I first attended in San Diego Comicon in 2009. I was new to the industry, and spent most of my time in Artist Alley trying to recruit people to my cause. It was painful. As much as I loved comics, and knew that I wanted to contribute to the medium, I had a very hard time getting peoples attention and convincing them I was worth their time.
The second year I was there, the iPad has just launched and I again was trying to convince people that what I was doing was worthwhile. The comics industry was still very dismissive of digital, and the most memorable quote I got was from the head of SLG. “Why would I want an iPad? It doesn’t print!”
My, how the tide has changed.
I must say, if there was ever an affirmation of the progress I’ve made with Ajax, SDCC was proof in the pudding. Here are some hilights:
I reached out to Ryan Woodward after learning of his new graphic novel Bottom of the Ninth. I became a fan of Ryans work after seeing his amazing short animation, Thought of You. Apparently Operation Ajax played a key part in inspiring Ryan to create his iPad comic, and to know that my work appeals to people that I respect so much was really an incredible boost.
I first met Robert Valley at SDCC in 2009, before I knew who he was. His work on the Beatles Rockband Intro remains to this day one of my favorite pieces of animation. I got to have dinner with him and several others that create the Tron animated series, and given the trend of Disney with Tall Chairs tools, I’m optimistic about a future collaboration in the interactive comics space.
Madefire hosted a dinner and I got to meet Dave Gibbons among others excited to be creating in this new medium. Given that it was the Watchmen Motion Comic that inspired the presentation style of Ajax, it seemed only fitting that he is involved from the ground up pioneering this new medium.
I got to revamp my panel from SXSW on Reinventing the Graphic Novel for the iPad. It was an honor to present my work before the comics audience, and the response I got suggested that my message strikes a nerve and raises some good questions about the future of digital books.
I dressed up in classic spy attire. Its probably time I bought one of these outfits for myself, given how pricey renting them has been…
Overall, best Con yet. I can’t imagine what I’ll be talking about at SDCC 2013, but I’m quite curious to know what it will be 🙂