I did a little blog of each day at Comicon for my publisher of The Shy Creatures. They printed an edited version, so I'll run the longer versions here on a day by day series.
Blog from Wednesday night-
The first day of the convention was great. Wednesday night has a preview night from 6-9 so it gave me time to set up the booth all day, and the opening night was still incredibly busy.
Iím at the Image Comics booth (#2729). I have my Kabuki & Shy Creatures table there, and Tori Amosí Comic Book Tattoo table is also here.
I signed many of the Tori Amos: Comic Book Tattoo books - and this book is SUPER.
It is HUGE. It seems like it is 2 inches thick - 12 x 12 square - with gold leaf pages, and the design is phenomenal. It is a real artifact. The cover has really good spot varnish, and the work inside is just a joy.
Anyway - this book must be really popular because many people brought it to me to sign.
If you donít know about this, it is Tori Amosí project with Rantz Hosely. It is filled with stories inspired by her songs by a variety of writers and artists. Neil Gaimen did the introduction, and I did the first story in the book: "The Flying Dutchman."
I noticed G4 was filming me at my table when people were talking to me and I was doing a Kabuki sketch for someone.
The Image booth is quite nice, with loads of fine creators around. Brian's Michael Bendisí old pal Mike Sangiacomo from the Cleveland Plain Dealer is sitting to my left. We was a reporter for the Plain Dealer when I met him fifteen years ago (and I think he still is) but he is a comic book writer now, too.
So far The Shy Creatures and the Alchemy of Art DVD have been very popular at the show.
A lot of people are asking about the Comic Book Tattoo Panel we are doign with Tori Amos this Saturday.
It sounds like the panel will be filmed. Not sure where it will air.
It is the only panel I will be doing at this show.
More info here, I think: DavidMackGuide.com
The Alchemy of Art (film documentary of my work) is popular with University professors and high school teachers who screen it for their students. It is nice to hear these teachers and students stop and my table to tell me that they got something from viewing the film.
The Shy Creatures is very popular with librarians and elementary school teachers. There are lots of teachers and librarians here that are picking this up.
But this book is popular with everyone. Kabuki readers pick it up because it is an artifact of the Kabuki story, but people who have never read the story are caught by its cover as they walk by and come to investigate it.
People love The Shy Creatures as a gift because everyone knows a child who would enjoy it.