Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson signed autographs from 1:30 to 2:30 on Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Dark Horse booth, which really delivered this year.
The booth offered free T-shirts, Hellboy masks, an assortment of small buttons, posters, bookmarks and a chance to spin a wheel for prizes in the form of digital comics. The table often had an artist or a writer signing for lines that were kept organized and moved quickly.
The line for Dorkin and Thompson was long–so long, it kept them busy for the entire hour and Dorkin was unable to do sketches to ensure that everyone in line got their items signed. This reporter hopes to see those two in a Dark Horse panel next year. Anyone who’s ever been treated to Dorkin sitting a panel knows he is rapid-fire funny, candid and witty. Certainly, both should be signing at the booth for more than one hour on one day.
Still, Dark Horse was on the ball this year, bringing along copies of the duo’s Beasts of Burden hardcover, as well as copies of Thompson’s Scary Godmother collection. Fans in line had an assortment of books for one or the other or both to sign, and this reporter brought along her vinyl Milk and Cheese figurines, which Dorkin signed. The pair also signed a free copy of the Hellboy/Beasts of Burden crossover for everyone in line.
There are murmurings of a new project for the duo, presumably Beasts of Burden-related. Meanwhile, Milk and Cheese fans are looking forward to the January 2012 release of Milk and Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, a hardcover collection of every comic ever made from 1989 through 2010, plus a notable amount of supplemental material.
Follow Dorkin and Thompson on Twitter at @evandorkin and @thejillthompson for more on upcoming projects.