I’m not going to bore you with the hellish amount of traffic and construction going on in the metro Detroit area, but I will tell you that it took forever to get to the Con. When I got there, I pulled up to pay for my parking. I was at a dead stop, when I decided to pull out my water bottle, which I froze over night, but by now the ice had melted a bit. I untwisted the cap and BOOOM! The bottle exploded in my lap. It scared the hell out me and I let up on the brake and I hit the car which two feet in front of me. My hood flew up and I looked like a total fool. Luckily there was no damage to either car and I didn’t have to exchange any information with the other driver or get the cops involved.
So I get into the Con and I head straight to George Perez’s table to have him sign my two New Teen Titans Archives. When I get to his table he informs the line that he will not be signing anymore books after he is done with the person whom he is signing for at the moment. I was #2 in line. Between last night and now, I am not too pleased. I remind him politely that I was here Friday night with Patrick and he told me to come back Saturday. This must have jogged his memory and he was nice enough to sign the books. I thanked him very much, but he didn’t seem to be in the conversational mood.
I then went over to Martin Nodell to have him sign All-Star Comics Archives Volume 2 and Comics Cavalcade Volume 1. He is such a nice guy and still going strong at the age of 91! Nodell will be at the San Diego Comic Con to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and then he’ll be at Wizard World Chicago in August.
I walked around for much of the show, just looking for reasonably priced older Trades and Hardcovers. I found a few, but nothing really caught my eye. I ended up buying brand new copies of Essential Godzilla for $5 and Legion Archives Volume 7 for $25. Both excellent deals.
At 3:00, I headed over to the Conversation with George Perez. I sat in the front row and I recorded the whole thing with my iRiver, it turned out very well and I will be editing out the pertinent pieces related to this podcast. However, I will be putting up the entire conversation in a special download link. I’ll speak more on that in my next two podcasts.
Later in the day, it turned out to be an unofficial Detroit Podcasters Meet-Up; Mike (Most People Are DJ’s), Derek (Comic Book Noise), Aaron (Weekly Anime Review), Matt (Digital Detroit Radio), and Jasper (Plan Nine Rock Show). By now the show was closing and we all decided to have a few beers at a local bar. Aaron had to go back to Toledo, but we did meet up with Josh and Jason (Podaholics) and Les (Zaldor’s World). We had a great time and we had a few laughs, too.
Then 9:00 comes around and Mike, Jasper, Josh and Jason and I head over to the Official Con After Party at the Doubletree. It turned out to be a total geek fest complete with some yahoo playing with a life sized remote control R2-D2. There were a bunch of celebrities and professionals mingling with fans. I took off around midnight and in conclusion it turned out to be a really fun weekend. I’m glad I didn’t skip it.