San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Sunday photos and Con recap
After waiting in the Hall H line Friday night (for Saturday’s movie preview panels) and being awake for 45 of the previous 48 hours, Sunday at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 felt like some strange “walking dead” experiment (probably induced by zombie-virus laced chocolate-chips in those delicious cookies they have at the Con snack stands.)
Even though I had several panels mapped out on my schedule for the day, I found myself exhausted and wandering aimlessly on the exhibit floor in a mind-numbed daze; and before I knew it the day had passed and the planned panels were already over (missing “The Art of the Cover” and the Quentin Tarantino Django Comic Book panels in particular – dagnabit!)
Nevertheless, I did scope out many of the myriad of things I had missed on the main floor and was able to take a slew of photos (see gallery below) and chat-up some old friends, like local toy designer and artist, Gary Ham; creepy-cute local artists, Steam Crow (see them at Disney’s WonderGround Gallery this August); and the most amazing ape-centric artist around, Chet Phillips, out of Austin, Texas.
I also ran into legendary Batman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow writer, Denny O’Neil, who was manning the Hero Initiative booth, a non-profit organization that provides “a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid or financial support.” I talked to him about his appearance at the “Bill Finger Spotlight” event on Thursday and he was gracious enough to pose for a photo with one of his past comic book masterpieces. O’Neil is one of the greats and sincerely cares for his veteran creator brethren.
There was a huge crowd on the exhibit floor for a Sunday, and I guess this show is only going to continue to get bigger and more crowded. There were lines for events that I never would have anticipated having a line, and those that I did expect to be popular had five-times the amount of people I expected. But in the end, despite the headaches with traffic and the cattle-herd atmosphere with the thousands of attendees, SDCC is still the most sense-shattering pop culture event in the country.
Here’s a wrap-up of some of my personal SDCC 2014 favorites:
Best Female Costume – Classy Miss Captain America
Best Male Costume – Batman ’66
Best Comic Book News – Announced “Jungle Tales of Tarzan” graphic novel (June 2015)
Best Overheard Line – “I paint boobies for a living.” – Pin-Up Artist, Nicole Brune
Best Autographed Treasure – “Heroes of the Comics” book by Drew Friedman
Best Surreal Moment – Having former Miss America and the Batman ’66 movie’s Catwoman, Lee Meriwether, look straight into my camera and smile.
Best Comic-Con Exclusive – Toy Tokyo’s Mars Attacks vs Barackula figure set
Best Movie Announcement – Legendary Pictures’ Skull Island
Best Comic-Con Tribute – Bill Finger’s posthumous Inkspot Award
San Diego Comic-Con 2014: Sunday Photo Gallery: