off, before we get to Toronto Comic Con, I have a couple of pics left
over from Mike Carbo's Comic Book Marketplace!
here's me with David Roya from Billy Jack.
here's Belle watching me pack to leave for Toronto!
so... Wizard acquired the Toronto
Comic Con, and it was my job to head up there and organize Artist Alley,
help out the Autograph Area with the guests, organize the Volunteers,
set up the programming and panels, and a million other things on top
night before set-up day, Rich and I wandered around, checked out Silver
Snail Comics, bumped into the guys from Bad Kids Go To Hell, and stopped
for a drink at the Black Bull. Nice place, but the rest rooms confused
us. One door said "Foxes", and the other said "Vixens".
I don't think I'm a Fox.
left there and we all met at a local place called "Gabby's".
I had never heard of it, but apparently it's a chain of restaurants
up there. Since I had never been to Canada, or Toronto, I had no idea.
looking all Irish.
our bartender, giving Rich his "Loaded Corona". Rich claims
it's a common thing to pour flavored Tequila into a Corona and drink
it. But the only flavored Tequila they had was a Tequila Cream. Ewww.
it's kind of... chunky.
insists it still tasted good!
empty hall being set up.
gap between the doors in our Volunteer Break Room.
night Microsoft had an 80's themed party for the release of X-Box Live
Arcade. All the servers and staff wore Mullet wigs! Of course, in the
80's, it wasn't called a "Mullet". It was called a "Haircut".
me with the stuntman who played the infamous Gorn Captain in that Star
Trek episode, Bobby Clark. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Ciurleo)
Doug Jones (Silver Surfer, Abe Sapien), me and Derek. (Photo Courtesy
of Mike Ciurleo)
Bazza Wernick. He co-wrote a series of comics called "Bad Kids
Go To Hell". (Photo Courtesy of Mike Ciurleo)
crowd at the bar! (Photo Courtesy of Mike Ciurleo)
Carol Zara. She's the host of Digitally
Blonde, and is G4 TV's #3 Girl of the Web! (Photo Courtesy of Mike
the Reality TV crew. Murtz Jaffer is the host of Reality Obsessed, and
Jimmy is the Spat of "I Saw You On TV". Yes, that's a title
now. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Ciurleo)
a drink to Froggy? Is this backwards world! (Photo Courtesy of Mike
my boss, and the founder of Wizard Entertainment, Gareb Shamus!! (Photo
Courtesy of Mike Ciurleo)
no idea who this guy is. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Ciurleo)
it was an open bar. Froggy was holding me up! (Photo Courtesy of Mike
the party we went back to Gabby's. Someone from the party who came with
us was very drunk and Max Brooks (author of World War Z and the Zombie
Survival Guide) was still there finishing dinner. The girl with us kind
of trapped him in the corner, said she never read his books, but knew
everyone in the "biz", and kept calling him "Matt".
The next day I changed the title of his Q&A at the show to the "Matt
Brooks Zombie Survival Q&A". Next time you see him, be sure
to call him Matt. :)
that, I headed out to another bar to meet up with the local 501st. And
I barely remember getting home that night!
PUPPET!!! And, it's the ACTUAL puppet from the movie!!
is Heather, she was my Toronto Comic Con assistant. The other volunteers
started calling her "Spat's Shadow", which we later changed
to "Shadow Spat". Some of the artists talked about created
a new Super Hero character for her!
trying for a forced perspective thing, but Rich is a moron.
how it was supposed to look.
Spat with Vader and the other members of the Canadian 501st!
the Bad Kids! Those Bad Kids guys know how to make people want to hang
out by their booth!
putting together the show, I was looking for some fun things for the
Canadian 501st to do at the show, so I stole the idea of a shooting
range from the UKCM on my trip to Leicester.
tries to un jam the Vulcan.
(yes, it's all one word now) opens up with the Vulcan!
then goes in for the kick!!
Stewart (Batman and Robin) left some gifts on the Wizard Booth table.
Now we have to charge him to replace the tablecloth. Graffiti is bad.
guy brought his own date! I bet if he wishes hard enough, maybe she'll
become a real girl!
to Gabby's after the con, Shambooty (our other bartender) just kept
stacking drinks on me! It's like she knows me!
at the bar, I was flipping through the program guide for the show, and
Shambooty saw the pic of Max Brooks and said that she read the book
and loved his writing. I pointed out that Max (or Matt) was sitting
right there in the booth having dinner. She freaked a little and I said
I would introduce them. I went over to Max and told him that the bartender
was a big fan. He came over and reached over the bar to shake her hand,
and she walked away. Max looked at me with death in his eyes thinking
this was a set-up. She came around the bar, grabbed him, and literally
waltzed him into the kitchen! I assume she was introducing him to Kyle
(the chef), who was also a big fan.
Scott is one of my Colonial Marines, and was one of the creature handlers
on Trenches. And by "Creature Handler", I don't mean "Male
Escort", "Fluffer" or "Boy Toy". Or do I?
good to be me! At the bar with my ladies, Josie Lee and Cathy St. George.
Boob Grab on Geoff, he's the founder of Shocker
you have any questions, E-Mail me. Spat@spat-nospam-cave.com