COMIC- CON 2008
Comic-Con by Karyl Miller
finest people watching anywhere!  Comic-Con is
a show and so are the people who go to it.  It’s
heart.  At Comic-Con, anyone with spandex and
a sewing machine can turn himself into a human
conversation piece.

In fact, Comic-Con attendees can be divided
into two distinct categories:  those taking
pictures versus those posing for pictures.  All it
takes is a costume to switch sides. Why wait for
October 31 when you’ve got an overwhelming
desire to parade around in a 5-inch thick foam
rubber Incredible Hulk outfit?  Who cares if it’s
a blazing 98 degrees?  The show must go on –
and you’re it.  

to experience what it feels like to be Paris to
experience what it feels like to be Paris Hilton,
only likeable and not rich.  Who knows?  I could
become the next YouTube sensation.
I could become the next YouTube sensation.



BUT WAIT:  Does anyone really want to see a
woman - old enough to remember Elvis as a
thin man - dressed in a mini-skirt?

FACT:  The Con is like a Star Trek convention
and Halloween all rolled into one.  It attracts a
certain high-ish percentage of borderline out-
of-touch thespians (often in costume) that I don’
t want to see.  Like the 300 lb. Spidey or the
equivalent.  I’m sorry that dude’s now etched in
my memory along with the other horrible
images - like pictures of Auschwitz I wish I hadn’
t seen.  So do I want to become one of them?

Maybe I’d be more credible if I chose a more
age-appropriate character like Mammy Yokum.  
I’ve got a corncob pipe and combat boots, but
how would I make myself look that old?  Rubber
cement?  What if I dressed as Mammy Yokum
and nobody knew it was a costume?  I would
die.  Really, I’d have to race to the back of the
Convention Center and throw myself into the
Bay.

POSSIBLE IDEA: Blondie is older than I am (How
does she do it?).  All I’d need is a Wonderbra
and some Kleenex (same as my old Daisy Mae
outfit, but not torn).  Okay who am I kidding?  I’
ve got to get real.  I’ve got to pick a character
with my similar body type.  

LIGHT BULB!  Mutt and Jeff!  (I LOVE the
classics!)  I own both a vest and a high silk hat.
All I’d have to do is let my moustache grow out.  
I’d like to be Mutt (the taller of the two), but
because I’m 4’11,” I’d have to find someone
shorter than me to be Jeff and that might limit
the casting possibilities.  So I’ll be Jeff.  And all
I need is a partner 5’ 4” or taller.  So, hello all
you Mutts out there.  I can’t do it without you.  
Please send me an Email stating WHY you want
to play the part of Mutt to my Jeff along with a
JPEG of you in your costume.  The winning
Email gets the job.

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Wardell Brown will once again be showcasing my work and
selling my new book, the Art of War: Volume 2.  Stop by Table
E6.  

Lynn Stedd will be in charge of the Comic-Con San Diego
Blood Bank donation center again for this,  its 31st year!  Blood
Drive is open every day at 10 AM upstairs in the Sails Pavillion
(11 AM Sunday).  It only takes 45 minutes and you get a goody
bag, a raffle ticket with prize donated by top exhibitors, a
fabulous commemorative T-shirt and more!

Archie's George Gladir can be found and will be
participating in all things Archie.

Luann's Greg Evans will be signing autographs at the  
National Cartoonist's Booth along with Cagle (editorial)
Cartoon's
Darryl Cagle.   

Marge Holland will again be serve as videographer for the
Comic-Con Masquerade.  Daughter
Sonja Holland will be
displaying her fabulous art at the Con Art Gallery.

Jackie Estrada  is the Eisner Awards Administrator, a mover
shaker behind the scenes, planning and coordinating many
Comic-Con comittees and activities and is an editor the official
Comic-Con catalogue.

Jorge Pacheco will be gracing Artists' Alley for the 34rd year!

Batton Lash will be hawking his latest edition of his fabulous,
quirky "Supernatural Law" comic book.

Michael Aushenker will be at the WildCard Ink booth this
year as a guest, signing his POKEY books (He's writing the
GUMBY'S GANG miniseries and the first of the four issues is
about POKEY).  He says, "Drop by and visit! It's gonna be fun."

Stan Yan will be selling his latest Squidworks books.

Stay tuned for updated SCCS and Comic-Con info!
Comic-Con's creator SCCS' own Shel Dorf
Thanks Shel !
by Charlie Roberts
As a collector living in Pennsylvania in the early 1980's, I'd heard
of the San Diego Comic-Con but had never been able to attend.
I'd also read pieces by Shel and seen photos he'd taken, but
never met him.

In April 1983 my wife Joan and I drove from Pa. to the "Cartoon
Museum" when it was still in in Connecticut for a chalk talk by "
Terry and the Pirates" and "Steve Canyon" comic strip creator
Milton Caniff. The presentation was excellent, and Caniff was
incredibly gracious, signing autographs and talking to everyone.
During the chalk talk he had done an incredible "Dragon Lady" in
color. When we got home I wrote Caniff, inquiring about
commissioning a color "Dragon Lady" for the collection and
sending him the incredible amount of $ 40 (well, $ 40 in 1983
would be equal to $ 42 today!). A few weeks later we received a
great specially done "Dragon Lady" original  from Caniff, and
within a day or two Shel sent us a superb color photo he'd taken
of Caniff with our drawing. It turns out Shel and Tom French
happened to be doing a video interview with Caniff in Palm
Springs when Caniff received our request . The video actually
shows Caniff doing our art (Ta Daa !).
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run at the Convention Center Wednesday night, Shel Dorf won't
be there.

