Monday, December 31, 2018

Bob's Burgers "Can I Get Your Slaw-tograph" Comic-Con burger at Shake Shack!

Comic-Con has a lot of weird tie-ins and promotions during the show, but one that stood out to me from the moment I heard about it was the Bob's Burgers Shake Shack promotion, a crossover between the real-life burger place and the cartoon one. A few days before the convention started, it was announced that Shake Shack would sell a Bob's Burgers-inspired "Can I Get Your Slaw-tograph" burger on the weekend of the event. And, since it was Comic-Con, the cast and creators of the show would be there, too.

I knew that I wanted to try and get one of these burgers, and I also knew how crazy fans could get for a promotion like this, so I called the participating restaurant earlier in the week and tried to plan my trip. There was a very exclusive cast event happening on Friday, but the burger was supposed to be on sale Saturday and Sunday, too. On my way back from the convention on Saturday, I stopped at the Shake Shack in question, only to find that the burger had sold out for the day! But on Sunday, after packing up the booth and wrapping up the official convention, I went back.

The promotional photo backdrop was still up outside the store. I was ready.

This time, I managed to get an order in. The hamburger came with cheese, pulled pork, jalapeños, pickles and coleslaw. It also cost something like $11, which was...yow! The burger itself was only so-so, I thought. The barbecue sauce on the pulled pork really overwhelmed everything else, and was really sweet. I thought that the pickles were actually pretty good, and they helped to counteract the sweet BBQ sauce a bit. It was a pretty sloppy sandwich on the whole, and I had to pick up a number of ingredients from the paper tray afterwards to finish it up.

But the taste was probably secondary in all of this, as I was happy to just get a chance to try it out before it supposedly went away forever after Sunday. It was a sub-par, too-expensive fast food hamburger...and I'll probably go back next year if they offer a different one.

Oh, and I picked up some promotional stickers and pins, too!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Pictures from the 2018 Comic-Con International, part 7 (Saturday, 7/21)

Let's look at pictures that I took on Saturday at the 2018 Comic-Con! Who's ready? YOU ARE READY!

We start out the day with a very causal Iron Man at the bottom of the steps in the convention hall lobby.

My first stop on Saturday was the Sails Pavilion, where I saw a couple cartoon characters...

...including this really good Captain Caveman!

After the Venture Bros. outdoor panel the night before, I new that I wanted to get a ticket for the signing event happening early in the morning. I managed to get a ticket and see some of the people behind the show, including Jackson Publick!

And then I guess I took similar pictures on the way down the line, such as this one with James Urbaniak!

And here's Michael Sinterniklaas!

Upon arriving at the signing, someone involved with the show handed out production artwork to everyone in line, which was a big surprise. I got a Brock Samson drawing, which everyone at the table signed. At the end of the signing, there were still probably 100 of them left, and boy, did I wish I could've gotten a few more. But I decided to not be any more lecherous than I already was, and came out pretty far ahead, all things considered.

And then it was back to the floor...with another great She-Ra.

Early in the day, I thought that the crowd seemed a little bit light. That quickly changed later in the day, as it was probably as crowded as I've ever seen it. I guess that's to be expected on a Saturday.

Hey, look, it's Thor and a Dark Knight Joker, possibly as good as Larry's Halloween costume from a couple years ago, but please don't tell Larry that I said that.

Lego had a few of these set up - displays that looked like big carded action figures, where you could be the action figure.

Hey, it's Booster Gold!

I wish I got a better picture of this, because this Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos was one of the best costumes I saw all weekend.

I spent some time at the New England Comics booth talking with the voice of The Tick - Townsend Coleman. Townsend is a heck of a nice guy who always had time to talk we me about the Tick and comics in general.

In the afternoon, I got invited to a small industry gathering. Instead of taking pictures there, I found Yondu and Nebula hanging out by the pool.

And then, on the way back to the convention center, I was very surprised (to say the least) to see Pittsburgh Steeler DeAngelo Williams dressed as the Predator! Why is this Steelers running back at Comic-Con? I don't care! I was great to meet him!

