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July 28th, 2006


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06:05 pm - Whooo, San Diego Aftermath...
I just got back from America... well, sort of... I got back from Amsterdam, to tell you the truth, but this is a story for later on... let's go on to the big meat. No photos cos I took a Handycam with me, so I don't have photos. I have videos, but I don't have space online to put it up at, heh.

So, on 17th July, 11:45pm, I launched from Malaysia to Singapore to go to Los Angeles via Narita, Tokyo. In Singapore, we (me and aimo and onion_sama) had to wait in Singapore for 6 hours cos the flight was at 6 am. Anyways, in the end, we landed in America anyway. But my last LJ post have the Brea storyline there, so let's skip straight to San Diego.

We arrived at San Diego at around 6:30pm, big mucho thanks to my foster brother for the big transportation hook-up to San Diego. We took out pro badge and went into the exhibition hall to check out preview night. It... was... HUGE! It was basically the most corporate thing ever involving comics. Booths EVERYWHERE and some of the booth set up are beautiful. Lego had this awesome Batman sculpture made of Legos. They're actually promoting their new Batman line. They even had a display of a new Spongebob Lego line, that looks pretty fun. But, we couldn't be long in preview night cos they were about to close, so I didn't go everywhere yet. That night, we went to this place called Panda Inn. Quite a hefty sum to pay but the food's delicious. Can't remember what we did that night... I think we saw Mega64 DVD that Pies got... not so sure...

The first day of Comic Con rolled by. I saw FSC again, she's always so cool. Laine was there manning the Go-Gaia booth with Charles Park. It was awesome to see them again. And then I met doctaj for the first time, that was fun. But then we all got separated so there was a lot of moving with other groups during the first day. I met some cool people too, like Stephen Silver (http://www.silvertoons.com), character designer for Kim Possible, Doug Tennapel, the Earthworm Jim guy and glanced by Steve Purcell, but I didn't go up to him. Heh, my bad. I finally met Josh Lesnick! But I think I met him at preview night, forgot to mention that til now. Got myself Girly, the book! I wanted to get Polyp, but then, I wasn't sure how much money I really have to blow. I met Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo. He is unbelievably friendly. I say this cos he was about to go to a panel but he still made time to sketch me some sketches. Then I met up with Aimo and Hanie again and spent most of the day at the DC Booth cos Aimo wanted to meet Brian K. Vaughan and Hanie wanted to meet Mark Buckingham. I met both of em anyways and gave my SDCC giveaway sketchbook to Bill Willingham and Brian K. Vaughan (DAMN! I forgot to mention that I knew Adrian Alphona thru e-mails). On this day, I started my Adam Warren hunt (see, he e-mailed me before I went off to SDCC saying he has interest in seeing my stuff and wanted to meet me at Comic Con). But the result is failed! That night, I begin my journey down the path of the Gamecube Narutardness... and also Mariokarting, pump mode! It was awesome fun.

Second day came by and I went to do some more looking aroundness. Bought some more comics and met up with some more people. Got to see Mike Mignola but didn't go up to see him yet, cos he looked tired. Went through the Artist's Alley, a lot of awesome people there like Adam Hughes, Josh Middleton, Skottie Young and several others. I also met up with the Mega64 guys. Bought both the version 1 and version 2 DVDs and had them sign version 1. Awesomeness. Must do Mega64 fanart. I went to Rob Liefeld's booth for the heck of it. Man, he can be a windbag. But let's not go there, I wanna make this a nice post. On the bright side, I also got to meet up with Mal again and he signed my Scott Pilgrim vol.3 book with a drawing of Ramona in it. Later on that day, I went to my first SDCC panel ever, the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends panel. That was pretty awesome. Got news that they're gonna come out with a DVD early next year, awesome news and after the panel, I got to meet Craig McCracken and the lead animator. Gave them my SDCC giveaway book, so it's all sweet. I met with the voice of Frankie, too, Grey DeLisle. She's beautiful and the three VAs actually did a little skit on the panel, that was awesome. Cos they changed their voices so easily, it was almost unbelievable. Especially the guy who played Bloo. Anyways, after the panel, we hit a bit of a downer cos Aimo lost her cellphone as we were going thru the artist's alley. And Adam Warren hunt was still failed!

