Sunday, April 30, 2006

Quick Takes on This Week's Stash

New Avengers Annual 1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
It was definitely a big pile of comics this week, and a mixed bag to be sure. I finally set out to read a few of the stack, and have made the following judgements.

New Avengers Annual #1: I love Jessica Jones. She is a favorite Marvel character of mine. The fact that she and Luke Cage are getting married in a book that isn't hers bothered me from minute one.

My fears were confirmed when a lame ass battle scene was sandwiched between the great character dialogue in this stand alone issue. The villain and her story deserved better, and Luke and Jessica deserved more of the focus. Overall, I was pretty disapointed. C-

Astonishing X-Men #14: Now this is more like it, folks! I loved this issue for many reasons, not the least, Kitty coming through the floor for a very embarassing reason. Great dialogue and sweet art. A

Black Panther #15: Now this is how to do a romantic tale. Ororo and T'Challa completely steal the spotlight from Luke and Jessica in this second part of the storyline "Wedding of the Century". Big points to Scot Eaton for the insane art. B+

Batman #652: I really missed James Robinson's storytelling, and having him back here is a great gift. Batman has one of the strongest "OYL" storylines going, and it just keeps building. Kudos for the scene between Batman and Bullock. B

Catwoman #54: My pre-read favorite this week didn't let me down. The new Catwoman loses it as Selena tries to keep the focus on her new daughter. There are so many great mysteries here, and the art by David Lopez just enhances it. Excellent. A

The Thing #6: This book continues to impress, as Ben tries to do the right thing, and the Yancey Street Gang can't leave well enough alone. Writer Dan Slott just gets it. B+

X-Factor #6: The origin of Layla Miller? I was a bit confused, but certainly intrigued by Peter David's take on one of my favorite new characters. This book is shaping up to be the OTHER "IT" X-Men title in my eyes. B

Checkmate #1: Surprise hit of the week for me. I can't wait to see what happens next. The identity of the new White and Black royalty kicked ass, and their soldiers make perfect sense. I am in heaven. I can't wait to see a certain Dark Knight make a guest appearance. A

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Updating My iPod

I just spent the last couple of hours trying to update my iTunes and my iPod. It was a much bigger undertaking then I anticipated. I had to start from scratch when the iPod update erased all the songs I had previously loaded on my baby. Yikes. What made this complicated was that when I was having my surgery in December, the computer got a virus and erased everything. I had to start from scratch reloading my stuff. What a pain!

At any rate, I finally have my iPod reloaded, and now have to go experience the joy that is laundry. What a day. All work and no fun! Hee hee!!

Hopefully before the night is over, I will read some comics and watch some television. What an ending to the day, huh?

Take care!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

A Night Out With The Girls

I had every intention of reading my comics and blogging, but at the spur of the moments, the lovely ladies in my office decided on a "Girls Night Out". It was the first time in a long while that I had went out and shot the crap with just females, so I was extremely game.

We hit Red Robin and had a few rounds plus nachos, which is always a winner. Then we talked our secret woman talk and made fun of men in general. All in all it was a cleansing experience. Heh heh.

I didn't blow my diet too badly, and I was able to have some fun. It was worth the sacrifice of not getting my comics read. It was also nice of my hubby to be so amiable about the whole thing. He doesn't mind at all, especially if it gives him some quality alone time.

Have a great evening and a wonderful Friday!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Pre-Read Pick of the week: Catwoman 54

Catwoman 54
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I have been in love with the Catwoman series since Will Pfeifer took over the writing chores of the book. Each month I hotly anticipate the book when it comes in. This month is no exception.

After the first "One Year Later" issue, I am even more excited then ever. There are so many deep mysteries to solve, and there is an atmosphere that envokes the calm before the storm. Selina's life has changed, and I can hardly wait to see the repercussions.

This issue features David Lopez on art. I was a big fan of his work on Fallen Angel, and enjoyed his work on last month's Catwoman. He makes me think of Gary Frank, but with a twist.

I am betting on the fact that Catwoman will be good before reading it. Anyone else with me?