This Inspector Gadget would've been more impressive if I hadn't just met DeAngelo Williams. But oh well.

I made my way back through the crush of convention floor attendees because I had a wristband for a signing at the WB booth with the cast of The Flash. Pictured above is the Flash, know...not the TV one.

I managed to get there just in time. We were all told - in no uncertain terms - that we had to put our cameras away for the signing, so this is the best image I got of the signing. Still, I managed to get a poster signed by the cast and I got to chat briefly about Scrubs with Tom Cavanagh, so that was pretty fun.

Waiting on the other side of the line was the Reverse Flash. And also his dog.

Everyone in this picture is giving the Alien the side-eye.

I'm gonna say it - the Batman Who Laughs is weird. But this is a good costume.

And here's a decent Static Shock!

Did this Thor even have a hammer? Oh, wait...Ragnarok Thor IS the hammer. Okay.

Some Teen Titans...

...and some great Black Panther characters, including a very low-key Killmonger.

The detail work from this Cable is outstanding.

Dumbledore couldn't get inside, I guess.

It takes a brave individual to dress as Zardoz. Good for this guy, I guess.

There's Thor's hammer!

I actually went to a panel in the convention hall after the show had ended. As I left, the Sails Pavilion was filling up as the Masquerade was starting!

And at night, I took another trip, but I'll leave that for the next time! Until then!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

"Cowboy Santa" Tick cosplay by David Ross

David Ross is a big Tick fan; I knew this before I saw the above picture. I've seen David at the New England Comics booth at the last few Comic-Cons, where he's usually dressed up as Weapon X-style Wolverine or Iron Fist. We've talked comics and The Tick and all manner of things, but this past year in San Diego, David surprised both me and artist Ian Nichols by showing off pictures of himself dressed as The Tick...but a very specific version, from a story Ian and I worked on a few years ago. David dressed up as "Cowboy Santa" from a recent FCBD issue!

The story is "Hair of the Dog", and it features The Tick wearing a beard made of shaved dog hair clippings (sorry for the spoilers, but the story is about three pages long and it came out several years ago, so...). It's the first story that Ian and I worked on together.

It's a pretty surreal experience seeing someone dress up as a character I had something to do with, even if it's just a deviation on an existing character. My thanks to David for making a dream I didn't even know I had come true!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Pictures from the 2018 Comic-Con International, part 6 (Friday, 7/20)

It's time to look back at Friday evening at Comic-Con! After the convention center closed, I headed out the back entrance and got in line for the Adult Swim State Park exhibit. I thought that chances were slim for me to get in, but luck was with me and I had a great time.

Greeting me in line were, from right to left, Lizard Morty, Glasses Morty, Slick Morty and Left-Handed Morty ("then you should use your left hand to eat more vegetables").

I soon found out that the Adult Swim costume contest was being held this night...and I just about lost my mind when I saw this iiiiiiiincredible Brak!

The canoe races were in full swing.

This Rick carving was set at the entrance. I made it inside just as the evening's events were starting.

Here's a view of the grounds.

As I was waiting in line, Adult Swim held an auction for mostly awful things, plus a few really great items. Someone won this prop from the show "Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell" - it's an actual desktop computer with the demonized prosthetics on top.

A few minutes after I sat down, a panel was brought on to judge the costume contest. Third from right is Jackson Publick of the Venture Bros.

And here's Scary Terry chasing James Urbaniak around the stage. In the end, who won? Why, Brak won, of course. I screamed like a lunatic when he came out on stage. Am I saying that I was the reason he won the contest? Yes, I am.

After the costume contest ended, everyone in the crowd got to see the first two episodes of the new Venture Bros. season! This was before they aired, so it was a nice treat.

Afterwards, there was a short Q&A with Publick and Michael Sinterniklaas, who voices Dean on the show. Here's a picture with him! There are a lot of other interesting faces being made in this picture.

The event lasted from around 8:00-10:00. There were more things happening afterwards (the State Park was open until the early hours of the morning), but it was time to leave and get ready for Saturday.

Play us out, Three Amigos!