The second day of the NYCC 2016 was pretty ruddy great. I once again managed to blag it early into the dealers hall which seemed eerily empty compared to the crazy hours of opening yesterday.
During this magical hour I got to handle and gaze at some incredible original art. Thor Kirby pages, Ditko horror pages, Starlin, the Buscema brothers it was all there. Pages that you can touch and examine but all with a huge pricetag.
Today was going to be all about the art and the back issues.
After a short time the best quarterback in comics Brian Vander arrived (pictured above with punchy Marc Laming). A pal who hangs with us every year at the NYCC and beyond and the hugely talented artist on www.worldofgreycomic.com and so much more. (You can find more about Brian and his great art on Twitter @vander11chi).
Our first stop was to see Daniel Warren Johnson. We were lucky enough to have Daneil as a guest on a recent episode of The Awesome Comics Podcast and he is totally the guy to watch at the moment. His art is (as I told him) Geoff Darrow level detailed with some of the best design and action you'll see in comics.
This photo shows a page from Daniel's new mini comic Martok abaout that much put upon Klingon from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Brian has asked this photo to be called 'Suck it Vince' :)
You have got to get over to www.space-mullet.com or Twitter @danielwarrenart to see more of this incredible work.
Whhilst we were hanging out at Marc Lamings table I was lucky enough to meet Tristan Jones. Currently working on Aliens for Dark Horse this is another guy who is really going places. We swapped stories of comics and laughed at some NSFW tales. A grreat guy with an bloody incredible art style.
Find out more about this Aussie at www.instagram.com/tyrannojones or follow him on Twitter @tyrannojones.
The day was also filled with watching some top names draw. Here are a few examples.
Roaming the main floor I also got to finally meet the writer of Bruce Lee: The Dragon Rises a great guy called Jeff Kline. This was a great new series that launched with a zero issue on New Comic Book Day this year. It is co-written with Lee's daughter Shannon Lee and has some great pencils and inks by Brandon McKinney. I hadn't been able to find new issues in the UK so grabbed the new ones straightaway.
Find out more about this and other stories and grab a copy at www.darbypop.com or follow them on Twitter @DarbyPopComics.
Bill Sienkiewicz was putting some real time in with the fans. THIS GUY!
Ed Benes working on possibly the best Jam Piece I have seen in a while.
Steve Dillon representing the UK with some Punisher for fans.
And I had to include this amazing Ben Grimm from Brent Schoonover! Chjatting to Brent we agreed that a Crime Noir/Private Eye story of Ben as a Detective investigating crime in Yancy Street would kill!
Also here are some of the better (and weirder) cosplay I found ('cos I know you love it!)
(Why have a spaceship when the walk from Grand Central it is only a half hour?)
Hey! I know this geezer!
BEST COSTUME EVER!
Tomorrow is Saturday. You better get yourself in order.