Monday, April 24, 2006

New Comics for April 26

Ion 1
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
After a busy weekend, and an even busier Monday, here I am, back for another week's worth of comics. I had a headache that wouldn't go away, and wouldn't you know it, I went and worked out for an hour and a half and now it is gone!

Here is the list of my new books for the week:

Batman #652
Blue Beetle #2
Catwoman #54
Checkmate #1
Crisis Aftermath The Battle For Bludhaven #2 (of 6)
Hawkgirl #51
Ion #1 (of 12)
Seven Soldiers Frankenstein #4 (of 4)
Supergirl & the Legion of Super Heroes #17
Villains United Infinite Crisis Special
Invincible #31
Amazing Spider-Man #531
Astonishing X-Men #14
Black Panther #15
Fantastic Four #537
Four #29
New Avengers Annual #1
Sentry #8 (of 8)
Storm #3 (of 6)
Thing #6
Ultimate Fantastic Four #29
Wolverine #41
X-Factor #6
The new Crappy Wizard #176- but I am stupid and keep buying it!

Have a great week!

Friday, April 21, 2006

Catching Up On Infinite Crisis!

Tonight I have decided to take a stab at reading the Infinite Crisis Prequels together. I am starting with DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy and then I am going to go to OMAC Project, Villains United, and so on, until I get read up through issue 6 of Infinite Crisis. I know I can't get this all done tonight, but I figured it was a fun project for the weekend that didn't involve housework or exercise, so I am game!

Have a wonderful evening and a splendid weekend if I don't see you before it ends!

Take care!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Comic Book You Should be Reading: Daredevil

Daredevil 84
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
When Marvel rebooted Daredevil as part of Marvel Knights, I was skeptical. I was proven wrong time and time again as creators Kevin Smith, David Mack, Bob Gale, Brian Michael Bendis, and now Ed Brubaker have written incredible storylines every time. The art is gritty, and the tales are reminiscent of Frank Miller's run, which has been well deservedly homaged.

Today, Daredevil is at it's peak. Brubaker has taken the reins from Bendis and made a masterful book into perfection. The story is completely engrossing, to the point that I am pissed that I have to wait an entire month to see what is going to happen next. This is a must read title.

If you haven't gotten into Daredevil, now is the time. Pick up the last three issues if you can find them to see what I am talking about.

This is amazing stuff. Brubaker just keeps kicking ass. I can hardly wait to see how he is going to top this.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Dreaded Picture!! Before and After

Before and After
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.

I promised that I would put up my "Get In Shape" before and after pictures, so here is the side profile. The picture on the left was taken on January 20, and the after picture on the right was taken on April 13.

I can tell that my lovely hysterectomy wrecked my addomen area in the before picture. My poor old belly is just absolutely hanging out. At least now, I have gotten back some decent tone, which I am thankful for.

I still have about 20 pounds to go, but I am really happy with my results so far.

P.S. I am slightly mortified that I actually posted these. I guess I wanted to show that anybody can lose weight if they try, even after major surgery!

Monday, April 17, 2006

New Comics For April 19

Conan 27
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I just got home from the "Get In Shape" results program. My team got 2nd, so I am very happy!

Onto comics, here is my lovely list for the week.

Conan #27
Birds of Prey #93
Bite Club Vampire Crime Unit #1 (of 5)
JLA Classified #20
JSA Classified #11
Justice #5 (of 12)
Manhunter #21
Witchblade #97
Captain America #17
Daredevil #84
New Avengers #18
Spider-Woman Origin #5 (of 5)
Squadron Supreme #2
Wolverine Origins #1
X-Men #185
X-Statix Presents Dead Girl #4 (of 5)
Red Sonja #9

That's it kids! Have a great week!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Epilogue: Happy Easter!

Before the day is over, I wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter! I hope you all have had a wonderful, peaceful day filled with love and happiness!

On an epilogue note, my hubby says, and I agree, that my last post was very snarky. Well, it was intended to be. Whether it's blaming Britney Spears for empowering women to bare their navels, or in general saying that it's just "a guy's way" to grope, I just don't see any justification for having to have Victorian standards in a modern age. I had hoped that we had evolved beyond that by now, but obviously not. The last post was my way of saying that we have a long way to go.

