San Diego Comic-Con 2016

San Diego Comic-Con 2016: Sunday – Excellent adventure comes to an end

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‘E’ is for ‘Excellent Adventure’ at San Diego Comic-Con 2016
‘E’ is for ‘Excellent Adventure’ at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

The 2016 San Diego Comic-Con came to an end Sunday, completing nearly five days of excellent adventures and pop culture pandemonium. In this age of fear, hatred and divisiveness it was wondrous to see that the nerd community is setting the standard for diversity, inclusiveness and respect for all people, regardless of creed, color, sexual orientation or even planetary origin. There is no doubt that the geeks shall inherit the Earth.

We spent Sunday attending a couple of incredible panels, doing some last minute bargain shopping, and snagging a few more awesome pics before heading back to our home base in Arizona. Enjoy our recap and photo gallery below.

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Charles Kochman and Sergio Aragones

Our first stop on Sunday was the “Rube Goldberg: A) Inventive B) Cartoon C) Genius” panel celebrating the 72-year career of the crazy invention illustrator, Rube Goldberg. Charles Kochman moderated the event, which featured MAD magazine icon Sergio Aragones and Goldberg’s granddaughter, author Jennifer George (The Art of Rube Goldberg.)

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Rube Goldberg’s granddaughter, author Jennifer George

I’ve always loved Goldberg’s unique creative genius, but I wasn’t aware that in addition to his humorous “invention” art he was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist, an author, sculptor and engineer; and his personable granddaughter, Mrs. George, has obviously inherited some of his wit and marketing savvy. Learn more at:

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(L-R) Randall Lobb, Holly Frazetta, J. David Spurlock, Jeff Shanks, Mark Schultz

Next up was the “Conan & Frazetta: Celebrating 50 Years” panel focusing on the iconic Frank Frazetta covers from the Lancer Books of the sixties. Filmmaker Randall Lobb moderated the event, which included guests Holly Frazetta (the artist’s daughter and founder of, author J. David Spurlock (Steranko: Graphic Prince of Darkness), Conan historian Jeff Shanks, and illustrator Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales.)

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Randall Lobb, Holly Frazetta, and J. David Spurlock

Fans got to see a short clip from Lobb’s upcoming Conan documentary film, A Riddle of Steel, and listened to stories about Frazetta’s influence on fantasy art. I learned that the renowned artist was not necessarily a fan of the Robert E. Howard books he helped to popularize, but that he did enjoy Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan and John Carter of Mars novels.

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Holly Frazetta

According to Holly Frazetta, her dad was mostly a family man during the day and did his artwork at a very quick pace at night. Mr. Spurlock mentioned that when Frazetta began his work on Conan the character’s look was not yet established so he was able to approach his interpretation with an empty palette. Mark Shultz touted the artist’s use of “functional muscle” that was then exaggerated for effect. Mr. Shanks commented that Conan’s look was an amalgamation of the tough boxers and oil field workers that Frazetta knew from real life.

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Fans didn’t need Pokemon Go to capture Pikachu at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

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PDX Wonder Woman

Miss Piggy, Wonder Woman and Velma Dinkley … all in one photo … only at Comic-Con! Enjoy our gallery of Sunday’s photos below (click on the Thumbnails to see the full-sized image!)


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Bob Leeper
Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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