Sunday, July 24, 2005
Fan quesiton: I'm hoping to get into the comics industry (at either Marvel or DC) as an editor. What could you recommend that I do to help me get a job at Marvel after I graduate college?
Bendis answer: Drinking heavily seems to work.
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Friday, July 22, 2005
I wish I had some quote or some piece of advice I could offer tonight, but I don't think all but three people who read this would understand what '"Remember Halzacks" means.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Check in was smooth, which was good. Yasuhiro Nightow, creator of Trigun, was checking in at the same time so I got to catch up with him, which was cool. Trigun slowly crawls to its end in Japan still. The room is nice, TS3 and I have a nice view of the pool. We walked over to the show to get our badges which was a mess. We got in the Professional Badge Pick-Up line, which was long and slow as hell. But right next door, the On-Site Pro Registration was quick and speedy. So basically, those of us who took the time and pre-regged were getting screwed with a huge wait. After waiting an hour, I switched lines and got my badge in less than 5 minutes. The con really has to do something to fix that.
The show itself is bigger than ever. One thing I did notice though is the Hollywood presence seems to be toned down this year, and there appears to be a larger focus on comics again, as it should be. Boatloads of creators here already. Lots of hand shaking and catching up with people. As everyone wants to know "What are you doing these days now that you left Marvel?", I think I'll just print up an explanation to save time. I think I must gave been asked that question at least 100 times yesterday.
Oops, look at the time. Lots more to talk about but I gotta run...
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
San Diego Comic Con should be huge again this year. We'll see if the movie studios and video game companies' presence eclipse the comic publishers this time around. Some of Hollywood's SDCC promotions last year didn't pay off with the big dollars at the box office they'd hope, so who knows what this year's show will hold. There do seem to be fewer stars turning up than in the past.
My schedule is packed solid with meetings, so hopefully I'll have some news coming out of the show. Finger crossed...
I'll try and post as regularly as I can from the con with pics and news!
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
You know, I can almost understand the decision to make Last Summer 3 with a new teen-of-the-week cast, but don't Kevin Bacon and Patrick Swayze have better things to do?
Well... maybe not.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
In order to help get more people to post comments here on Chesterfest, and to help make my blog less boring, it's time for Chesterfest Game Time! The rules are really easy: come up with dialogue for the picture posted above. Use your imagination and put words into the mouths of the people you see there. Pretend you're a writer and come up with the script for this image. Got it?
Just what is Mike Marts directing X-Assitant Nick Lowe to do to the unsuspecting Frank Tieri? And will I be part of the hijinx? You tell me!
Let the games begin!
This past weekend, Joe Quesada held his annual JQ BBQ, so a number of editors, creators and friends all packed up and drove out to his place in New Jersey for an amazing day. After an early afternoon thundershower, the sun came out and things got hopping. Between all the burgers and beers, we found time to bust out the bocci balls for some intense athletic competition. Here you can see us gearing up for the start of the tournament. From left to right, the featured bocci ballers are: Mike Marts (in fetching yellow), Doreen Mulryan (she of http://doodlebuggy.blogspot.com/), Sean Ryan (no relation to Doreen), me (busting out the special brown Hawaiian shirt), Frank Tieri (drinking wussy ass cider), and Nick Lowe (who was just dying to take his shirt off). The beer in the picture is my MGD, because the Boy Scouts taught me to be prepared, and it's always handy to have an extra beer around so you don't have to run back to the cooler!
And special thanks to Chris Eliopoulos for being the only one smart enough to remember his camera.
But has anyone else ever noticed that the images they splice together for the opening credits always end up being twice as exciting as the actual episode? And have they even filmed an epsiode of COPS since the late 90s?!
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Yes, I've been told that many times this week as I've not been posting much here. I've also been informed the blog has become boring. Ouch! But don't worry, things will be back in action soon. A little work has rolled in that has sidetracked me, and I've been gearing up for San Diego Comic Con as well, trying to get my shit together for all kinds of meetings. I'll be back in full blogging action soon though.
More pictures, more reviews, more rants, and plenty of news... all coming soon!
Monday, July 04, 2005
Before I left for Barcelona, the lovely and talented Doreen Mulryan shot me an e-mail telling me I had to search out graffiti while I was there as the Spanish have taken tagging to the next artistic level. So I took her advice and looked around... and found out firsthand what she meant. There's a park we found call Jardins de Walter Benjamin that was a graffiti paradise, and these kids were REALLY good! I took all kinds of pics I can share for anyone who wants to see it, but it really did transcend your typical expectations of street art. This pic here was my favorite. I'd say it was about 6 to 8 feet wide and 3 or 4 feet high. It really was breathtaking! Thanks for the head's up, Doreen.
Doreen will have her new website, www.doreenmulryan.com up soon. Be sure to keep checking back for it as she's such an amazing artist who's not getting nearly enough exposure for her work.
Yes, I know this picture is blurry, but it's not really important that you can't clearly see me and my cousin Yoan drinking Belgian beers and eating chips. I just want you to notice the light. This picture was taken at midnight! Yup, white nights in Sweden. I loved it but it was so weird as it totally throws off your internal clock.