Okay, you know what? It’s Sunday morning, I’ve been runnin’ on too much caffeine, marginal food (although last night’s webcomics gang dinner, organized by Jeff Rowland, was excellent and fun) and not enough sleep for days now, and yesterday was hectic. We’re making this one quick.
The Eisner on Friday night for Best Digital Comic went to Steve Purcell for Sam & Max, which is frankly a disappointing choice; Purcell himself seems to have recognized that there were problems with his win. In the face of nominees that were producing top-notch work thoughout the year, the voters went with a feature that had eight updates in 2006 on a random schedule that ranged from weekly to bimonthly. This is not an argument of quantity over quality, but it does beg the question exactly how little material one can produce and still be a viable candidate for best anything of the year (especially a year with Minus in the running). On the plus side, Gene Yang’s American Born Chinese was named Best Graphic Album — New, so we’ll say it’s even.
The Penny Arcade panel went as expected, though slightly short due to the previous session having run long. Disturbingly, When Krahulik and Holkins entered, they placed themselves at opposite ends of the table; rumors abound of vicious fights, separate limos, and a gun battle between rival entourages that left a local strip-club patron slightly wounded. Nevertheless, it was a funny, fast-paced Q&A session that all in attendance enjoyed. Speaking for webcomics hack journalists everywhere, funny, quotable guys like Mike and Jerry are a godsend on mornings like this one.
On the floor, keep an eye out for David Malki !, who is making a video documentary on the topic, Which is better, me or Comic-con? Much like superstar John Travolta, Malki ! is a licensed pilot, and if you ask him really nicely, he’ll give you a ride in his private jet.
- Steve Purcell, on winning an Eisner for Best Digital Comics — I’m learning a lot about webcomics. For example, your audience really appreciates it when you update regularly.
- Anonymous webcomic creator, on Steve Purcell — He won, webcomics lost.
- Andy Bell, on who you meet at this show — It’s good when animation directors for Dreamworks come up to tell you they start they day with your website.
- Jerry Holkins, on hearing “PvP” mentioned in the Penny Arcade session — [hissing noise] Breeders, destroy!
- Mike Krahulik, on being asked if Penny Arcade has any plans to produce tabletop-style games — A Fruit Fucker clicky would be pretty cool.
- Holkins, on the mass of non-comics media at Comic-con — I’m trying to figure out what kind of goddamn convention this is.
- Holkins, on whether fatherhood has dulled their risk-taking — When you see Monday’s comic, let me know if we’ve lost our edge.
- Krahulik, pulling out his Nintendo DS and creating some Pokemon — [to Holkins] I want you to tell your story.
- David Malki !, on what it’s like crushing the hopes and dreams of more than 600 people — Oh God, gives me a chubby.
Sunday Session Wishlist
Not much that’s explicitly webcomics-oriented today (have to see what we can do about that for next year), but the session at 1:00 in Room 8 with the children of comics creators looks fun.