Sunday night, when I was unpacking from my trip to New York Comic-Con, I realized that for the first time in years I'd made a trip to a comic book convention and failed to purchase a single comic book. Sure, I got the variant edition of X-Men Regenesis #1 that came with my VIP package, but I hadn't picked up a single book from a dealer, artist, exhibitor or anyone else.
However, that doesn't mean that I didn't pick up anything at the show. Far from it. I came away with plenty of goodies, some of which I'd like to share (read: show off) in this post.
First things first, lets address that big ass pile of comics up top. As I said, I didn't buy any comics this weekend, but that didn't mean I didn't have any with me. I brought a ton of stuff to New York to get signed, and was successful on probably 95% of it. It's hard to pick what my favorite signatures were to get, but having the entire 0-30 run* of "Amazing Spider-Girl" signed by Tom DeFalco -- after getting it signed by Ron Frenz in Baltimore -- is pretty fucking amazing.
*I know in yesterday's post, I mentioned that I wasn't a fan of people that bring huge stacks of books for creators to sign. To clarify, I was specifically referring to obvious dealers -- that is people who are clearly getting multiple copies of the SAME book signed repeatedly. Additionally, with DeFalco, he happened to be at his table briefly on Thursday, and I asked him if it would be OK if I brought that many books with me to get signed. He was fine with it, and I made sure I was the first person at his table Friday so I could get out of everyone's way quickly.
One of the last things I did before I went to New York was packed a trio of slipcases to get signed at the show. At the far left is my "Firefly" complete series DVD cover, signed by Jewel Staite (Kaylee). In the middle is my "Star Wars" complete Blu-ray set signed by Mark Hammil, who consistently had the longest lines of the weekend. And on the right is my "30 Rock" Season 4 case signed by Judah Friedlander (Frank), Grizz Chapman (Grizz), Kevin Brown (Dotcom) and Scott Adsit (Pete). The first three were scheduled guests at the show. Adsit -- a regular convention goer -- just happened to be visiting Friedlander's booth while I was waiting in line, and was nice enough to stop and sign autographs. So that was pretty awesome.
Speaking of awesome autographs, here's a trio of signatures I got from "Charmed" actress Rose McGowan. The one on the left is Issue #12 of the Charmed comic and the middle is just a standard 8x10 (which will soon be added to my collection at my desk at work, along with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Hayden Panettiere and Christina Hendricks). The one on the right is my favorite -- it's a piece of original "Charmed" art by Tess Fowler, showing the three sisters in Renaissance-style garb. I got Rose to sign it, and she loved the piece. It's very cool when you can get one-of-a-kind things signed, because it adds more of a story to the item.
"One-of-a-kind" wouldn't technically be an accurate way to describe this, since there are probably still plenty of copies of last year's ESPN The Magazine NBA preview floating around, but I doubt there are many out there like this one. Over the past year, as I've gone to conventions, I've been getting the individual team preview covers signed by the artists who did them. After NYCC, I've got 15 of the 30 teams down, most notably the Cavaliers, who had an amazing cover (pun intended) done by the great John Romita. I also got the cover signed by cover artist Joe Quesada, and two additional interior images signed by Greg Horn. I'd obviously love to finish off the entire thing at some point, but getting the ones I have so far has been fun.
We've now reached the "original artwork" portion of the program -- my favorite part. Here on the left we have David Messina's cover for "True Blood" #6, which just looks spectacular. In particular, I love the imagery of Jessica in the lower right. The right-hand page is #20 from "Angel & Faith" #2, my third page so far from that series. Rebekah Isaacs does such a great job with Faith, and I couldn't pass up the page with her wearing a Batman logo T-shirt.
This is really cool. It's a two-page spread from "Charmed" #16, which hasn't actually come out yet. I got this from artist Dean Kotz, who didn't have a lot of his "Charmed" art for sale -- it turns out that as he's been working on the issues, he's been asked to make a lot of changes to the pages, so they've ended up kind of piecemeal -- but he did have this art. When I saw it and he told me what it was, I jokingly said, "so now I have to attempt to figure out the entire issue's plot from these two pages." I mentioned something about Leo's past in World War II, and he hinted I might be on to something, then also pointed out the connection with the sword Leo took from Up There (which appears in the foreground of the lefthand page). Now I can't wait to see this issue when it comes out.
And then there's this bit of brilliance from the amazing Jenny Frison, who became the primary cover artist for IDW's "Angel" series and its spinoffs over the last couple years when they had the license for the character. It's hard to tell from my crappy photos here, but these are two separate pages. The one on the left is the original pencil work and the one on the right is the graphite and white pencil work done over a printed copy. This set is from the "Illyria" series, and I just adored this cover, so the chance to have the originals was one I couldn't pass up.
There's one more really cool thing I got signed at NYCC, but I'm saving that for tomorrow's post: The Memories I'll Never Forget. That should wrap up my 2011 NYCC round-up, but then again, you never know.