Home Message Boards WFC: July 21-25, 2003
Back from San Diego! Here's what happened...
WED, 7/23/03, 4:53 a.m.
Back from San Diego Comicon!
Wow! This was the best San Diego Con ever! Tons of stuff happened everyday.
I had such a great time there with my friends. The MOB booth (Mack,
Oeming, Bendis) was there with Andy Lee and Anh Tran also set up at our
Powers & Kabuki tables. We had a great time at our MOB panel (and Angelina
Jolie and Halle Berry’s panels didn’t even cut into the turnout that much
Hundreds of brand new Kabuki readers picked up Kabuki trades for the first time.
Each day was a whirlwind of adventure.
I talked with Quentin Tarentino. I had a fascinating Frank Miller & Will Eisner experience.
Bill Sienkiewicz stopped by the table and gave me a wealth of kind words and encouragement and we had a great talk.
Had a great time at the Eisner Ceremony. Brian Bendis won 2 more Eisners
and I was honored to hear how many times he acknowledged me in his speeches!
Did some charity sketching for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.
Saw thousands of long time Kabuki fans (I must have the coolest, hippest, smartest, artiest readers at the whole con). I got a lot of comments about how my section of the booth always has the most women and coolest artists
I was asked to do a story with Alan Moore. Anh Tran sold tons of her
hand made BunnyZ. Toy developers were constantly interested and discussed
possibilities with her. Giant Robot Magazine (which I have read since the
beginning) took an interest in her creatures and is now selling them in
their Los Angeles Giant Robot store.
She gave one to Craig Thompson cause she loved his book Good Bye Chunky
Rice. He said he was a big fan of Kabuki. We read his new book called BLANKETS on the plane ride home and it was amazing. My favorite recent comic. Buy it from Top Shelf Comics and tell them you heard it here. It is by far,
my favorite recent read. My fave book pick of the show.
The MOB crew and I had a great Image dinner. Had a Great Amano dinner.
Jeff Amano, Brandon Amano and the lovely Mandy Amano and Claire Beckett
who work for Beckett Entertainment (they publish the Terminator comic of
which Anh Tran is the main character, and they are publishing RUULE in NOV for which I did the covers.
Bendis and I had some good meetings with Quesada in his hotel Suite. Lots of news to update you on in the future.
The SCARAB ACTION FIGURES ARE AMAZING!!! There was a Diamond Select
party to promote the new Scarab Action Figure (Diamond Select will be making
all the new Kabuki figures, starting with Scarab) and they gave out free Scarab action figures to the first 100 retailers. Andy and I went there
to get our figures and sat at the table and played with them with the other
retailers. Retailers Brian DePadro of Classic Comics in Atlanta, Lee of
Lee’s Comics in Mountain View and San Mateo, Joe Ferrara and Dotti of Atlantis
Fantasy World in Santa Cruz, and Bill and Sharon Liebowitz of Golden Apple
in LA enjoyed our antics!!!
Seriously, these figures are amazing with WAY more articulation and
playability that the previous Kabuki figure. And Andy and I were amazed
at how much we could take the figures apart and re-arrange them in new
ways. We disturbed all the other guests with this talent.
The WIZ KIDS booth had the Kabuki HERO CLIX on display. They come in
the Indy Hero Clix and are:
Kabuki characters to start with. And I think they also have Akemi and Keiko as a sort of secret chaser figures to follow up.
I saw Jubal Faircloth from this board. He and his friend drove from
Ky to SD for the con! What a road trip. Saw lots of other readers from
this board like Michael Goodman.
I saw a lot of my readers that I met in Australia! And many of my friends
and readers from France!
Talked with Josh Middleton and mentioned that he was spoke of well on
this board. Talked to Kent Williams. Ash Wood stopped by. Greg Spalenka.
John Woo’s company asked me to do some stuff with them.
Did tons of interviews. And lots of other stuff I can’t remember. I’ll
have to follow this up with it as it comes back to me.
Lots of cool stuff going on that I will continue to update you with. Was a great con, with a great energy from the readers and the creators I associate myself with.
PS, I still need to tell you about my POE experience from a while back.
Do any of you listen to the singer POE? If so, remind me to tell you about
our Kabuki encounter with her.
Re: House of Leaves
FRI, 7/25/03, 12:04 a.m. - In Response To: House of Leaves (~Adam)
I love this book too. Yep. It's Poe's brother, the guy from the video
where he reads a passage from his book.
I felt like he was doing stuff with prose the way I try to do in kabuki with type and image, in terms of the story telling, rythm, and page layout.
Love it Love it.
I'm a big fan of Poe. She is a real sweet heart. I'll give you the
detailed story, but the high points of it are that Poe was dancing on stage
at her concert with my girlfriend Anh and then Poe held up my Kabuki books and said "Kabuki by David Mack" and showed the pages to the live audience at the concert.
More details to come.
I also noticed that my lawyer's name was mentioned in the thank you section of her album and in the thank you section of Tenacious D's album. I mentioned it to him and it turns out he is also Jack Black's lawyer and he used to date Poe. Or was it the other way around? Joking. I joke because I love.
