July 14, 2012 | 4:47 p.m.

Comic-Con alternative Tr!ckster — a brand new bag

Imagine a typical high school life drawing class — except in a bar. Bikini clad models wielding spears pose on animal-skin throw rugs, while earnest artists scratch away in their sketch pads. There’s a DJ, of course; he’s spinning John Denver’s “Country Roads” mixed with techno music. Should anyone get bored, there are stacks of comic books, graphic novels, T-shirts and varied artworks on a nearby table. This was the scene at the Tr!ckster lounge, down the street from the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con International. Now in its second year, the indie-minded pop-up gallery, retail store and event space dedicated to DIY and creator owned art, has ingratiated itself into the fabric of the Con. It’s become an off-campus, clubhouse of sorts for both industry insiders and fans to rest their weary feet, attend storytelling workshops, browse slightly […]
June 26, 2012 | 12:15 p.m.

MorrisonCon: Grant Morrison’s DJ spin on Comic-Con culture

So what exactly is Grant Morrison building out there in the Nevada desert? This September the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas will host “a once-in-a-lifetime” event called MorrisonCon, which sounds not that different than, say,  last month’s Comicpalooza in Houston,  Megacon every winter in Orlando, Fla., or the recently launched Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, a brand that will meet the public this September in Los Angeles (and soon be cloned for China). But on closer examination, the plans for the Sept. 28-30 MorrisonCon are quite different than the standard comic book convention — just as the 52-year-old Morrison is the most distinctive voice in comics today with his Dada superhero excursions and carefully cultivated trickster-shaman persona. The writer, who splits time between Los Angeles and his native Scotland, describes his event in a way that sounds more like a TED Conference with a dash of Nocturnal Wonderland,  The Bowery Poetry Club and, um, […]
June 14, 2012 | 1:07 p.m.

Comic-Con: Tr!ckster is a growing alternative

One of the most vibrant creative scenes at last year’s Comic-Con International took place in the shadow of the San Diego convention center, at a small wine shop across the street. The first annual Tr!ckster lounge — a pop-up gallery, retail store and clubhouse of sorts celebrating the spirit of DIY and creator-owned art – held workshops, screenings and late night, DJ’d cocktail parties where indie-minded artists mingled with fans and weary convention-goers rested their feet and enjoyed sushi and custom-cocktails. Its founders — Pixar story artists/independent cartoonists Scott Morse and Ted Mathot, and puppeteer Anita Coulter – estimate several thousand people streamed through each day of Tr!ckster’s six-day “residency.” An expanded Tr!ckster will set up shop at Comic-Con again this year from July 11-14. The event will be nearly twice as big, with 40 creators  added to last year’s […]
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