Sunday, July 19, 2009

The First Annual Asian American ComiCon (AACC), Part 2

Previously on A Fistful of Soundtracks: The Blog: Part 1 of my two-part recap of the AACC.

All the pics in this second AACC photo gallery were snapped on July 11, 2009 at the Museum of Chinese in America in Manhattan's Chinatown with my disposable Kodak, except where noted.

Jimmy J. Aquino and Tak Toyoshima. Photo courtesy of JJA.
Secret Asian Man creator Tak Toyoshima tries to finish a commissioned strip about the AACC. The look on my face says, "You're gonna finish that today? It takes me a week to finish writing a 20-minute script for the Fistful of Soundtracks channel."

Jimmy J. Aquino and Tak Toyoshima are greeted by Kate Agathon and Lisa Hanasono of Purdue University. Photo courtesy of JJA.
Here I am signing copies of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology for my first two fans at the con, Purdue University graduate students/lecturers Kate Agathon and Lisa Hanasono.

Jimmy J. Aquino, Tak Toyoshima and Lisa Hanasono. Photo courtesy of JJA.
At one point, I accidentally mixed up the names of Kate and Lisa (far right) while talking to them from my table. I joked, "I have no Malaydar. I have trouble telling us Asians apart."

Kate Agathon, Jimmy J. Aquino and Lisa Hanasono. Photo courtesy of JJA.
From left to right: Kate, some new guy at the Secret Identities Tour and Lisa.

Ken Wong, Jeff Yang, Jimmy J. Aquino and Jef Castro. Photo courtesy of JJA.
The AACC's Secret Identities signing session marked the first time I ever autographed something that was neither a school yearbook nor a birthday card. From left to right: "Justified" writer Ken Wong, Secret Identities editor-in-chief and AACC co-chair Jeff Yang, myself and "Preface: In the Beginning" and "Peril" artist Jef Castro.

Captain America, Cliff Chiang, Parry Shen and Jimmy J. Aquino. Photo courtesy of JJA.
From left to right: Captain America, "Jia" artist Cliff Chiang, "The Hibakusha" and "16 Miles" author Parry Shen and myself.

Sarah Sapang, Jimmy J. Aquino and Tak Toyoshima. Photo courtesy of JJA.
From left to right: "16 Miles" artist Sarah Sapang and myself, both newcomers who are making our comics debut in Secret Identities, and Tak.

Parry Shen and Jimmy J. Aquino by Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo
Added on July 22, 2009: I don't know what we're laughing about. Perhaps Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo, who snapped this photo, remembers.

Jeff Yang, Ken Wong and Jimmy J. Aquino by Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo
Added on July 22: I like the sight of Chinatown storefronts in the background (photo by Rahadyan).

A signed page from Rahadyan Sastrowardoyo's copy of Secret Identities
Added on July 22: I bet I'm the only comic book writer who references Public Enemy in his autographs (photo by Rahadyan).

William F. Wu and Jimmy J. Aquino. Photo by Shawn Smith.
Legendary sci-fi writer William F. Wu ("Wong's Lost and Found Emporium") and I watch beloved comics author Larry Hama accept the AACC's inaugural Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama Award. Sitting in front of me are guitarist Patrick Moloney and singer Teresa Lee from the New York band PaperDoll, which later performed at the AACC afterparty at the museum (photo by Shawn Smith).

Tak Toyoshima, Kate Agathon and Jimmy J. Aquino. Photo courtesy of Kate.
From left to right: Tak, Kate and I (photo courtesy of Kate). Here's to next year's AACC.

2 comments:

  1. Congrats on your first signing as a comics creator! Musta been a gas. Here's to more Jimmy Aquino comics in the future.

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