At any rate, have a wonderful Easter and a great week!

How to Guide for Women in Social Situations... a Farce Comedy

In modern times such as these, it has never been more important for a woman to follow simple rules of behavior. Otherwise she is just setting herself up for the harassment and violation she so justly deserves in breaking these rules.

1. A lady should never be dressed in less then two layers of clothing. Before going to a mixed sex event, a woman needs to not only wear a large set of underpants and a Teflon bra, but also make sure that she wears enough clothes over them that no trace of said undergarments peek out. Any other dress code and the woman is just asking for what she gets.

2. A lady should never talk about subjects that may be construed as teasing or flirtatious. She must be careful to never say anything provocative. Men must be allowed to take the lead in social situations, and ladies should not speak unless spoken to.

3. Ladies should always stick together. If a situation arises where one lady needs to go the powder room, the others should accompany her. This prevents any of the women present from being left in a precarious position. It also allows the other females present the opportunity to make sure that one of their flock is not behaving inappropriately and to chastise them if needed.

4. Ladies should not consume alcoholic beverages in the company of strange men. This can cause certain unladylike behaviors that are just not acceptable such as dancing or touching. If a woman wishes to have a demon drink, she should be accompanied by a male chaperone she knows who can monitor her consumption.

5. A lady should never go to a social event where she may not know other people. Doing so may cause her to look unladylike. Men at the event may think her to be of a sexual nature because she is alone and speaking to them in a smiling, happy manner.

6. Never be the last lady standing. When all the other ladies leave, you must leave as well or men will think you are fair game for their sexual predatory natures.

Rules to live by!

Friday, April 14, 2006

Get In Shape: Week 12- The Weigh Out

Well, it's finally in the can. I weighed and measured out of the contest yesterday morning. I did my individual stats in the morning and went back and took our team picture in the evening. It was a grueling, but rewarding experience.

Wednesday night I was on the treadmill for an hour and a half while trying to dehydrate. Yes, that's right- I was purposely doing it. Then I went home and tried not to drink anything while eating a small piece of sirloin. By Thursday morning at 6:30 a.m. when I was doing my half hour body pump, my mouth tasted like crap. I weighed out at 7 a.m . and massive doses of water soon followed.

Here is the damage:

Weight Loss: 21 lbs.
Body Fat loss: 7 percent
Inches lost off waist: 8
Inches lost off hips: 5
Inches lost off thighs: 3


When I did my calculations, I figured that I lost about a half a pound of lean mass. The rest of the weight was all fat, which is why the number of inches decreased so significantly. This makes me very happy, because this is what I was striving for. I wanted what I lost to be fat instead of burning off the crucial muscle. Yay!

I would actually add two pounds back on after rehydrating, so in future calculations, don't be surprised if I adjust back, according to my regular weigh ins. This means I weigh at night and let it stand.

At any rate, I am very pleased with my results and would like to continue on this path for about another 20 lbs. That should put me right where I want to be, with spectacular muscle cuts and the ability to bear my midriff if I ever get brave enough.

I find out Monday night if our team wins, and if I place at all individually. My co-worker Rick, who is also a teammate, did so well that I think he will surpass me in the individual, but the fact that we are on the same team with two other folks who did an equally great job gives me hope for a strong finish there.

Un "get in shape" wise, Jim and I are staying in town this weekend, so I will be back with rants and thought provoking, argumentative posts. I am still fired up about the whole sexual assault thing, so I have a lot to say, and it may surprise you.

In the meantime, take care and have a wonderful Friday!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

What Makes A Real Man??

I just got done reading the latest "What A Girl Wants" column by Ronee Garcia Bourgeois over at Buzzscope. Sigh. Please go read this piece and come back...

A woman creator has stepped forward and addressed a specific issue of sexual inappropriateness. She is having a tough time moving forward, but is pressing that justice be done. I applaud her for that. I will be joining up with Friends of Lulu to give my support to women creators and women fans in general. Let me quote their announcement...

