April 2006's A
xpo has come and gone. This year I met up with Alan Lau
, Kenn Navarro
and Jon Faraci
for a late breakfast before we the eventual "Grand Nerding" of buying comics and such. The Breakfast was really good! We ate cornmeal pancakes (which I've been informed are called "Jonnycakes
") and had coffee. For the life of me, I can't recall the name of the place.
APE was really cool. It's small, so you can get through it pretty quickly. The show itself is meant to be a venue for indepedent artists and small companies. You won't see Spiderman or Batman there! Too corporate! Although speaking of corporate, we got to hang out with Rhode Montijo
, who was there with his fresh-off-the-presses chidren's book, Cloud Boy. He has totally sold out! He was the only artist there with a bodyguard! Who does he think he is!? HA HA! All kidding aside, we hung out with Rhode and Jamie Baker
for awhile, and they gave me the scoop on stuff going on.
Speaking of cool stuff, here are a few things I bought:Zeet
and Nightmares & Fairytales
both by the artist FSC. What can I say? Creepy & fun! Lately I've been obsessing over what a challenge it would be to bring the horror genre to animation. Needless to say, that influence the purchase a bit. Good stuff~!
And speaking of horror, you gotta throw in H.P. Lovecraft! Here is the comic Lovecraft
by Adam Byrne and Jeff Blitz with Mac Carter doing the writing.
It was premiered last year, and now I have the ash-can teaser. You can't really call it a comic, as there were just a few pages. Looks promising, but I need more to really pass judgment.
I also picked up Caught Creatures
by Daniel M. Davis. This is a cute children's book about a house of strange monsters. Kids like monsters and so do I!
Finally, I grabbed a copy of Peng!
by Corey "Rey" Lewis and had him sign it. Just like his previous book Sharknife
, this book is a hoot and a pleasure to the eyes. Really fun times!
That's about it. I do want to make mention that my friend Jon Wright just recently got his game Mecha vs. Kaiju
published! Big congratulations go to him on that and all his future projects!