Ahhh, Saturday morning. After a quick bite to eat at Chik-fil-a with Elveen, we were back at the show for Day 2!
My first mission of the day was to figure out the logistics for me and Elveen to record an interview with four other people at the con. I am, of course, referring to our interview with Valiant Comics! The show did not have any press areas set aside for us to use, so I had to be resourceful, and found some tall, standing tables outside of the convention floor, next to the coffee vendor.
The pain of getting coffee was another story, but right now I’m talking about Valiant!
Elveen and I recorded an interview with:
- Hunter Gorinson, Marketing & Communications Manager
- Atom! Freeman, Sales Manager
- Dinesh Shamdasani, Founder & Chief Creative Officer
- Fred Pierce, Publisher
- Joshua Dysart, Writer of Harbinger!
We also had another quick appearance by a great creator from the Classic Valiant era. Listen to find out who!
The interview is live, check it out here. We found a lot of great stuff, including what to expect to see in Harbinger, plans for digital comics distribution, a little about how the Valiant Universe will be connected, and more. There are a lot of teases in the interview, and a whole lot of fun. Also, Valiant wants to be the number 3 publisher after DC and Marvel in 3 to 4 years. A bold claim, but I think they’ve got the goods to make it happen.
The fun that all of the Valiant team had was the best thing to witness. These guys are working very hard on this stuff, and also having a great time with it. It seems like a dream job for many of them.
This is an interview you will not want to miss.
Coffee, Art, and Whiskey
One of my complaints about this show, there was NOT enough coffee. On my way to the show, I decided to stop at the Hilton, they have a Starbucks in the lobby. The line was out the Starbucks, and down the corridor towards the convention. At the coffee stand at the convention hall, I waited no less than 20 minutes for a coffee. Not good for the coffee addicts like myself.
Finally, with coffee in hand, I made my way to Artist Alley. I also had a treasure from the interview with Valiant, a Bloodshot shot glass! In artist alley, I stopped by the Action Labs booth and talked to Dave Dwonch. He had a bottle of whiskey hidden under his booth, and he hooked me up, and I broke in my Bloodshot shot glass properly. It was, after all, St. Patrick’s Day, and I have to celebrate my heritage! Erin go Braugh!
I walked through Artist Alley, bought a few things, talked to a few folks, and checked out the wares. Lots of creativity on display at the show.
I took a lot more pictures at the show than I usually do, here are some of the better costumes:
This girl looked really cool and really hot!
A gender bender Justice League, with all the gender roles reversed. Great costumes!
Superwoman racing the Flash.
Some Mandalorians, no doubt hunting down Jedi scum.
Daredevil and Spider-Man, just chillin’ at the con.
Gotta give this guy props. He was giving away free shrugs all day long.
Back to Sunday morning, Elveen and I recorded our wrap up of Wondercon for Episode 68. ‘Veen couldn’t make it to the show on Sunday, and he had a few outstanding Sketches for Charity to pick up from various artists. I got recruited. I spent a lot of the day walking through Artist Alley, touching base with artists about their charity sketches. The story of the sketches is Elveen’s to tell, so I’ll let him get to those himself.
I do have to say that the artists I talked to were incredibly nice and generous. It was a treat to meet them and talk to them, and the art that they created for charity was incredible! Some really great stuff.
I picked up a couple last minute purchases, a few 5-dollar trades, and such, and then I was off! Made the long drive back to San Francisco, arrived home a few minutes after midnight, and the weekend was over.
Wondercon was a fantastic show, anyone in the area (or even not in the area) should consider attending.