Jugger Grimrod

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  1. But remember you guys in Canada have much more nicer looking than money than we do. By the way on today's Jim Lee's Twitch stream a few people brought up the 100 appearances thing I mentioned I had read. He did talk about it and basically he said he has other things he wants to do with his time and that he figures if he does 8-10 appearances a year on average, he figures it will be around 2030 or possibly before when he has done 100 appearances and then it sounds like that will (possibly) be it for appearances but you never know, he may do one from time to time but that is speculation on my part, not what he said. He just mentioned that if he goes based on his current schedule that it would be around 2030. He said he already has his appearances mapped out for the next two years in advance.
  2. For the record, the convention is held at the Puyallup Fair Grounds, and every summer the Puyallup Fair brings in several thousands of people every week that attend so they need large parking lots to accommodate everyone. The con itself is only a few years old, the Fairgrounds have been there for over 30 years so the large parking lots around the venue are mainly for the Fair. But it was a big plus on the organizers to allow people to park for free in the large lot closest to the entrance, a lot of cons would charge people to park, but the organizers of Summer Con went above the call of duty and allowed for people to park for free which was quite nice.
  3. With regards to the 100 appearances there were people talking about it in the Jim Lee appreciation group on Facebook. I have seen several people talk about it and a guy I know who follows Lee quite well online and owns some of his work and is a big fan also had mentioned it. Apparently it was something Lee stated last year, where I am not sure as I had just heard about it a few months ago. What I was told was Lee wanted to do 100 appearances starting last year and then spend more time with his family. He figured it would take about 8-10 years maybe longer. But I don't know how many appearances he makes a year and if what constituents an "appearance" if its just conventions or store signings, etc. Again what I have heard, I will admit I don't follow Lee as much as most of his die hard fans do. I would agree Summer Con did do a very good job at trying to appease fans of all ages and having things that keep kids entertained too. For a new show I was impressed with their comic guest list, they have plenty of room to grow, just was surprised at the lack of attendees on Sunday with such a stellar comic line up. Looking forward to the 2020 show though.
  4. My apologies for those who had responded to this thread with questions, I have been out of the loop on here. I attended Summer Con on Sunday only, I rarely get to enjoy a convention from a fan perspective since I am usually set up as an exhibitor. I wanted to check out the show from both sides. I was pretty shocked at how low the turn out was on Sunday, which was the day Jim Lee was there. From a fan perspective, the lower turn out meant virtually no line for signatures or commissions from the very impressive comic guest list they had with it only being it's second year as "Summer Con". A great mixture of legendary and A-list comic creators of today but where were the fans? I realize that weekend fell on Father's Day, lots of graduations going on for high school and college students, and in downtown Puyallup there was some sort of big street fair going on. The organizer did a great job setting the show up for people to enjoy of all ages. It was held at a portion of the Fairgrounds, plenty of free parking, easy in/out procedure, lots of food vendors, and play areas for younger kids. I had opted for the Gold VIP for Jim Lee mainly to get my Absolute Batman Hush signed, since he was only there for four hours of the day. Jim was his usual cordial self to fans. I didn't see many people looking through Moy's offerings, but I had heard Saturday was a busier day with regards to fan turn out which as most people will agree, generally tends to be the case. From an exhibitor perspective, I saw a number of them I knew and asked their opinions on the show. The majority of them had both positive but also negative to say. The consensus was too many celebrity/actors from years past (and what I saw on Sunday, most didn't have anyone at their booths but again I was only there on Sunday) and that the show really didn't need to put the resources into bringing them in, but rather should have had a few celebrity guests that have a larger fan following, and maybe a few more bigger name comic guests, but overall I liked the mixture of comic guests they had. So if you went for the comic guests alone, it was worth it with there not being much of a line for any of them, on Sunday that is, Jim Lee being the exception. I don't believe the Platinum or Silver level VIP tickets for Lee sold out, Gold did which was limited to 90 people. I was surprised that the organizer was even able to secure Lee, but I had heard Lee has some family this way so perhaps he was in town visiting them. Since I had heard Lee had announced he was only doing 100 more appearances starting last year, I figure this could be one of the few remaining opportunities I had to get my Absolute Hush signed by him doing so from the fan angle. Plus with Williams and Sinclair there it was a bonus added them to it as well. Some I spoke to didn't care for the name Summer Con, I can understand why, there needs to be "Comic" in there somewhere. Also, unsure if Puyallup is the ideal location, while it worked, if it was closer to downtown Seattle, or even Bellevue which is across the water from Seattle, it may have attracted more people. I honestly didn't know about the show myself and I am pretty keen to the shows around the PNW until someone had mentioned it to me a few months ago, but beyond the Facebook marketing, I didn't see really anything in the stores up my way. But at the same time, the organizer wasn't charging an arm and a leg either, I think 10x10 booths were around $300 each, and with the line-up they had, I really was surprised the show wasn't packed both days. I will attend the 2020 show more than likely and depending on the dates may set up as well, as I was impressed with the organizer's communication and clearly a solid dedication to make the show a fun event for all, but there does appear to be some changes and perhaps they already will be addressing those things. For those who went both days, how much more crowded was Saturday compared to Sunday?
