More from the blog I did for my kids book publisher:
Saturday at Comicon
This morning started with a lovely couple from Australia aquiring some original art. Paintings that I did for Kabuki book cover art.
Comic Book Tattoo editor Rantz Hoseley came by to let me know where to meet Tori Amos in the green room before we all head to the Comic Book Tattoo panel together.
I signed for a while and then went up to meet Tori and Rantz. Tori gave me a big hug and was super sweet. I had painted Tori for her RAINN (the largest organization for prevention and dealing with rape and incest abuse) charity calendar the last five years and she told me that it had helped people more than Iíd ever know. We talked until Rantz led us into the panel room. We walked out one by one when they announced our names and took our seat at the stage while the audience clapped and cameras flashed for a long time. The room was packed.
You can see photos of the panel here:
We each took turns talking about Toriís Comic Book Tattoo project and our part in it. I discussed my approach to "The Flying Dutchman." The coolest part was when Tori said that the stories we made in the book served as inspiration for new songs that she is working on.
You can see more photos of it here:
Click on the photos there for the full shot and read the dialogue she says as she mentions getting ideas from the book and mentions me and affectionately calls me a slut.
And more info here:
The entire rest of the day as I signed at my table, people stopped by to say how much they enjoyed panel and how we articulated the process of creating the book.
Also a lot of people stopped by to say how much they are looking forward to the Philip K. Dick project Iím writing.
Professor Barron Storey of the California College of Arts (and one of the best artists of all time) stopped by to say that his students were still discussing the talk I did for his class. His exact quote was that it "changed lives," which was maybe the most rewarding thing I could hear. Barron told me that he screened The Alchemy of Art film for his students and that it had a big impact on them.
A lot of people picked up The Alchemy of Art DVD from my table and mentioned how much they got from it. It is a documentary film about my work, and the filmmakers have won several of the highest awards from it already. You can see a trailer here:
Also many parents told me that their children request that they read The Shy Creatures to them every night before bed. That was super.
A woman came by dressed up as Echo, a character I created when I was writing Daredevil for Marvel. She sent me photos that I can send links for tomorrow.
Fans brought me food to eat. Jackie Tai, thanks for the fruits!
I learned that people read bulletins on myspace. Readers came to let me know they heard about my panels and attendance and Shy Creatures from my myspace page. Here it is:
Someone taught a panel about my work at the convention and the attendees of it stopped by to discuss it with me. More info of it here:
Lots more movie people stopped by. A guy who knew about me working with Lawrence Bender (Quentin Tarantinoís film producer) on a take of the Kabuki film. Lawrence had a very cool idea about filming in Japan and this guy knew about it and gave me his insights.
I was invited to a lot of parties but I was too tired to go and just wanted some quiet. But I was happy to run into Allen Spiegal, Kent Williams, Dave McKean and Barron Storey later at my hotel.
Allen talked about my next childrenís book project, which Iím looking forward to.