Comic-Con International 2009


I’m doing several signings at Comic Con International 2009 this week in San Diego. If you want some free Last Kiss goodies or just want to chat, come on by. I’ll be the handsome guy in the Last Kiss shirt:

THURSDAY (July 23):
• 5-6 pm World’s Famous Comics–Booth 4918

FRIDAY (July 24):
• 1-2 pm Comics Buyer’s Guide–Booth 1419
• 5:30-6:30 pm World’s Famous Comics–Booth 4918

SATURDAY (July 25):
• 10-11 am World’s Famous Comics–Booth 4918
• 3-4 pm Little Lulu Fan Group–Room 24A (No signing, but I’ll be there and it’s lots of fun. Come by and take part in a “radio” reading and recording of one of John Stanley’s classic and hilarious Little Lulu stories!

SUNDAY (July 26):
• 1-2 pm Cartoon Art Museum–Booth 1930
• 3:30-4:30 pm World’s Famous Comics–Booth 4918

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  1. I will be attending comic-con and I am absolutely petrified.

    It’s my first after more than 30 years of comic collecting (living in Israel makes traveling there difficult, to say the least), and I really feel overwhelemed – and I haven’t even got there!

    I will attemt to drop by your booth to say hi.

  2. Have a good trip, John! I just got back from the national conference for Romance Writers of America, and that was only 2,000 people. Still too crowded. (‘course, I remember San Diego Comicon when it was only 50,000 people. And my husband remembers when there were only about 1,000 attendees, so we’re just flabbergasted at the current numbers!)

  3. That’s great, sorry I can’t be there. I only go once every few years as it is a bit overwhelming and I end up spending money for comics at other places than San Diego. After hotel/hostel fees and food, and airfare and convention tickets, not a lot of money left. To survive, it’s a good idea to take a break and walk down Harbor Blvd., and check out the Maritime Museum, or go to the San Diego Zoo on Sunday. Taking long breaks, eating huge burgers at the Gas Lamp Quarter, that’s what I did last time in 2007.

  4. Mulltiple responses (now that I’m back from Comic-Con): Harry, I know we missed each other and that’s a real shame–especially since you came so far. With me doing signing at different booths instead of having my own booth, I know I was harder to find this year. It’s possible that you came farther than anyone else who attended the con. You deserve an award or at least extra comics.

    Eilis, I hope the romance conference was good.Now that’s a con report I’d be interested in. Is that the same event that The Romantic Times puts on or is it a separate event. As for the San Diego con, yes, it’s gotten mind-blowingly big. I can’t quite make up my mind about how I feel about Hollywood being such a big presence as the con. I think it’s good that we’re drawing in new people and they’re getting exposed to comics–at least a bit. But it’s a far cry from the intimate cons of the past. I miss those days.

    Jim, thanks for the advice. I was able to take some breaks. And I had a great time.

  5. Chris, I wanted to see Rifftrax, but I stupidly showed up for their performance/panel only a few minutes ahead of time. Long, long line–which didn’t get much shorter even after the event started. I gave up and went back to my room and put my sore feet up. That’s the second time in a row that I’ve missed Rifftrax. Maybe next year. But there are precious few things I’ll wait an hour or more in line for!

  6. “John, does this dress make my butt look big?”


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