"Friends of Lulu, the national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage female readership and participation in the comic book industry, is launching a new fund and will be jumpstarting it at CAPE this year!

The fund will be for women in the industry who wish to pursue legal action in sexual assault cases, by helping to provide money for representation and also emotional support when needed.

“I think it is only natural to add this to our focus,” said FOL’s National Vice President RonĂ©e Garcia Bourgeois. “In order for us to truly be an organization aiding women, we need to recognize the fact that this IS a problem and work toward education and the elimination of such treatment.”

As the official jumpstart to this fund, Friends of Lulu will be holding a raffle at CAPE on May 6th in Dallas. Gotham City Limits ( in Jacksonville, Florida, has donated a Sin City Prize pack consisting of a Sin City Black Death Icelandic Schnapps Ashtray, Cerveza Cango Ashtray, Sin City: Magnet Set, Fuzzy Dice, DF Miho Litho and The Girls of Sin City Action Figure 5 Pack Black and White Version, all of which add up to an approximate retail value of $130!

“The purpose of the raffle is two-fold,” explains Bourgeois. “First, to get exposure to the cause and also to solicit for donations to our upcoming auctions, the biggest of which will be held at HeroesCon this year. So far, the response has been great. Creators, retailers and private collectors are donating everything from original art to memorabilia but we can never have enough for such a cause.

”Make sure to stop by the Friends of Lulu booth at Cape to learn more!

Donation inquiries can be sent to
For more information go to:"

End of said announcement.

I consider myself an open person. I love the "teaser" Black Cat sketch my husband got me (see previous entry). I think it is clever, and it fits my sense of humor. I even laugh at bawdy jokes and drink a few beers. BUT what happened to that woman is inexcusable. There is NEVER a time or a place that a woman should have to go through what she did. What a bunch of bullsh*t. I am glad that she had a male friend who helped her out and is standing by her to make sure justice is done, but what if he HADN'T been there???

Coming to my point, a real man would never do anything like that. A real man is kind and patient. A real man makes his intentions known with romance and courting. A real man can WAIT for it to be right. A real man knows that it is NEVER okay to touch a woman without her consent. A real man would never have done this.

Thanks for making comic conventions less safe for women, Dickhead. If we want to encourage new female readers and the progression and talents of female creators, groping them is not the way to go.

I am furious about this. This is the 21st century, for God's sake. It isn't Barbarian time where you knock a chick in the head and take her back to your cave. This is a time when we can verbally communicate. Don't use your powers of social connection to make a girl feel like she has to let you touch her. This is ridiculous.

There are many genuine, nice men in the industry. What does that do for them?? I just got back from a fantastic convention experience where I made some great new male friends. I really appreciated their time and opinions. To read something like this unsettles me something fierce.

Kudos to Friends of Lulu to taking steps to support women that have experienced harassment. A big bouquet of respect to the woman who was brave enough to step forward.

I am going to seethe about this for a long time.

Monday, April 10, 2006

New Comics for April 12

Desolation Jones 6
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
It is going to be a hectic week for me. I weigh out of my "Get In Shape" contest on Thursday morning, so I am anxious to see what the end results are. Tonight I lifted so hard that I can hardly lift my arms over my head! I am motivated, but know that a couple more days aren't going to change things a whole lot, other then to stay the course.

I have quite a pile of comics for this week, so let's go to the rundown.

100 Bullets #71
American Virgin #2
Captain Atom Armageddon #7 (of 9)
Crisis Aftermath The Battle for Bludhaven #1 (of 6)
Desolation Jones #6 (shown)
Fables #48
Firestorm The Nuclear Man #24
Green Arrow #61
Loveless #6
Nightwing #119
Superman #651
Wildcats Nemesis #8 (of 9)
Girls #12
Noble Causes #19
Exiles #79
Ms. Marvel #2
New X-Men #25
Son of M #5 (of 6)
Ultimate Extinction #4 (of 5)
Ultimate Spider-Man #93
Uncanny X-Men #472
X-Men The 198 #4 (of 5)
Strangers in Paradise #81

It is a hefty list, so I will be working extra hard to pay off my bills this month!

