Aloha, Papercutz World! Scott Shaw! here. Since I’ve been at a few recent comics-related events with copies of the free ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION, Jesse asked me to post a travel report, and I’m always happy to both travel and report, so here I am!
First, from October 19-21, I was a special guest of the first annual San Diego Comic Fest in Mission Valley. Other guests included Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Sergio Aragonés Groo The Wanderer), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, 47 Ronin), Batton Lash (Supernatural Law, Radioactive Man) and the legendary Murphy Anderson (Hawkman, The Atomic Knights, John Carter Of Mars).
This was a small-ish convention intended to re-create what it was like at the early San Diego Comic-Con Internationals back in the 1970s. Almost a thousand happy fan-folks were there, many of whom made a point of dropping by my table and picking up a copy of ANNOYING ORANGE. Mike Kazaleh was there on Saturday, so both of us wound up signing quite a few of the freebie funnybook previews. In fact, between the Annoying Orange fever at my table and the eight different panels and presentations I had scheduled (including two different versions of my Oddball Comics Live! Show), I never got a chance to walk around the exhibit hall or buy any vintage funnybooks for my collection!
Then, on October 28, Mike and I were special guests of the Bakersfield Comic-Con in Bakersfield, a small farming community just east of Los Angeles. Other guests included Nate Watson (Star Wars: Detours, Toy Story comics), Tone Rodriguez (Mars Attacks!; Simpsons Comics) and Mike Hampton (Eagle Eye).
Like the San Diego Comic Fest, this convention attracted about a thousand attendees, but unlike the former event, most of these folks weren’t hardcore comic fans, just people who were curious about the world of comics, gaming, cosplay, etc…and boy, were they crazy about our ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION! We gave out copies willy-nilly, even to (mostly) adults who admitted that they found Annoying Orange to be a bit too annoying for them! (Wotta bunch of wimps!)
Again, it was a very busy day, with another performance of my Oddball Comics Live! show around lunchtime. And speaking of food, after the convention, we were all treated to an outrageous feast at Famous Dave’s barbeque restaurant! Mmm-mm!
And finally, I’d like to thank David Levy and his staff at Big Kid Collectable Toy Mall in Sherman Oaks for handing out free copies of the ANNOYING ORANGE ASHCAN EDITION to their copious kid customers! Here’s a terrific drawing that Annoying Orange Fan #1, Aidan Jones (age 9), submitted for my (and your) approval! Cool, eh?
Anyway, that’s my report! Hope you dig ANNOYING ORANGE #1: “Secret Agent Orange” as much as Mike and I dug writing and drawing it!
ANNOYING ORANGE #1: “Secret Agent Orange” is on sale December 11, 2012 at bookstores, comics stores, and fruit carts everywhere!