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Chicago Comic-Con ‘09 | Saturday

Chicago Comic-Con

Chicago Comic-Con

8:30 am – Breakfast at the Embassy buffet again. Tried the build-your-own omelet today. Tomorrow: bagels and cream cheese!

10:30 am – I arrive at the convention a half-hour after it opens. There may be something to say about my not being excited to get there, but really it was mostly me waking up a little late and taking my sweet time getting ready.

I spot Edward James Olmos and Michael Hogan from Battlestar Galactica at their tables and as much as I’ve complained about Autographapalooza, I admit to getting a bit of a thrill from seeing them. Not enough to stand in line and pay for whatever, but man that was a cool show and it’s cool to see them in person.

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan

10:45 am – Finishing up my tour of Artist Alley today. Say hello to Andy Brase who’s probably my favorite cover artist. Pick up one of his sketchbooks too. Somehow manage to screw up the picture and snap it when his eyes are closed. I’m sorry, Andy!

Andy Brase

Andy Brase

Talk to Phil Hester for a bit and buy a copy of Oversight. It’s a collection of rarities that he’s written for Negative Burn, Taboo, and other anthologies. Didn’t even know it existed, but there it is. Have to have it. He also lets me take one of the retailer previews for his new series The Anchor. It’s even more awesome than I hoped for.

Phil Hester

Phil Hester

Frank Cho’s got a big crowd at his booth. No surprise there.

Frank Cho

Frank Cho

11:30 am – Back over to the Crimespree booth where I pick up Tim Broderick’s Cash & Carry, a graphic novel from his Odd Jobs webcomic series. Crimespree publisher Jon Jordan also hooks me up with another issue of the magazine and a mini-comic called The Cowl by Brian Azzarello. Azzarello’s Cowl is the real-world version of a fictional comic written by one of the characters in Joseph Finder’s novel Vanished.

On my way out to lunch I pass where Rhona Mitra and Michelle Rodriguez are signing. I overhear a girl say, “They look so much prettier in their pictures.” The guy she’s with remains strangely silent.

Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

12:00 pm – Lunch at Chez Colette in the Hotel Sofitel. I’ve had Saturday lunch there every single year that I’ve been to the Chicago convention. As usual, it has the best service I’ve received in any restaurant ever. I love this place. Sad to think that this will almost certainly be my last time eating there.

Start reading Cash & Carry while they’re making my lunch. The book’s very good.

1:00 pm – Back in Artist Alley. Grab some lunch for Jess and Grant.

1:30 pm – Walk around a bit with RD Hall before his Heroes signing. We talk about how awesome Phil Hester is and end up at Phil’s table again to tell him ourselves. Frickin fanboys…

2:00 pm – The Mondo Marvel panel is fun, but I feel disconnected from it. I’ve switched almost exclusively to trades since the issue prices went up, so I know that the stuff they’re talking about – as fun as a lot of it sounds – is stuff that I won’t be reading for a very long time. It’s not the panel’s fault, but I feel kind of bummed by the end of it.

3:00 pm – Back to Artist Alley. I’ve hit the wall now. Totally tired and bored since I’ve seen pretty much everything at the show. I talk to several other people who are experiencing the same thing. Tiredness and headaches are setting in.

I should say though that this is a normal Saturday afternoon phenomenon at this show. The place is packed and it’s a chore even to walk around. Two days of all these costumes and banners and salespeople take it out of you. There’s even more sensory overload in San Diego, but that show’s so huge that there’s always something new to distract yourself with. Here I’m walking past the same stuff over and over again. But like I say, that’s normal for Saturday afternoon at the Chicago show and it’s sort of nice to recognize something from previous years, even if it’s exhaustion.

What’s not normal or recognizable is how weird the tone of the show is. I’m hearing this all over the place, but my favorite comment is when someone compares it to an Irish wake. Everyone seems to be having a good time – including me, restless as I am – but there’s a palpable sense that something you loved has come to an end.

4:15 pm – After the Marvel panel I’d decided against going to the DC one, but I’ve got nothing else going on and I wander over. I end up being glad that I do. Editor Ian Sattler is hilarious and runs a lively, entertaining panel. I’m way excited about the new pulp line now, especially how it’s a separate continuity in which super powers don’t exist. I am all over that.

