Comic Art Fans, and several of his buddies. We had an enjoyable breakfast, dishing on past con experiences. I also had a long talk about Family Guy that got cut short by other louder discussions.
We were able to say "good morning" to Chris, Elizabeth, and Oscar again. One more Oscar stole my heart with his sweet nature and beautiful eyes. What nice people!
We rounded up our friend Brian and went down to the Event Center. As is normal on a "post-Saturday night" convention morning, it was pretty sparse. Considering the quantity of parties being held the night before, it was not surprising. Some of our friends looked a bit worse for the wear, but I won't talk out of school!
Jim went on a sketch adventure while I stayed at the booth, alternating between selling raffle tickets, vegging, and having conversations with the folks that stopped by. Laura and her husband Eric came over and said "good morning". I was very happy to see them. I told them about wanting to arm wrestle Mike Oeming and they were very supportive. It was really fun knowing that I would see Eric and Laura throughout the day.
I also checked in with Kirk and Pamela, who were doing very well. Kirk was working on a Doctor Who sketch for Laura, and he was trying to keep it hidden from her! Pamela was his partner in crime and they did a good job of it.
Brian was working over at the HERO Initiative booth, so I was able to finally meet Jim McLauchlin, who has taken a full time position with that organization. After telling him that he had gotten Top Cow back on track and letting him know I missed his presence there, the perpetual motion machine was back to selling. Is it wrong that McLauchlin reminded me a bit of Steve Buscemi?
Jim spotted me in the booth on and off so I was able to wander a bit. I bought a set of comics from Chris, and got a few Alter Ego's at the Twomorrows Publishing booth. I also walked around a bit with Pamela taking pictures. She and I ran into Matt Haley, who I teased a bit about his "Who Wants to be a Super Hero" fame. He gave me crap right back, which I fully expected. Sharp wit on that guy. A definite highlight was that Pamela remembered that Matt was a total metalhead so we were able to introduce him to Kirk. It was a complete metal moment that I was thrilled to be a part of.
Back at the booth, we decided to hold our drawing at 3 p.m. since I wanted to arm wrestle Oeming at 4 and the show ended at 5. It worked well, as two winners were present. Sean Marshall, pictured here was thrilled to win the "All Star Comics' hardcover. I wish I could remember his name,(UPDATE: Thank you Sean for letting me know) as he was really sweet about the whole thing. We drew for all prizes and were really thrilled to have raised some money for good causes. We gave half the money to HERO Initiative and the other half to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. It was nice to present the money at the show, knowing it was getting into the right hands.
Being party poopers, we took the prizes that weren't claimed back to our hotel room so that nothing happened to them. This left the booth quite bare, but we figured we wouldn't get into too much doo-doo.
Before I forget, prior to our raffle, Howard Tayler came over and gave me my sketch. I am still in heaven over that one. Thank you, Howard.
After running over to our room, we were a bit late for the arm wrestling event which was now in progress.... More on that next post!