  5. Washington State Summer Con 2019 will be held June 15-16th in Puyallup Washington, which is about an hour south of downtown Seattle. They have a very impressive guest list this year including Jim Lee, Roy Thomas, Chris Claremont, Scott Williams, Jim Steranko, Sean Gordon Murphy, Jae Lee, Ken Lashley, Marv Wolfman, Jim Shooter, Andy Kubert and several others. Show Info: https://www.wasummercon.com/ Entertainment & Comic Guest List: https://www.wasummercon.com/guests/ Jim Lee (Sunday June 16th Only) Autograph Packages: https://www.wasummercon.com/comic-guests/jim-lee/
  6. This year is my 15th year as an exhibitor as the show is practically in my back yard. As HighRadArt mentioned yes this year they are going to inspect bags and make everyone go through metal detectors so plan accordingly as it could take longer to get into the show as usual. Also "Will Call" is off-site, not at the Convention Center and the main panel room has been moved off-site as well. Safe travels to those coming here for the show, weather-wise we are "supposed" to have partly sunny days with temps in the 40's during the day and in the 30's at night but that could change as it often does.
  7. Also I believe CGC has multiple booths here at ECCC. Their main booth is on the 4th floor in the main convention hall, but I believe they have a smaller booth in the other hall also on the 4th floor. Also with regards to guests, don't forget to check not only the "guest" list, but also the artist alley list and the exhibitor list because some guests apparently are listed under the exhibitors section. Time flies each year, 2019 is my 15th year exhibiting there, such a great show, hopefully we get nice weather. Remember they have moved the celebrity area down to the Hyatt Regency hotel, lots of people seem upset about it as it used to be at the convention center and then moved to the Sheraton Hotel across the street but now all of that for those wondering have been moved down the street to the Hyatt.
  8. Thanks, I have not heard from anyone yet but perhaps early next week someone will be able to reach out.
  9. It was the contact page on the website: http://www.aceuniverse.com/contact/
  10. I inquired about exhibiting at the show a week ago, have yet to hear a response. its a new show for Seattle, so hopefully the prices are reasonable and affordable. With ECCC, Rose City, Vancouver Fan Expo, and Wizard World Portland for the Pacific Northwest as well as a few smaller shows throughout the year, it is unsure how Ace will fare. I am all for another show here in Seattle, but the comic guest list needs to be improved, with less focus on local comic talent, bring in bigger name comic creators that rarely make it out here, or haven't been out here in a while. With Ace being an unproven show here, I would love to see it succeed and be a yearly show for Seattle, and while the three main celebrity guests will bring people in, there will be a number of fans who can't afford the signature fees and will want to meet comic book artists and writers, especially talent that doesn't get out here and there are several names.
  11. Also while at ECCC I spoke with Michael Golden who had done a penciled piece of The Crow for me way back in 2007. He mentioned if I wanted him to ink it, it would only be $75. I went for it an was blown away at how much it pops (which to his credit Michael told me it would) and how much more detail he added to it. Here is the pencil piece from 2007 followed by the inked version last week.
  12. The first new addition in a while to my Crow sketchbook by Jae Lee, done here in Seattle at ECCC last weekend.
  13. I finally was able to add a Jae Lee to my sketchbook based on "The Crow" during ECCC last weekend. 9x12, price was $250.
  14. Congrats on the Jae Lee piece, I too was able to finally get one myself too. At ECCC being an exhibitor at the show means I get very little free time but I really wanted a Jae Lee piece for my collection so I made the time to get over to him and get on his list.
