The 40th annual San Diego Comic-con International was a bombastic, oversized, pop cultural revival meeting, exhorting the gospel of contemporary comics, movies and TV. PWCW photographers roamed the San Diego Convention Center to bring back pictures of some of the people and events of the show. Most photos by Jody Culkin.
Comics artists (l. to r.) John Cassaday and Paul Pope (the DJ for part of the evening) along with Smith mag comics editor Jeff Newelt at the Onyx Club jam Sat. night at the San Diego Comic-con. Photo by C. Reid
Comics theoretical guru Scott McCloud (l.), who interviewed Bryan Lee O'Malley, creator of the Scott Pilgrim series. Photo by C. Reid
The exhibition floor at the San Diego Comic-con International.
Cartoonist Jeff Smith is interviewed by PWCW's Heidi "The Beat" MacDonald about transforming his epic fantasy comics series Bone, into a film. Photo by C. Reid
The legendary Stan Lee was on hand to talk about Ultimo, his first effort at creating a manga for Viz. Photo by C. Reid
Cartoonist Hope Larson, whose graphic novel Mercury is being published in the fall by S&S, was interviewed by YA author Cecil Castellucci. Photo by Jody Culkin
Tyrese Gibson, actor, singer, rapper and lately comic book producer (Mayhem! ), banters with Stan Lee at the Uclick panel digital comics panel. Photo by Jody Culkin
Dark Horse crew (l. to r.): writer/editor Scott Allie, publicity director Jeremy Atkins, v-p, business development Michael Martens at the Dark Horse booth. Photo by Jody Culkin.
(l. to r.) Gonzalo Ferreyra, Viz Media v-p sales and marketing, Naruto and Viz publicity driector Ev Dubocq at the feet of the master.
ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp at the podium during ICv2's Comics and Media conference's (l. to r.) transmedia panel with Nick Barrucci, Dynamic Forces, librarian Robin Brenner, Greg Goldstein, IDW, Jeff Gomez, Starlight Runner, Jim Killen, B&N. Photo by C. Reid
Del Rey Manga marketing manager (l.) Ali Kokmen and publicist April Flores.
The high-powered graphic novel panel included (l. to r.) moderator Tom Spurgeon, Jason Lutes, Derek Kirk Kim, Lewis Trondheim, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Seth and Gene Yang. Photo by C. Reid.
Chris Staros, TopShelf publisher and president of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Photo by Jody Culkin
Cartoonist Derek Kirk Kim (cocreator of the Eternal Smile: Three Stories with Gene Yang) along with young Kolbe Yang, Gene's son and an aspiring cartoonist. Photo by Jody Culkin.
Kamikaze Comics: mobile software developers Helen Anthos Cho (l.) and Melissa Pope, creators of the Kamikaze iPhone app for comics. Photo by Jody Culkin
(l. to r) The Comics After Hollywood panel with (l. to r.). Matt Hawkins, Top Cow, Rick Jacobs, Circle of Confusion, Jeff Katz, American Original, Joe Nozemack, Oni Press and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. Photo by C. Reid
Mark Siegel, editorial director of First Second. Photo by Jody Culkin
The Suicide Girls booth. Photo by Jody Culkin
Korean manhwa publisher NetComics artists (l. to r.) Youngram Lee (Lie to Me), Kimjim (Lethe), Taeho Yoon (The Moss), Youjung Lee (Let's Be Perverts). Photo by C. Reid
Will Eisner's New York Panel: (l. to r.) Paul Levtz, Carl Gropper, Diana Schutz, Denis Kitchen, Charles Kochman. Photo by Jody Culkin.
Vertical Inc. marketing director Ed Chavez French kisses the Eisner he accepted for the latest volume of Vertical's Dororo series by Osamu Tezuka. Photo by C.Reid
The new Saturday: the jammed exhibition floor on Preview Night on Wednesday. Photo by C. Reid
A couple of Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award winners at Comic-con: PWCW's Calvin Reid (l.), 2006 Clampett Award winner, and legendary comics publisher, agent and professional Denis Kitchen, 2009 Clamplett Award winner, on the floor at the San Diego Comic-con. Photo by Jody Culkin.
Comics writer Neil Kleid with his new work The Big Kahn created with artist Nicholas Cinquegrani at the NBM booth. Photo by C. Reid
Cartoonist Keith Knight. Photo by C. Reid
The Best and the Worst of Manga panel (l. to r.) Anime Vice's Gia Manry, moderator, About.com's Deb Aoki, Vertical's Ed Chavez, manga expert Jason Thompson; seated: PWCW Contributing editor Kai-Ming Cha (l.) and Eva Volin. Photo by C. Reid.
Cartoonist Kazu Kibuishi, editor of the Flight anthology series, and wife, cartoonist Amy Kim Ganter (Sorcerers & Secretaries) at the Flight booth. Photo by Jody Culkin
Superhero artists Jamal Igle (l.) and Sterling Gates At the DC booth. Photo by C. Reid
Cartoonist Philip Bond (Red Herring). Photo by Jody Culkin.
An animated short film of Andy Runton's Owly at the Top Shelf booth.
G4TV's Attack of the Show broadcast live from the floor of Comic-con. Photo by C. Reid
Lost's Hurley (Jorge Garcia) walking the floor in Artists Alley at Comic-con. Photo by Jody Culkin
PWCW's Calvin Reid accepts the Hall of Fame Eisner award on behalf of the 1950s African American creator Matt Baker at the 2009 Eisner Awards held at the San Diego Comic-Con International.