July 14, 2012 | 4:47 p.m.
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.
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.
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 […]
June 21, 2011 | 1:08 p.m.
San Diego’s Comic-Con International remains the biggest pop culture confab in the country, drawing thousands of people to the city’s convention center for four days and five nights of fan-favorite movies, TV, games, memorabilia and, yes, comic books every July. But this year a new, somewhat feistier comics event will set up shop directly across the street. Indie-minded artists, storytellers and comics creators have banded together to form a pop-up space called “Tr!ckster” that will celebrate the spirit of DIY and creator-owned work. Spawned by Pixar story artists-independent cartoonists Scott Morse and Ted Mathot, “Tr!ckster” will feature a combination retail shop-art gallery-event space in the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center that will run for six days, from July 19-24, coinciding with the Con. “We’re celebrating people who make, own and control their own work,” Morse said. “In a world of movies […]