Just got back from the San Diego Comic Con, and thought I share a few of things I came across that I liked. If you can put up with my mug on a few of these pics – you can see there are still things to find there, whether you can afford them or not.
Above, a very rare title cel from an MGM theatrical compilation of cartoon shorts. Below, a model sheet of the Papa (voiced by Mel Blanc) from MGM’s Peace on Earth (1939).
If I had a spare $1500, I might have bought this beautiful cel set up (I’m sure created for a publicity still) from Invitation To The Dance (1957). Click the cel in my hands to see a close-up of the art.
If I can’t afford to buy this Mutt & Jeff poster, I can at least take a picture with it.
Couldn’t resist taking a photo of this vinyl doll representing the Rankin-Bass Pinocchio… even if it barely looks like him.
Never saw this 45rpm Hanna Barbera Records sleeve. Interesting to note the initials “W.I. and R. D.” (under Pebbles cradle) which I’ll assumne to be Willie Ito and Ron Dias. Very cool.
Went to the Cartoon Network presentation of new comedy series… and all three went over very well with the convention crowd. Rebecca Sugar is already a super-star, and Clarence (who’s pilot was just nominated for an Emmy) blew everyone away. Good things are coming… and these promotional buttons were distributed to the attendees will find a nice place in my collection.
I’m an admitted 1966-Adam West Batman nut, so allow me thank Warner Bros. (who has finally wrested away the merchandising rights to the series from 20th Century Fox) for all the cool stuff coming our way. Here was the 2013 Comic Con tote bag, which was seen often on the the convention floor. Each bag even came with a bat cape!
Mattel is going to soon make available a utility belt and batarang faifhful to the original series.
I have no idea what this vintage 1966 Batman toy is, but the box was cool…
I did buy this – its a repro of a cool Aurora Batmobile model kit banner. Couldn’t resist.
And finally (for now), I was surprised that their were a few copies of my forthcoming SpongeBob Squarepants book at the Insight Editions booth. They are being printed and bound now, and these were the first publishers proof copies. It looks really good. Can’t wait to read it.