The first day of Fan Expo Vancouver featured two sketch duels moderated by TdotComics video host Alice Quinn. The first was held between Stephen Sadowski (Justice Society of America), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight), and Mike Choi (Witchblade) and the second one involved Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), Whilce Portacio (The Incredible Hulk), and Yanick Paquette (Batman Incorporated).
In the first duel, Sadowski was tasked with sketching Aquaman, Jeanty was assigned the theme “Buffy-in-a-Supergirl-costume,” and Mike Choi was set to take on Emma Frost. During the course of the sketching session, host Quinn peppered the artists with a variety of questions, turning the duel into an impromptu but nonetheless entertaining and informative panel discussion. Jeanty dominated the mic for extended periods, reeling off various humourous anecdotes about his start in the industry as well as how he ended up with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer gig at Dark Horse Comics.
The second sketch duel proceeded under a different format, with Daniel, Portacio, and Paquette being given the theme of “Harley Quinn-plus-artist’s-choice.” As with the first duel, the artists answered Quinn’s and the audience’s questions as they drew. Portacio and Paquette shared their experiences regarding how fluency in a second language (Portacio speaks Tagalog aside from his native English while Paquette is a Francophone) affects their respective creative processes, among other topics.
At the end of each duel’s alloted hour, the sketches (including an extra Garfield-themed sketch by Georges Jeanty) were thrown up on a projector before they were raffled off to members of the audience. Below are images from the events (click to view in larger size):