Saturday, July 29, 2006

true stories

Sorry I've been slacking. These are lunch notes from the last three days, all ripped straight from the drama of our daily lives.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

san diego recap

We got back from San Diego yesterday and had a wonderful time overall. On the way there I had some weird swollen hand thing going on (a side effect from some medication I was on), so the flight and first few days in San Diego were a little uncomfortable for me. Chris was pretty excited though . . .San Diego welcomed us with open arms . . . yes, that banner says "Welcome Shitheads" and was strung up downtown directly across from the convention center. In San Diego's defense, there are generally a lot of shitheads at Comic-Con as well as some lovely folks (most of whom are from Canada).
This picture below is a perfect representation of our relationship. Don't let the cute lunch notes fool you - this is the expression that Chris wears about 90% of the time we're together. Apparently I can have a "frustrating" personality at times. :)
Chris sketching at the Oni Press booth. The wonderful folks at Oni Press couldn't be a nicer bunch and it's always great to see them.
The Eisner Awards on Friday night. It was a much bigger to-do than we were expecting but a lot of fun. There were some great acceptance speeches, including my favorite by Scott Kurtz, who won for his online comic strip, PVP.
They announced the winner for the Russ Manning (which Chris was nominated for, hence us being at the awards) and I had the sense to have my camera out to capture this shot, but not the shot of his name with a page from Capote In Kansas up on the huge screens. I was seriously so nervous for him. He didn't win, so this is the last picture I took at the Eisners.
Our last day at the convention (well, actually at Henry's Pub) and a pretty good time was had by all. We met some awesome people (including the stellar folks at Vertigo), caught up with some old friends, survived the almost 100 degree heat, didn't go broke buying original art and Chris got a few compliments as well. We were flying pretty high until we got home.
The pictures below are what greeted us upon our arrival. While we were gone, St. Louis had a huge storm with 80 mph winds that knocked this ginormous branch off our tree and onto our neighbors fence and into their backyard. Our house wasn't out of power for long, but a lot of folks still don't have power, almost a week after the storm. Unfortunately, our tree will have to be removed now ( I love our big trees - except when they do this) so goodbye 1300 dollars!!!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

bad advice

Yesterday was our third anniversary and this was my card from Chris. Most of you know that we spent our honeymoon at the San Deigo Comic-Con, but many of you may not know this story. Chris and I were married on a Tuesday (in Las Vegas), we drove to San Diego that next day for the Comic-Con and Chris had a portfolio review with a very well known comic book editor that Friday. This editor told Chris he wasn't quite there yet and Chris asked him for advice. His advice to my husband of three days was that he shouldn't have gotten married.

Monday, July 10, 2006

2 for 1 special

3)Freaky people - I'm not talking about your run of the mill stormtroopers or even the elvis stormtroopers that we've come to expect at any mid- to large sized comic convention. There are some seriously strange folks at San Diego. Case in point - last year as I was wandering the convention floor, I found myself following two girls (late teens at the oldest) with sandwich boards on detailing how much they charged to a)kiss you, b) "french" you, c) kiss each other, d) "french" each other. I think "frenching" each other went for about $5. I tried to get a picture, but only came out with a very blurry depiction of their prices. Still enough for actual proof when I later told Chris the story.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

$18 cheeseburgers

2)Room Service - while room service is not exclusive to the San Diego Comic Con, I thought I would list it anyway because it's absolutely one of my favorite parts of traveling. There is something just so self indulgent about having someone bring you a cheeseburger while you stay in bed that definitely appeals to my personality. And have you seen the tiny bottles of ketchup?? C'mon!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

famous people, part 2

I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and last year I had the ultimate Buffy experience at Comic-Con. While having drinks one night in the bar at the Hyatt, a guy leans over the back of the sofa I'm sitting on to ask a waitress a question. I look up and it's Seth Green, (Oz from Buffy). I manage to maintain my cool (apparently I was the only one in our group who noticed him) and flash him a huge, winning smile. He pauses and smiles back at me and I was instantly smitten. This story is commonly referred to as "that one time that Seth Green smiled at me" and I like to tell it often.
Later that weekend, Chris and I are standing on the convention floor and I turn around and there is Joss Whedon (creator of Buffy) talking to artist John Cassaday right behind us. I immediately froze up and tried to tell Chris without being obvious. He tries to drag me over to say hi but I totally freaked out at the prospect of talking to Joss Whedon and got considerably more upset as Chris kept pulling me in that direction. Needless to say, I didn't talk to Joss Whedon or flash him a winning smile. I acted like a complete idiot. This story is commonly referred to as "that one time I freaked out and wouldn't talk to Joss Whedon" and I rarely tell it.

Monday, July 03, 2006

famous people, part 1

Alas, there is no lunch note today since I went out to lunch with my boss. Instead, as we count down to the San Diego Comic-Con, I'll share some of my favorite things about the con from years past.
1) Famous People - The first year we went out to San Diego, I was walking into the convention hall during a very busy afternoon and realized I was walking right next to Quentin Tarantino. Unfortunately, Chris was standing in a portfolio review line at the time so I experienced my first Comic-Con brush with fame by myself. I was also completely composed and didn't make an ass out of myself, unlike last year, when I found myself standing next to Joss Whedon.