The People of Comic-Con 2012 [PICTORIAL]

Keeping the nerd dream alive...

Keeping the dream alive…

At the end of the four days, the lasting memories of Comic-Con aren’t about the comics and the toys. The memories are about the people: the artists, the fans, the writers, the kids, the kidults, the creative types who dress up in costumes, the dedicated folks who go to the panels and the die-hards who sleep outside overnight on the sidewalks for a glimpse at a TV vampire or some special swag…

Buff Monster cosplayer

Buff Monster cosplayer

Comic-Con is crowded and sweaty and difficult to navigate. But if you give up getting to that signing and let the herd move you instead, you can hold your camera up and catch gems. For instance, I’m sure the pink-haired fellow above is dressed like a character I don’t happen to know, but I prefer to imagine that he’s cosplaying Buff Monster.

(the real) Buff Monster

(the real) Buff Monster

I saw the actual Buff Monster signing cards at DKE, but he didn’t have his liberty spikes (above). At least Super Cooper was wearing a crown (below).

Super Cooper, SpankyStokes and Joanne of Dragatomi

Super Cooper, SpankyStokes and Joanne of Dragatomi

Another cool thing about Comic-Con is that it unites old friends and new friends, all in the name of good original Goldenbook art!

The Sucklord, Sharon Kozik and Jack Sparrow photobomb

The Sucklord, Sharon Kozik and Jack Sparrow

Click through for 50-some photos of people I ran into at Comic-Con. Some are in costume. Some aren’t. Some, one really can’t tell. Note: This is my “potluck” post of candids and cameos–folks who didn’t otherwise fit into other posts. More complete coverage of artists, companies and toy art from Comic-Con 2012 can be found in this post archive and the forthcoming digest. Or, take a trip back in time and see how much younger and thinner we all looked at Comic-Con 2011 and Comic-Con 2010.

Mao and Kozik

Frank Kozik and his other love: Mao

Vamos! Proceed to the People of Comic-Con!

Jason of Color Ink Book and Simone of Tokidoki

Jason of Color Ink Book and Simone of Tokidoki

The Crow

The Crow (likes Uglydolls)

Skinner

Skinner

Luke Rook

Luke Rook

Wilfred

Wilfred

Kaiju Korner Andy

Kaiju Korner Andy

Julie B, Matt Hisey and Chris Ryniak

Julie B of Pretty in Plastic, Matt Hisey of Toypinionated and Chris Ryniak

Disney princesses

Disney princesses

Nathan Hamill

Nathan Hamill

Joe Ledbetter

Joe Ledbetter (in fantastic glasses)

Jesse, Angie, Lauren, Chris and Spanky

Jesse, Angie, Lauren, Chris and Spanky

Zombie

Steer clear of the bath salts

Jeremy and Chauskoskis: brothers from different mothers

Jeremy and Chauskoskis: brothers from different mothers

Jason Limon, Jay222, Dril One and Leecifer

Jason Limon, Jay222, Dril One and Leecifer

Leecifer and Jay222 with a Waycooler Friend

Leecifer and Jay222 with a Waycooler Friend

KISS had a 5th member...

A little KISS

Ferg and Trevor (Van Beater)

Ferg and Trevor (Van Beater)

Ryan the Wheelbarrow

Ryan the Wheelbarrow

Doug and Andria of Screaming Sky Gallery

Doug and Andria of Screaming Sky Gallery with their new little person!

Annathered and JeremySandwichFace

Annathered and JeremySandwichFace

Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell

Andy, Velocitron and Luke

Andy, Velocitron and Luke

Wigged Out

One of these kids REALLY wants to be a contestant on Ru Paul’s “Drag U”.

Where's Waldo Clone Trooper and Adventure Time

Where’s Waldo Clone Trooper and Adventure Time

Storm Trooper after Costume Weapons Check

Storm Trooper after Costume Weapons Check

Scottish Shadow Trooper

Scottish Shadow Trooper

Darth Vader art lover

Darth Vader art lover

Plushie

Plushie

Lucky Troll

Lucky Troll

Uh-oh...

Uh-oh…

father and son

Me three!

Dunny bus riders

Dunny bus riders

Read all about Comic-Con 2012 in one convenient digest here.

See you next year!