I’m still working on getting my thoughts on HeroesCon organized in a readable fashion (short version: everyone was really nice and Evan Dorkin is aware that Awesome Hospital exists), but in the meantime, I’ve scanned this year’s new entries to my sketchbook.
I’ve already put up Colleen Coover’s amazing Tarot, but that’s not the only thing I got–in fact, my sketchbook hit a total of 50 entries this year, and it only took seven years!
Action Age’s own Rusty Shackles kicked things off this year with El Santo: The Most Interesting Luchador in the World.
They’re not in my sketchbook, but Rusty also drew Minxy and Ming Xi from the upcoming “Solomon Stone X-Treme Beach Volleyball” on the back of a pair of TCOSS postcards.
Action Age’s table was right next to Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler, who drew Batwoman for me. Thom was a great guy to hang with all weekend, and he also drew me a life-sized picture of Jimmy Olsen that’s still packed up with the prints.
Action Philosophers artist and MODOK: Reign Delay creator Ryan Dunlavey drew a quick Dr. Mindbender for me. Again, super-nice guy, and I was thrilled to pick up a copy of his great “cover version” of GI Joe #1.
Bill Willingham was right across from the Action Age table (along with I, Zombie writer Chris Roberson and Cinderella cover artist Chrissie Zullo), and while Roberson and I originally tried to get him to draw a piece of classy erotica featuring me and Batman, I eventually went with Prince Charming from Fables.
ISB readers are well aware that Paul Tobin is one of my favorite writers, and, as his version of The Hulk proves, he’s a pretty great guy as well.
Steve Lieber (another great guy–seriously, what do they put in the water in Portland that makes people so nice?) drew Wes from Underground in the style of Awesome Hospital, because Underground is awesome.
Hot, sexy and slightly freckled, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen was drawn by Loneliest Astronauts artist Ming Doyle!
And finally, Dean Trippe dropped Sketch #50 with an awesome Lois Lane!
This was easily one of the best years I’ve had for sketches, and again, I cannot stress enough how super-nice everyone was, and how ridiculously happy I was with each one. Thanks, everybody!