Archive for July, 2008

Wizard World Chicago 2008 (part the third)

Friday, July 4th, 2008 by Dave Wachter

On Friday I went to one panel, the comics podcasting panel. Gotta support my peeps. Sean McKeever moderated. In the pics from left to right was: Stevie D. of Comic Book Queers, Steven Schuler of Alter Ego, Scott Cederlund of Wednesday’s Haul, Chris Marshall of Collected Comics Library, Brian Salazar of Around Comics, Vince Bonavoglia of 11 O’Clock Comics, Sean Whelan of Raging Bullets, and John Siuntres of Wordballoon.

A game of tennis broke out in the audience and Chris Marshal and Sean McKeever watched intently for two sets:

Wizard World Chicago 2008 (part the fourth)

Friday, July 4th, 2008 by Dave Wachter

Like I mentioned earlier, with every purchase of the Guns of Shadow Valley Convention Preview book(just $2!), I did a head sketch on the back cover. This kept me drawing pretty much during the whole convention. Here’s a sample. I uploaded the rest to a new flickr account. I didn’t get pics of all of them, I got around forty out of 50 some odd drawings.

Wizard World Chicago 2008 (part the fifth)

Saturday, July 5th, 2008 by Dave Wachter

Jeremy Adolphson has an amazing sketch collection of 4×6 cards that he has commissioned from a wide variety of artists . He emailed me before the show about getting a card done. It’s an honor to be part of this amazing collection of art. You can see his collection and learn more about it at: http://4×

I did a sketch of Frank from Guns of Shadow Valley:

As is my habit, each night I tried to stay awake as long as humanly possible. I just get so excited it gets really hard to say goodnight and go to bed. This was especially true of Thursday night. Most everyone had called it a night, Len Kody, Eric J, and myself were trying to keep the party going until nearly 3am. Talking about all kinds of stuff while going from place to place in the hotel. Finally, even those two had to turn in, and I was left alone with a lot of energy left over. WHile walking up the stairs, I notice the sign that says “roof access”. I thought that would be cool, to hang out alone up there and just chill until with my thoughts until I was ready for bed. After climbing 6 flights of stairs(I figured it would help wear me out), I get to the golden gate leading to the top of the Hyatt. But, it was locked. Oh well. I walked around the empty hotel for a while, just me and the night staff which consisted of one front desk person, a guy cleaning windows and another on the vacuum cleaner. It was eerie and relaxing at the same time. FInally, at about a quarter to four, I decided to go back to my room, attempt to not wake up my roommates with my entry, and crashed. Not a very interesting tale, but what the hell. It’s mostly just an excuse to post more pictures!

Scott Cederland, of Wednesday’s Haul podcast, is a Hero:

Mike “The Pamp” Pampinella, Joe “snake-eyez” Wilhelm:

NickT shows us the way back to England:

Kevin Freeman of Ape Entertainment:

Granny Goodness:

Wizard World Chicago 2008 (part the sixth)

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 by Dave Wachter

On the passing of Michael Turner: I heard the news float around the floor of the Hyatt lobby like a bad rumor. I refused to put any credence in it, as at that time it still felt like one of those unconfirmed rumors. But within minutes I knew it to be true. I didn’t know the man, had never met him, so it was not a personal loss to me. But there are those I call friends for whom it was very personal. My heart sank at the expressions of profound loss on the faces of those people late Friday night. There’s no doubt he had a strong effect on the industry and the artform, but more importantly, I was shown in a very dramatic and moving way that he had an everlasting positive effect on the lives of the people who worked with him and were close to him.

Now, more pics.

One of the many deaths of Strawberry Shortcake:

The Kramers, Kentucky Sims, and Vince, aka: The Gang

Bored with comics, Mike Norton transforms his table into the Brach’s Circus Peanut Taste Challenge. Which will you chose: Brach’s or that other brand?

Kevin Mellon and Dennis Hopeless, creators of Gearhead from Arcana:

Boba Fett comes to all these things:

Wizard World Chicago 2008 (part the last)

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 by Dave Wachter

I want to give special thinks to a few people. Pat, for being a great table partner and one hell of a friend. My roomates: The Kramers and Vince B, for putting up with my shenanigans and making hanging out so freakin’ fun. To Andy Jewett for being too freakin’ humble. To Chris Neseman for becoming a beautiful butterfly. To the greatest Kentucky couple I know, for just your being you.

I had the time of my life. Now to do it again in San Diego!