San Diego Comic Con 2011

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San Diego Comic Con 2011

Well, I’m back from San Diego Comic Con 2011 and I’m still alive.  I feel as though I just went head to head with a bull and barely made it out alive, but just making out alive is a win in my books.  After every convention I’m left feeling a little different about where I’m headed as a self publisher and what my next course of action should be.  One of the great things about conventions like San Diego is the amount of like minded artists and self publishers you get to meet and share strategies and opinions with, and this year was no exception.  Sales weren’t the greatest over all, but I heard that from a lot of people (I’m guessing it’s due to over programming of Hollywood panels which require attendies to wait in line for 3+ hours a pop, on Friday and Saturday, which are supposed to be the busiest days of the week), and the doubling and tripling of hotel rates leave everyone financially rung dry, including us exhibitors.  With that said, it always takes a day or two to weigh whether the pros of conventions like San Diego outweigh the cons….. (and this year certainly had it’s fair share of pros).


Javier Hernandez behind the Possum Press/Ultraist Studios/ Los Comex table


My brother, Mike who is usually sharing a table with me at conventions couldn’t make it to San Diego this year, so I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Javier Hernandez of El Muerto fame for Friday, Saturday and the better part of Sunday, which was a lot of fun.  If you haven’t checked out Javier’s work, make sure you do!!!

He even made me an original Possum/El Muerto sketchdoll (TM Javier Hernandez!)

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…….  I arrived in San Diego late Tuesday night, and seeing as the convention didn’t start until Wednesday at 5pm, I had the morning to myself (which wasn’t a luxury last year as Mike and I arrived Wednesday night), so I took the Coronado Ferry over to Coronado and hit the beach.  It was a great way to start the week.

Debuting from Possum Press this year was my newest issue of The Possum, issue #5, which arrived a day before I had to leave for the convention (talk about cutting it close).

I had a really good response from people who picked up some Possum comics at last year’s show and who came back to get the entire set which was really nice.  As always, I drew sketches for people who picked up a comic book (free of charge).  Here’s a few of them:

The Possum vs. Zombie Jesus.... How am I supposed to draw this tastefully???? (this is what I came up with)


Since Mike wasn't with me, I got to draw SPY GUY!! (with El Muerto by Javier Hernandez)


The Possum on a train request.... She had me stumped for a minute there


The Possum (by Blair Kitchen) vs. a Midget Muerto wrestler (by Javier Hernandez)

But like I said earlier in this post, the best part about any convention is the people you meet (including the fans).  Some highlights for me were talking to Sergio Aragones and Stan Sakai, who are always an absolute pleasure to meet and a fountain of knowledge.  I said hello to Doug TenNaple who I’ve been wanting to meet for a while now and I got to hang out all day with Javier Hernandez too!  Also, I reconnected with Shane and Chris Houghton who have taken their previously self published book “Reed Gunther” over to Image and were signing at the Image booth all weekend.  Throw in a dinner in Old Town with some old and new cartoonist friends and I guess you’ve got a pretty good Comicon in my books.  (In part two, I’ll post more of my thoughts on Comicon and what I feel a self publisher like myself needs to do moving forward….)

Blair Kitchen (The Possum) and Rob Wuest (Monsters Among Us)


Update:  Javier Hernandez has a great Comic Con review up on his blog, Javzilla.

By |2018-05-25T03:50:26+00:00July 27th, 2011|convention pics, photos, The Possum|5 Comments


  1. Javier Hernandez July 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Here I am still trying to finish my flippin’ blog post about Comic Con and you’ve written up a nice little piece here already!

    One thing that stands out to me is how empty that beach at Coronado looks!! Hard to believe it’s Comic Com week. What a great way to prepare for the madness of the week.

    Like you, I have a split opinion of the week. It’s always tremendous fun doing a show as a self-published cartoonist, meeting old fans and making new ones. Getting to talk to other hard-working DIY cartoonists (like the wonderful Mr. Rob Wuest). Dinner with other creative folks, etc.

    THEN there’s the sobering thoughts about what Comic Con really means to a small press cartoonists like myself. And you. And probably a few hundred others. I don’t want to say that the tide is turning against the Con as far as indy readers/comics fans being able to attend (due to ticket demand/shortages, price increases all around, etc), but talking to others at the show and a back-issue dealer friend of mine…Well, let’s just say the times they are a’changing. (I’ll have the full scoop up on my own blog by tomorrow).

    Let me just tell the Possum fans though that Blair is a tremendous asset to comics, a real generous person to his fans, and a heck a cool guy to hang out with for a weekend. It’s people like him, his brother Mike, and a good selection of friends of mine that make this mad medium we love all the more worthwhile.

  2. Blair Kitchen July 29, 2011 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Ha. It’s easy to get a blog post up when it’s all pictures:)

    I definitely had mixed thoughts about Comic Con this year, as you did. (I’m going to write a post about some of those thoughts in my next post, soon).

    It’s always a weird feeling after a convention. Part of me comes home feeling rejuvinated and more excited about comics than ever, while the other half of me feels like I’ve been kicked in the teeth. It’s definitely a battle of attrition.

    Thanks for the kind words, Javier! It sounds like a cop out, but truthfully, the same can be said about you! (except for the part about Mike being your brother………)

  3. Javier Hernandez July 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Interesting what you said about mixed feelings. As a creative person, yeah, nothing gets me more inspired than seeing all the good work being produced by other creators.

    As a publisher of that work, trying to justify certain conventions is always a mind game. You weigh a lot of factors, including profitability/expenses, exposure, networking, the vacation element, etc.

    The two different hats (creator, publisher) have to come to some sort of agreement.

    Oh, and my blog post is up:

  4. Troy Little August 8, 2011 at 6:37 am - Reply

    CON ENVY. Looks like a blast, Blair! Now to get my filthy hands on P5 & SG2!

  5. Blair Kitchen August 8, 2011 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Lets trade! I want to read your 24 hr comics.

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