It was a CRAZY FUN show. The best part of all of it is our Crew of guys and friends. My only regret was just not having enough time to get around the show to see friends I normally catch up with every year. This year we had Tom, Tim, James Daly, the amazing Bruce Jones, Kristyn (Tom's PA), Frobose, and myself running the booth.
Frobose came down from LA and spent the week with us and helped set up the booth. He was a tremendous help to both RAW and me personally. He's out pimping his 3D/Special Effects skills at SIGGRAPH this week and I wish him best of luck. His most recent work includes Dreamwork's "How to Train Your Dragon."
Brian McQuery and Jordan Raskin were down for the show too. We were pretty busy this year, but at least got some time to hang out. Hopefully we'll get to hook up with them in a couple weeks for the 20th anniversary screening of Goodfellas. Brian will be doing Q&A with writer/screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi.
Thursday night Tom took us out for a fantastic dinner at Osetra, joined by Mr. William Stout and friend Samantha. I had the Bone-in-Ribeye... delicious.
Friday was the main RAW event with the RAW Panel. This was the first opportunity for RAW to present and discuss both current and future efforts with fans. The panel had an All-Star cast with Tom, Tim, Bruce Jones, Jim Daly, William Stout, Mark Schultz, and Steve Niles. Unfortunately Bernie Wrightson wasn't able to attend, but he will continue to work with RAW on its projects. Tom announced his movie plans for Devil's Commandos and the next six new issue run for Bad Planet. The big news is that RAW is bringing back both Alien Worlds and Twisted tales with writer Bruce Jones himself. Work is already started on Alien Worlds with contributions from members of the panel. RAW has a different plan for Twisted Tales. Tom and crew intend to go with a TV show!
A special shout out during the panel, was made to Todd Farmer who was in the audience. Todd wrote the RAW title Alien Pig Farm and is working on the RAW movie Devil's Commandos. We're excited to see the trailer for his recent movie, Drive Angry with Nick Cage.
After the panel we went to the CAA party. Along the way I took a moment to yell at some annoying paparazzi. It probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but I kinda enjoyed watching the squirm. Tim will probably slap me in the back of the head later for it. Being part of the TJ retinue got us VIP status and free drinks (that was pretty cool).
After the CAA party we went to the Eisners where Tom presented three awards. One of those awards was for a Dave Stevens (Bad Planet cover artist) compilation book. Dave is no longer with us, so his mother was there to accept the award for him. It was a special moment since Tom was able to present something to a family he is very close to.
After the Eisners we went back to the CAA party at the Hard Rock, but it was already over. Someone from the Hollywood Reporter recognized Tom and promptly invited him and his crew to their party. Part of that story actually involved me arguing with security, but I only want to give Tim one reason for smacking me in the back of my head. Once upstairs we were greeted by the hostess and she set up with our own spot and sent a server our way. We only had to order once, and then the drinks just kept coming. I knew I was in trouble when I had a Jaeger Bomb in each hand. I'm sure there is more story to that night, but I'm not sure I had the lucidity to recount it. At least I didn't go to the after party.
Saturday I decided I needed a more tame night and just had dinner and a drink with friends. Frobose and I did the spaghetti factory then met with Jordan Raskin, Brian McQuery, Mark Walters, Scott Harben, Jim Daly, Erik Reeves, Andy Chang, Jaime Mendoza, and Paulina Beauroyre.
At the close of the show I did my best to get the RAW crew out the door and get us packed up. Frobose and friend Billy King kicked it in gear and helped me break down the booth and get the truck loaded. Billy is also doing some concept work for Tom, that I hope we'll be able to share with you all soon. As usual we all went to Horton's for the post show wind down and relaxed into the evening. Tom was gracious enough to pick up the tab for Billy, Frobose and I for our end game effort.
The biggest geek out event of the show happened after I got back from visiting good friend Dan Norton, new Thunder Cats animated series Art Director. Producer Gale Anne Hurd was sitting in our booth on one of the chairs I brought from home, drinking one of the ice teas i brought for the crew from my cooler. She introduced herself to me and I just sat and listened to her talk to Bruce Jones and Todd Farmer. It was just one of those unexpected moments.
Well enough excited rambling for now,