The feet of R2-D2 and Chris James, member of the R2-D2 Builders Club and host of the club-sponsored panel at WonderCon 2008, San Francisco. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2008.
The first time I went to WonderCon was 15 years ago. Until this year, it was also the last time I went. These pop-culture related conventions are, perhaps, easy to dismiss as being “geeky” until you realize that everybody has their own little “geeks.” We could also call them fetishes – is there really any substantive difference between wearing a prosthetic Klingon forehead over your real head and wearing a bright orange hunting cap at an indoor gun show?
There’s very little difference in my head between a gun enthusiast going to a gun show, a car fanatic going to a classic car show, a martial artist going to a weekend-long seminar, or my dad shlepping the family to Montana to trace General George Armstrong Custer’s last march.
Except, perhaps, I have the common sense to not drag my folks to a comic book show. Read more
Artist Ben Templesmith, co-creator of the Alaskan vampire horror story 30 Days of Night, shows off artwork purchased by a fan at Isotope Comics WonderCon 2008 Friday After-Party. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2008.
Part art show, part shmoozefest, and filled with comics geeks well-lubricated by beer and booze, Isotope’s comics parties are never dull. The post-WonderCon Isotope parties this year attracted some great talents, and except for one rage seizure at the end of the night on Saturday, people behaved themselves and were ecstatic to hang out and talk. Read more
Noel Neill, the first woman to play Lois Lane on screen. WonderCon 2008, San Francisco. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2008.
Listening to Noel Neill talk, it’s apparent the woman comes from another era. Unambitious when it came to seeking out Hollywood roles, she nevertheless played Superman’s girlfriend opposite Kirk Alyn in the first Superman movie serials and then on the first Superman television series with George Reeves. Read more
Young monks at a temple, Bangkok, Thailand. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2005.
Young monks in Thailand and Laos are at monasteries for schooling as much as anything else. They’re very much the Southeast Asian equivalent of Catholic schools, except with more orange and less hair. Read more
Isotope Comics owner James Sime gets jiggy his boogie on at the Marv Wolfman party, San Francisco. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2008.
We are quite lucky in San Francisco to have several different kinds of comic book shops, and Isotope is one of the best with its couches and hipster lounge atmosphere. Sadly, they lack a massage chair recliner.
The FMA and Friend Emily below an early-blooming cherry blossom tree at the Polo Grounds, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2008.
Sunday was a bit too cold for a picnic, but that didn’t stop Emily, the FMA and I from having a bit of a Japanese day of things: We made o-nigiri, stuffed rice balls, drank umeshu and sake, and ate sembei and mochi. Oh, and Pocky, because no Japanese picnic is really complete without Pocky.
Marv Wolfman takes a Red Vine and comic book break during a party at Isotope Comics, San Francisco. Seth Rosenblatt (c) 2008.
Marv Wolfman’s bio can tell you more about the author more succinctly than I can. What I can add, besides the utter irrelevancy of the fact that he wrote the first comic I ever bought, and therefore is largely to blame for getting me into reading comics, is that you know you’re dealing with a Serious Writer when he takes a party break to read.
Click here on the photo above to see the gallery from the party celebrating Marv’s work at Isotope Comics.