The man widely considered the founder of the convention is 73.
The last time he went, several years ago, he was in a wheelchair
because of diabetes and he couldn't make his way through the
throng.

LAURA EMBRY / Union-Tribune
A drawing of Comic-Con founder Shel Dorf is on a wall of fame at
the Palm Restaurant in downtown San Diego.
“We had no idea it would get this big,” he said in a recent phone
interview. “To me, it's just become an ordeal. I don't know of any
way to make it smaller, though. I guess in some ways it's become
too much of a success.”
He isn't bitter, not publicly anyway. He figures he had his run. He
was actively involved in the convention for the first 15 years,
using contacts he'd built from a lifetime of loving the comics to
bring some of the industry's biggest names to San Diego.
The convention also helped him get more work as an artist and a
writer and enhanced his reputation as a historian of comics.
When Warren Beatty turned Dick Tracy into a movie in 1990, Dorf
was a consultant.

But now, being in the background is fine with him. He declined to
be interviewed in person at his Ocean Beach home. “I'm not
seeing people,” he said. He didn't want his picture taken, either.
He suggested using a caricature that hangs on the wall of a local
restaurant – a cartoon for one of cartooning's ultimate fans.
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Shel by  Lynn Stedd
Shel & Sergio Arigones
Sergio, movie producer Jack
Cummings, Shel, Burne Hogarth
Shel at 1986 Comic-Con
Shel's caricature at a restaurant
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among others. I was just  out of College, the Joe Kubert School
of Cartoon Art, and just starting my professional career. I
worked on books such as the Flintstones,  Bullwinkel & Rocky,
and Underdog to name a few. I was a very shy, and a very "wet  
behind the ears" artist, but when I would go into the office of
Blackthorne,  Shel would be there much of the time. We began
a friendship, based on our love for comics for the most part. He
introduced me to many local San Diego artists. One day, we
talked about our major influences in the field of comics. We
spoke of Milton Caniff. Shel did lettering for many of his comic I
met Shel Dorf over 20 years ago when he was working for
strips. The name Charles Schulz came up, and Shel said: "Oh
Blackthorne Comics. He was editing the Dick Tracy books
Blackthorne Comics. He was editing the Dick Tracy books
among others. I was just  out of College, the Joe Kubert School
of Cartoon Art, and just starting my professional career. I
worked on books such as the Flintstones,  Bullwinkel & Rocky,
and Underdog to name a few. I was a very shy, and a very "wet  
behind the ears" artist, but when I would go into the office of
Blackthorne,  Shel would be there much of the time. We began
a friendship, based on our love for comics for the most part. He
introduced me to many local San Diego artists. One day, we
talked about our major influences in the field of comics. We
spoke of Milton Caniff. Shel did lettering for many of his comic
strips. The name Charles Schulz came up, and Shel said: "Oh
yeah, he's a great guy!!! Why don't you call him and tell him how
much you enjoy his work?" I must admit, I was a little shocked
that Shel knew Mr. Schulz.
At that time, little did I know what a giant and well known person
Shel  was in the Comic field. As I have mentioned before, this
will be my 34th year in a row attending the Con. I never new
Shel was the driving force behind  the S.D. Comic Con. Shel
never really "blew his own horn".... but back to Mr.Schulz....
Finally, after weeks of having his phone number, I got the
courage to call him, and to my surprise not only did we speak
for  almost 30 minutes about comics, but Mr. Schulz sent me an
original Sunday Strip,  which is still the prized possession in my
art collection. Mr.Schulz was  truly a gentleman and to me it
seemed as if it was an honor for him to speak to me, not the
other way around. To complete the circle, many of you may have
known that I was a speaker at the 5th Anniversary at the Schulz
Museum in Santa Rosa last Fall. It was truly a great honor, and I
can thank Shel for  getting the "ball rolling". My friendship with
Shel faded with the demise of Blackthorne Comics, but I will
never forget his kindness to a young
"snot-nosed" cartoonist. My best wishes to Shel!

Jorge Pacheco
Fotos posted instantly Thursday nite July 24th
from Buster's Beach House
















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Shel Dorf, for that matter. Later of course, it would be impossible to
think of one, without the other coming to mind.

I did know San Diego Union staff artist Bernie Lansky from our
Cartoonists & Illustrators School days in New York City and when I
told him about a small group of cartoonists having lunch together
once a month, he said, AYou should talk to Shel Dorf.@ Bernie
knew that Shel knew cartoonists downtown, uptown, all around the
county. Heck . . . around the country.

Well, I intended to get in touch with the cartoonist catalyst, but
before that happened, Shel happened. He got in touch with me via
telephone on March 16, 1986 and on the 18th I drove him and
Steve Schanes to the third meeting of the Southern California
Cartoonists Society in Vista, CA.

It seemed as if every meeting following that one, a new face in the
crowd would appear due to the diligence of Dorf. The consummate
networker, Shel introduced a great number of aficionados of the
artBneophytes and old pros alikeB to our growing group. His
personal contacts have resulted in many outstanding programsB
presented by stars of the cartoon industry at our monthly dinners. I
often consider: if it were not for him, Bernita and I would have
missed attending a CAPS banquet not long after we=d arrived in
San Diego. It was there in Los Angeles where it was my pleasure to
become acquainted with so many of our brothers and sisters in the
cartooning world. And I can=t begin to number other individuals who
have enriched my west coast experience because of Shel=s
introductions.

No one person can assume credit for the fine club we have today,
but certainly, if we had such award, Shel Dorf would be deserving of
an MVP cup. (Most Valuable Promoter)  

Jim Whiting
June 20, 2008