Third day came... this is the big Lost panel that we've been waiting for. So we went for it. Lost... the panel! It was a pretty fun panel with some of the writers and Daniel Dae-Kim and Jorge Garcia. There was a moment of psychotic-ness in the panel when a woman was saying that the show was supporting the Dharma Foundation and that the island was real and bla bla bla... me and the group thinks that this is a gimmick created for the panel to make it more interesting... but eh, who knows. After this panel, it was some more looking around and buying stuff. I got to meet Rodolphe Guenoden! Whooo! He is such a cool and awesome guy and very nice too. Basically, most of the artist I met are pretty much awesome people. I got Mike Mignola to sign my Hellboy book but I didn't get him to draw in my sketchbook cos he looked grumpy and exhausted.... but then, as mrotakki said to me, he always looks grumpy. Later on, I met The Rey, creator of Sharknife. Cool guy, it was great to finally meet him after all these years. Freakin' Churen. Highlight of the day, however, is the Nickelodeon/Avatar panel. For one thing, Aimo found her phone back thanks to a kind and mysterious stranger. Another thing is the little sneak preview they showed of the next Avatar book and also the trailer for the upcoming September 15th hour long episode that starts off the second half of book 2. It was some of the most awesomest thing ever! Also, I got to giveaway my book to the Avatar guys. Later on, at the Cartoon Network booth, I got to meet up with Craig McCracken again. I also got to meet up with Ryan Kinnaird and we were talking about border and airport customs. Funny stuff. But again, the Adam Warren hunt was still failed!

Fourth and last day of comic con... I still have money but I vowed not to buy any more schwag, cos I need to save money for hotel fee and also Sea World and the Zoo. A lot of going around for me and looking at stuff. I got some people to draw stuff in my sketchbook like Eric Canete and Rodolphe Guenoden. I don't think much happened during SDCC itself though. I just remember going around, checking out stuff and then hanging out at the Auction Area tables and sketching with Gamera and o_8. But the highlight of the day was when the hall was about to close, I checked out the AP booth and asked for Adam Warren and the guy there was like, "Man, why do you always come 4 minutes after Adam went off?" and I was like, "Damn... my last chance... and I... failed..." and suddenly, this bearded guy came up to the table and I was like, "Hmmm... looks like he could be an Adam Warren" and the guy who was there was like, "Oh, lucky you, here's Adam" and I was like, "Mr.Warren? Hi, I'm Eisu" and finally, the hunt is successed! Cos the hall was closing, we both went out into the hallway area and sat down and talked. Then, we were joined by Jo Chen and Andy Shepherd. I was quite surprised that I wasn't tongue tied, considering I'm in the presence of Adam Warren and Jo Chen. We had a pretty much very good talk and chat and it was really great to finally meet and talk with Adam Warren. And later on that night, it was some more gaming to be done after dinner at Rockbottom thanks to Mike (inh).

So, the con's past and the next day, we go off to Sea World. It was cool, a lot of animals of the sea and stuff. The Wild Arctic ride was kinda lame. I mean, it's not bad, but it is kinda short and not much in the whole panic department. But then, as Hanie said, I did go on the Back to the Future ride in Universal Studios, after that ride, other rides of the same style really is sort of a letdown. Then, we went to see Shamu, the killer whale. It was a pretty fun show and to see Shamu splash the audiences, on purpose too, was really fun. Not much to talk about in Sea World.

The Zoo was HUGE! We're talking about miles and miles of walking. But it was awesome, all sorts of animals can be seen. I tells ya, I'm glad I brought a Handycam. These animals, they're something you gotta record to really appreciate them, see them move and stuff. Not much to talk abou here either. You see animals, you take pictures, ta daaa. But it is a very worthwhile experience. Cos it was HUGE and full of things to see. Later on in the day, we went to the Horton's mall at downtown San Diego where I got myself the Dave Chapelle's Lost Episode DVD! Awesomeness!