Yeah that was my favorite book for a while. Mark Z Danielewski
(sp?) is the author, and the guy who reads that one scene in the Hey Pretty
song. Definitely the most unique book I've ever read...very multilayered.
The book is based around a famous photo journalist named Navidson who decides
to make a documentary of his family moving into a house out in the country.
He then quickly discovers that a closet in the house keeps growing until
it leads into this impossibly huge, dark labyrinth that changes as you
walk through it. And his film is about his explorations of it, and how
it affects his family. So that's the film the book is based around: The
Navidson Record. The actual bulk of the book is an ultra detailed, somewhat
anal retentive analysis of the film by this blind guy named Zampano, who
is found dead amidst piles of papers written about the film...which doesn't
actually exist. It's interesting going through all the footnotes that lead
to supposed "Aritcles" written about the film, from some magazies that
are real, and others that aren't. Some of the footnotes you realize don't
need to be read, but become part of these funky page layouts that story
goes through. Some parts you have to turn the book upside down to read
what's going on, or flip ahead 10 pages to read a small part of a page
only to flip back again...
Then you have the narrorator...this 20 something named Johnny Truant,
who finds all of Zampano's research on the Navidson Record and begins to
put it together into a book. Johnny's portions get really poetic, sometimes
so much so that I lost track of what was going on, but it's all still incredible
writing. He talks about his life (lots of graphic sex scenes,) and how
Zampano's research is affecting him mentaly and physically.
THEN you have all these appendixes, like this whole section of letters
from Johnny's mother from a mental institution, where you see her gradual
Just an awesome book. It's a commitment, but well worth it.
Re: I wanna go someday....
FRI, 7/25/03, 12:11 a.m. - In Response To: I wanna go someday.... (~Adam)
The Mack booth...where cool artists hang out...to meet women?
I'm a black belt in name dropping! Ha! Actually, I got that quote from
Andy Lee who is sick of mentioning my name and Bendis' and said that in
one of his bios. That he holds a black belt in name dropping. Hilarious.
That Andy Lee. Oops there goes another name. But like Samuel Jackson and
Lawrence Fishburne once told me... Just Kidding! Actually you should hear
the stuff I don't tell! That is the real name nonsense.
Yeah David, maybe you could do the last 9 issues of Big Numbers!!!
Heh, of course then we'd NEVER see new Kabuki...
I"ve been waiting to read this one since I heard about it earlier
this year. It's out now, though I'm a bit low on disposable income at the
moment... It sounds incredible.
Man, you're such a name dropper . I would definitely love to see
your cameo in a John Woo or Tarentino film. Is "Kill Bill" finished filming?
I'm holding so much in that it hurts! TIme enough for that in my memiors! I'll tell you more stuff when we are older.
Re: Pop Culture Con postponed until 2004
FRI, 7/25/03, 12:17 a.m. - In Response To: Pop Culture Con postponed
until 2004 (Dave Cummings)
I got a "Blue line" newsletter in my email mentioning that
it was going to be pushed back until 2004, and now the website is listing
the same thing.
Doh! This is the first I heard of it. You'd think I'd get an advance notice.
That sucks, as I was just talking to Mike turner at San Diego and we were
looking forward to hanging out and I invited him to my art show.
Well, that certainly sucks.
Oh well, if David is still having the exhibit that weekend, I'll
try my best to make it up there.
That is too bad because NKU set my gallery show opening on OCT 3 to
time with the con.
I'll see if I can arrange a bookstore signing at the main Comic Book
World that is my local comic shop. Maybe I can have some other artists
there, and do our own con and signing at the store in the day friday, and
then do the gallery show opening 7-10 that night.
I'll update you with details.
Re: got my TPB v1
FRI, 7/25/03, 5:13 a.m. - In Response To: got my TPB v1 (MartyW)
I totally remember him and the book I signed to you. He was a very nice
person. We talked a bit about when I visited Sidney and how much I loved
I'll be happy to visit again if /when I am again invited as a guest
to the convention. It was a lot of fun. I'll post the news if I hear of
another trip there.
It was actually very cool, because for years I have recieved a lot of
mail from Australia. I've printed a bunch in the letters collumn. Particularly
from two guys who write a response to every issue. I don't think they ever
expected to meet me, but sure enough they made it to the con and we had
a laugh about it.
I'll keep you updated.
Tell your comic shop owner that I say hello!
The owner of my local comic shop got back to Sydney, Aust. yesterday
with a signed copy of the first Kabuki tpb. Geez he's a top bloke.
I'm sure you met thousands of people but I'll describe him anyway.
His name's Chris and was with a younger guy names Jason, both would have
had Aussie accents, both have big guys (large frames) and shaved heads.
You signed it "To Martin" and did a small drawing like Akemi does on her
Just wanted to say thanks for the signature as well as the Kabuki bookmark and WFC sticker.
Just like Dillinja ask, when you coming to Australia again?