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.
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 seriesÂ 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…
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!
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 stoppedÂ 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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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 myÂ SDCC 2013 set on my flickr!