San Diego Comic-Con 2005: Tag Team Edition
August 1, 2005
written by Karin Kross and Liz Miller
Bookslut writers Liz Miller and Karin Kross both attended Comic-Con this
year, and learned just how easy it is to miss someone completely amid
100,000 comics, movie, and television fans.
9:00 p.m.: Arnold Drake sings a little joke song he's written about
Comic-Con, which includes a sardonic dig at Stan Lee. The Joss Whedon
fans have long since left.
My notes are pretty sketchy from here on out. Acceptance speeches are
usually short and to the point. Kyle Baker, on receiving one of his two
awards for the night, dashes on stage, all but yells "Thank you!" into
the mike, and scurries offstage again.
It is, of course, the first Eisner awards at which the man himself is no
longer present, and a heavy fog of nostalgia hangs over the room.
Almost everyone has an Eisner story to share; you can't say the man is
11:20 p.m.: Er. Why is George Perez's friend posing with two pneumatic
convention model-types to accept the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award?
11:45 p.m.: You know you're tired when your bed at the hotel is more inviting than the bar.
THE PHIL JIMENEZ PANEL at SDCC
posted 07-20-2005 10:13 AM
Sunday afternoon, as Comic-Con was winding down, DC Artist/Writer Phil
Jimenez and Editor Eddie Berganza took an hour or so to speak with fans
regarding the past, present, and future of Jimenez in comics.
On Crisis and Superman:
"I started reading DC comics with Crisis on Infinite Earths -"
"Eddie is the Superman editor - I've learned to give him [Superman] the size and the mass he needs - I'm getting it now."
Regarding his depiction of emotion:
"I'm proud that - I think you can always tell what they're feeling by looking at their faces."
The hardest part of drawing Infinite Crisis:
"The hardest part of Infinite Crisis would have to be scenes with
Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman - I just want to nail it - "
"The page-count - There are so many points in Infinite Crisis that could be used as splash pages."
There was a question to Jimenez regarding what 'school of art' he considers himself from:
Jimenez responded that he considers himself among a small number of
artists using "classic representational storytelling," along with such
notables as Ethan Van Sciver, George Perez, and Brian Bolland.
In the latest newsletter update from San Diego Comic-Con, there is an exclusive four page interview with Marv Wolfman and George Pérez. You can write and get your own free copy from www.comic-con.org. Tell them Vu sent you... they'll have no idea who that is.
From George Pérez
I will have to transcribe the interview much later, I'm swamp with real
life events (you know, 'bring your own beer parties', meeting strange
people, showing my Rhode Island friend around...) Plus, like I
mentioned earlier, the Summer is here. It's warm, I can't be boggled
down by staying doing website things indoors !
When I get around to it, I will be reviewing a following books: Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Gods, New Teen Titans: Who is Donna Troy?, Fantastic Four Visionaires: George Pérez, and Avengers Assemble #2.
Oh, I saw the new Batman film last night - Holy Awesome, Batman ! It's
actually a very good movie. It's probably my favorite superhero film so
far. Better than X-Men 2 !
As some of you may already know, I've had to cancel my appearance at
Comic-Con International in San Diego. The official reason stated on the
site "circumstances beyond George's control"
has, as I figured it would, started people speculating as to what those
circumstances are. I certainly appreciate Comic-Con's desire to protect
my privacy, but I also don't want people panicking about my health--
especially with my known history of diabetes. Here, edited to remove any
non-pertinent info, is the letter I sent to Sue Lord, Head of Guest
Relations for the con:
From George Pérez
As a follow-up, my wife and I have come up with a therapy regime that
has helped relieve the itching and burning somewhat and I've gotten back
to work on THE RETURN OF DONNA TROY.
Unfortunately, my treatments require that my wife and I be available to
each other and, since her job limits her ability to travel with me, I
will be canceling all my public appearances for the rest of the year.
Right now I have to work to keep my stress levels down and will be
following an incredibly restrictive diet and following up on other
treatment options. If all goes well, I hope to attend next year's
Comic-Con since the organizers have graciously and generously extended a
"rain check" invitation, my condition permitting.
You cannot imagine how much I hate having to type this e-mail, but,
please believe me that I would never do this unless the situation was
I'm afraid I will have to cancel my appearance at San Diego this year
due to my contracting severe psoriasis, which, in less than a year's
time (much to my dermatologist's surprise) has now taken over over a
third of my body and has made it all but impossible for me to sleep,
work or just sit without being in major discomfort or burning pain. This
genetic disease (which I did not know existed in my family line until a
couple of months ago) is incurable and what treatments I am now forced
to take (pills, creams, injections and possible phototherapy treatments)
will require a minimum of 6 months to start showing results, and even
then there are no guarantees. I had gone to the movies for the first
time in months to see if I could sit through the length of a film
without discomfort. I lasted about two hours before the itching and
burning started. This made the prospect of a five hour plane flight all
but inconceivable. And being in a hotel without my wife to rub lotion on
my back or finding a way to use a shower without my skin feeling like
it's being sprayed with acid, or having to vacuum the bed every day due
to the flaking dead skin that I shed profusely are likewise unpleasant
One of the side effects of my current medication is possible mood
swings, although it's uncertain whether that would actually be
attributable to the drug or the psoriasis itself. Regardless, I'd hate
for a fan to be the inadvertent target of a negative shift in temper.