Take care and have a great week!

Mary Marvel Sketch from ECCC 2006

Mary Marvel
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
My loving husband also got me a sketch of Mary Marvel by Francis Manapul. I love the profile look, and the colored pencils.

I am usually too shy to ask for sketches so I am lucky that my hubby helps me out! I never want to impose...

What do you think?

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Introducing the (IN)Famous Black Cat!

Black Cat by Adam Hughes
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Here is the sketch I have been referring to in Emerald City Comicon posts. Adam Hughes sketched this for my husband in the lounge after the con around midnight on Sunday. It was the surprise of the con, for sure.

My husband is pretty clever, isn't he?

Bar none, this shows why Adam Hughes is such a genius, and shows what an awesome husband I have for coming up with the idea.


Friday, April 07, 2006

Emerald City Comicon: Monday and beyond- Happy Trails!

After our late night in the lounge, Monday came too quickly. I had a slight headache, and Jim was exhausted, so we slept in. Finally, we knew WE HAD to get up, so we showered, packed and headed towards home. One quick stop at McDonalds in North Bend and it was fast going from there. We made it back into town around 1:30 p.m. Whew!

A two hour workout and much laundry later, there were still many remnants of our comicon experience. It isn't just the physical remains, but also the great memories that will last a lifetime.

A quick aside- some readers have mentioned the "party" tone of my posts. Well, let me clarify. I have been on a strict Zone-type diet for the past 11 weeks. When I added any alcohol, it didn't take much to get a pretty good buzz, hence the conversation with Tony at the end of the night. Besides, it was kinda fun.... until I got on the treadmill Monday afternoon and cursed myself!! At any rate, I am back home on my strict schedule, eating clean proteins, veggies and fruit, and healthy carbs. I have a week left on my "Get In Shape" contest with a lot to prove, and would like to continue on and lose another 20 lbs. after that to get to a "six pack ab" goal weight. Heh heh.

Back to the subject at hand: I had an insanely wonderful time at this year's ECCC. Jim and I are still in awe of the whole experience. We made new friends and met up with old ones. There was a lot of kindness and genuine excitement abound, which was infectious. He and I voted that this was our top comicon experience ever. Too cool.

I will probably was philosophical tomorrow, but for tonight, it is time to relax and regroup. I came back with a slight sore throat and cough, and would love to get rid of it by Monday! Good luck, right?

Thank you again to my friends for the perfect weekend. I appreciate it more then you will ever know.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Emerald City Comicon Report: Sunday- Shutting It Down!

Comics Fairplay ECCC 2006
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
Sunday morning came too early. The time change did nothing to enhance things, but we were determined to be up and at 'em early. We went downstairs to the buffet once again to carb load and get on our way. Jonnie joined us for a few minutes, and then it was off to the con with he and Mike along for the ride. Poor guys! I admire their courage.

Once we hit the doors, we were surprised how quiet things seemed. The line to get in was much shorter, and everyone seemed pretty mellow. I sat back to greet the day, and was pleasantly surprised by Polite Scott and his lovely wife Robin. We had a great conversation and then headed upstairs to the DC Panel.

We sat in front of Laura and her hubby Eric to await the panel. Silly me, I just assumed she would know that it was Polite Scott with me. Bad Heidi! I should have made sure. As we waited for the panel to start, Eric allowed Scott and I to peruse his sketch book. It is an awesome sight, and I was quite envious.

The panel started when Kurt Busiek and Gail Simone went upfront and took questions. Bob Shreck followed later, as he had to climb the stairs. Poor guy. All three are very outgoing and give great talk, but there was not a sense of what to ask. (Note to Jim: This is where a moderator would come in handy, hint hint!!)

After awhile, with my husband ringing my phone, I took off and went back to the booth. The highlight was that Brian, our very esteemed, handsome, and talented friend had taken over the ACTOR part of our proceedings. Brian is an excellent fundraiser, and smartly proceeded to tell Jim and I to buzz off so he could get down to the business of making money for a worthy cause! Smart man.

