Well, the San Diego Comicon has come and gone, and I don’t know anything about it, because I didn’t go. But thanks to Ultraist Studio’s special Agent Justin Kupka for sending me these great photos of The Possum #2 at the San Diego Comicon! Justin successfully distributed 180 copies of the Possum #2 and 150 of Spud and Harry #1 via the freebie table for me and Mike. We’ll see what happens with this little experiment.
This is a photo of the only 20 ft copy of The Possum #2, made specially for the San Diego Comicon. Even Marvel didn’t have any 20 ft comics!
I’m curious to see if anyone who picked up a free copy will see this, and let me know what they thought of the comic.
This just in from the Ultraist Studio website:
According to Mike’s field agent, who is in San Diego attending the Comicon, all of the freebie comics that we sent (over 180 Possum comics and 150 Spud and Harry’s) were gone within 15 minutes of them being put on the freebie table. We were assured that it wasn’t 1 large, sweaty Fanboy who took them all, as the freebie table was being tightly monitored. (read the full story here, and here)
So I guess that means mission accomplished! There are now more than 180 people who own Possum comics! Maybe even a few of them will read the comics, and maybe 1 or 2 of them will like the comics so much that they’ll tell their friends about them.
If you received one of the freebie Possum #2’s and are reading this, please leave a comment and let me know what you thought.
The San Diego Comicon is this weekend, and I’m not going to be there……….. but The Possum will be!!!!! Me and my bro Mike, each shipped a box of our comics to San Diego to be given away at the “freebie” table. That’s right! FREE!!! So if you are going to the San Diego Comicon this week, look for The Possum and Spud and Harry! Pick up a copy of each for FREE, and let us know what you think.
Sometimes you just have to draw whatever comes to mind. (I’m not too sure what that means).
Order your comics from the Possum Store and get your free sketch!! (Come on….. that could be as little as $3.50 Canadian, for a comic and a free sketch. How could you pass that up?) Yeah, I’m talking to you. I even take requests.
ISSN stands for “International Standard Serial Number”. It’s a number put on all serial publications, so they can be easily identified.
The Possum is ISSN 1913-5246
One of the highlights of this Comicon, for me was to get a chance to talk to Dave Sim, of Cerebus fame. For an evil misogynist, he was a really, really nice guy. He had original pages on display that made me feel like a total hack. His line work is unbelievable.
Here are some more photos from the Comicon:
click on any of these photos to see a larger image of the sketches.
Well, to start Sunday off, I did a sketch in Scott’s “Monkey” sketch book. At this point I wasn’t feeling too good, and the whole time I was doing this sketch, I was thinking to myself “don’t puke, don’t puke, don’t puke”. Luckily I had my bro, Mike beside me to explain to Scott, why all of a sudden, I got up (not being able to speak because I was holding back the urge to vomit) and with no apparent reason ran off in the direction of the washroom. Unfortunately, Mike’s explanation was a little off. (What was Mike’s explanation to my sudden urge to vomit, you ask??? Click here to see!!)….. That was a pretty bright shirt that Scott was wearing.
Here’s a couple familiar faces from the last con. They came back for issue #2 this time, and another Free Sketch!!
Here’s some more sketches done while fighting off the urge to puke.
I didn’t think I was going to make it through the day, because of how sick I was feeling. When I was ready to pack it in, in the afternoon, all of a sudden things started to get busy, and before I could get up to leave, I had a backlog of 2 or 3 sketches that I had to do. Everything worked out though, and all in all, it was a good con! Next up is the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) on August 18th and 19th, and then the Toronto Fan Expo on August 24-26th. And we are looking into the Paradise Cottage Comicon on August 5th on Lake Simcoe. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
Yeah, I know it’s been over a month since the Paradise Comicon (Holy smokes!!! It’s been a month??!!!!!!), but here it is: a post about the con!
There were a lot of “Death of Captain America” issues with sketch covers going around. This is one that I did.
This sketch was for Chris Miller (a returning Possum Press customer!). Chris likes to collect sketches of lame/obscure super heroes. Last con, it was Stilt-Man. This con, he gave us a few options. Mike chose Beta Ray Bill, and I chose Dazzler. After the fact, I noticed that if you squint your eyes this sketch looks quite phallic. I assure you, I didn’t plan it that way. (maybe I should have though)
Paul French (host of Poptopia) wanted the Possum being interviewed by him. Click on the image to see it larger.
Another “Death of Captain America” sketch comic. This one was divided into lots of panels so more artists could sketch on it. Mine is the lower one, and Mike’s is the top right one.
And here are some more happy customers! Just look at those excited faces!!
One of the great things that I have been noticing with these Toronto Cons, is that you see a lot of the same people in attendance. It feels great, because a lot of people who bought the first Possum comic at previous cons have come back, quit excitedly, to pick up the next comic, or a T-shirt. At the last con, a few people came by first thing on the first day to get the latest issue. It’s nice to know that people who take a chance on an independent comic enjoy it.
I did this sketch for my friend Faith Erin Hicks who was a guest at this con, to promote a graphic novel that she is working on called “Zombies Calling“. She came down from Halifax for this convention, and it was really nice seeing her there. Check out her stuff here. I think Zombies Calling is due out in November, and I’m going to look for it and pick me up a copy!
I’ll have some more pictures up soon. Click on some of the photos to see a larger view!
6:09 into episode 79 of the Indie Spinner Rack podcast, host Charlito receives his copy of The Possum #2. This was one of my favorite episodes, with a great 2 hour long interview with Steve Bissette. Go 6 minutes and 9 seconds into the podcast, and just keep on listening until the end. This episode is right up there with the Dave Sim interview. Awesome stuff Charlito and Mister Phil!