Local artist gets last minute Comic-Con call

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SAN DIEGO - Chad Cavanaugh was given just two weeks to prepare for the biggest stage in the comic book industry.

"Two Mondays ago they called me and said they got a table opened up and I was like I’ll take it, I don’t know how but I will," said Cavanaugh.

PHOTO GALLERY: Costumes of Comic-Con

PHOTO GALLERY: Costumes of Comic-Con

The former Sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the artist and writer for a number of his independent comic books.

Initially, his booth request for Comic-Con was denied.

“It’s like being invited to the Super Bowl but not just to go sit and watch it, to be actually participating in it,” Cavanaugh said.

Cavanaugh says he was able to contact his printer and get a fresh crop of prints just two days before the event, which was the first San Diego Comic-Con the North Park resident has been a part of.

“I live in a dirt alley in North Park and to go from that to this biggest stage in the world for comic books is huge,” Cavanaugh said.

Less than a handful of local talent are participating in the event. At least two other artists are involved in the 4-day convention, which features more than 720 exhibitors.

“These are long days," said Cavanaugh. "Ten to 14 hours and a lot of on your feet and telling the same story over and over again to describe the books. It’s one thing to sell somebody a book, it’s another thing for them to have read it and want more."

Cavanaugh says his comic book sales have surpassed the century mark so far with the rest of the weekend to go.