My loot from day 1 of Emerald City Comic Con

It was my plan not to buy a bunch of loot on the first day of Emerald City Comic Con. Mostly because I didn’t want to have to carry it around all day. Things didn’t really work out that way.

On the hotel shuttle from the airport, I met PJ Perez. In the convention center, I spoke with him at his booth and bought The Utopian — a collection of his webcomic. He gave me a copy of The Eastsiders as well. He’s a nice guy with great art. Stop by his booth tomorrow.

Then I ran into Jaime Rich and Joelle Jones who wrote and illustrated You Have Killed Me which I read last year after meeting Jaime at San Diego Comic Con the year before. I bought volume one of their book Spell Checkers.

I somewhat startled myself by walking directly to Tim Sale’s booth not even knowing he’d be at ECCC. I told him I was a huge fan and bought his sketchbook, The Killing Floor, which he autographed and colored a bit. Truly, he’s probably my favorite comic artist. His work with Jeph Loeb is untouchable and everything else I’ve seen of his is wonderful as well. If you don’t know him, immediately read The Long Halloween.

I passed by Philip Moy and was struck by his print of Power Girl as Playmate. It’s a perfect take on a character who is pretty much the ultimate superhero pin-up.

Then I passed Dean Trippe‘s table and recognized his print of Supergirl. I spoke with him about it and remembered where I’d seen it before. It was circulated about 6 years ago in a meme of artists redesigning Supergirl’s costume. I said, “Oh yeh, right around the time of the Michael Turner reboot.” To which Dean replied, “Yeh, I really hated that costume.” It’s such a peaceful, simple drawing. I bought the print.