That being the case, Pamela and I wandered over to the concessions where she bought me a large diet coke- thank you Pamela, you saved a life that day! She and I relaxed and pondered life before deciding it would be nice to give Brian a breather.

Back at the booth, Brian had done an excellent job of keeping things going. He had raised quite a bit of money, and was probably hoping we could keep the momentum going. Well.... we tried, but didn't do so well. By the end of the day, we did get better.

We saw Laura downstairs, and she and Eric were having a nice time. For a more accurate report of things, check out her blog, as she didn't wait as long as I did to report the show. I can learn from you, Laura! She was dismayed that she hadn't properly talked to Polite Scott yet, so I was very happy later that she got to see him before he and Robin went to the Science Fiction Museum.

Selling tickets and passing the rest of the day made it go all too quickly. Before I knew it, Brian was taking Mike to the airport, and we were faced with the prospect of trying to finish fundraising for ACTOR solo! I got down to it, and had a wonderful time interacting with my fellow fans. We were so priveleged with the bounty we had. Dan Brereton donated a gorgeous Kane water color and Kirk Jarvinen did an incredible sketch of Thrillkiller Batgirl. We were also blessed with a Birds of Prey trade courtesy of Gail Simone and a Spider-Man sketch from Joe St. Pierre. Brian came through with several action figures, the first appearance of Superboy Prime, and a calendar signed by most of the creators present. Once this was added to the action figure, trade, and comics we already had, it was quite the bounty for the comic fan.

I am happy to say we raised mucho dinero for ACTOR and made some fans very happy. We drew at 3:30 p.m and several attendees came to watch. Some walked away with swag, others were disapointed, but it was for a worthy cause.

The day ended all too quickly and we had to say goodbye to our friends. I will miss our booth neighbors Joe and Shon immensely. I hope they stay in touch! Joe, we never did finish our conversation, so we will have to pick it up later.

We went to dinner with Kirk and Pamela, which was the perfect way to wind down. It was a wonderful, relaxing meal with two people I really like, so it doesn't get better then that.

Back at the hotel, we hit the lounge, hoping to run into Scott and Robin. As luck would have it, they came down not long after we did. What a blast! Thank you again for the beers and great conversation!

After Scott and Robin departed for bed, I sat alone while Jim waited for Adam Hughes to do a sketch. Poor Adam had vowed to do as many sketches as possible in the lounge that night, and he was put to the test. Jim loved watching him, and tried not to bother him too much as he was working.

I didn't have to hang alone for long, as I was able to spend some time with Jim D. and some of the creators. It was nice just to chill. Thank you to Darick for the beer.

Just as I didn't think things could get any better, my hubby took me over to Adam's table and presented me with a custom sketch of Black Cat wearing a Flashdance style shirt that says "Got Milk" on it. I was touched and surprised to find that Jim had spent all that effort for me. The sketch is incredible, so I hope to post it soon.

Funny moment: Tony Harris comes over to where I am looking at the sketch and we have a brief exchange as so:

Tony: "Are you crying?"
Me: "No!"
Tony: "You just look like you have one of those faces where you cry easily. Are you sure you;re not crying?"
Me: "No, I'm just drunk."
Tony" "Oh." (very knowingly!)

Too funny.

Thank you to my fellow lounge mates for the great evening. My diet went to hell in a handbasket that night, but it was worth it for the companionship and sheer fun. We have to do it again next year!

After all the excitement, Jim and I basically crawled upstairs to bed. It was a perfect end to a perfect weekend.

Just one problem: We had to get up the next morning and go home.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Emerald City Comicon Report: Saturday- Getting It Started!

By 8 a.m. Saturday morning Jim and I were down at the complimentary breakfast for some serious carb loading. Oatmeal and yogurt intake complete, we were ready to head out. By chance, we ran into Jonnie Allan in the elevator. Ascertaining that we were headed over to the con, he road with us and even paid for our parking. How nice is that? We later found out he is the genius behind Stykman. Not only is he very nice, but he has a great comic that drew quite a bit of interest. If you get a chance, check it out.

