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ComicsAlliance’s Comic-Con Memories: The Haul [SDCC 2012]

It’s been less than a week since we got home from Comic-Con International in San Diego, which means our bags are still packed and our lives have yet to return to whatever passes for normal in the blogosphere. Exhausted and succumbing to Con Crud, we’re reflecting feverishly on what went on when we weren’t on duty and had a chance to celebrate the true meaning of Comic-Con: Buying awesome things. Hit the jump for a breakdown of some of what the ComicsAlliance crew amassed during its time in San Diego this summer.

Caleb Goellner (click to enlarge)

My Comic-Con hauls are traditionally light since I’m working a lot and don’t leave much room in my luggage for convention goodness, but I still managed to come home with a few things this year, thanks largely in part to Top Shelf, Hasbro and Diamond Select Toys. I will, however, be buying a ton of stuff online that I spied on the showroom floor.

- The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

- Kneel Before Your God by Adam Roth

- Blue and Gold versions of DST’s new Battle Beast Vorin

- An Adventure Time lollipop Chris Sims forgot at my work desk

- Hasbro’s Marvel Universe Masters of Evil action figure box set

- Hasbro’s Marvel Legends Uncanny X-Force action figure box set

- A Glyos compatible pug head from my bud Jason

Dylan Todd (click to enlarge)

L to R, top to bottom by rows:

-Milhous mask/fan from the Bongo booth

- John Carter of Mars novel, meaning my collection is complete

- These dope Canadian Tarzan books with fantastic Gil Kane illustrations on the front

- Livewires Marvel digest

- Orc Stain TPB

- Special Album Edition: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1

- Hell of dope Dalton Rose variant for Higher Earth #1, signed by Sam “The Man” Humphries

- SDCC-exclusive Finn & Fiona Adventure Time figures

- James Kochalka’s Eisner-award winning Dragon Puncher Island

- Rogue Trooper: Tales of Nu-Earth, vol. 1

- Django Unchained poster that I found discarded on the grass outside of the Bayfront Hilton. Truly I have no shame.

- Marvel Treasury Edition of Jack Kirby’s 2001: A Space Odyssey film adaptation

- Kirby 3-D Poster (with glasses!), courtesy of Matt Digges

- Destroyer Duck #1

- Forever People #6, featuring the Omega Effect

- Brave & the Bold #s 120 & 155, featuring Batman teaming up with Kamandi

- Eisner-award winning Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, signed by author Charles Hatfield, which I have been lusting after for months now. (I also copped a free T-shirt from him.)

- Michael DeForge variant for Adventure Time #3

- SDCC-Exclusive edition of Marceline & the Scream Queens #1

- Dr. Zombie and D-Man original art from my supremely-talented bro Matt Digges

- SDCC-exclusive bloody Brock Sampson figure

– The Best of Archie Comics.

Basically, I won at Comic-Con.

Bethany Fong (click to enlarge)

ALL OF MY SDCC 2012 SWAG:

- It Girl poster

- Sailor Chibi Moon poster

- Sailor Moon manga, volume 6

- Doc Hammer & Jackson Publick art print, by Chandra Free

- A Wrinkle in Time, adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

- A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle (50th Anniversary Edition)

- Sign O’ the Phoenix t-shirt, by We Love Fine (a gift from JustJennDesigns)

- Super-Pets poster, by Art Baltazar & Franco

- Milhouse mask/fan

- Tiny Titans toy set

- Adventure Time Finn/Fionna toy set

- Kirby Krackle stickers

- Back to the Future Hover Board pin

- Batman pin

- The Tick/Arthur pin (from New England Comics)

- Bacon pin (from JustJennDesigns)

- Scott Pilgrim/Ramona Flowers charms (from Oni Press)

- Peppermint Butler lollipop (from Bryan Lee O’Malley, after he did the Adventure Time
experience)

