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Comic-Con 2001 a Blast for

It was crowded, it was crazy, it was chaotic ... and we wouldn't want it any other way. That pretty much sums up Comic-Con International 2001 for the gang.

    The fun started early Wednesday morning as Al "Spawn" Simmons and the rest of the crew showed up at the Convention Center in San Diego to start setting up the booth. The first thing we discovered was our booth assignment was incorrect. After getting all our stuff forklifted over to the correct booth, we commenced building.

    And the race was on. Our goal? To have our booth completely assembled by 5 p.m., when the Center doors crashed open for a three-hour Preview Night, open to the public. We made it ... just barely.

    The booth had several racks lined with action figures and three display cases featuring upcoming action figure two-ups (Kurt Warner from NFL Series 1, Revolver Ocelot from Metal Gear Solid 2, Talisac from Clive Barker's Tortured Souls, Tenchi Masaki from Tenchi Muyo!, T-1000 from Terminator 2 and the Violator from Spawn Series 20), plenty of Urizen figures both in and out of the package and even a Samurai Wars accessory pack for folks to drool over.

    Our setup also included props from the Spawn film, a central table where people could sign up for the Collector's Club and a couple of binders showcasing all our upcoming figures for the rest of the year.

    Wednesday night was moderately busy, but mellow. Thursday morning the onslaught came and didn't end until we were packing up to leave Sunday evening.

    Granted, packing up was much easier than loading in, considering we gave away hundreds and hundreds of action figures and signed comic books. We held dozens of drawings throughout the week for people who signed up for the Club. Most everyone who visited the booth left happy.

    The biggest news of the weekend, though, had to be Clive Barker's Tortured Souls. We had two packaged sets on display (and, no, we didn't give them away) and, without fail, every person that came to the booth inquired about them. Most were disappointed when they found out the figures were for display only and not for sale.

    The coolest part of the Con, though, was the chance to connect with our fans face to face, answering their questions, listening to their comments and just shooting the breeze. We had a blast and hope everyone that attended did, too.

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