Animation Nation is alive today as Disney and Pixar announce their merger. Oh, you heard Disney bought Pixar? That’s the technical term for it, but Steve Jobs is now the biggest stockholder on the board and John Lasseter is taking over the entire creative side of Disney, including imagineering. For those of us that were supporting Roy Disney during his exile from the company, for those of us that got out of animation during the lean years, for those of us that hated watching what Eisner was doing to the traditional feature company with an amazing history, this was historic.I believe we are looking ahead to an exciting era for the parks and a revival of traditional animation brought to you by the people who hold those things dear to their hearts. And what’s next for Michael Eisner, who stepped down this last year? I hear a talk show.
Some great folks on Animation Nation recently asked me who Maridee is based on. For starters, it’s exciting that people I don’t know are aware of Maridee at all. Secondly, if you aren’t aware of this already as a regular reader of this space, it’s the writer of this strip (Georgia, that’s me) that writes these updates. So Maridee is at least partly based on myself. Through Maridee I can make fun of some of my worst inner impulses, those materialistic, emotional, feminine impulses that my better nature usually rises above (usually). If she weren’t seriously flawed after all, she wouldn’t be identifiable or funny. She’s also based on someone I knew in Atlanta who encompassed all of those “hot girl” qualities: superficiality, naivete, poor taste in men and when it came to new relationships, eternal optimism.
San Diego Con 2004. This was actually my first San Diego Con, Scott’s second. I wish I’d gotten to relax a little on the trip, but this was yet another working saga, so no rest for the wicked. Brian and Tracy Reynolds picked us up at the airport and we headed down for San Diego, where we managed to hit unbelievably bad traffic twice. Our hotel room was not memorable, but I really didn’t notice, we used it mainly to collapse after two very long days.
My favorite part of the Con was the costumes, and there were some terrific getups. The first person I noticed at the gates not only had a very detailed Ben Kenobi outfit, but he matched it with real gray hair. Some other standouts I didn’t get a picture of included a Poison Ivy, a perfect “Pirates of the Carribean” Keira Knightly complete with rum, three Nightcrawlers and a Snowbird from Alpha Flight. All other notable costumes pictured here.
Brian and Tracy did other things at the Con, and so did my sister and her boyfriend. We spent most of it talking to friends, acquaintances and people we deeply admire. Among the friends who were there: Bill Barnes, Durwin Talon, Mark Kneece, John Lustig. Aquaintances and mentors: Pat and Shelly Block, Scott Hampton, the folks from Prism. People we admire and got to meet: Terry Moore, Mike Kunkel, Tom Bancroft, Jeff Smith (although Scott met Jeff for the first time at the Pogo Festival). And the biggest event for me: going to see Ray Bradbury talk about his life. He is one of my three favorite writers, there is none superior.
Scooter and Ferret got much better feedback then I could have hoped for. The most promsing reception came from the shirts, which we were frequently asked about. Are we going next year? I believe the answer needs to be yes, and probably with a booth of our own.