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On our way to retrieve my passes, I walked by a room where a full model of Red Skull caught the corner of my eye, so after I picked up what I needed I headed into the room. There I found Jonathan Lemon, artist and creator of the “Bigshot” comic strip and current winner of the Harvey Award. He was also there to help promote the Cartoon Art Museum, a gallery in between places, that has featured Lemon’s work. Another notable artist in attendance was the legendary Allen Bellman, who as a teenager worked with Stan Lee at Timely Comics, known today as Marvel Comics. He had plenty of stories to tell about the Golden Age of comic books while drawing and sketching at his table.
Of course newer artists and writers were there too promoting their latest comic books and graphic novels. A couple that caught my attention were Asylum by Wrought Comics, a story about a woman named Evie that takes place between our world and parallel universe and Black Jack Ketchum by Image Comics which is described as a supernatural western.
Other artist displays included Doug Rhodes who’s art was literally eye-catching with his mix of painting and photography will stop anyone walking by as well as anime artist Thao To selling her works of anime in both prints and charms.
And if that’s wasn’t enough, voice over actors Grey DeLisle (Mandy from “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy”), Chris Sabat (various voices including characters from Dragon Ball Z, YuYu Hakusho and Samurai 7) and Janet Varney (Korra from “The Legend of Korra”) were there as well as Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid, BBC America’s Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman and CW’s Arrow Manu Bennett. All were available for a nice chat, photos and autographs.
The weekend was an overall success from what I could tell and although I don’t have any solid numbers on how many people were actually there, I can tell you by observation that it was a lot! San Francisco has been waiting for this and I hope this is the start of an annual tradition.