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SDCC 2013

August 10, 2013

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At a Ralphs by the SDCC convention center, super heroes are holding junk food and energy drinks everywhere.

This is how you know SDCC is coming in San Diego. You'll start seeing super heroes EVERYWHERE. This is at a Ralphs supermarket by the SDCC convention center. Lots of super heroes were holding junk food and energy drinks.

So I attended SDCC again this year.

SDCC is full of events, swag and exclusives, but pretty much the only reason I go is to meet my favorite people & friends.

On preview night Darren Korb (the master behind the beautiful music of Bastion) stopped by the Behemoth booth. He was there to support his friends who was in the small press section.

Just like Dan, Darren has a French bulldog. As soon as I told them, they started sharing their precious moments. They showed each other cell phone photos of their dogs say stuff like: “My dog sits like this, does yours do it too?” “This is my dog sitting on my desk.” etc… They are both proud owners of French bulldogs, and it was pretty funny to watch.

On Saturday I went to say hi to Erick Scarecrow. He was only there for an autograph signing, but he was really nice and spent some time chatting with me and visited the Behemoth booth!

I got to know him through his Uncharted vinyl Nathan Drake figures, but him being a New Yorker made it even easier to become a big fan of him. He’s working with Naughty Dog doing some awesome stuff for the Last of Us. I can’t wait to see more of his stuff in the future! I like how when two awesome subcultures like video games & vinyl toys (non-action figures) come together they can create something new.

On Sunday, I got to give a plush to Kris Straub. He was already packing up when I got there, but as usual he was super nice. We chatted a bit about his new series Broodhollow, which I’m a huge fan of. If you’re into horror/thriller stories, you should totally read it. I also recommend his other site with mini horror/thriller stories, Ichor Falls!

His Kickstarter project is already funded, but the project is ending on Wednesday Aug 14, 11:15am EDT. There’s still time to get your hands on the hard cover or soft cover with a bunch of awesome stuff! If you’re reading this after the project has ended you should still read it & buy the book!

I’ll write about this in another full blog post but I think this was the first plush I’ve made which resembled the actual animal. Here’s a sneak preview…

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Mercy the bat meets her creator, Kris Straub.

After that I got to meet Scott Campbell who does concept art for Double Fine. I told him that I was the one who made the 2-Headed Baby plushes for the Double Fine employees. He was super nice and funny. He drew a quick portrait of Derek and me!

Portrait of Derek and me by Scott Campbell!

So amazing! We will treasure this! (Derek had headphones around his neck.)

I asked Scott why everything he draws is so cute. He said that when he visited Japan, he noticed that everything had a face which he thought was really cute and awesome. So after he came back from Japan, he started drawing faces on everything. I must say he perfected drawing simple cute faces! If you’re into cute things, check out his site

Last, I stopped at Shing “Sawdust Bear” Yin Khor’s booth to say hi! I’ve been a fan of hers ever since I bought a painting from her at Wondercon 2011. I also bought one of her gorgeous sculptures at SDCC last year. Unfortunately, this time she was sold out of her sculptures. A bit sad but hooray for her!Pyramidcar.

Meeting and talking to creative people is so inspiring. It totally made me get excited about what I’m making next!

Now allow me to post some photos from SDCC and my other project I worked on for the Behemoth!

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This is how you find SDCC.

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Awesome El Fuerte and Crimson Viper cosplay!

I was working as a handler for Hatty Hattington from BattleBlock Theater by the Behemoth. Watching fans FREAK OUT when they saw Hatty totally made the hours spent worth it.

Everything is coming together like butt cheeks!

Hatty before hitting the show floor

I wasn’t sure what people would think of Hatty to be honest. This was my first time making something like. I did a lot of research and figured out a lot of stuff along the way. I was most worried about the weight and heat inside the head. The head and the hat didn’t weight that much, but it’s about 3 feet tall together so balancing it was a bit tricky. I got a hard hat from a hardware store, cut a huge hole out of the top and glued it inside the head. I put a computer fan on top of the hard hat to cool the performer’s head.

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There he goes! (I like how he looks kinda lost in this photo.)

