This is a bit late, as Comic Con wrapped up on July 24th, but I was up in Hollywood for a week working on other projects and I'm just now getting around to catching up on my blogging duties. Ahhh, Hollywood... where else can you see an Asian Granny wearing a Hustler t-shirt eating chili spaghetti at Bob's Big Boy at 3 a.m.?
Comic Con was an enormous success! I was ensconced in the Hermes Press booth for most of the convention, meeting Anderson fans and signing copies of The Future Was FAB: The Art of Mike Trim. Publisher Dan Herman busted a hump to get 120 copies to the show (the book should be in stores by the end of the month), and we sold out of them by 2 p.m. on Saturday! If you stopped by the booth and bought a book, thank you VERY MUCH. Dan was astonished that we sold out and now has a newfound respect for the sales potential of the book.
I was finally able to meet Richard Taylor from Weta Workshop, who graciously wrote the forward for the book. He's a terrifically nice guy and loved the signed, limited edition hardback and Comic Con exclusive MikeTrimArt.com T-shirts I gave him. Hopefully, Mike and I will be working with him on a future project - more on that if it develops.
The Mike Trim Art panel on Friday night at the convention went surprisingly well, save that I forgot the punchline to a story from the book and totally made a new one up off the top of my head. Oh, and I corrected legendary Hollywood model maker Greg Jein about the use of Chartpak tape on the models from Thunderbirds and felt like a dolt for the rest of the night. Greg was very kind to appear on the panel (as were CFQ's Jeff Bond and Robert Meyer Burnett) and I felt bad that I'd bothered to call him out on such a small issue. Greg, mea culpa. Thanks again for sitting in, it's always great to have you around! Public speaking is scary stuff, folks. Don't attempt it alone.
If you bought a copy of the book at the convention, please write a review at Amazon.com! The more information there is available to potential buyers, the more copies we sell, which may mean a second volume of Mike's art in the future!
Finally, if you shot any photos of the Hermes Press Booth or at the Panel, please send them to me by clicking here. I'll post them in the blog and give you a photo credit.