Some other highlights:
-Telling people John Green couldn't make SPX because he had to suspend his campaign to fix the economic crisis.
-Wandering around Washington DC at night with Raina, Marion, and Gina Gagliano, looking for the Lincoln Memorial and finding the Jefferson and FDR ones instead. Very inspiring!
-Seeing Rusty Rowley and Jose Mochove, the creators of Full Sanction, who've been at every single SPX since like 1996?! As well as other longtime regulars like Pam Bliss and Jennifer Hachigian, and past and present con organizers Karon Flage, Steve Conley, and Greg McElhatton. It's people like them that really keep the thing running.
-Raina doing a classy job presenting Best Mini-Comic at the Ignatz Awards.
-Talking politics with Frank Cammuso, who is one of the best people to find yourself chatting with at a party.
-Checking in on the status of Alec Longstreth's new beard.
-Watching Saturday Night Live in our hotel room, and Marion and I spending Sunday quoting the final sketch (song parodies of Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl").
-Hugging Ed Siemienkowicz.
-Getting a mini comic called "Con Tales" from Liberty Roach, an awesome 17-year old fan who we've seen at several comic shows in the past 2 years with her super-supportive mom!
-The enthusiasm for Raina's new mini comic, as well as the surprising amount of kids who were at SPX this year and all the people who seemed eager for good kids' comics.
-Heidi MacDonald introducing she and myself (on the Kids and YA Comics panel) as longtime players in the comics for kids racket, with anecdotes to the "old days" when she was my editor on the Cartoon Network comics line at DC, and reflecting on how much has changed since then.
-The times where my head didn't feel a bowling ball and my eyes were able to see things without tearing up.
-Dinner on the ride home. Jillian Tamaki's reaction to the overdone French Quarter decor at Mimi's Cafe--a place we almost stopped at last year, but was still under construction then.
-Raina's drawing of Penelope Pitstop from Wacky Races:
-Raina's sketch of Tin Tin and Snowy:
(Some more photos!)