The first full day of the 42nd annual Comic-Con got off to a great start Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center with the first of tens of thousands of fanboys and fangirls and writers, artists, actors and everyone and anyone from the entertainment industry packing the venue. Lots of oversized swagbags and swag to carry in them and big displays from major creative properties. Several major events are celebrated this year, including the 35th anniversary of Star Wars throughout the convention.
But today Comic-Con really emphasized the COMIC in Comic-Con. Artists and writers packed both Artists Alley and the main aisles. Echo and Strangers in Paradise creator Terry Moore was signing at his booth (his 15th year at the Con):
Fan favorite David Petersen (Mouse Guard) revealed an exclusive to borg.com tonight: Years in the making, Friday will be the debut at Comic-Con of his boxed set Mouse Guard role playing game with a limited quantity available at Comic-Con. Here he is signing at his booth:
Legendary fantasy author Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn, Tamsin) shared stories about his writing and inspired others at his booth in Artists Alley. Freddie Williams II (Captain Atom, Robin) and his wife Kiki were jam-packed up until closing with fans at Freddie’s booth.
But not all the fun was to be had on the convention floor. Another popular franchise celebrates a benchmark this year. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books hosted an invitation-only bash tonight at the Hilton Bayfront to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jeff Smith’s comic book franchise Bone. Guest of honor Smith was on hand, as well as a who’s who of the comic book and sci-fi/fantasy genres. Terry Moore and his wife Joann, were in attendance, as was David Petersen and his wife. Legendary artist Sergio Aragones celebrated as well, along with Judd Winick (Green Arrow writer, among other noted DC work) and Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings). Attendees included Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine artists and authors Elizabeth C. Bunce (Liar’s Moon, StarCrossed, A Curse Dark as Gold), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Ted Naifeh (The Good Neighbors), Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Dan Santat (Sidekicks), Raina Telgemaier (Smile), and Doug TenNapel (BadIsland).
Here, the crowd toasts Jeff Smith (far left). Next to Jeff is Joann and Terry Moore, far left is Judd Winick next to Jeff’s wife and business partner Vijaya.
Here Elizabeth C. Bunce, Lisa Yee (Millicent Min), and Sheila Marie Everett, Scholastic publicist, celebrate at the party for Jeff Smith.
No industry has a more welcoming group of people than the Comic-Con crowd. Writers and artists shared stories into the night and everyone had a great time.
And Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without some great costumes, including this group of Slave Leias at the Lucasfilm booth:
More to come tomorrow!
And we’ll post more updates throughout Comic-Con and over the coming weeks.