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06 March 2006 @ 01:03 am
Wondercon pics part 1  
Took me a while to get these developed, but here's part one. Part two (which includes most of Sunday) is waiting for me to finish off the roll of film, because I don't like to waste it.

Sorry about the blurriness; I accidentally had the auto-focus set on "landscape" and didn't realize until I'd taken several shots. I've done the best I can at rescuing things with the GIMP, but a few early pics were just unsalvageable. Eh, so it goes.

Let's start this off with some good ol' convention cosplay. Here's The Crow, shot while I was standing in line:
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Kasumi from the Dead Or Alive games on the left. Buddy Christ on the right.
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DC's "The Best Is Yet To Come" panel, which focused (focused may be too strong a word) on 52 and where things will be going for the DCU post-Infinite Crisis. I believe that is editor Dan Didio behind the moderator's lectern. The man in the pink shirt is Paul "Batman: The Animated Series" Dini (soon to be writing for one of the Bat-titles...I think Detective Comics). Just to the left of Dini is Mark "The Flash/Kingdom Come" Waid, and to the right is Grant "Animal Man/Doom Patrol/Invisibles/We3/JLA/fucking everything else besides" Morrison. The surly-looking fellow second from the right end is Howard "American Flagg" Chaykin. I can't remember who the others were.
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After the panel were signings and handshakings and such. Here we have: Paul Dini with a fan; a fan with Mark Waid; and Grant Morrison with a bunch of fans. The line to get Morrison to sign stuff was INSANE. It was like half of the panel audience, and this one filled most of the room. I honestly can't blame them; the only reason I wasn't in that line is because I'd forgotten to bring anything to sign (stupid stupid stupid).

The Dark Horse panel, where among other things they announced their new line of horror manga translations. The guy in the middle is Drew Melbourne, writer of their new series ArchEnemies, and the other two are high-ranking staff whose names and positions I cannot recall.
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An excellent Tom Servo model. If I had half a brain in my head I would've realized that taking a photo with a bright window in the background was doomed to failure. Still, you can make it out if you squint.
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shaenon "Narbonic" Garrity and Andrew "Dogs Playing Poker With Jesus" Farago. Andrew was heading to the Cartoon Art Museum panel, which he was to host. I caught up on things with Shaenon a little bit before they had to go in.
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The aforementioned CAM panel. The theme was "Gross, Gruesome, and Gothic" to go with their current show. From left to right we have: Chris Bachalo, who did The Withcing Hour and the Death miniseries for DC/Vertigo, and Generation X and some X-Men for Marvel;  Eric Powell, who does his creator-owned The Goon for Dark Horse; Andrew; Gahan Wilson, who has done several famous cartoons for National Lampoon and Playboy (including the famous "We think we've found what's been blocking your chimney since Christmas" gag with Santa's corpse); Batton Lash, who does Supernatural Law (née Wolff & Byrd: Counselors of the Macabre), now a webcomic; and Bill Morrison of Bongo Comics, responsible for among other things their Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror comics.
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A better picture of Grant Morrison after his solo spotlight panel, being mobbed by fans.
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Time for more cosplay. Here's a fuzzy...dragon...thing.
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Nightcrawler and Batgirl get interviewed. I wish I'd gotten a closeup on Nightcrawler's face because his makeup job was really good.
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Orc attack look out oh noes!
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That shot would've been a lot better if that doofus hadn't walked into the frame. He was apologetic afterwards, at least.

A shot of the lobby, plus a closeup on the cosplayers:
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Peter David:
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Scott Shaw! at his Oddball Comics panel. It was a riot this year, and he uses WonderCon as a trial run for his show in San Diego, so expect it to be good there too.
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A couple of kids on the second floor with Guy Fawkes masks (for V For Vendetta):
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A couple more cosplayers. The one on the left is Tira from Soul Calibur 3, but I'm not sure who the one on the right is supposed to be:
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Avast! Pirates of the dealer room!
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From left to right: Steve Leialoha doing a sketch for a fan; Dan Brereton of Nocturnals with family; Phil Foglio
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Mark Waid at the DC booth doing sketches of Batman's head while protesting that he's only a writer. Also, the sketch he did for me on the back of an action figure advertising poster (note the footnote).
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The "Secret Origin of Good Readers" panel, which was on promoting literacy through comics. From left to right we have: Mimi Cruz, who owns Night Flight Comics in Salt Lake City, which actually has a branch in the city's main library; Bill Morrison of Bongo Comics, which has done a lot of outreach; Dr. Robyn Hill of National University in San Diego; and Patricia Foster, Salt Lake County Senior Librarian, who has been instrumental in acquiring graphic novels for the library's collection (originally just for the teen section, but later also for the children's and adult sections). The panel wasn't that interesting to me, but I wasn't really part of the target audience. Members of that target audience—teachers and librarians—may want to check out their group's website, which includes tips, lesson plans, and a resource book for free download.
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Finally, a couple of shots of the south side of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Center complex, including the Children's Zeum and the old Playland-at-the-Beach merry-go-round, finish off the roll. These pics were taken primarily for use in articles on Moscone Center and the surrounding area on Wikipedia.
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scribe_of_stars on March 6th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Vwoot for Peter David!! :D
Danielle Daileydanihana on March 6th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hmm...I'm trying to figure out who that girl next to Tira is. She's definately not from SC3. But I'm pretty sure she's either manga or anime based.
mravac_kidmravac_kid on March 6th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
OMG an Uhura cosplayer! Soooo cool... :)
Forsyth: Iron Giantforsythferret on March 6th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
Man, I REALLY need to go to more cons.
gwalla: king crimson fingergwalla on March 7th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Yes you do! Cons are awesome.

Well, let me rephrase that. Cons can be awesome. I've been to a couple that were deadly boring because none of the panels interested me and I ran out of stuff to do in the dealer room. They're usually a lot of fun though. San Diego in particular is a blast.
Forsyth: Iron Giantforsythferret on March 7th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
The only one I've been to sucked. This was due to several things.

It was an anime con being held about an hour from where I live. But I had to work, so I only got to go Sunday. I didn't know anybody who was going, and didn't bring anybody with me, and I don't even like anime that much. The main reason I was going was because T Campbell was going to be there, but I never managed to find out where, so never got a chance to run into him. And it was also not that long after I'd broken up with my girlfriend at the time, who'd been a big anime fan.

So, like I said, lots of reasons it sucked.
Amelia: Bat Signal (from Something Awful)padparadscha on March 7th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
Seems this guy was popular.

's a link to my roommate's friend. I know her not, but I thought you'd appreciate the pic.
gwalla: lon chaneygwalla on March 8th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
Everybody loves Tom Servo!

Thanks for the link. That pic's way better than mine (which isn't hard).
Ameliapadparadscha on March 8th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
MST3K fans unite!
mr_smeggers: calmmr_smeggers on March 7th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness. A distinct lack of furries and overweight cosplayers.