August 26, 2008

Fan Expo Report

Fan Expo was ok this year. For the first two days it seemed like it was so short, like I wasn’t really there for very long. But I guess that’s true, since I was leaving home to get there later and leaving there to get back home earlier because I was working on a portfolio to take with me on Sunday. I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked, due to being out of town for most of the month. Anyway, I did get to speak with someone from a certain company and show that person a few colored pages that I had been working on all week, and I got some decent advice on what to do next. So that battle continues. I also took in some panels from comic book industry people and learned a lot.

I finally met Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman. I’ll talk more about that later.

Didn’t buy very much at all. Just bought a few comics and books. Saving money for something else right now. I did, however, take home a bunch of free comics from Marvel for participating in a trivia contest. I won a short stack of various books for knowing that The Sandman’s real name is Flint Marko. I also got a Fantastic Four video game for Gameboy Advance for staying to the very end. Right on! Free stuff is always good. This was the first time, to my knowledge, that Marvel had set up any sort of official presence at this convention. I think that’s a good sign. The show is getting bigger, but in a good way in this case.

I didn’t really do much in the way of anime related programing at all this year. Disappointed that there were no Japanese guests. But there were 3 last year so I guess I can understand.

There were some good costumes, but this one was definitely my favorite. It just wins so hard.

Fan Expo Mario

All in all, I had a decent time, but I wasn’t really there to have fun. I took the show more seriously. I was working really hard up to, and even during, the convention weekend to get things done, and now that it’s over I’m feeling pretty wiped. Still got a ways to go though, so not much time to rest.

I was lucky enough to run into a few old friends, which is always great. Not only that, but a few people from my old hometown, who I have not seen or heard from in well over 10 years, just recently got in touch with me again via this website. That is totally awesome. Hi guys!



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