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san diego comic-con 2015

My favorite phenomenon at San Diego ComicCon is the Running of the Toy Collectors. First thing in the morning, when they open the convention to attendees, avid toy collectors rush inside to stand in line for that day’s limited edition toy. Unfortunately for them, the convention has a strict NO RUNNING IN THE CONVENTION HALL policy (with good reason: nobody wants to end their trip to San Diego in the hospital after having been trampled by a guy looking for “Disco Darth Vader Variant”). When they open the convention doors, you can see the tension of wanting to run/not being allowed in their faces. This year, I documented this SDCC phenomenon in a short video.

The rest of the show went very well for me, even though I offered no vinyl Ernesto dolls. Maybe next year? I was back in good old row O, with some of my friends from past years and a few new ones. Perhaps because I’m getting older, this grueling 5-day convention seems to go by faster each year. The only way I know I’ve been standing at my table for that amount of time is by the aching of my feet and the scratchiness of my voice. My body held out admirably this year; all that ComicCon training in the winter really paid off.
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Once again, many thanks to my perennial table buddy Rachael, without whom I couldn’t have left for lunch, and to my neighbors on the left (Bordin and Stephanie) and right (Ben Costa). The convention is too long to have anything but stellar friends to share the experience.

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Jack Kirby

tales-to-astonish Our good friends at Stabbone and McGraw made Stan Lee a Hero of the Month. While we at Falling Rock heartily approve of his choice, we feel it is our duty to call attention to Jack “King” Kirby, co-creator of many of those awesome heroes of yesteryear and one hell of an artist.

I met Jack Kirby in Tucson when I was but a wee redheaded kid. He was at a small comic book store (is there any other kind?) to chat with fans and sign a book called The Art of Jack Kirby. As I remember, my dad volunteered the information that I was a cartoonist. I was mortified. But Jack smiled and told me to keep on drawing – to draw everything. He said he had learned to draw while he was in the army. I cannot imagine a more different environment to hone your craft. While I sketched desert landscapes, Jack Kirby had learned to draw soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II.fantastic-four

They say that meeting your heroes can be a disappointing experience, but I can safely say that Jack Kirby exceeded any expectations I had for a cartoonist.

I recently read part of Jack’s Fourth World series; while the story was beyond my limited brain capacity, I really dug the way he drew robots. He is also well-known for monsters. His cover for the first Fantastic Four comic book is nigh legendary. There is, in fact, a website devoted to Kirby’s monsters.

While Jack Kirby the man is no longer with us, his art fortunately lives on. Without his amazing eye for perspective or his boundless imagination, many of the superheroes gracing the Silver Screen today would have long been forgotten.

Long live the King.