Thankfully, psoriasis is not not life-threatening, but it is a serious
blow to my lifestyle. Never in my wildest dreams would I have figured
that I'd cancel an appearance at San Diego, but Mother Nature has really
slapped me in the face here.
Having to deal with psoriasis on top of my diabetes is a major life
change for me and these next few months will be hard, but I'm grateful
for the good things I still have going for me: an adoring wife, good
friends, and a still-prospering career. Hopefully, things will get
better by next year should you decide you'd like to give me a raincheck.
Thank you for everything you and the con organizers have doen to make me
feel special. I know the con will even bigger than ever, and I'm really
sorry that I won't be part of it.
I cannot express enough how touched and humbled I am by everyone's
concern. As I said, this isn't life-threatening, but it is
life-altering. With the support and kindness of so many people and the
love and care of my dear wife Carol, I'm confident that I will be able
to beat this thing enough to be able to get out there and thank all of
the fans in person.
I am currently inking the incredible Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez on a project
written by Phil Jimenez, who is also the cover penciler, with me inking
Phil. Unfortunately, beyond that, I'm not at liberty to reveal what the
project is so I've been calling it "The EZ Company Project" since all
three creators share the same last two letters in our family names. DC
Comics should be making an announcement relatively soon and it will be a
relief to finally be able to talk about it openly.
From SAN DIEGO UPDATE 2004 #3
Contrary to solicitations I have indeed drawn the cover for FALLEN
ANGELS #20. Due to a mix-up in the scheduling it initially appeared that
I couldn't do the cover, so the regular team was told to go ahead and
draw the cover. When Peter David found out about that he reminded the
editor that the deadlines had been pushed back and even though the book
had been solicited with another cover, Peter figured few would be bummed
out to find that there was a Pérez cover after all.
I have also drawn a cover for a Marvel Visionaries book spotlighting my
1970's run on FANTASTIC FOUR. Tom Smith colored that piece and, as
usual, did a wonderful job.
I am currently drawing a variant cover for Top Cow's CITY OF HEROES #1
and will be drawing the cover for a CITY OF HEROES novel called "Web of
Arachnos". This should be the first of three covers for a series of CoH
novels. And since I just mentioned Top Cow, I should also announce that I
will be participating in a special 10th Anniversary edition of
WITCHBLADE. I will be drawing three pages written by Ron Marz. And as I
draw those pages I will be filmed by a video crew for TwoMorrows' DVD
companion to its MODERN MASTERS book series.
There have been other offers, including some covers for Dynamic Forces'
RED SONYA and ARMY OF DARKNESS. I also will be providing a cover for
DF's STORYTELLER, yet another retrospective on my career. (I am
definitely being over-exposed). A cover for ForceWerks' B.A.B.E. FORCE
is also on my schedule. There have been other one-shots I've been
offered that I'm not yet free to discuss, or yet to accept, but after
"The EZ Company Project" I will be primarily focusing my attention on
completing GAMES: THE TITANS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Inker Mike Perkins has
already started on some pages and Tom Smith has 30 pages ready to start
so it's up to me to get busy so that Marv Wolfman can start dialoguing
the first half of the book.
As for conventions this year, here's my schedule for 2005 so far.
February 25-27: Mega Con in Orlando, FL.
March 18-20: Wizard World Los Angeles in Long Beach, CA
April 22-24: Pittsburgh Comicon in Monroeville, PA (I even provided the T-Shirt art)
July 14-17: Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA
September 13-17: Comic Book Festival in Avilés, Spain
Those are the confirmed shows. There is a possibility of more, but I'm
trying to limit my time away from the drawing board this year.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
One of comics' most beloved artists, George Pérez co-created The Teen Titans, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2005. Most recently, he was the artist for 2004's wildly popular JLA/AVENGERS
miniseries, the epic company crossover from DC and Marvel that fans had
long dreamed of seeing. Currently, Pérez is working on a New Teen
Titans graphic novel with writer Marv Wolfman, a project the two began
in the 1980s.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the beloved New Teen Titans comics series and the 20th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths,
the groundbreaking maxiseries that revamped the entire DC Universe.
What do they have in common? Both were written by fan-turned-pro Marv
Wolfman. Marv has had a long and glorious career writing for both
Marvel and DC and his credits include having co-created the characters
of Blade for Marvel while writing/editing the Tomb of Dracula series.