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  • Oh the Humanity…

    The crushing mass of humanity that is Comicon International, that is. The temptation to run out to the harbor in back and commandeer one of the sailboats and head off to a bright new horizon- is strong. There is a lot of neat stuff to see here, but the walls of flesh block my view at every turn. I’ll give it a better shot today though.

    Last night I went to the Marvel Dinner and ate quite well, thanks. Talked to artist Michael Ryan about living in NC, where he is now. He didn’t know that I would know what “Fuquay” meant. Dan Slott made me feel really good about Agents of Atlas and gave some great fightin’ in the trenches advice. I met Mike Carey and we talked about a range of things from Tony Blair to British floods- another fine fellow to know. I couldn’t finish my key lime pie, so it was time to walk that off. The Palm is the consummate Comicon restaurant, with all of the cartooning on the walls, and lots of pieces by Milton Caniff.

    For some reason an entire train decided to park itself between the Gaslamp District and the convention center, so I stood around for a long time with Tom Fowler who talked about the work he does for Mad Magazine. We were both being more safety-conscious and not hopping over the train hitches like some people were doing. The train finally did start moving right as one guy was standing on a link, and we feared we were about to watch a death occur right in front of us(which is an incredible omen of bad luck, by the way). Luckily the guy scrambled out of there in time.

    At the Hyatt bar I screamed back and forth with plenty of folks, like Derek Donovan, Paul Friedrich, Doselle Young, Dave Johnson, Charlie Chu– and many more, as the guest lists say. On the walk back I ran into Steve Rude and Harris Miller, proving that the show doesn’t stop until you actually reach your hotel door. And really, not even then.

    Meetings and things today. Will advise…


    Comment from Bill Beechler
    Time: July 28, 2007, 9:27 am

    Hey Jeff,

    I just wanted to thank you for the absolute fun time my wife, Holly, and I had with this week’s issue of X-Men: First Class. It’s been long time since we both laughed out loud at a comic and this manic story of the kids running around an island full of monsters…Monster Island?…did it. Andrew Smith, Captain Comics in CBG and newspaper syndication, is also a big fan of your work on this book. Take a look at his glowing praise on our message board (www.captaincomics.us) and prepare for some head-swelling.

    Thanks again!

    Bill and Holly…

    Comment from Tim O’Shea
    Time: July 28, 2007, 4:37 pm

    Please advise, Jeff. Have there been any major announcements on the Parker front? Loved the latest X-Men First Class.

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    Comment from Chris Ferguson
    Time: July 29, 2007, 8:31 am

    Hey Parker,
    Sorry to you and John about the Eisner awards. I know John didn’t want to lose to the Bolland book, but I’m sure it was an honor to have the Doodle Book nominated in the first place. It was probably enough for his face to be plastered all over the Toth documentary. Hope you’re having fun out there!

    Comment from Parker
    Time: July 29, 2007, 8:49 am

    Bill and Holly: Thank you!

    Tim: Not this show, maybe by the next con.

    Chris: Thanks, and really being nominated IS enough. The sheer numbers make it impossible to win against books from bigger publishers, so that doesn’t bother me. John, however…

    Comment from Zack Smith
    Time: July 29, 2007, 8:45 pm

    ‘ey Parker, sorry I missed you! I almost made it to the Hyatt last night, but my back was killing me from hauling around a loaner-laptop and a backpack all day.

    Glad you talked with Michael some — he is a cool guy, and works way, way too hard. now that y’all tight, try and get him to leave the house sometime! He drew me a real nice Old Lace with Bling.

    Hey, somebody at a TV booth handed me this freebee book about some crazy cracker with no bellybutton that you apparently wrote. What the…?!

    Comment from Matt M.
    Time: July 30, 2007, 9:50 am

    First feet, now bellybuttons. Is there no end to the laziness of the comicbook artist?

    Comment from Parker
    Time: July 30, 2007, 2:23 pm

    Yeah, weird huh? I wrote the KYLE XY promo book!