After a bit of wandering from the paid parking to the front of the building, we were ready to start things. Jim paced a bit, getting the lay of the land while I chilled in the booth. Our favorite retailers Randy and John were just kitty corner from us, so we were absolutely thrilled. If you ever go to a Seattle or Portland based con, they are the gentlemen to buy from. The booth is called "Randy's Reader Comics", and their prices are fair while supplying quality.

At 10 a.m., fans started filtering in. It was a bit disconcerting to be on the other side of the table. At first, I felt like a total fraud. People would come by and want to know what comic I created, and my answer was "I didn't. I am here promoting my blog and trying to raise some money for ACTOR". Sometimes the person would think it was cool; other times I got a blank look. Maybe blogs aren't as well known as I thought??

In attempting to get over my insecurity, I decided to just go with the flow. I saw Pamela and had a brief chat. She told us where Kirk was, as he was at the tables with Mercury Studios. Armed with that information, and thrilled that Pamela was there, I felt much better.

Not long after, the incomparable Laura from Bloggity-Blog-Blog-Blog came by with her lookalike sister Lisa. Both are super friendly, and a great deal of fun. I had my picture taken with her famous troll Torvald. What a wonderful idea! After a bit of conversation, the ladies were on their way, and I stayed at the booth, starting to enjoy the day.

By lunchtime, I was starving, so I left Jim to man the booth while I went in search of dietary food. Luckily, they had a beef teriyaki, so I was in business. While I snacked on my lunch, I was able to talk to several people. Many were intrigued at the thought of me having a booth exclusively devoted to my blog. I know it seems a bit egocentric, but I really feel the need to make an awareness of those of us out there doing our thing. I think we are a great community of diverse tastes, and I love having my own space to express myself.

The rest of the day passed rapidly. Laura and Lisa came by again and I was envious of the incredible sketches they got. Heh heh. My hubby tried to tempt Laura into buying Aquaman art, but she was strong and resisted the urge. As she and Lisa went on their way to continue the fun, I talked intermittently to my booth neighbor Joe. He is as sweet and funny as it comes, so it was a total pleasure. He and Shon were pretty busy all day with fans, and it was compelling to watch.

The night ended with a group of us going to dinner. We went to Red Robin on the pier and had a really enjoyable meal. The conversation and companionship were unparalleled. Mike, Brian, Joe, Shon, Pamela, and Kirk: you made my weekend! After dinner, it was back to the lounge for some beer and conversation. It was so much fun that I never wanted it to end. Alas, it was the night of the "Spring Ahead" time change, so it had to eventually. As Jim and I rolled to bed, I was content as could be. Sunday would be a good day.

Tomorrow: Sunday Comes Too Soon!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Emerald City Comicon Report: Friday- Moving On In!

Last September Jim and I were sitting talking about how much fun we had at the previous Emerald City Comicon and how incredible it would be to have a booth to talk about our blogs and meet up with fellow bloggers. With that in mind, we went to the ECCC website and printed out the application. Painfully, I wrote a check, and mailed the sucker in. Being the anal freak I am, I also got our hotel reservations at the Springhill Marriott, which was to be ECCC headquarters. That done, Jim and I got to brainstorming.

Fast forward to February, and panic set in. Jim decided not to actively blog anymore, but we still planned to attend the ECCC and represent my site. What could we do to make things interesting? After much consideration, we decided to make bumper stickers and a large sign with COMICS FAIRPLAY prominently featured. I also printed out the last three months of my blog entries and put them in a book for folks to check out. To finish things up, we decided to do a small ACTOR fund raiser, complete with Batgirl Thrillkiller action figure and trade paperbacks.