The panel gets especially awesome at the end when Brian Azzarello goes off on all the questions trying to pry spoilers out of the panelists.

Ian Sattler

Ian Sattler

5:30 pm – Back to Artist Alley for a few minutes to check in with Jess and Grant. Everyone doing okay, so…

5:45 pm – I’m done for the day. The convention center is now stifling hot and I’m worn out anyway. Head back to the room for some air conditioning.

7:20 pm – Jess and Grant are back, so we go to the Embassy’s bar for dinner.

8:30 pm – Back in the room, the three of us try to work: Jess and Grant on art commissions; me on this post. There’s way more giggling going on than work getting done though. This is what conventions are all about.

10:15 pm – This is too: Grant and I take a break and heard over to the Hyatt for a couple of drinks and to visit with friends. I meet some new people whom I plan on visiting tomorrow.

As with yesterday, let’s close with some costumes. Today was the costume contest, so there were lots and lots of people dressed up.

Black Canary No. 1

Black Canary No. 1

Green Lanterns

Green Lanterns

Zatanna

Zatanna

Chewbacca

Chewbacca

Firefly

Firefly

Supers

Supers

Batmen

Batmen

Black Canary No. 2

Black Canary No. 2

Hawkgirl

Hawkgirl

No idea, but it was very cool.

No idea, but it was very cool.

Magik

Magik

Marvel Girl, Elektra, Cyclops, and Iceman

Marvel Girl, Elektra, Cyclops, and Iceman

Supergirl

Supergirl

Black Canary No. 3

Black Canary No. 3

Black Cat; Black Spider-Man

Black Cat; Black Spider-Man

Sentinel and Optimus Prime

Sentinel and Optimus Prime

Batwoman and Black Canary No. 4

Batwoman and Black Canary No. 4

The Scarlet Witch and Beast Boy

The Scarlet Witch and Beast Boy

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The costume you couldn’t identify was Holocaust from the Age of Apocalypse. Pretty unique, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone dress up like him before.

Black Spider-man looks very happy that Black Cat is there, and if Black Cat moves her hand down an inch lower, she’ll find out how happy.

I think Spidey saw the Scarlet Witch’s camel toe

Mysterious Stranger

August 9, 2009 at 7:54 am

Supergirl’s “S” shield is bigger than Superman’s. That’s either awesome or sad, I’m not sure which.

The Ugly American

August 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

Thanks for not making me be the only one to notice and vocalize that Manetta.

So where’s the Michelle Rodriguez photo?
(Rhona’s hot, but Michelle’s HOTTER!)
http://atocom.blogspot.com/2009/01/fantastic-femmes-michelle-rodriguez.html

“The guy she’s with remains strangely silent.”

Smart guy.

You caption one photo supers, but don’t caption the next one “Bats”?

I thought I knew you.

OMG. The Scarlet Witch is a guy??

Love the Green Lantern group and the Beast Boy costume!

@ Michael May: I can’t believe you couldn’t identify Holocaust, he was a great villian.

Peace.

superman’s head is GINORMOUS

COSTUMES SHOTS!!!!

At last! Oh man send word we need more of this, when there good there very good when they’re bad oh man.

Juries still out on Scarlet Witch’s gender.

I agree, looks like somebody superimposed (no pun intended) that head on another person’s body who’s wearing a Superman custome. Looks like one of those carnival pics where you stick your head through a hole on a Superman body.

On another note, looking at these pics makes you realize just how stupid and silly superheroes would look wearing these customes in the real world. And it appears that most of those people in the pics above have never seen the inside of a gym before.

Wow, the Holocaust one is pretty unique. I wonder how much effort that guy (or gal) put into it.

Also, the little girl dressed as Magik looks adorable.

There are actually people in the Sentinel and Optmus?!

I heard weekend passes for C2E2 were being sold at Chicago Comics for only $20.

Well, if the superhero thing ends up not working for Spidey there’s always porn. ;-)

Beast Boy is cool.

GL Corps are super cool. I dig how many Black Canaries there were.

