The Phoenix Comicon was a great time. Well staffed, well attended, and generally well run. The panels I did were well attended, and people had engaging questions and seemed to enjoy themselves. Even when a bag full of HAUNT and DARKNESS comics arrived in the middle of a panel about comics and movies.
Due to the geography, not many of my standard homeboys in comics were there, but I did hang with Andy Kuhn all weekend. My table was nestled comfortably between Dan Wickline and Ethan Van Sciver. I’ve known Dan casually for years, but this was my first real chance to get to know Ethan, and I greatly enjoyed the chance to compare differing philosophies and to get a better concept of Ethan’s thought process. And he has great ideas. Also, he has collected some amazing autographs from gracefully aging movie stars, and I’m suddenly obsessed with the notion of having Lauren Bacall sign a copy of To Have and Have Not or The Big Sleep.
Shared the dinner table with some of the WildStorm gang, and sat up late into the night solving the nation’s educational issues with Nelson Blake and Ryan Cody. Compared notes on Kansas City with Hi-Fi Color’s Brian and Kristy Miller, and enjoyed catching up with Shannon Denton before Sterling Gates ditched us at the door of the Geek Prom (which was sold out, anyway). John Layman was clear-eyed and charming, and agreed to sit in on the Breaking Into Comics panel with me, and the astonishing Cory Walker was unexpectedly wandering the floor.
In short, I was reminded once again how great it can be to spend time with enthusiastic fans and committed creators. Every now and then I need a battery recharge along those lines.
Even if my laptop did pass away during the weekend.
6 responses to “By the Time I Get Home From Phoenix…”
It was good seeing you Clay, glad you made it out.
Hey Mr. Moore, I met you at Pho Con this year, and it was a big pleasure, even though I started off the conversation telling you I loved ’76 haha. I gave you a copy of a film I screened there, “Dorm of the Dead”, and in return you gave me a copy of your first “Hawaiian Dick” trade which I humbly accepted. I just wanted to tell ya, I LOVED THE BOOK and can’t wait to pick up the others, as well as ‘Battle Hymn’ (of which I’ve heard awesome things too)!! Thanks again, hope to see you at some other cons. Keep up the good work, and I’m eagerly anticipating “Whistling Skull” and the end of ’76 haha. Lates!!
I just watched Dorm of the Dead a couple of weeks ago. Very much fun, man. Got a kick out of it. Thanks for the praise, too! Let me know if you’d like to order any of the other trades direct from me.
We’re actually talking with a distributor right now, to get the movie released on DVD. Would it be at all possible to get a quote from you that we could put on the box?
Haha is it ok to ask creative questions on here? I had a small one about your process.
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