San Diego Comic-Con photos 2014

Comic-Con is AWESOME!

Here’s a slightly belated posting of photos and memories from the insanely fun times we had at the San Diego Comic-Con this year!

Gene Yang and Dave Roman
Thursday night, Gene Yang (American Born Chinese) and I drove out to the Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa for a Get Pop Cultured event.

Monkey King and Hakata Soy
Huge thanks to everyone who came by to see Gene and I speak, draw & perform scenes from our books!

Islands Burger
Afterwards Gene and I dashed off to Islands Burger, one of my favorite burger places on the mainland.

Scholastic Graphix party
Gene then dropped me off at the Scholastic Party, which is always a fun and fancy affair!

Kiersten White and Dave Roman
I got to catch up with a lot of friends including Kiersten White, the author of the hilarious & spooky Paranormalcy series.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
On the way back to my hotel I saw the cast of Game of Thrones just hanging out! The street-level patio was protected by glass shielding, so it was like the actors were actually animals in a zoo. Especially with all of us drooling spectators stopping to gawk at Jamie Lannister and the rest of the beefcakes.

First Second Gina Gagliano and Dave Roman
Here I am with publicists extraordinaire, Gina Gagliano, signing copies of Astronaut Academy at the First Second booth.

Starfleet cosplay kid
This awesome kid cosplaying as a TNG Starfleet officer picked up a copy of Astronaut Academy last year and was super excited to pick up volume 2.

Raina and I got to explore the exhibit floor a bit more than usual this year, and delightedly encountered some of our favorite things!

Raina Telgemeier Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing!

Animal Crossing cosplay
More Animal Crossing!

Pepe the King Prawn
Pepe the King Prawn!

Best Luna Lovegood cosplay
Luna Lovegood!

Lone Starr & Barf cosplay
Lone Starr & Barf from Spaceballs!

Kid Legend of Korra cosplay
Korra, the Avatar!

Speed Racer & Trixie!

Best He-Man cosplay

Doctor Who Loki Thor cosplay
The 11th Doctor & Amy Pond hanging out with Thor & Loki!

Gadget cosplay
Gadget from Rescue Rangers!

Bannister cartoonist Iron Man

Jack Mendelsohn
Jack Mendelsohn, the legendary creator of Jacky’s Diary.

Sergio Aragones draws Batman
I finally got to attend one of the Quick Draw panels featuring Sergio Aragonés (Mad Magazine), Mark Evanier (Groo The Wanderer), Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot), Mark Evanier, and Floyd Norman (Disney legend). I’d heard tales of how amazing this panel was, and it completely lived up to the hype. I was seriously in awe of the quick-witted brilliance of these guys. Drawing as the ultimate form of entertainment. So hilarious!

Johane Matte Avatar panel
My good friend Johane Matte accompanied me to the Avatar Legacy fan panel. Even though we no longer work at Nickelodeon, we’re still the biggest enthusiasts for all things Avatar: The Last Airbender. The panel featured Jessie Flower (the voice of Toph), Josh Hamilton (one of the amazing writers from both Avatar and Legend of Korra), Gene Yang (writer of the Avatar comics), and both Sifu Kisu and Sifu Manny, (the martial arts experts on both shows!).

Nidhi Chanani
Had dinner with the lovely illustrator, Nidhi Chanani!

Rhode Montijo SDCC
We bought so much stuff from Rhode Montijo’s booth. But sadly he was all out these “Draw While You Sleep” elixirs. Would be so useful!

Faith Erin Hicks Eisner Award
We got to congratulate our good friend Faith Erin Hicks on her much-deserved Eisner Award win!

Cartoonists panel at SDCC
Went to see the graphic novel panel with Lucy Knisley, Jenn Wang, Faith Erin Hicks, & Gene Yang (who clearly has a time-turner necklace because he was EVERYWHERE!!) It was hosted by Lev Grossman (The Magicians).

Had breakfast with Teen Boat colorist, Wes Dzioba and his wife Heather at Buster’s Beach House. I love their Down-Island French Toast with Pog (Passion Organge Guava)!

Hero Panel at SDCC
I spoke on a panel about Heros in comics hosted by Meryle Jaffe with Frank Cammuso, Mark Tyler Nobleman, Matthew Holm, Jennifer Holm and Alexis Fajardo. We made crazy drawings at the end.

Cafe 222
Ate delicious cornbread waffles at Cafe 222 at an ungodly early hour.

KidLit meet up
Saturday night was a KidLit meet up, which was a great way to catch with up so many wonderful people.

Kid Lit meet up 2

Chris Duffy and Jim Higgins
Chillaxin’ with Chris Duffy and Jim Higgins!

Elsa vs. Doctor Who w/ Matthew Holm
Sunday was our annual Kids Draw panel! This variation on the Comics Quickfire saw Elsa from Frozen going head to head against the 10th Doctor! Also participating in the fun were Dav Pilkey, Dan Santat, Kirk Scroggs, Jennifer Holm, & Matthew Holm!

Kids Draw panel art
This kid got the drawing I did for the panel.

Comic Con waiting in line
We waited in line for over an hour for the Jack McBrayer & Triumph the Insult Comic Dog panel before we passed out from heat exhaustion & had to give up.

Homer Simpson head
Check out the cool sights and sounds outside the convention center. Trembled before this giant Homer Simpson head.

Seaport Village bench
One of our favorite sanctuaries in San Diego is the Seaport Village. It’s an oasis away from the hustle and crowds and zombie crawls surrounding the convention center.

Seaport Village tacos
Taco time…again!

California Cousins
It’s also an annual tradition to have dinner Sunday night with my California cousins, who fill me in on all the pop-culture craziness I missed!

Comics Jail
At the end of Sunday night they threw us in Comics Jail for not wanting the fun to end!

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About Dave

Dave Roman is the author of several graphic novels including Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Teen Boat! and Agnes Quill: An Anthology of Mystery. He has contributed stories to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes, Nursery Rhyme Comics, and is the co-author of two New York Times bestselling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story. Roman is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and worked as a comics editor for the groundbreaking Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009. He lives in NYC with his wife, and fellow comic artist, Raina Telgemeier.
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