So, we woke up very early in the morning, settled the hotel bill and then went off to the train station to get a train to LA. The train's running late but we got on. On the way to LA, it had to stop due to a faulty car. Big gasp. Me might not make it to check in time. Whoops, whaddya know, we didn't make it to check-in time. Freakin' train delays... so we pleaded at the Northwest counter to help us do something... anything! I mean, we're going home, so we pretty much are penniless in america by then. Luckily enough, the lady at the counter were nice and efficient and got us a flight with KLM airlines to Amsterdam and then straight to Kuala Lumpur. The only snag is that we have to wait in Amsterdam for 8 hours. I spent most of my time in Amsterdam sleeping... man, was I ever exhausted. But in the end, things went well and now here I am, back in Malaysia, LJ-ing my trip cos I said to people that the first thing I'm gonna do when I get back, is post in my LJ. So, now that I'm done with that, time for me to take a shower.

My big regret is that I missed Chris Arrant and Ed Tadem... man, I wish I could've meet up with them. After this experience, I probably won't be coming back to San Diego until like, the next 5 years or so. It was too exhausting. It's fun, but too tiring.

Edit: Oh yeah, also, I got a Newsarama feature interview, this is pretty cool, though my name is Remy with a Y, not an I ^^;;;

http://forum.newsarama.com/showthread.php?t=78317

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From:milxart
Date:July 28th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
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heh.. heluva trip eh,.. remi..!
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From:darkkof
Date:July 28th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Totally heluva trip... oh, Sunder ada kat sana, tapi aku missed meeting him
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From:darkkof
Date:July 28th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
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I didn't go to the Hellboy panel but I did however meet up and chat with Mike Mignola... that's half as good, no?
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From:dock
Date:July 28th, 2006 11:45 am (UTC)
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Wow, sounds amazing! I'm planning to go to San Diego for the first time next year with Sweatdrop studios (we're getting a booth there). I'll have to make a big effort to meet all the comickers I know... would be cool to see you there too. ^^
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From:darkkof
Date:July 28th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Ahhh, sadly, I don't think there will be a next year. I'm going to give myself years of rest for my endurance and stamina cos the trip is too exhausting and not only SDCC itself, but the going there and the coming back and all that... I have to maybe give myself 2 years at least, to rest
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From:darkkof
Date:July 28th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Thanks dude ^_^
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From:redneckgaijin
Date:July 28th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Nice interview- may try Maid Attack again in print when WLP goes over to all graphic novels!
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From:darkkof
Date:July 28th, 2006 09:39 pm (UTC)
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That would be so awesome, to get that thing actually printed as a complete story.
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From:pointblanksoul
Date:July 28th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
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It's cool that you had a good time, and even cooler to see an interview that you got for newsarama. Hopefully the exposure will help.

It's too bad about no pics, for people like me who wonder what SDCC is like, but you did a great job explaining, so my curiousity was more than sated.

Anyhow, good luck in your comics pursuit!
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From:darkkof
Date:July 28th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, and yeah, I should've brought my digital camera with me as well so I can actually take pictures, but once I figure how to screen cap from my vids, then I'll have something to post.
From:hannahalewo
Date:July 17th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
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# posted by Grim @ AM You know it's bad when you've had Marvel's leaked solicits for September for a day and you're still almost too bored to write about them.
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From:halliday
Date:July 28th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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HOLY SHIT DID I MAKE A MISTAKE IN NOT GOING TO SDCC THIS YEAR.

... fuck.

Dude, I asked Butcher to post something on comics.212 about that interview, since, like, everyone seems to read comics.212... but DAMN, Adam Warren is the SHIT. I wish I'd known you were going to meet him so I could get you to ask if he has any copies of the DIRTY PAIR: FATAL BUT NOT SERIOUS TPB. :B That sounds like a great time man. In five years, I might actually be prepared finacially and spiritually to go to SDCC with you. ;_;
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From:darkkof
Date:July 28th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Whoo, thanks dude! totally awesome if this shout out works, ha ha ha ha, but hell, I'm just hoping I can get a job... situations arose recently that I need a job ASAP.

