Wizard World Chicago 2006: Peter, Paul, and Bill

I only went Friday to Wizard World Chicago, and that was plenty for me. I was hoping to have a writeup up already, but I’ve been visiting old friends and going to a wedding instead, so Bill beat me to it in getting up his experiences.

Paul Sizer
Paul Sizer

Bill mentions a sketch Paul Sizer did for me as a surprise, of me with a giant “hammer of snark”. I couldn’t have gotten through the show without Paul, and I really appreciate having some great conversations with him. He’s going to be coloring the sketch, and I’ll post it here when I have a digital copy.

Bill and I had a similar “to do” list, apparently. I also was pleased to see the Gumby publisher there, and I don’t remember his name, either, right now. I also was very honored to meet Peter David, who signed my copy of Writing for Comics with Peter David. I was sorry I didn’t get a few more minutes to talk with him, but he was already late for a panel because he wanted to sign for everyone who was already in his line.

Which kept getting interspersed with Greg Land’s, demonstrating poor table arrangements. Put two very popular creators right next to each other in a corner, so lines had nowhere to go. But more about the wasteland that was Artist Alley later.

15 Responses to “Wizard World Chicago 2006: Peter, Paul, and Bill”

  1. Bill D. Says:

    I didn’t spoil the surprise, did I? Wow, would I feel like an ass if I did.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oh, no, no. I had walked back by his table previously to mention something, and he did one of those “don’t look! don’t look!” giveaway attempts to hide it. It was very amusing. :)

    I liked my Legion-like jumpsuit.

  3. James Schee Says:

    That sketch sounds awesome! This reminds me that I need to look into getting the LWM Omnibus and to give Moped Army a try.

    I had not heard about a Gumby book before, sounds interesting as I used to love the cartoon as a kid.

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  6. Alan Coil Says:

    Attendance could not have been 200,000. No. Way.

    I was also just there Friday. This was the first Friday where I didn’t have to fight the crowd of people. Attendance HAD to be down on Friday.

    Attendance is reported to have been weak at several previous Wizard shows. Perhaps it is time for Wizard to try something else.

    Such as……make the exhibitors keep the music volume at a reasonable level. I am referring to the Spike TV booth in particular.
    Such as……make the “models” wear a bit more clothing. 2 inches of butt cheeks hanging out may be acceptable at the beach, but not there.

    In short, try to make the show more family friendly. Don’t try to make the entire show appeal to just 12-year-old males and their slightly older, but still immature, cousins.

    The DC booth was always active, but the Marvel booth seemed abandoned. And why was Aspen being featured so prominently? Lack of anything else to feature?

  7. Dan Says:

    Paul is looking really good. Nice to see he’s still a master at setting up his table promotion. His reader boards coupled with his masterful use of color and wonderful sense of spacial orientation…. am I gushing? I’m gushing. Joanna, can I borrow the hammer of snark for a minute. I want to smack myself in the head with it a few times until I stop pimping Sizer’s work.

  8. Dan Says:

    Actually, that should really read, “HAMMER OF SNARK!!!!!!” Heh, I can’t wait to see this picture.

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  10. Paul Sizer Says:

    “Paul is looking really good.”
    Are you on crack, Dan? I look like a complete and utter dork, which is just how I planned it…really…

  11. Dan Says:

    Hey! What are you doin’ off your drawing board Sizer? If we don’t get BPM by at least next January we’re all apt to get a mite cranky. (And I just know that anyone cool enough to read Johanna’s blog has already been to http://www.paulsizer.com and seen the kick-ass teaser pieces he’s got posted there.)

  12. Paul Sizer Says:

    Next January? You mean 2008, right?
    I’ve sent Johanna the colored version of my con sketch, so she should be posting it anytime now, and I promise I’ll get back to BPM as soon as I stop typing this comment. Honest!

  13. Johanna Says:

    It’ll be up tonight! Thanks, Paul!

  14. Lea Says:

    Paul, where’d you get those banners? They’re money!

  15. Paul Sizer Says:

    Lea, my banners were made by a company in Kalamazoo called Kalamazoo BannerWorks/Consort Inc., who make street pole banners and trade show graphics called Display One (http://www.displayone.com/stands/exhibitsystem.php).

    My suggestion would be to check out a company called Fast Signs, who have stores all over the country and make these cool window shade style one piece banners that roll up into their own container and stand on their own. I’ve designed a few for other clients and they are sturdy and portable, perfect for boom-zip-set-up-done at a con. Here’s a link to the banners I’m talking about:




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