I didn’t have a lot of interviews lined up while I was in New York for the 10th annual New York Comic Con, but I stumbled onto a few unexpected encounters.
I was busy taking pics of all the various upcoming offerings from McFarlane Toys when I glanced up and saw the creator himself, Todd McFarlane, posing for pictures and signing autographs. I managed to make my way over and get a picture with the man behind some of my favorite figures these days.
Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to pester Todd about the possibility of getting more 49ers players into his NFL line. Of course, with my Niners enduring a miserable season and trending back towards mediocrity my window for getting any new Niners may have closed.
I made it over to the Marvel panel while “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet greeted fans, posed for pictures and signed as much stuff as they could.
I got some nice pics of them interacting with the crowds and headed back out to get some more figure pics. About 5 minutes later, Bennet actually walked right by me so I asked her if she had a second for a quick pic. Despite being rushed along by event staff, she was gracious enough to take a picture with me. Looks like I’ll be on Team Daisy this season after all.
The press section is filled with media from all over. It’s an interesting experience as this is the one area where people aren’t primarily focused on having fun, but working. It’s probably the only environment where the cast of “Pretty Little Liars” can walk down through and few people bat an eye. Thankfully, I’m not that jaded yet.
Another cool aspect of the press section is the random creative folks that’ll be sitting at a table talking business. Charles Soule, writer of “Lando” “Inhumans” and “Secret Wars Civil War,” who’s fast becoming one of my favorites, was discussing some future projects. Afterwards, I talked with him about his current comic book slate. If you’re not reading his stuff, I highly recommend it.
Finally, on my way out, I happened to run into Jay Oliva, director of some of my favorite DC Animated films including “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns,” “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” and “Batman: Assault on Arkham.”
I got a chance to talk with him and he thanked me for the positive reviews I’ve had for the DC films, which was pretty cool.
Saturday was just as great for an old school wrestling fan like me. I’d been watching a lot of old matches and territories from the 1980s and got a chance to talk with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, The Honky Tonk Man and Bushwacker Butch and reminisce about their pre-WWF glory days. That was definitely a cool experience.
Seeing the “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” costumes up close was definitely cool and I’m excited about seeing them on the big screen.