Armed with all these goodies plus luggage, we got in the car on Friday and headed to Seattle. We got to the hotel and checked in around 2 p.m. After that, we ran over to Qwest Field Event Center to set up. Since we didn't have a great deal of bells and whistles, it didn't take long. The definite highlight was meeting Joe St. Pierre and Shon Bury, who had the booth to the left of us. Joe is currently publishing his own book Bold Blood from Astronaut Ink. He had a great sign that really caught the eye. Shon is prepping "Shon C. Bury's Nox" from Nawain Publishing. He had a sign as well, and both had information on their great new ventures.

We talked to Joe and Shon briefly before heading back to the hotel, and were just absolutely thrilled at the prospect of being next to such great guys.

Back at the hotel, we checked out the lounge and then headed across the street for a budgetary and dietary dinner at Subway. We made plans to meet our friends Ben and Mina in the Lounge around 7:30 p.m. Catching up with them was fantastic, and time went way too quickly. Ben took us on a drive around Seattle that really helped familiarize me with the area. We enjoyed the scenery and headed back to the hotel. At 10 p.m, it was bedtime, since we knew we had two long days in front of us and wanted to be fresh.

Next report: Saturday and dawning realizations that I felt like an imposter!!

New Comics for April 5

Before delving into reporting on the Emerald City Comicon, I thought I would post one of my regular features here. Every Monday I print out the Diamond Shipping List and figure out what is coming my way. There are some great new books hitting the shelves this week so I am psyched!

The list is as follows:

Aquaman Sword of Atlantis #41
Detective Comics #818
Infinite Crisis #6 (of 7)
Jonah Hex #6
JSA #84
Omac Project Infinite Crisis Special
Outsiders #35
Teen Titans #34
Y The Last Man #44
Lions, Tigers, & Bears Vol. 2 #1 (pictured)
PVP #25
New Excalibur #6
Punisher #32
Ultimate X-Men #69
X-Men The End Men and X-Men #4 (of 6)
Young Avengers #11

It should be a great week of reading. I am especially looking forward to Infinite Crisis and the second volume of Lions, Tigers, & Bears by the incomparable Mike Bullock and Jack Lawrence.

Take care and have a great week!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Back From Emerald City!

Jim and I just made it back to town, both thrilled and exhausted. What a wonderful, perfect, extraordinary weekend we had! I can hardly find the words to express it, we had such an incredible time.

I will file reports during the rest of the week, giving some insights and probably just generally gushing, so strap yourselves in!

I wanted to give a special thank you to Polite Scott and his sweet wife Robin for the great conversation last night. It was a pure pleasure! I hope your trip home was stress free.

I also wanted to thank Kirk and Pamela Jarvinen for dinner(s). What a class act you are! Pamela, you are a true friend in every sense of the word, and I look forward to seeing you again!

Other special thank you's go out to our booth neighbors Joe St. Pierre and Shon Bury. Jim and I were absurdly lucky to be placed next to you- I still can't wipe the smile off my face.

Mike Bullock and Brian- thank you as well! Mike, I can hardly wait to meet Angie, and hope your trip went well. Brian, you are the ultimate ACTOR fundraiser, and an all around trooper- I couldn't have had more fun for a good cause! Next time I promise to drink real beer!!

Ben and Mina- thank you for the ride around Seattle and great conversation! Nachos rule!

Jonnie Allan- you are a trooper to trust two strangers to give you a ride! Hopefully we provided comedic relief! We will be keeping our eyes on you and your book Stykman!

Laura, it was a thrill to meet you! That sketchbook of yours is amazing! You were a prime example of how to make a con fun, with your energy and enthusiasm. Hopefully I won't look like too big of a dork with the troll.

Jim D.- you are the man! Thank you for putting on a comicon that exceeds my expectations every time. You worked so hard, and were so sweet to everyone, that it was an inspiration to the people around you. Take care of yourself, okay?

To all the other people I met- thank you for taking the time to share yourself with me. It was an incredible experience!

In my slightly hungover fog I hope I haven't forgotten anyone! The sheer nirvana of being in the lounge last night at midnight and getting a sketch done by Adam Hughes as a surprise from my husband still hasn't worn off yet.

I will be back with more later- it is unfortunately time to hit the treadmill and try to reverse the effects of the beer I consumed, as well as the uneven way I ate. Thank you again!