Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Emerald City Comicon: The Day Before

Jim and I were very excited to leave our home on Friday to get to Seattle, so we skedaddled around 1 p.m. We had pretty decent traffic, so we got there around 3:30 p.m. The problem we had was being a bit lost. I had the GPS plugged in, but we still had to drive around the block a few times before we found the correct entrance to the convention center. After driving a bit, we parked the car at the hand door and checked in. Our goal was to get the stuff for Jim's booth in so we could proceed to the hotel.

We had tried to plan very carefully, so we had reservations at the Roosevelt, which was a block away. I almost made Jim pull his hair out of his head when I missed the turn and we had to go around the block! Heh heh. We eventually got there and got checked in. The location was outstanding but the room was so damn small. Also, there was peeling paint in the bathroom and we couldn't both be in there at the same time. We let it slide because we wanted to get to our friend Brian's work in time for his day to be done. We walked there and had perfect timing. Brian was just closing up and we were able to head back over to the convention center with him, knowing exactly where to go.

Since Brian is the Northwest rep for Hero Initiative, we helped him schlep the stuff he had to his booth. Then Jim and Brian went to go find a more permanent spot for his car while I worked on the posters that you may be able to see at the back of the booth. Since I am not at all artistic, Jim and Brian were shocked at how decently they turned out. Done working for the night, we proceeded to dinner.

Brian and I are fans of the beer/ale genre, so we went to McMenamin's Six Arms for dinner. We split a pitcher and ate excellent burgers while catching up. Our next stop was Shorty's. A couple of guys were hosting a "Drink and Draw" event. Calamity Jon Morris was one host, and we had a great chat while having some beers. We also spied madman Ed Brubaker and Brandon Jerwa over in the corner partying, which was a bit surreal.

On our way out, my hubby totally geeked out when he found Brubaker playing Galaga, the classic video game. The great thing about Shorty's was that there were videos, pinball,and dogs wandering aimlessly. Seriously.

Because the show was starting in the morning, we headed back to the White Horse for a round and decided to call it a night. I am glad we had the foresight because Saturday was an incredibly busy but fun day.

A preview of Saturday: hanging with Laura and her sis Lisa, having a fantastic talk with Swinebread, meeting some booth babes, watching all the costumes parade by, dinner with the Hero Initiative crew, and just plain good times. I can't wait to take you there with me!


Swinebread said...

I knew you two were cool but ale/beer lovers and fans of McMenamin's? The coolness overflowing!

Your posters rocked!

Heidi Meeley said...

Swinebread, that is just awesome news! We will have to hit somewhere in Portland that serves said beverage!

Thank you for the kind words on the posters- I was really nervous about them!