  15. 2018 marks my 15th year as an exhibitor, and as usual I am nowhere near ready and set-up is Tuesday. Looking to add a few artists to my sketchbooks as well. Those coming out this way to Seattle, weather here has been a bit colder than usual, while it changes rapidly, right now it looks like some rain, possibly snow for Friday, and then sunny on the weekend. Temps in the low 30's to mid 40's, but all of that could change by the time the convention starts. But regardless, plan for cold wet weather is the safe bet.
  16. There is an exhibitor who is set up near my booth each year, really nice guy, owns a comic shop in southern California and drives up for ECCC. You should check out his booth if you are looking for blank cover variants as he usually has a lot of them. He is listed as Comic Madness, booth #2224. You can also check Corner Comics, booth #2221 right across from him, they may have some too. They are both located near the tower of t-shirts in the main exhibition hall by the food court and ATM area, just a few rows to the east of the Funko booth.
  17. The hotel in Bothell is called Country Inn & Suites, its close to an industrial park, its right next to the 405 freeway. While it is about 25-30 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle, room rate for two queen beds if you book early is about $97. They have a large parking lot, not sure if they charge for parking, but you can check them out on their website if you do a Google search. The nice thing about being at the north end of Lake Washington is that you can get to I-5 rather quickly and take that downtown (best way is to go via Bothell Way) and you avoid the 520 floating bridge toll. You may be able to find something cheaper around the northern end of Seattle though but as you noticed downtown is quite expensive especially when the con hits.
  18. Thursday and Friday will be the most difficult with regards to finding parking mainly because you are competing with all of the people who work downtown. Saturday and Sunday, with it being the weekend, will be easier but then you are only competing mainly with those going to the convention. I generally get down there around 7:30am to 8:00am but that is because I am an exhibitor and they allow us in early to prep. Yes, hotels are very expensive downtown especially when the convention is going on. One thing you could consider doing is staying outside of the greater Seattle area and perhaps just take an Uber downtown each day. Parking all day around the convention center is going to set you back about $20-$25. There are some great hotels on the Eastside such as in the Bothell/Kirkland area. There is one close by my place, in the Bothell area, right off the 405 freeway, I would say about 30 minutes or less from the convention center so if you stayed at a place like that, you could leave your car and just Uber it down to the show. Just throwing that out there......
  19. Not sure what was wrong with the previous layout and design, I thought it looked and flowed quite well. Never could understand why when a company has something good, they have to change it.
  20. I could be wrong on Steve's last name, maybe I remember Steve Dillin's name with Capital, the Steve that worked for Diamond perhaps was a different one. He really wasn't into comics either I don't believe, grey haired guy. Yes the nice perk of working for Diamond was the employee discount, I think we got 50% off.
  21. Oh yeah I remember Second Genesis and Destiny quite well. I believe Steve Dillon (I may be wrong on his last name) worked for Second Genesis but then went to work for Diamond in Seattle so he technically was one of my bosses at the time. Great guy, very easy to work for, always friendly and willing to help. That was a different time for the comic industry, when those who were packaging up the retailers comics took pride in it and made sure each week the books were done right, etc Now, its a gamble if stores will get their titles in one piece.
  22. Yeah great memories indeed, hopefully I can swing by and see Todd but generally leaving my booth is hard. I really don't have anything I need signed I have my entire Amazing Spider-Man run done by him all signed plus a good amount of Spider-Man #1 signed and Spawn #1's, but would still like to see him, super nice guy he is.
  23. Also some of them may be in town but just not at the convention itself. I would be very surprised if there is no Image Expo this year, it just seems with most of the founders in town and the 25th anniversary this year would make for a perfect time to celebrate that. We still have a month to go, perhaps an Image Expo is still on and an announcement is imminent.
  24. When I started in 1990, Diamond was buying up Destiny Distributors which was the local distributor here. The owner of Destiny ran the Seattle location for Diamond. I think Capital had an office in downtown Seattle, and then Diamond bought out Capital and then I left in 1996, I think it was 1997 when the comic market kind of imploded on itself and then finally bounced back a few years later. I think Diamond then shut down their Seattle location in 1997 or 1998.
  25. I read somewhere that he generally does a lottery-based thing where he picks five people and charges $200 for a blank variant cover sketch. Unsure if that is current or if he will be doing that at the show.