Rock and double rock. Chicago will be balls forward, for sure.
Hell of a show.
It's the first time we've exhibited as Dial R Studios, and to say that it was a successful outing is an understatement. For one thing, we've sold out all of our alloted stock of Pantheon books at the show, and we had to use some of the books we were saving for Wizard World Chicago.
Despite what a lot of people say, this show is all about comics. The smallest of small press can come here and be successful, and there were hundreds of them all over the show. The programming kicked ass, too.
To everyone who stopped by the booth to chat, buy stuff, or just hang out, thank you. This is probably my most successful convention outing...and I owe it to you guys.
I had the pleasure of seeing a lot of great people over the weekend. There's way too many, actually. If I forget your name, I apologize, my brain's fried.
To those I can actually remember off the top of my head...
Ernie PCS - Welcome to San Diego, man. You're living in a good part of town, so you shouldn't have any problems in the city. We'll do something soon.
Ben - You're one of the funniest motherfuckers I've met here, and it's great to finally put a face to the name.
Albert - Good seeing you again, man. Always great to run into you at a panel.
Ethan Van Sciver - Thanks for the sketchbook, sir. I'm looking forward to seeing you again in a few days!
Sean McKeever - I saw you all too briefly this time, I hope you didn't find any condoms in your bedroom...
Mike Norton - I really didn't recognize you. Did Azzarello punch you in the gut yet?
Jamie Rich - It's not a con unless I run into Jamie Rich...and we point at each other. Thanks for facilitating the Joelle Jones sketch.
Professor Oreo - Great seeing you again, thanks for handing me one of those sample packets again. LOVE the new sculptures.
Tibbitz & David Aspmo - Always a pleasure to see you guys.
CB Cebulski - Great chatting with you, as always. I look forward to seeing more of the Chesterquest.
Len Wallace - Did you ever find Tracy Rogers?
Steve Flack - Good to see your vacation went well. If you ever need help with the hotel stuff again, let me know.
Gaspar - Good to finally meet you, I hope you liked the sketch, too.
Chris Moreno - Nice to see you're adjusting well after the move. LOVED flipping through your portfolio. Congrats again on the WWH: Frontline gig. The first one was hilarious!
Pia Guerra - Great seeing you at the bar, though it was too brief. That bar's way too loud and cramped...
Brian Reed - I almost didn't recognize you with the hair.
Ramtower - Good seeing you again, Rich!
Jon Hickman - A pleasure to finally meet you, thanks for showing me those PAX ROMANA pages. They are gorgeous!
Matt Fraction - I never got a chance to get you to sign the Casanova hardcover, but it was at least good to chat with you for a little bit. You doing any other cons this year?
Sackhead - Nice meeting you, man. You should post more often!
Philip Clark - Congrats on the successful CAG panel. Good seeing you, and it's unfortunate you, Jim, and Dave weren't able to play for a bit.
Corey - Thanks for stopping by and picking up our books! Enjoy, and it was a pleasure to meet you.
M. Sean McManus - I hate you! You ruined my life!
Tony Fleecs - I wish we got to hang out more, there some stuff I wanted to show you. I still need you to sign my copy of Postcards.
John/Comicbookink - I know you didn't take home the Eisner, but at least the nomination was there. I'll see you in Seattle next year?
Mario Boon - Hope you had a good trip, man. You should come back next year!
Christian Beranek - I don't care what you say, you're STILL the master of the 'deer in front of the headlights' look. See you in Chicago!
Adam Beranek - We need to find you an opponent for Chicago, and fast!
Alex Maleev - I hope the Ethiopian place was to your liking. Thanks for the kickass sketch, too. Have fun in Europe!
David Mack - The Shy Creatures turned out really good. I can't wait for my copy to arrive. It was good seeing you, as always.
Mike Oeming - Good seeing you again, bro. Sorry again for missing out on the Thursday stuff. Hopefully we'll be able to hang out more in Chicago.
Ed Brubaker - Congrats on the Eisners! Criminal deserved it, you deserved it. Thanks for coming down, and for putting out all these great books.
Jim McCann - Thanks for stopping by the booth, thanks for putting together some fun panels. It looks like you had a good time, too.
Jen Grunwald - So what color IS your hair, exactly? Good seeing you again.
Taki - Great seeing you again, it was too brief. I hope the show was fun for you. See you in Chicago!
Bendis - Thanks for coming down, and for doing some fun panels. Thanks also for continuing to put out some of the best comics I've ever read. Oh and 'fook' you.
Phil Hester - It was great hanging out with you last Saturday. And please, don't worry about the commission. I can wait. See you in Chicago!
Ande Parks - You were probably the most stylish guy I've run into over the weekend. I really did dig the hat, you'll have to hit me up on where I can get it. See you in a few days!
Andy Kuhn - Good seeing you here, looking forward to reading more Firebreather from you and Phil.
Taxman/Beep Beep! - Happy to see you both. You guys should start a Roadrunner gallery...that Maleev piece was amazing.
DrMachine - Good to see you, and the wife again, sir. I hope you had a good time.
John 'sonnylarue' Siuntres - I'm glad you were able to come out for the weekend. Even happier to hear you do the Harry Caray voice live. Heh heh. See you in a few days!
Batmanbooyah - John, you're a crazy motherfucker. Good to see you again, and we really, really need to find a way to run into each other more often.
Mikie - Mike, thanks for all the help leading up to the show. I hope all the meetings went well, too. I'll get you my script soon...
GeniusJ - Jim, I'm sorry I never got to sketch in your kids' sketchbook. I'll make up for it next year...or sooner. Thanks for the help with the booth, too. I'm still amazed at how far we got from a year ago...
CitizenDave - Dave...it was great having you in town. Love watching you work, too. Your art never ceases to amaze me. In fact, having you, Chris, and Tim in the booth makes me want to push myself even further as an artist. See you in a few days...
MAZEhimself - Chris, brother, it's finally over. After months of prepping and stressing out, we finally got through the show. Thanks for all the hard work you've put in, I'm sure everyone in the crew will echo this: it would've fallen apart without you.
Thanks again, everyone, for making this my best con experience yet!
Yay for all of us!
You guys going to NYCC? Let's make it happen.Philip Clark - Congrats on the successful CAG panel. Good seeing you, and it's unfortunate you, Jim, and Dave weren't able to play for a bit.
BTW, Terry Moore is down for a jam, in theory.
Pat, congratulations on the success of the Dial-R booth. I really want to interview all of you. And I think y'all will be instrumental with CAG/SD. I have a coordinator; all you have to do is show up.
Your genuine kindness always precedes you, sir!
We had a great time...met a LOT of incredible people...helped Marvel beat DC in Softball again...and had a great time at the Eisners with the "two Joes" as well as being there to give Ed "never going to win/my wife made me come to this" Brubaker a hard time and numerous pats on the back as well as congratulations.
But...seeing you...was, and will always be, one of the highlights.
As far as the Eisner win goes? EARTH-2 totally deserved to win! They are great folks at a great shop!!
Next year...there is always next year and another chance to see you.
(here's hoping you, AND DIAL R STUDIOS, make it to Seattle)