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If you don't know who Hatty is, it's this guy on the BattleBlock Theater arcade cabinet.

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Just like the art on the cabinet! Dan Paladin posing as the crying little dude.

Some young fans were speechless and shocked to see Hatty in person. I felt horrible for the one girl who got scared of Hatty and started crying. (To my surprise, Hatty made only ONE child cry!)

Derek was also working as a videographer for the Behemoth, but he got to play a bunch of games when he wasn’t working. All the big companies like Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo were there. Since games aren’t the focus of SDCC the lines are shorter which makes it easy to play a lot of demos of upcoming video games. The more you play at SDCC, the more free time we have at PAX!

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Nintendo brought their Pikmin photo set from E3

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Derek got these amazing embroidery stickers after playing the demo!!

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The Capcom booth had Duck Tales stations and Scrooge McDuck's money bin!

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Microsoft had a rather small set up on the convention floor. They had Ryse demo and Killer Instinct.

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This part of Sony's booth had Beyond: Two Souls and Puppeteer

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Sony also had Octodad stations!

I didn’t walk around too much because some areas on the floor were packed like crazy. I’m from New York, and I’m very used to walking in crowds but even I almost got claustrophobic.

There were some really cool booths. Like this one!

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CATVENGERS!

Her name is Jenny Parks. She draws realistic portraits of dogs and cats in geeky costumes and outfits of your choice!
I am so going to commission her to do my cats’ portraits! You should definitely check out her site for more photos.

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What characters should I make Uni and Ebi into...?

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Moomin books! The colors and the designs are so pretty.

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Galactus

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Everyone at SDCC is a kid at heart.

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Sauron

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Superman and He-man cosplay

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Girl power! The girl was adorable and these ladies were super awesome.

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Probably the only thing I would've bought at SDCC... if it wasn't sold out... :/

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Even Spider-man was geeking out over the giant Domo-kun!

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Shogun warriors

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The Ice King at the Adventure Time booth

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Finn and Jake hanging out on the back

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Homeland Defense Force Bot from Elysium

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To satisfy your lounging needs, Star Wars style.

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Power Rangers Megaforce Gosei Great Megazord - Not sure why only the upper body was there.

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I guess this Red Ranger was posable. His body seemed puffy.

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Saints Row 4 stations  at the Square Enix booth - The staff there was calling attendees "Boss." Not sure if they were instructed to do so but it was kinda funny.

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These are the voice options. Male, Female and Nolan North. OMG YES

During SDCC, the Behemoth had their 10th year anniversary party at a bowling/bar in downtown San Diego! We ate, drank, laughed and bowled (horribly) I got one strike though!

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Angry Orchard Hard Cider - This orchard is super angry.

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Bosses of the Behemoth (John, Tom and Dan)

It was a lot of fun, but the only thing I regret was that no one took a good picture of the busboy there. The staff at the bar were all dressed up and he was Logan (a.k.a. Wolverine). He had the signature hair & facial hair, and wore a white tanktop and jeans. But he was also buff and short, just like Wolverine from the X-men comic. Whenever he walked by carrying a plastic bin, Derek and I were impressed by how much he looked like Wolverine.

SDCC is a huge deal in San Diego. To get more business (or just to enjoy the SDCC spirit) the staff at almost all the restaurants and bars in the Gaslamp District (downtown area) dress up as the characters from comic books and movies.

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Every part of downtown San Diego becomes an advertising opportunity. I kind of like it.

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Fans would call out "HATTY!!" from far away & ran to him to take a photo.

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Circle and Square, Smiles and Tears

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Hatty can be a superhero too!

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I'm not embarrassed to admit that I really really really wanted this shirt.

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This dad giving Voltron a piggy back ride is a hero.

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Rick Dias stopped by.

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SDCC themed donuts!

Is it hard to tell how crazy SDCC was just from still photos? Well, why don’t you check out the videos Derek shot and edited for the Behemoth?

For more pictures from SDCC 2013, visit my SDCC 2013 set on my flickr!

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gabbeNo Gravatar August 24, 2013 at 9:40 am

so awesome! love Hatty-turned out super cool!

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