Phew! I’m actually in the airport waiting for the flight home, so I thought I’d kill time by finishing my day 2 report! (Day 3 should be coming later tonight or, depending on how exhausted I am, and how much I need to prep for Monday, tomorrow.)
So! When we last left the intrepid SoldierHawk, she had survived a marathon of panels, reported a few cool tidbits of info, and saw some pretty cool creators. In addition to creators, there were more awesome costumes to be seen:
And my personal favorite, Halo Dude playing Halo:
I also stopped by the Comic Geek Speak booth again, because I was in complete fangirl mode when I initially met them yesterday, and had completely forgotten to get a picture:
Seeing the faces behind the voices I know so well was really a treat. I’ve discovered that that really is one of the most wonderful things about this convention for me as a whole: finally getting to put faces and voices to people whose work I’ve loved and admired for so long. Creating comics isn’t like acting, where everyone instantly knows you. It’s not even like writing a book, where you get an author photo somewhere on the cover or flap. Unless you’re an absolute superstar, it’s likely that not many people could pick you out of a lineup. (And frankly, I’m new enough to the medium that I didn’t even recognize all the superstars on sight. Matt Fraction looks completely different than I imagined, and I nearly walked right his booth–and would have, if I hadn’t seen his sign!)
The concert was kicked off my Mr. Spike himself, James Marsters. I’m putting these pictures up for Helen, my Hard Rock Cafe hostess, because she was so sad that she had to work and couldn’t attend the show. (And I hope y’all appreciate the number of fangirls I had to claw my way through to get these. Trust me, you don’t want to know. Buffy fans love them some Spike.)
Marsters rather surprised me. I’ve never heard his stuff before, and it was much softer and more blues-inspired than I would have expected. It was nice though, and I was more than content to let the teeming mass of fangirls fight for position while I stayed safely in the back and listened.
The great thing about this night? Spike doing an hour and a half set on stage was just the opening act! Next up, Adam WarRock laid down some awesome, nerdy hip-hop. Now, I’m not a hip-hop person personally, but when it’s about comic books, and when it’s rapped by someone with as much energy as Adam, I’m happy. I could barely get a picture of the guy; he WOULD NOT stand still on stage! Even a blurry picture shows off his energy though:
“I Believe in Harvy Dent” and “Silver Age” (both, incidentally, available for listening on his website) were my two favorites. What’s truly awesome about Adam is the way he’s able to take the sort of prescient current event/political commentary that defines hip-hop, and combine it with, or translate it into, comic book terms. It’s very good, very intelligent music.
H2Awesome followed, and I managed not to get a single picture because they ALSO would not stay still and pose for pictures! They were too busy being all “entertaining” and “making music” and “making me laugh so hard I probably would have forgotten to take pictures anyway.” This was my first time hearing these guys (although I had certainly heard OF them) and I really, really enjoyed their performance. “Uncle Owen,” a rock ballad about a whiny Luke Skywalker, was an instant classic, and I STILL catch myself singing the chorus to “Avatard” despite the fact I’ve only ever heard it once.
After the Awesome finished their rousing “Planet of the Apes” finale, it was time for what was (for me) the main event of the evening: Kirby Krackle!
Did they rock? Oh yeah. Was the energy and dynamism in their performance off the charts? OH yeah! Almost to a person, the crowd was dancing, singing along, and just generally having (almost) as good a time as the band themselves. Sadly, they had to end their set without playing EVERY single song from both their CDs…but I take comfort in their hint that a third might me on the way soon. 😀
Incidentally, the whole show was actually recorded and streamed live by the guys of Comic Geek Speak! It’s still up for your viewing pleasure if you’re interested. (The video and sound quality isn’t the best, but if you’re curious, it’ll at least give you a feel. If you’re interested in hearing the music as its meant to be, you’re better off heading to the respective artists’ websites.)
That brings day two of ECCC ’11 to a close. Tune in for tomorrow’s wrap up, when I meet famous artists, see a collection of original pages worth more than my house (and your house. Combined), get to see an original copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (also worth more than my house), and dip my toe into the world of comic page collecting. Also: I stop by the H2Awesome booth and get some super-sweet original artwork on my CD cover!