In 5 years, I hope I can go to SDCC too... it's tiring, but maybe in 5 years, I've illusioned myself into thinking that it's not that tiring and I can totally go... maybe...
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From:halliday
Date:July 30th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)
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Butcher's promised to hook up that article on Comics.212.net in a few days, because he is the best human alive. HURRAH!
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From:darkkof
Date:July 30th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Cool, thanks muchly dude! Gotta thank Chris too
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From:peanutcase
Date:July 28th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
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is this part one of... the entire trip? jk. but us managed to blog.. all the highlights in one breath.. WOW.. ehehehe..

munches on ur experience.

but glad to hear u guys are back safely.
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From:peanutcase
Date:July 28th, 2006 11:31 pm (UTC)
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im not counting how many comic artist names u mentioned.. AHHHHH.. i wanna go the next time too.. saves up.. pouts.
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From:darkkof
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
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But SDCC is more of an american comic/entertainment scene thing though, so if you don't really know much of this scene, I don't know how much of an impact this con will do to you. It's still one helluvan experience though, definitely something a comic fan should experience once in his/her life.
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From:peanutcase
Date:July 30th, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
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i dun feel like denying myself from.. experiencing a different con. tho i dun munch much on this part of the comic realm. prolly after seeing much. does help me gain more awareness. ohohoho.. kekekeke.. anything art will impact me in some way or another.
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From:ianoji
Date:July 29th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
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hey young man, if i ever go to melaka, should i visit ya? haha
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From:darkkof
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
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Ha ha ha ha, Melaka's a way's away from where I'm at old man...
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From:ianoji
Date:July 30th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
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ooooorghh

why is everything so far from you~~~
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From:booya_king
Date:July 29th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Great interview man. Am glad they put up your Suiko group art in the interview; it really shows what you can pull off.

Anyways, welcome back, and so where's the story of the guys' night out?

I saw that 'Rachel Blake' at the SDCC Lost Panel on Youtube, and I was thinking you guys must be having fun watching that go on live.

And do tell about Rob Liefeld. I gotta hear this.
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From:darkkof
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:20 am (UTC)
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Best to tell of Liefeld when met face to face...

And there's no guys' night out, we didn't do that, though I did see a strip bar.
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From:doctaj
Date:July 30th, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)
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remy t'es trop mignon. :D

you had a good talk with jo chen? i heard she was hot. IS SHE?!? from her photos she looks very cute :D
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From:darkkof
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
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I know Jo Chen's hot cos I met her at AX back in 2001, this was actually my second meeting with her.
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From:halliday
Date:July 31st, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
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She really is. HOT I mean.
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From:o_8
Date:July 30th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
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Sup man hope you had a good time, totally aweosm that you were able to also make all those connections~ I look foward to seeing you back here whenever you are ready again T^Tb By that time, I hope to be more ready for the con as well yussss

also i totally gotta scan the stuff you gave me becauz it is hotnesss :99
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From:darkkof
Date:July 30th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
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You gotta scan everything you did too! Those are hotness as well!
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From:e22
Date:August 1st, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
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aww man 5 years? but next year you'll be a bigtime superstar and you'll have to come to sign autographs for your fans! Man your con experience sounds way more productive than mine was. =P I wish I got to meet Frankie from Foster's.
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From:darkkof
Date:August 1st, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Naw, 5 years is an exaggeration, hopefully ^o^ Fo' real, I dunno yet when I'll be going to SDCC again. I do hope to go again, definitely.
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From:peipa
Date:August 3rd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Sup Eisu, it's Jill, nice meetin ya at SDCC, hope ta see ya again next year : P
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From:darkkof
Date:August 5th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
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Highly unlikely, but hey dudette! Nice meetin' ya too!

The next year, I mean... that's highly unlikely... next year... SDCC...
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