Below are photos from the 2007 Comic-Con International in San Diego.
I didn't take as many photos as in previous years, primarily because I decided to take more video footage this year. I now realize, however, that there are some photos I should have had the presence of mind to take, such as of my family and some of the fellow professionals who are longtime friends and who took the time to visit me at my booth. Oh, well, I'll make a note of this for next year! (As in past years, I have supplemented this photogallery with a few additional pictures from other sources, which I have fully credited.)
As noted in my full report of the convention, my daughter also was quite the hit dressed as Batgirl—so you'll see many of the photos weighted in that direction!
To celebrate my 10th year as an exhibitor at the 2007, I updated my exhibitor's booth with a new banner. (See photo galleries from past shows to see my old set up which I used for many years.)
At right is my booth with the 6'x6' banner behind it. As I mentioned in my blog, I had to jury-rig part of it; in addition, the uneven floor made the two panels less than seamless (you can see the image does not line up perfectly down the center.) I was happy enough with it, but I may decide to do something different next year.
At right is my contribution to the 2007 Comic-Con souvenir program, marking the centenary of cartoonist Milton Caniff's birth, which was one of the convention's themes this year. As anyone familiar with my work knows, Caniff is the creator of Terry and the Pirates and Steve Canyon, and one of my cartooning idols.)
I also hoped to contribute a drawing for the theme celebrating the centenary of the birth of Hergé, the creator of Tintin. I envisioned a my character, Rob Hanes, putting gel in his hair to emulate Tintin's trademark cowlick, as a rather doubtful Tintin looked on. This would have been fun to do, but unfortunately, I just couldn't find the time to do the drawing...
As you can see in the photos, my daughter had her heroic stance down. She was quite the hit, striking a pose whenever someone asked to take her picture—which was often!
I'm not sure whether to be proud or disturbed! : )
Another signature pose by my daughter.
When she wrapped her cape around her, she also liked to say she looked like a fruit roll up (I told her only if she were licorice-flavored.)
My daughter poses at the foot of a Batman statue made of Legos!
Another signature pose by my daughter.
My daughter and 2-year-old son.
I didn't take too many photos this year of people in costumes, but I couldn't pass up this classic Adam West lookalike Batman.
The film 300 was a popular costume theme this year.
During the show, I got a lot of laughs repeating an off-color joke about the film's title that originated with comedian Sarah Silverman. If you catch me and ask me about it, I'll be more than happy to share it with you!
Photo from the Comic Book Resources website.
Ready for another busy convention day!
Pictured here is my little boy in his doggie costume, along with mom and his sister.
When Batgirls collide!
More hero tots. My little boy tries to get into the spirit of things.
When this gentleman stopped at my booth to talk, at one point during the conversation, I asked him if we had met before —I thought he may have been an artist I had met previously.
He told me I may have seen him in some movies—it then dawned on me that's where I had indeed seen him. Actor Parry Shen's most visible role was the lead in the Asian-American indie hit Better Luck Tomorrow, which also helped launch the careers of director Justin Lin (Annapolis and Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift) and actor John Cho (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle).
As you can see, the place was lousy with Batgirls!
My little Batgirl with two other Batman characters, Catwoman and Harley Quinn.
Pictured here is actress Rosario Dawson (Clerks 2 and Sin City), a self-described comic-book fangirl.
She frequently hung out at a booth down the aisle from me.
I took this photo just at the moment Dawson noticed my daughter, who was standing next to me in her Batgirl outfit. As the crowd looked on, she told my daughter she looked "fantastic." When I tried to get my daughter to pose for her, however, she suddenly got shy. One of the exhibitors controlling the crowd at the booth told me, "She didn't have a problem yesterday!"
My daughter in front of the DC Comics booth, striking a heroic pose with Batman and Robin.
...and here she is in front of a more cartoony version of the caped crusaders.
Dick Tracy poses with a woman who, I believe, is dressed as Emma Frost, a member of the X-Men.
The Reynaldo men at the booth. I'm holding my son, and standing next to my brother.
At far right in this photo is cartoonist comics historian and journalist R.C. Harvey, the writer of the Milton Caniff biography, Meanwhile..., which I mentioned in my Comic-Con report.
I know Harvey casually, and he is a fan of my work. I had just said hi to him at the end of a panel he was participating in, when he was approached by actor/comedian Tom Kenny, voice of SpongeBob SquarePants on the animated show of the same name.
Kenny graciously thanked Harvey for his fine work, telling him he had learned much for his books!
LucasFilms, the studio of filmmaker George Lucas (Star Wars and the Indiana Jones) had an elaborate booth as always.
Here my daughter has her photo taken at a life-size model they had of Jabba the Hut, from the Star Wars films.
...and since we're on the subject of Star Wars, I thought this would be a good opportunity to include this photo of these full-size replicas of C3PO and R2D2 from the films.
My daughter in front of a Batman statue.
After a long day of crimefighting, what better way to wind down than dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Diego!
And so ends another enjoyable and exhausting Comic-Con!
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