by Troy Little
Back in July of this year, my wife Brenda and I made the pilgrimage to San Diego for the 2013 Comic Con (SDCC for short). This annual event has become the Mecca for all things pop culture. Once upon a time it was all about comic books but has since expanded exponentially to include video games, toys, blockbuster film / TV booths and exhibits peppered by over 140,000 fans, a good portion of which were in the best and worst cosplay has to offer.
I had two reasons for attending Comic Con this year: 1.) I was nominated for an Eisner Award (The “Oscars” of comics) for my newest book Angora Napkin: Harvest of Revenge and 2.) To promote my upcoming work as writer/artist on the Powerpuff Girls comic from IDW Publishing which was released in September.
That Friday night I had barely sat down at the Eisners Awards as my category “Best Lettering” was announced. As I expected I lost to Chris Ware for his book Building Stories. Basically, if you’re in the same category as Chris Ware, you’ve all ready lost (as a number of other people in various categories found out that night).
None the less, this was my second time nominated (the first in 2010 for the original Angora Napkin graphic novel) and it’s still a thrill to see my book up there with the big dogs and to get a chance to meet and chat with some of the best talent the comics medium has to offer.
The following days were spent enjoying beautiful San Diego, roaming the convention halls, hanging out with fellow comic creators, doing a few book signings and being part of the “IDW Kids” panel to showcase upcoming projects of which both Brenda and I are a part of (Brenda works on the My Little Pony comic series).
My deepest gratitude to the PEI Council of the Arts for their support in helping me attend this event and their continued support of my work in the graphic arts.