That’s right, kiddos — if it’s August, that must mean it’s time for the San Diego Comic-Con recap! This year was unexpectedly decent, even though I’m in a year “between books.” But I did debut the second volume of the Cool Jerk sketchbook, not seen at a comic-con since 2007. They were either free with a book, t-shirt or canvas panel purchase, or $3 a al carte. I also had the blank cover variant for $10, where the customer would receive a one-of-a-kind, pencil-and-ink drawing of their choice. That seemed to go over like hot cakes, which kept me plenty busy at the table (and at home if I ran out of time at the show). Seen above is a drawing of “Dr. Armadillo v2.0″ for Dan Bois, and below are some select covers for various friends and allies of Cool Jerk.
A hearty and heartfelt thanks to everyone who came by the table, whether to buy Cool Jerk stuff, talk shop, catch up, share laughs or just say hi and give a hug. I hope you had as much fun as we did, and I also hope to see you online on a regular basis.
And now, onto the show!
Spy vs. Spy!
Vanellope von Schweetz and her candy-covered cart (from “Wreck-It Ralph)! One of the most elaborate cosplays we witnessed at the show.
I don’t know what this is, but it looks like a mash-up of Star Trek + Playboy + vampires!
Here are three Avengers — Black Widow, Ms. Marvel and Scarlet Witch — checking out artwork by Adam Hughes and Allison Sohn.
Darlene witnessed this tragic scene with Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy! “DON’T BE DEAD, GWEN — I DON’T WANT YOU TO BE DEAD!”
My Sharpie sketch of Scooby-Doo for Kalyan, a Cool Jerk fan with a huge sketchbook!
A Michael Myers parade! I think I just peed a little.
Customized Cool Jerk sketchbook cover (she wanted Cool Jerk, zombies and a kitty — I swear) for Shayla Morreale!
Two of my favorite cosplayers this year — Mojo Jojo and The Him!
While on a walkabout, Darlene spotted a gaggle of Marge Simpsons!
Sparks, Nevada’s very own Mädchen Amick, promoting Lifetime’s “Witches of East End.” She’s only the second Twin Peaks cast member I’ve ever seen in real life (the other was Michael J. Anderson at SDCC in the late 1990).
Natasha and Steve, taking a break from saving the world from Hydra.
Standout cosplayers I was lucky to witness after the doors shut one evening. Presenting: The Monster and the Bride!
Darlene got to chat a bit with Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy). Here he is, displaying his Skeleton Head syrah label.
It just isn’t a comic-con without running into The Monarch (Steven Meissner) and his bride, Dr. Mrs. The Monarch (Kit Quinn). Not sure who the other dude is….
Freddy Krueger decided he wanted one of my Doc Splatter Ominous Omnibus books.
That’s AmberSkies as Kim Possible (note she’s holding Rufus the naked mole rat)! For some reason, Kim Possible was big this year; I saw no fewer than four Kim cosplayers.
“What’s in YOUR bookshelf?” That’s actually Elliott Branch as Jules from “Pulp Fiction.”
There’s Evangeline Lilly, signing copies of her book, The Squickerwonkers. News broke during Comic-Con that she’ll be playing Hope Pym in next year’s “Ant-Man.”
Kevin Smith (hockey jersey, of course) being interviewed at a hotel across from the convention center.
I love group cosplay, and here’s a group paying tribute to “Game of Thrones.”
Sketchbook commission for my friends Eric and Jocelyn, who desperately wanted something to do with “Frozen.”
Eric and Jocelyn’s reaction to the finished “Frozen” piece. Eric decided to title it, “‘Monster Turns On Creator,’ Sharpie and colored pencil, 2014.”
By the Winds of Watoomb! It’s Dr. Strange and Scarlet Witch!
Wish I had better pix of Apocalypse — he was huge and had a voice changer (I think)!
Waiting to cross over to the Hilton parking garage was none other than Ares, God of War!
Up close and personal with the Beast (of X-Men and Avengers fame, not the Disney cartoon, natch)!
A triptych of Batgirls!
I think that’s Jean Grey wearing Rogue’s outfit (or Rogue wearing Jean Grey’s wig?), Vlad Dracul von Chesty and Blink!
Hodor, Amora (aka The Enchantress) and a Jawa!
Crossplayers as Starfox and Roger Rabbit! Starfox was charming in that what she lacked in sewing skills, she made up for with encyclopedic knowledge of the Marvel character. (Quick reference: Starfox is brother to Thanos.)
Guess we’ll end this the only way possible — at Terminus!