So who won the contest? With great costumes like the Sentinel, Hawkgirl and Holocaust I don’t see a clear winner.

Why is it that fat chicks love dressing in tight clothing?

@AtomicKommieComics: I took a picture of Michelle Rodriguez, but unfortunately it was pretty blurry.

@matt: There was someone in the Optimus Prime costume at least. He was moving his arms and head all around. Funny story about the Sentinel costume: As the DC panel was warming up, Ian Sattler asked if anyone had seen the Sentinel costume and a fan started talking about how the perspective was off. Sattler gave the guy a WTF look and said, “Seriously? Someone builds a 20-foot tall Sentinel and you’re critiquing how good a job he did?” I wanted to hug him.

@jose: I didn’t stick around for the actual contest. It was going on at the same time as one of the panels I wanted to see.

The Sentinel was AWESOME. there WAS someone inside. as i was looking at him, i saw a hand come out and turn on some lights. he didn’t move though. other impressive costumes. Sugar Man (form A.o.A), Bebop and Rocksteady, Chewy was also HUGE.

Optimus might have won the contest.

Need more photo parade!

One can argue that this sort of thing confirms that super-hero costumes wouldn’t look good in real life. Of course, it also hints at the fact that if super-heroes were real, there’s no guarantee they’d be fit and attractive. Unless someone was actually selecting people to give powers to or something.

On the other hand, if super-heroes were real, they probably wouldn’t wear skin-tight costumes anyway.

@orsonrandal: all clothes are tight for them.

Scarlet Witch Camel Toe is Reality Altering!

Howdy! Bebop here…

@jose, kyvyny, etc…

Unlike years past, there were several “winners” in the costume contest this year. I’d first like to mention that the way the contest was arranged was absolutely ridiculous. It was unorganized, nobody could hear anything, it was in the absolute worst spot imaginable, and it took WAY TOO LONG. That having been said, it was still a lot of fun. My Bebop and Rocksteady costumes took home a prize, though I couldn’t tell you what place it was for. I’m pretty sure Optimus won, natch, but I completely lost interest as soon as I accepted my loot. Would love to see more pics!

The guy dressed as Scarlet Witch was dressed as Supergirl on Friday.

orsonrandal asks “Why do fat chicks wear tight clothing?”

For the same reason that anonymous posters deride complete strangers in blog comment sections. Because they derive some satisfaction from the experience.

For every guy who posted some snide comment about a woman’s appearance/weight in this blog post. Do me a favor. Bring your wife, or your girlfriend or mom or a sister or any female in your life to the computer. And read your comment to them. See how funny they think you are.

Let me share a hypothetical with you.

So Michael May was kind enough to post numerous photos of fans in costumes. Odds are some of those folks took note of the blog’s name– maybe they take a look at the blog to see their photo. But guess what
they’ll find among the positive comments?

Thanks for welcoming potential new female readers to our blog in such a mature manner, folks.

A resounding majority of folks that comment here (and in this post especially) are considerate, reasoned people who make great points that I appreciate, I may not always agree with, but I enjoy the perspectives. I have not enjoyed many of the derisive remarks on this post, however.

And not to go Zapruder film on anyone, but should you actually look at the photo where the “camel” term is being used, it’s the seam of the outfit, not what you clearly want it to be. Making snide comments like
that when it’s Frank Quitely’s art is one thing–when it’s the photo of a complete stranger who is somebody’s daughter, sister or girlfriend, it’s tasteless.

Optimus won the grand prize and the Sentinel achieved honorable mention. Optimus has won the Wizard Magazine Contest last year I think. Hell, that guy wore that costume like 5 years ago at CCC 04. Cheap win! They were a lot of awesome costumes though…

The Scarlet Witch was NOT dressed as Supergirl on Friday.

I was Holocaust, I started the costume Wednesday night before Comic Con. Finished it Saturday morning. My oldest daughter was Sugarman (two weeks to build that one) and my youngest daughter was Magik.

Hey, I was Black Canary (#2? I guess?) The Scarlet Witch is one of my friend’s moms, yeah, thats a bad shot of her.. but hey guys, we all have our moments.

Also, our Justice League Group with Hawkgirl one for best costume in the contest.

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