Thursday, July 31, 2008

San Diego photo journal and review and Hiro pic

Hi everyone,

A huge thank you to all those that trampled our booth and bought all our stuff. And of course thank you to all those that came by just to say hi as well!

San Diego Comicon was a huge success and we really appreciate all the love and support.

Each year the San Diego Comicon has been a life changing experience and this time was no different.

Here's a little photo scrap book of our trip.
time for our favorite: nachos at Chillis! yumm..

This was taken on Tuesday. The day before preview night we hung out at Mission Beach

There were some really great characters there! Where's my sketchbook when I need it?

Our talented intern Lisa playing in the sand. Way to go Lisa! Good job at digging those holes! hehehe...

Oh... that's what she was doing! Kei and Lisa made some cute Totoros in the sand!

Rollercoasters by the beach. The fun never stops.

Preview night on Wednesday didn't start until 5pm so we spent the day by the pool at the Hotel.

And so the mad rush of Comicon begins...

They like our stuff thank God!

Kei's vinyl toy (made by our friends at MindStyle! Coming soon... these were only for display.

Life size Ironman

Snow White

More funky vinyls

Intern Lisa and her boyfriend :)jk

After the convention closes, the fans mob the streets...

Party and live paintings at Munky King

Other highlights of the trip included hanging out with the very talented Dice Tsutsumi, Peter Nguyen, and the rest of the Flight/Bluesky gang, Donnachada Daly, Gabriele Pennacchioli, Michael Knapp, Doug Sneyd, Heidi, Cheeks, Bill Presing, Ikumi and our family: Stephen Silver, Alberto Ruiz and Jason Seiler.

We also were happy to see again Alena Wooten, Born, Alina Chau, Stan Sakai, Everett Downing, Aaron Hartline, Kevin Dart, Pascal Campion, Ronnie del Carmen, Arthur Suydam, Martin Hsu, Vin, Humberto Ramos, Francisco Herrera, Gary Ham, Louie del Carmen, Octavio and many more.

We also met for the first time in person William Wray, Justin Sweet, Scott Campbell, Nathan Fowkes, Ryan Wood, Todd Harris, the artists from Portland Studios, and many more... If I missed you I apologize...

It was also great to see so many of my students there! Andrea, Tapan, Mark S, Vivian, Dave, Francis, Brittney...

One big highlight that made me completely geek out was meeting Masi Oka.
This is a piece I did for Jason Seiler's Caricature book [link]

It's Hiro Nakamura from one of my favorite tv shows: Heroes! I happen to eat at the same place Masi Oka (Hiro) a couple of days ago and I showed him the painting and he was kind enough to sign it for me. Yay! Thank you to Heidi Silver for forcing me to introduce myself.

Can't wait for the new season.