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Geek Beat: Comic-Con Q&A with Monster Commute's Daniel Davis

Once a year when the sun it at its strongest, dedicated geeks nationwide (and in some cases, worldwide) make the long, arduous pilgrimage to the shores of California. The journey is long, but the benefits are many. Geeks are cured of their lousy-summer-blockbuster-ennui. Dedicated purveyors of nerdy tomes and playthings are rewarded with gold. And, after proper homage to the geek-gods has been rendered through endless hours of "programming" and toy and movie previews, the geeks celebrate with late-night boozefests and costume parties until the break of dawn.

This is San Diego Comic-Con. And it is good.

Since most of the geeks around here (including yours truly!) missed the con this year, we figured you might have too. We blame the lousy economy, the high jobless rate (can't just randomly take off for a few days to see previews for 2012 and meet Johnny Depp now, can we??) and nargles.

Instead we're living vicariously through Daniel m. Davis, the local mastermind behind Steam Crow's quirky monster stories, including the steampunk web-comic Monster Commute. Read on and weep at what you missed...

New Times: Johnny Depp and some other celebs made guest appearances at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Did you catch sight of anyone you were excited (or surprised) to see?

Daniel Davis: I'm there to meet folks, and show off our wares, so we spend 99.23% of the time behind our table. I did catch glimpse of folks waking by -- like Danzig, Seth Green, and a bunch of comic elite like Stan Sakai, William Stout and guys like that.  

NT: What went on with the actor Brandan Fraser? We heard you have a story about meeting him at your SDCC booth...

DD: Well, I know that Brendan's people read this, so I'd rather not say anything bad about the guy. (His people have people, and those people have swords.)  Let's just say that he wasn't at all what I hadexpected... and really tweakie. 

NT: What's the craziest thing you've heard/seen at SDCC?

DD: Teen girls that try to convince me to give them free products by flickering their eyelashes. That's crazy. If they were wearing centaur costumes, I just might do it. Otherwise, they have no power over me.

More on Comic-Con, Steam Crow and Monster Commute after the jump...

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