Are you going to The Emerald City Comicon this coming weekend? Really? SO AM I! Wow, what are the chances, huh? We should be best friends or at least complete strangers separated by the distance of a convention booth.
And what a fine booth it shall be: THE TOPATOCO BOOTH. I know, it’s not my usual SLG booth, but SLG won’t be there, and the Topatoco people were nice enough to let me squat with them for a bit.
I also have a discussion panel on Saturday at 5PM in room 3AB, but it’s going on at the same time as George Takei’s panel, so if I’m not at my own panel just go ahead and ask my empty chair questions and it’ll probably be way more tolerant than I would have been!
As usual, I’ll have some prints sewn into my body and it’ll be up to you to use the specially supplied tongs to extract them. I might also just be carrying them around in a little case, so if you don’t see the tongs you’ll have to assume they’re in the case.
It’ll be kind of a NNY-sack since it’s just jammed full of JTHM related stuff, the Floor Damage Prints and some Johnny headshots I printed up since people seem to like having photos signed.
The Floor Damage prints’ll eventually go up for sale on $Z.99 and are $60. I’m not sure about the headshots, yet. I’ll have around 20 of those in my insides/carrying case, and those’ll be 25 bucks since they’re smaller than my usual mini prints. Each one will have a hand inked cockroach on it. Could that roach be Mr. Samsa? I DUNNO…it kind of looks like him, but then again he looks exactly like a regular cockroach. Pretty mysterious. Either way, buy a print and I’ll maybe give you one of those little Z? stickers I had made. WHAT A BARGAIN? (not really a bargain)
Last month I wrote a two part story for DC’s Beyond The Fringe comics. I’m a big fan of the show so being asked to do this was a nice surprise, and I want to thank Asia Mechikoff from Fringe for asking me to do it and coordinating everything. DC was pretty helpful, too, and the artists they gave me to pick from were way cooler than I was expecting, and Becky Cloonan was pretty much the top pick, so when she was able to do it I knew this thing would suddenly be way more fun to work on.
Anyhow, it’s up for download right now, so check it out OR DON’T!
I’m doing it again! I’m drawing things I’m not supposed to be doing! Very important people call me up to have me work on their very important things and they say “Jhonen, we need this thing FAST and only YOU can do it for us because you’re sooOOooOoo cool!?
I graciously agree to do the work for them, and then I always start doing exactly what I shouldn’t, like drawing that guy up there thinking of some kind of…nuclear nub thing, when really what I should be doing is saving the world or whatever it is I’ve been hired to do by whatever secret agency. Ah well, it only took a few minutes and I’m sure the world is juuuuust fine.
I’ve been attending conventions since the JTHM days, my very first being an Alternative Press Expo back when it was still held in San Jose, and so from the day I started going to comic conventions, Rikki Simons has been there with me. Sure, I don’t always go to these things WITH him, and sometimes we’re not at the same booth, but I’ve sat next to the guy for years and years now, and one of the best things about it, at least since he did the voice of GIR on INVADER ZIM, is getting to watch a couple of particular things go down when fans approach him.
The first thing is they’ll sometimes (very often) ask Rikki to say some favorite GIR line of theirs, whether it be “I dancin’ like a monkey!” or sing The Doom Song or some such thing, and Rikki gets this look on his face, this look that I know means he’s wondering whether to go through his old spiel about how we pitched his voice up to get the GIR voice and that his real voice is deeper and less robotic than their beloved green horror, or whether to just go ahead and say the line knowing most people are just too polite to point out that GIR suddenly sounds like a sleepy, convention-sick monster.
So he’ll eventually let out some little bit of dialogue and the fans will smile or laugh or they’ll cry in horror at what sounded more like Bloaty than little tiny GIR.
There’s a select few that look like maybe they’ll actually bring up the difference in vocal quality, and for those Rikki reserves a special, almost telepathic look that pretty much says “You ask me to do another line and I will punch your throat so hard you’ll shit out your screams from your ass because I’m not sitting here to dance for you, you goblin.”
The other thing is when people ask Rikki to draw GIR for them, and that’s maybe my favorite, and you can see why by the image included up there. Just LOOK at that GIR! He’s a deformed wonder, and yet manages to look strangely put together and way more sane than the real deal. It’s so bad it just makes me laugh and that’s really what it’s all about, right? Making people happy, and making them shit their screams out their asses.
Had to come up with a little booth banner image for an upcoming appearance. Figured this was appropriate enough.
Looking at that image, even though I did it thinking Filler was rocketing off on a jet of ass-blood, it also looks like a ridiculous menstrual blast, which gets one thinking: Exactly what IS Fillerbunny? Is he a male or is she a female?
I’m pretty sure in the books it’s referred to as a HE most times, but I actually get no real strong sense of gender in either direction. Referring to him as “HIM” just seemed like a thing to do, but I can honestly say I’ve no real idea what Fillerbunny is. It’s one of those things that will just have to remain a mystery, much like the technology that was used to create the poor bastard in the first place.
I hope you all die clutching at your heads in confusion.