I came across this cartoon sketch recently and I tried to remember the reason for drawing it. It seems there was an incident at a comic book convention some years ago. I honestly don’t recall the details, but an argument broke out and apparently a knife was brandished in the altercation. I doubt there was any serious injury, but it did prompt me to sketch this gag involving the two crazed comic book convention fanboys.
Comic books geeks have been known to be passionate about the books they read and the incredible characters that populate those fantasy worlds. It’s not unusual for fist fights to break out on occasion. As a matter of fact, in the old days of the San Diego ComicCon there were occasional punch outs between certain high spirited individuals. Those of you who’ve been around long enough probably remember the individuals involved in those spirited discussions that eventually led to somebody being punched out. This was in the early days when the San Diego Comic Book Convention was held at the El Cortez Hotel. Today, few people even remember the El Cortez it’s been so long ago.
In spite of the fisticuffs, the San Diego ComicCon was an overall kinder and gentler convention in the old days. There were no huge crowds and one could even find street parking had you driven down from Los Angeles. The giants of the comic book industry were still in attendance and passionate artists such as Berne Hogarth and Alex Toth still held court. Downtown San Diego was still pretty seedy, but you didn’t have to give your first born for a hotel reservation. The convention still belonged to comic geeks and big time media companies looked upon our beloved medium with distain. Boy, how times have changed.
With any luck, I’ll be attending the San Diego ComicCon this July as always. I still can’t get over how huge this geeky media celebration has become, and I wonder if there is any end in sight. While it’s delightful to know the public has finally embraced our beloved comic convention, I sometimes wish things hadn’t become so successful. It was a lot more fun when we were the geeky outcasts and nobody - and I mean nobody wanted anything to do with us.