||[Oct. 6th, 2008|09:21 pm]
|[||Tags|||||con report, spx||]|
|||||Casey Wilson: I held a cat...and I liked it!||]|
Back home from SPX and had to take the day off to recover. I spent the last few hours of the show having my worst allergy attack in years and trying not to sneeze on everyone. I apologize to anyone I may have blown off, or on! I'm starting to think there's something in the Maryland trees or environment that really sets me off because as my friend Matt pointed out, this wasn't exactly the first time I got sick at SPX. Which is really frustrating because it really is one my favorite cons, and sickness aside, it felt like a really good year for the show. I didn't get to pick up as many books as I would've liked, but I did meet lots of cool people like Richard Thompson, the creator of Cul De Sac, one of my favorite new comic strips, as well as people who were exhibiting at SPX for the first time.
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!)
I didn't know FDR had a memorial. It's so stunning, so different. I wish I could raise an army, invade the USA, loot Washington and bring back that memorial back with me as a souvenir. Or maybe I could settle for a tiny model, fitted inside a snowglobe.
And, by way, that sketch of Tintin and Snowy is so cute that I also wish I had thaumaturgical gifts so that I could bring Hergé back from the dead. That way, he could see the sketch.
Yea, I love that little section across the river with the forgotten memorials... the Jefferson Memorial is really cool. If you stand in the middle, and look directly across the river, you have a perfect straight-on view of the White House. And the FDR memorial is huge! Practically a whole park! If you had kept stumbling past the FDR memorial and kept right, you would've eventually came back around to where the Lincoln memorial is (which-- like the Jefferson memorial-- has a secret little museum underneath).
Yeah, I couldn't believe how big the FDR memorial was! Especially fun to explore at night.
I got to check out the Jefferson museum a bit after I used the rest room!
The best accidental discovery I made in DC last time I was there was stumbling across the WWI Memorial. Jeremy and I were discussing wether or not there was one, and then I said we should go across the road to see this rundown looking gazebo. And sure enough, it was the WWI Memorial. Let's just say that for the "War To End All Wars", it was a really lame memorial.
Did you see the new WW2 one? That was the last one we came across before heading back home.
Oh yeah, it really is a sight. Although, I'm a a big fan of the Korean War Memorial, with all of the soldier lined up. Very creepy.
I shake my fist at the WWII memorial for interrupting the view between Lincoln and Washington.
And it has almost nothing to do with the fact that, since it was built after I visited DC last, I got disoriented and led our group completely astray and walked in the opposite direction of our destination--that being the Lincoln Memorial. ;)
I assume FDR stands for Franklin D. Roosevelt? ^_^;
It looks like you had a blast! It's a shame John had to stay home though...
I held a cat, and I liked it! And then I spent the restofthedaysneezing.
Hope you're all recovered now, Dave! :D
I love those sketches Raina did! They are seriously awesome.
SPX sounds really cool and it sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you feel better!
It was great seeing you all and so many other old and new faces.
You'll have to let me know if you hit DC again next year. The downtown area there is like my average weekend stomping grounds.
We couldn't do it without good folks like you, believe me. :)
So glad you got to see the FDR Memorial at night! As much as I like the memorial by day, at night I think it's simply amazing, with all of the flowing water lit up. I really need to make it back over there with the new camera one of these evenings...
The best part was that we didn't even know it was there going into it, and had no idea how BIG it was. It just kept going and going and going!
Thanks for posting your notes-- it's nice to hear about the good times!