I thought this one would resonate with you cartoonists out there as it refers to missing deadlines. I hope you'll take note. I didn't want to have to use such a sordid tactic as to call you out here in public. But seriously, it's gone too far. When you miss deadlines you put us in an awkward situation. Do you think I like signing you up for telemarketing lists? Of course not, but it's the only way to get it through that thick gorgeous skull of yours that we need the comics on time! Thank you.
People who know me like to throw out terms to describe me such as: "hirsute, impressionable, irrationally defensive, gum smacker, kitten comber, bombastically reticent," etc. So to say I was overwhelmed by what I saw this weekend may be a bit of an overstatement (and no it wasn't Meryl Streep's commanding performance in "It's Complicated" -- because I saw that two weekends ago) as I am and have been a believer in the power and draw of comics on the Web.
So suffice to say when Bill Amend asked me to be his guest at the first-ever PAX East, I jumped at the chance. Which was unfortunate, as I was on the lip of a volcano at the time ... j/k. I'm fine.
I'll get in to more detail here as the week progresses, but wow. It was awesome. I heard estimates of 50,000- 60,000 people. Sold-out. Video games, comics, music ... laughter, one beer (just one I swear) and three days later, color me impressed. And if you are coloring me, can you make me a little tanner?
The out-of-focus photo above is the line (which could not be photographed appropriately) from Bill's early Saturday morning talk. There had to 800+ (?) people in the hall and they went overcapacity, so I don't think everyone got in. Anyway, Bill delighted the crowd with his comics, math and gaming talk and most importantly, he got me in so I didn't have to wait in the line which regrettably did not endear me to a guy in a solid green heat-to-toe spandex costume.
It's happening tomorrow too...I went today and it was really remarkably busy! I was very impressed by the crowd. Also, there were lots of costumes (more than I remember from previous years), and lots of great local creators (and not local creators! and actors! and actresses!).
If you've got some free time on Sunday, go check it out. There are lots of comics for sale, toys, random items. original art, etc. I took my parents a couple of years ago, and as we walked around, my mother told me that she felt that she understood my job a little better. I thought this was probably completely untrue (and, if anything, she now had even less of an accurate understanding of what I did than she ever had before). Take that as you will.
My two highlights were talking to Jane Wiedlin (Yes! From the Go-Go's!) and Mira Furlan (Babylon 5! BABYLON 5! AAAAAAH!!!!! Oh - I guess she was also on "Lost." I wouldn't know. I don't watch it. "Talking" is overstating. I went up and told her how awesome she was on B5. Then I ran away.)