Well, I’m back from the San Diego Comic Con. Did you miss me? It was great meeting a number of passionate Arf fansÂ including Mr. Matt Groening, who is going to do some art for the next volume of Arf! Yes, yes, details soon in an exciting announcement.Â Clues: it will involve a number of top cartoonists and it will be Gross–can you guess?). Mitch O’Connell is another artist I was thrilled to meet and talk with about his painting of Walt Kelly for the next Arf.
I enjoyed meeting Arf fans and Arf artists, picking up an amazing piece of original 1944 art that’s going to see print in a future Arf, seeing Pete’s breathtaking Gasoline Alley book, treated to meals by Bud Plant, Anne Hutchinson, Dean and Barbara Yeagle, Bill Leach, etc.
But, really, the con is so little about comics –there’s apparently even talk of changing the name of the convention. And the stuffÂ the conÂ is 90% about (film premiers, etc.) mostly disgusts me. Â Why doesn’t someone start a COMICS con in a hotel at the same time. Or at a different place and time. NYC con is just a San Diego wanna be, so I don’t have much hope there. What do you think of the idea of an alternative convention? I heard the Sun Dance film festival has become all commercial and there is now a Slam Dance Film Festival that happens at the same time. What are your thoughts?
Â Anyway, more on San Diego later, but for now it’s Doll Man Monday.The sexual implications ofÂ this DollÂ Man cover just simply astound me and I just don’t know where to begin.Â Or is it just me?!?!
— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)