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Comic-Con Memories
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Untagged  12 Jul 2012 10:57 AM

I've been going to Comic-Con for almost 30 years now, god help me. Sometimes I think I know downtown San Diego better than any town I've actually lived in. These are some of the things I think of when I think about Comic-Con:

• The Picadilly

• HateBall Tour 1993 

• Scary bail bondsmen offices

• When you could easily park in the convention garage

• When Hall H was just a grassy knoll where you could hang out before the con opened

• When I cared about the Marvel and DC booths

• When I first met Gary Groth and he had a pony tail

• When I first met Dan Clowes and he charged me $10 for a sketch but not the cute girl in front of me

• When I showed Dick Giordano my portfolio as a teenager and he was incredibly encouraging

• Drunk late-night walks with Jaime back to the hotel

• Eisner Retailer Judging with Sergio Aragonés, who brought his guitar to kill time 

• Sin Alley Cats, The Ol' Prospectors, and Action Suits with Rube Reuben at that Fanta golf course party

• Danzig's stripper room

• Riding elevators with Lou Ferrigno, the guy who played Chewbacca, and Stan Lee

• Being told on at least three separate occasions over three separate years "NO PHOTOS!" by an off-the-clock Lou Ferrigno (including in the elevator)

• Selling comics to Leonardo DiCaprio, who had just flown in via helicopter with Gaston from Meltdown

• Eisner tears

• Jack Kamen's kiss

• When I realized that the Playboy back issue dealers didn't check ID 

• Me, Jane Wiedlin, The Eisners