2016 IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1 Sketch Cover
“April in Trouble” Sharpie sketch done in 5 minutes
by myself, Sir Michael Frederik Sorensen aka “KaptainMyke”.
I actually like the way this one turned out. What do you think?
I purchased a Stan Lee VIP Package and a 2-Day Ticket. I also purchased 10 Stan Lee Autograph Tickets as well. I drove for 3 hours from Seattle at 5am and got there by 8am. What started off fine became sketchy at 10a when VIP holders like myself lined up and nobody who worked for the con knew where to go or what to do.
I received my VIP package and this is what was inside:
Have to be stamps. That 93 yr old man did NOT sign that perfect signature imo. Or the table full of 2016 collectibles ammassing 500 items signed by him, such as POP Funko figures, posters, prints, and the like. Not when you down below further.
I have no idea as of yet.
Regarding the autograph tickets. The scanners would not work either. I was told my 10 autograph tickets would be scanned by Stan’s handlers. I get to the front of the line. They tell me and the others we have to go back and get the printed out autograph tickets by the counter where the VIP packages are. (Where we WERE)
We walk back there to the VIP table. The scanner isn’t working. Says the tickets are all already scanned.
It’s now 11am.
Stan Lee has to leave and go do the photo op at 11am. Bye! Come back at 1:30 after Stan has lunch. SMH I even got into a minor altercation with a stranger who wanted to butt into a conversation I was having with an event staff “henchman”. I squashed it and moved on.
I went to hunt down Stan Sakai. I didn’t have a map or a program. Nobody game me one when I passed 3 doorways. I found him finally. He signed my mint on card Peter Laird signed Space Usagi Yojimbo action figures and original release figures, a set of 2 of them! 4 total! And he signed all his Ninja Turtle appearances in any of the comics (4 total) and Groo the Wanderer that was also signed by Sergio Aregonnes. Stan did pencils or inks I think if I remember correctly. It was a pleasure to meet him. CONFIRMED: Stan Sakai himself told me Usagi Yojimbo is coming back to the new TMNT cartoon and the new TMNT toy line. Just as I said!
He we go:
Stan Sakai signed comics:
1987 Mirage Studios TMNT One-Shot Special TURTLE SOUP, signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
1986 Mirage Studios TMNT One-Shot Special DONATELLO micro-series, signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
1992 Mirage Studios TMNT #44, the first appearance of Usagi in a Ninja Turtle comic book – signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI in GOLD at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
1985 Epic Comics, GROO the WANDERER #2, signed by creator Sergio Aragones and now signed by Usagi Yojimbo creator and legendary cartoonist STAN SAKAI in GOLD at the Rose City Comicon in Portland OR on Saturday, September 10, 2016.
I linger around 12:30 and ask a lady to scan my autograph tickets at the VIP table.
They. all. work.
It’s now 1pm. I cut in front of everyone and say, “It’s okay. I know what I’m doing.”
I get my books signed. I ask the handler (who looks A LOT Like ROMITA SR LOL) to be extra careful with my 1963 original FIRST PRINTING Amazing Spider-man #1. Both covers completely detached from one another and the book. There is one piece loose from the upper left corner of back cover but it’s all there. He asks where I’d like it signed. I tell him, “In the middle”. He leans over and gets in Stan’s face and shows him directly within inches where to sign the very precious and very fragile book. He signs it just fine. I sigh a major relief. This book is like glass.
The next 10 are in a pile.
Starting with New Mutants #1 est. 9.4 with a very vain Rob Liefeld’s signature in the center (lol). Stan smears his signature with his sleeve when he lifts the book and hands it off. (Sigh)
Next? Amazing Spider-man #300. THE 300. He signs it at a weird janky 45 slant starting 90 degrees then it’s like they turned the book for him in mid sign or something. It’s not bad. But it looks…odd.
Then I had him sign 2012 The Defenders #1 Volume 4. Terry and Rachel Dodson signed it, and Matt Fraction (while Stan was off doing photo ops). He signed it a little crooked and janky but it’s there. The “S” looks weird though. I sighed a little relief on that one. There you go! 4 signatures!
Again, he signed them okay but the signatures are… janky. The rest of the books he signed okay but they are just…off.
1966 Amazing Spider-man #1 Golden Record Reprint WITH record, VF
It’s now about 2pm – 2:30pm.
Next I met Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner. This was my first time meeting both of those 2. That was a pleasure and they double
She signed her Before Watchmen books for me too.
2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #1 Variant signed by Amanda Conner
2012 DC Comics Before Watchmen Silk Spectre #4 signed by Amanda Conner
I bought some SWEET and very rare apparently FRENCH bootleg Ninja Fighter Turtles
I’m super tired driving straight back home from Portland back to Seattle same day. I had fun but never Stan Lee again. Ever. Probably a bad idea I went against those who warned me and I didn’t take the advice about Stan Lee signing your books. You should take the advice. I’m actually worried that CBCS won’t verify my signatures. What will they do with the partially smeared Stan Lee signature? I’m sure that effects grade but then you start splitting hairs on whether or not an autograph vandalizes or degrades a comic book, right? Only time will tell after I receive them back with red labels. In the meantime all the books have or will be sent off to CBCS.
I enjoyed meeting Stan Sakai and Amanda Conner x100 times more. I think I’m just going to go back to my turtles now. Rose City Comicon henchmen
That is all for now!
A big rumour or theory circulating the ‘net is that a page in Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #4 “reveals” that Dr. Manhattan created the DC Comics New 52 or the DC Comics Rebirth’d Earth. Dr. Manhattan creates the new DC Universe 4 years before the 2016 DC Rebirth event!
(1986) Watchmen #12: between Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias.
[DROPS THE MIC.]
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