I'll admit, I've been overly excited these past few weeks. No, it's not from the constant stream of Arizona Ice Tea Arnold Palmers that my assistant Sydney keeps on hand for me. I'm super pumped for the Image Comics Expo in February.
Growing up as a comic fan in the Central Valley of California, there was only one comic convention that mattered...Wondercon. Each year a minivan full of comic geeks would depart from my parent's house in Manteca and make the drive over the Altamont and into Downtown Oakland for our own version of nerd heaven. We'd spend the better part of the day walking the aisles trying to find which booth had the best selection of 25 cent G.I. Joe and X-Men comics. We'd devour hot dogs and Mountain Dew from the overpriced concession stand. Wait in line for what seemed like an eternity to get signatures from the likes of Art Adams and Ron Lim. Stalk the floor trying to find the ONE girl who dressed up as Ms. Marvel. Then we'd all pile into the minivan and make the trek back home. (The worst part of the drive home was actually being the driver, because it meant that you'd have to wait that full hour drive before you could crack into your new haul.)
So, with Wondercon moving from San Francisco to Anaheim this year, Image Comics has stepped forward to bring a great comic convention to Northern California. Image Expo is shaping up to be an amazing event. Image creators from all across the spectrum will be setting up shop. There will be tons of comic vendors on hand. Programming is being finalized and there are going to be some awesome panels and workshops. We here at Skybound are working on some big announcements for the show as well. It's very exciting.
Check out the link above and to see what's all being planned. I hope that most of you will make the trek out to Oakland to join us for a great weekend of comics.
Keep checking back to Skybound.com for more updates on our plans for Image Expo. We've got some cool things in the works.
See you there!
ps, I'm also stoked to see these guys in Oak-town!