Sunday, July 24, 2011
The lovely Lizzy Borden appeared in our booth again today, this time with Evan Stone, who plays an impeccable Batman in The Justice League of Pornstar Superheroes. Evan also stars in another Extreme Comixxx superhero parody, Captain America XXX. Evan has a magnetic personality with a wicked sense of humor and was a joy to have in the booth. While working the booth in his Captain America costume, Evan was also interviewed by somebody with a pro video crew, but like with Chanel I have no clue who was doing the interview or why.
At least the interviewer knew that Evan was a porn star. On the other hand, several parents at the Con didn’t realize that the X on our Captain America’s cap and shield meant he was a porn star. They just assumed he was Captain America, the clean-cut superhero with a new mega-movie just hitting the theaters. So all day long, these parents hauled their little kids up to our booth to take photos with our Captain America XXX. Evan was very friendly to both kids and parents and performed flawlessly as a “mainstream” and wholesome Captain America. As far as I could tell, none of the parents noticed the porno DVDs that were displayed in our booth just a few feet away from their photo op. I wonder if any of the parents might discover the truth about our Captain America down the road, during daddy’s late-night internet surfing?
Around mid-day I bought three ham-and-cheese torpedo sandwiches from Ralph’s and augmented them with a pack of Genoa salami, then split them into six sandwiches, which provided lunch for Frank Stack, Fogel, Steve and myself. Frank has turned into our most frequent guest at the booth, which is a bit of a feather in our cap, IMO. For four straight days, I’ve hung around with Frank freakin’-Foolbert-Sturgeon Stack, talking comics, movies, history and going out for barbecue.
One of the huge revenue sources at the Con is toys, apparel and collectibles (especially the latter). As with thousands of comic art publications available at the Con, it’s tempting to pull out the plastic and start indulging in the toys and collectibles to be found in one booth after another. I’ve already bought a few things to take home to the kids, but have mostly resisted splurging on anything for myself. If money only grew on trees…
When discussing future business, Fogel suggested that I might illustrate one of the porn comics we’ll be producing in the next year or so, which is exciting. He knows I can draw after reviewing the art on my Facebook page, but has no idea what kind of a cartoonist I am. So he’s basing his suggestion on faith. I’ll have to send him a few samples from my roughs of Maniac Matt and Naked Natalie when I get back to Memphis. If I do end up drawing a book, it will be interesting to see how my cartooning skills have evolved over the years.
On the last day of the Con, I went around all the small press tables and booths, taking shot after shot of creators and publishers fighting for success in today’s diminished comic book market. It is ironic that there is more quality comic book art than ever before, yet the opportunity to leverage that quality into financial success is more limited than ever before. I have too many photos of this type to post here, but my best wishes go out to everyone shooting for the stars in the comic-book industry.
As we were packing up for the day, Steve gave me a bunch of Demi Demoness comic books to review for my website. I forewarned him that the Alternative Comics seciton may not launch for a year or so, but he was undaunted. I’ve also given out about a dozen comixjoint.com business cards during the Con, which is just a drop in the bucket compared to the marketing and exposure I’m planning for the site in the future.
Seeing all the art at the Con and watching artists create artwork on the spot has inspired me (even more than I was already) to get back to creating more of my own artwork. I am convinced that this is what the rest of my life is going to be about; artwork and writing for projects that I’m interested in, not what others pay me for. It’s one of the many great epiphanies that I’ll take away from my first San Diego Comic Con.