Before I get into my Con adventures, here are the new pages. This might be the first spread that I don’t have any spelling errors. Remember to vote at TopWebComics.com!
Speaking of editing, I just got all the pages back from Jeremy Barlow, my editor, and I’m pretty excited to start adding his touch to the new pages that I’m about to start posting in Chapter 3. Now this isn’t saying that I’ll type it all in to my Photoshop files correctly so feel free to keep letting me know if you see anything. For the most part, Jeremy left the first Chapter mostly untouched, other than correcting my spelling mistakes. It’s nice to know that a professional writer and editor is giving me the thumbs up.
Comic-Con 2010 Recap
Just like a million other people, I went to the San Diego Comic-Con a few weeks back. I told you I’d give you the scoop so I better do it now before I forget all the glorious details. Actually it was a simple trip with a few goals to achieve as well as having a relaxing vacation for a week in San Diego. I’m not sure if I relaxed but I hit all my goals.
We rolled into San Diego on Sunday at a timeshare that my father-in-law owns. Yes, they happen to have a timeshare in San Diego on the week of the Comic-Con. We’ve used it wisely for the last 4 years now. Too bad the con will probably be moving soon.
On Tuesday, I set up a meeting with Regent Printing, which happens to be in San Diego, to get to know them and talk specifics of my book details. It was a very pleasant meeting and went far better than I expected. I think we are on the same page now and in a month or so I’ll be receiving a blank book with the exact dimensions, cloth binding and paper stock so I can get an exact idea of what the book will weigh and feel like. There won’t be anything printed in it or on the cover but it’s going to be really helpful for finishing the design of the book. I learned a lot in this meeting, but now I’m even more nervous about all the pieces that I don’t fully understand or know. Luckily, I’ve made friends with Christopher Kosek, a great designer who has experience printing high quality books. He’s been a great help. Anyway, we are working on just getting the ball rolling with all the technical aspects of printing reMIND and it’s very exciting and nerve wracking.
My wife and I attended the preview night on Wednesday and we were able to meet Travis Hanson, of The Bean, as well as Cari Corene of Toilet Genie, who let me slip some fliers inside the sleeves of Toilet Genie. Thanks again Cari, I’ve already had a few people contact me because of you! Then I made my way over to meet Ethan of Axe Cop! While in front of the Axe Cop booth, I ran into Jeremy Barlow, my editor and long time friend. It seems like we only get to hang out for 15 minutes a year. Next year that’s gonna change! After that we made our way over to another friends booth, Conduct Happiness. Conduct Happiness is the ONLY booth that my wife cares about because she loves to buy one of everything there. If you have a kid, you’ve got to check it out. After that we had dinner and went home exhausted. What’s wrong with us, the convention hadn’t even officially started. Ha!
Thursday, my dad and I went to the convention. We meet up with another long time friend Brian Brethauer, who I talk about in this post. Jeremy, Brian and I use to attend the Comic Con over ten years ago so it’s always fun to meet up again every year even though we all live in different states now. We basically spent the day handing out fliers to helpless victims. Here is an action shot of me getting rejected.
All while Brian’s having ultimate success with the ladies.
Here’s another successful transaction by yours truly. Although I’m not sure he looks to happy about it. That’s Brian, looking at the camera.
I know what your thinking. “Why is Jason such a jerk to make his friends do his dirty work?” Here’s one last picture of Brian and I scoping out our prey.
We handed out about 800 fliers. It’s hard work getting rejected that many times in a row. We took the rest of the day to shop around for some cool things. I also came across a booth where Sarah Ellerton was signing her book. It was great meeting her. I’m really impressed with how she can keep cranking out painted pages like a machine even thought she has a full time day job.
Friday we went to the zoo. That was amazing. I never thought I would be as impressed with a zoo as I was with San Diego’s.
Saturday we just spent the day hanging out at the timeshare and playing in the water park.
Sunday, I went early to the con and ran around the convention before it filled up too much just to see if there was anything cool I missed. I picked up an awesome book called Blacksad as well as the rest of the Scott Pilgram books. As I was trolling through the Small Press section, I meet a guy named Ben Costa, who also won the Xeric grant with his book titled Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk.
The main reason I went Sunday was to fill out an application for a small press table for 2011, which I did. I recently mailed off my samples of reMIND so now it’s just a waiting game to see if I have what it takes to move to the top of the waiting list, which I hear is quite long. I’m not too worried though, I can always hit a bunch of other conventions if I don’t get a booth at the Comic-Con.
In other news…
Last week I talked about how it was impossible for a cat to walk on their hind legs. Well, here is a picture that BarG was kind enough to email me a link to.
And here’s a YouTube video I found.
So, obviously I admit my folly. But, I’m still waiting to see a video of a cat WALKING around like this.
Wow, this post really went downhill fast, unless you frequent Lolcats.com. In that case, reMINDblog just became your second favorite site!
Oh yeah, and incase you didn’t see the announcement last Thursday, I’m having a Pin-Up art contest! The winner gets their pin-up published in the reMIND book. See all the juicy details here. I just got the first submission yesterday and all I can say is, WOW! It looks like we are all going to be in for a treat!