As a guy who loves comics and whose job involves being on the internet most of the day, it will come as no surprise that I am a fan of many webcomics. There are various webcomics that I feel the need to check on every single day, even if it means putting off a little bit of work. One of the things I was most excited about at SDCC 2011 was getting to meet some of the guys who help me procrastinate all the time. Here are some of the webcomic artists/writers that I met at SDCC 2011.
Stan Yan – Subculture
Stan Yan is actually a friend of mine, so I of course had to stop by his booth at SDCC. He is also a very talented comics creator, both as a writer and an artist. I am a big fan of the webcomic he illustrates, Subculture, which he works on with writer Kevin Freeman. Basically it is a comic about nerds being nerds, and it is hilarious. Stan likes to add little pop culture references into a lot of his illustrations as well, so it is always fun to look for those. The sketch of the Subculture character Arthur dressed as Spock Stan did for me never ceases to amuse me.
Jeph Jacques – Questionable Content
Questionable Content has built up a huge following over the years, making Jeph Jacques the most popular guy I saw in the webcomics section of SDCC 2011. While most other webcomic booths had crowds ranging from one to five people at a time, Jeph Jacques had a line of people weaving through the aisles waiting to meet him. Sure, it wasn’t anywhere near as long as a panel line, but it was impressive nonetheless. The chatter in the line was all excitement about what Questionable Content character they wanted Jeph to sketch. I went with Pintsize because butt jokes are funny.
Chris Hastings – Dr. McNinja
Dr. McNinja is one of my favorite comics of all time. In fact, I even dressed up as a Dr. McNinja character for a day at SDCC. I looked very handsome as Gordito Delgado. Chris Hastings, the creator/writer/illustrator of Dr. McNinja, was super nice to everybody who came by, and did personalized sketches inside all of the Dr. McNinja books when people bought them. I actually thought there would be a bigger crowd around him since he is also doing some work for Marvel, namely writing the Fear Itself: Deadpool title. Luckily that left him time to become best friends with me as evidenced by the picture below.
Ryan Sohmer and Lar deSouza are two of the most prolific webcomic creators in the world. They do great work consistently, with Sohmer Writing and deSouza doing the art. All three webcomics that they work on, Least I Could Do, Looking For Group, and The Gutters, manage to remain consistently funny despite the fact these guys always seem to be working on a million projects at once. The gigantic stash of Red Bull behind their booth could probably explain that, though. I find The Gutters especially entertaining, as it pokes fun at the world of more mainstream comics in very clever ways, while making it clear that the creators are most assuredly comic book fans.