- Spider-Man flicker ring

- The Land of Ooo map for the Adventure Time Comic-Con Quest

- Marceline & the Scream Queens #1, “Parallel Lines” variant cover

- NTSF:SD:SUV comic

- Adventure Time Comic-Con Quest medal

- Archie Comics x MAC Cosmetics pin set

- Kaiju Big Battel: Lone Soup & Bug comic, by Jeremy Arambulo

- Batgirl print, by Tony Fleecs

- Archie Comics trading cards

- Cartoon Network poster

- My San Diego Comic-Con press badge

Andy Khouri (click to enlarge)



- Completed my collection of The Question paperbacks by Dennis O’Neil and Denys Cowan

- Gloriana by Kevin Huizenga, on Douglas Wolk’s recommendation

- Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle

- A piece of Chris Ware’s Building Stories that Pantheon was giving out for free. The book is actually several books in different sizes and formats — including a fold out board like Monopoly — and this is just one piece

- Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers — found this beauty in a 50% off bin

- Detectives, Inc. by Don McGregor, Marshall Rogers and Gene Colan. I had no idea there was a hardcover edition of this cult classic, but IDW made it a few years back and I found it in pristine condition in a 50% off bin

- Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? hardcover. Of course I own this but not in the deluxe format. Another 50% off find. Yeah, I spend a lot of time on that end of the con

- Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood by Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett — figured I might as well keep it going with the Question stories, and I’d just recently been listening to someone talk about how good this was

- Krazy & Ignatz 1925-1926 by ‪George Herriman‬. I’ve never read any of this stuff but a lot of people I know swear by it. Wolk told me he has a Krazy Kat tattoo but to be honest I didn’t check. Matt Seneca, Tucker Stone and Joe McCullough talk about this guy a lot on their Comic Books Are Burning In Hell podcast, and I texted Matt a picture of this book and said it was 50% off and he said “Oh. HELL ya.”

- Dave Stevens Covers and Stories — this is a deluxe collection of Stevens non-Rocketeer comics work, which seems to be a lot of random space babes. Depending on the day you catch me, Stevens is my favorite illustrator of all time, and IDW has been killing it with their reverent reissues of his work. This is the Comic-Con-exclusive cover

- The Punisher Max: Born by Garth Ennis and Darrick Robertson — the only piece of Garth Ennis’ Punisher Max run that I haven’t read

- Pin-Up: The Illegitimate Art by Jim Silke — if you follow Best Art Ever you know I’m a pin-up fan, and my understanding is that Silke — who created some gorgeous Bettie Page comics, by the way — literally wrote the book on it. I’ve heard about this book for years and found it in a bin with some other adult stuff for 50% off

- Skellanimals Batman for my girlfriend. She had a choice between this and the con-exclusive Dark Knight Rises version, but apparently this is “cuter.” The cowl comes off to reveal an adorable skull.

- Cliff Chiang’s Batgirl/Purple Rain mash-up poster

- T-shirts for my girlfriend, most of which are one-of-a-kind prototypes that will likely never be made. The Bettie Page ones come from the booth of the legendary ‪Olivia De Berardinis‬, who was extremely lovely to speak with and who gave me a bit of a pep talk on life. The shirt with the masked girl and the swan is by the similarly excellent Tara MacPherson. The ‘Forever Alone’ guy shirt was a gift from Wheeler….
Joe Hughes (click to enlarge)

I started this new gig two days before SDCC, so I was a little swamped! That didn’t leave much time for shopping, but I did pick up a few things, thanks to the wonderful folks at Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, BOOM!, Valiant and the CBLDF. If you’re reading this, you are all my heroes:


- A variant edition of Harbinger #1 by Josh Dysart and Khari Evans

- The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire

- Thor: The Might Avenger Volume 1 by Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee

- Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes by Carl Barks

- Nancy is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 by Ernie Bushmiller

- Jewish Images in the Comics by Fredrik Strömberg

- Adventure Time #1-5 and Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #1

Sadly, I missed out on the Comic-Con exclusive copy of Darwyn Cooke’s Parker: The Score, which is doubly sad because I have the Comic-Con exclusive editions of the first two books. I officially failed at Comic Con this year.

Andy Yen

I won this really cool Mondo Dark Knight Rises poster from Warner Bros.!

Chris Sims


I got a rock.

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