve been incredibly hot in there.


The awesome Ms. Erin Gray. I regret to say that this is the first year in about four years that I didn’t get to take a photo with her. I went up there (autograph “veal pens” in the Sails Pavilion) but she’d gone home for the day I guess. >sigh<


SDCCI day three

Sweet jumping prunes! Day three is in the can!

Notables: I autographed a shoe, chatted with the Scotts (McCloud and Kurtz), actaully sold some ‘Jerk merch and signed up dozens more ‘Jerks to the weekly mailer! I was at the table most of the day, but managed to slip away to catch the FOX panels on August’s “Alien vs. Predator” and next year’s “Fantastic Four” movies. No shock to anyone that I’m a huge FF fan. A lot of my concerns were alleviated by what was said. But heck… there’s plenty of room to screw things up, since principal shooting hasn’t even started yet. Darlene and I missed the Masquerade this year but that’s fine because we’re VERY LOUD hecklers. As it is, my voice is gonna be shredded tomorrow.

Thanks to Sean McDade — fellow cartoonist and artist from waaay back (like when Cool Jerk was running in the Reno and Palm Springs newspapers) — for blowing a few hours and dollars over dinner!

Remember to check my CafePress shop to get merch that I have on display at the ‘Con.


I’m humid – how are you?

The 34th San Diego Comic-Con International is over, and now I have to give you a recap.

It was great. Totally worth losing my voice for.

I met scores of new and future ‘Jerks, including a gaggle of enthusiastic kids from Poway, Calif., some really cool folks from Las Vegas (who love Pat & Oscar’s breadsticks as much as we San Diegans), a couple from Austria, a Lara Croft from Illinois and some dudes from Reno who remember “Cool Jerk” when it was in the Reno newspaper in the early 1990s. There were many more, too… including a lot of pros. And, of course, no ‘con would be complete without an Erin Gray update. She’s doing well and I gave her a Cool Jerk sampler book. Any moment now she’ll visit my site and discover the strip where I mentioned her.

And the best part — no one said that I sucked. At least to my face. Thank you!

I’m still in the afterglow, but there’s a lot of work to do around the mansion, so I’d better bail. More later and thanks for the online visit! Here’s a photo-recap! (NOTE: these are from previous SD comic-cons, as my photo archive from 2003 vaporized when my Mac’s hard drive had a heavy head crash. If any of you readers have Cool Jerk pics, please send some my way and I’ll add ‘em to the blog!)


Sweet baby Jesus. It’s Erin “Wilma Deering” Gray, who can’t keep her paws offa me! “Where can I get a shirt just like yours, Paul?” she asked me, eyes moist with tears of excitement….


Here’s Elektra administering a bad, bad boy some punishment. NINJA punishment!


Even the ruler of a tiny postcard nation in the Balkans couldn’t resist getting a Cool Jerk shirt! “Such apparel is usually ill-suited for the monarch of Latveria… but Doom was intrigued by the clever design. Richards may have trapped me in this girl’s body… but he’ll NEVER steal my Cool Jerk shirt!”


Riddle me this! That’s me with Frank Gorshin. (Frank passed away on May 17, 2005)


Richard Hatch (Apollo from “Battlestar Galactica”), Darlene and me in the autograph “veal pens” on the roof of the convention center. Darlene’s grinning because her right hand is kinda on Hatch’s butt. I kid you not.


What do Aquaman and Flash (and Atom, if you look closely) have to do with getting a Cool Jerk shirt? Absolutely nothing! But maybe someday I’ll make Cool Jerk underwear, so these boys won’t have to fight crime ‘commando-style.’ And getta load of the hottie in the middle! Woo-hoo!


A family of Klingons while a B-list sci-fi celebrity looks on.


One of many Lara Croft cosplayers, plus a Princess Leia in the foreground. These folks were lining up for the Masquerade.


Harley Quinn on her way to causing Gotham City some mayhem.


Darlene goes gangsta against The Baroness, who actually seems unimpressed in the face of danger. Well, what do you expect from a super-villainess?


“Hey, Phil – what’re you gonna wear tonight?”

“I dunno – I was thinking my red shirt, Levis and THE FREAKIN’ DEATH STAR.”

For the love of all that’s holy, don’t end up like these permanently celibate yahoos! Get yourself a Cool Jerk shirt!


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