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Sunday, July 17, 2005
James Sime Checks In
From The Grand Hyatt
I can't say what's going on in San Francisco, but me? I'm having the best San Diego Comic Con ever.
First up, let's talk about the Eisners. The Eisner Awards are something that is very important to our industry and one of the things that makes the world of comics great. And here at the Isotope if we like something we support it, which is why we not only attend the ceremony each year but also sponsor them financially on a level equal to that of Diamond Comic Distributors. It's an honor to get to do our small part to help make these ceremonies possible... especially when the Eisners are as good as they were this year.
Going in I feared it would end up being an utterly depressing affair this year because of the passing of Mister Eisner but it turned out to be a very upbeat event. Perhaps the ceremony ended up running a little long but for me it was really special to hear everyone's rememberances of Will and to see the out pouring of love and respect for the man.
Congrats out to winners Darwyn Cooke for DC: The New Frontier, Eric Powell for The Goon, James Jean for his beautiful covers, the Best Penciler tie of John Cassaday and Frank Quitely, and most especially to Brian Vaughan, Tony Harris, Tom Feister, and JD Mettler for Ex Machina. All well deserved!
You may or may not know that Smoke and Guns saw pre-release here at the Con and the response has been phenomenal. Kirsten and Fabio Moon have spent the majority of the con behind the table signing autographes and having a great time. Rest assured I will not be coming home until we buy an original art page from this beautiful book. Oh yeah, and Kirsten has a great story about getting hit on by one Brian Michael Bendis... be sure to ask her about it.
I've been fortunate enough to have enough time to hang out with Daniel Merlin Goodbrey who as you may remember was this year's winner of the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. Last night featured margaritas with Brian K. Vaughan, hanging out at a hip hop club with Joe Casey and Robert Kirkman, an awesome Tenacious D show, a really great preview of King Kong, and cocktails with Ursula creator Gabriel Ba. Still haven't got to meet Douglas Fraser who does the awesome Mort Grim comic from Adhouse Books, but I'll definitely be hunting him down today.
Everybody has been really excited about the Isotope's sexy new home, this Wednesday's Jim Lee signing, and Kirsten's next book Satisfaction Guaranteed. And for the record, Jared is popular this year!
This year I've been taking a lot of great pictures so you can expect to see those when I get home.
... and speaking of pictures, it's 10:30 on Sunday morning and we still haven't seen any pictures from Sean and Nora's party last night? Could it be that the pace of retailing Isotope style is more than they can muster?
Edited by Graeme, to fix the image link. And now I want to know all about Jared's popularity, because I am a shameless gossiphound.