New York Comic Con Sketchbook & Recap

I've attended New York Comic Con for the last two years, and while I'm not necessarily among the con's target audience (it skews a little more mainstream/superhero), it's still always worth checking out. One of the best things about the show is the availability of creators, particularly in the Artist Alley section of the floor, where artists and writers set up shop to meet their fans and sign books. I always forget to bring a sketchbook to these shows, but this time around I grabbed an empty Moleskine from my shelf before heading up to the Javits Center. While I was eventually distracted by the boundless tables of discounty comics goodness, I got a few very cool sketches.

A kick-ass Frankenstein's monster, courtesy of Geoff Grogan. I have a copy of Grogan's oversized expressionist newspaper-collage comic Look Out!! Monsters #1, and it's just phenomenal - it was a nice surprise to see him there, and I picked up a few of his other books after a chatting for a few minutes. (Sean T. Collins wrote a better review of Look Out!! Monsters than I would have, so give it a look.

This one is from Ryan Dunlavey, the artist behind Action Philosophers, Comic Book Comics, and plenty more. The character is Box, aka Roger Bochs, a Canadian superhero created by John Byrne in the 1980s. As a onetime hockey player, I can't help but love it.

Craig Rousseau was nice enough to do this sketch of Molly, one of the main characters from his and Todd Dezago's paranormal-investigation title The Perhapanauts. I've been reading the series for a couple years now, and it's consistently weird and fun. The guys said they still aren't really making any money on it, so I hope Craig is pulling in some dough from his Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane gig. Both really nice guys.

I didn't catch the name, but this is a new webcomic character from Mike Dawson, the artist and writer behind Freddie & Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody, a book that's gotten great reviews this year. I'd been meaning to pick up a copy (my uncle Marty gave me the first two Queen albums when I was maybe 13 or 14, and I've been a fan ever since), so I picked up a copy on the spot. Luckily, Mike had just finished this Freddie Mercury sketch on the title page:

I mean, that's just cool.

This was a pleasant surprise: Adam "Ape Lad" Koford was at the show signing the first hardover collection of his Laugh-Out-Loud Cats comics, which actually started on Flickr, of all places. The book isn't in stores yet, so it was nice to get an advance copy. Even nicer? The complimentary bookplate, pre-signed by John Hodgman, who wrote the book's foreword (the Hodg-Man was busy on the other side of the country being all brainy at the TED conference).

And there's the weekend haul - a modest shopping spree by con standards (I walked the floor with this guy Saturday, and he could have used a pack mule after a couple hours). By the end of the day Saturday, my right thumb was burning from flipping through box after box of discounted trade paperbacks - the dreaded Con Thumb. It was a fun show, despite all the bitching you invariably see on the internet. Time to start saving my money for MoCCA....