The weekend before Easter was ECCC and clearly I was so exhausted by it that it took me a whole week to write a wrap up post. Basically the whole weekend was tiring but lovely and gave me a lot to think and reflect on, some of which I might be keeping off the blog for a while as I still mull it over.
Terry and I drove up Thursday around noon, set up his table, checked in to our hotel and then met Cat and Ron for dinner in Pike's Market where we were given a table a lovely view. After dinner, Terry and I went back to our hotel where he drew while we watched trashy television and an alien movie.
The con was really fun! I spent most of the weekend behind Terry's table, helping out. I wasn't tabling as I don't have anything to sell (yet!) but I'm always happy to help out a friend. Plus, I just love talking to people and seeing everyone in their costumes and just the good vibes of the convention floor. It's exhausting, yes, especially since you have to be at the con all day and network all night but for a weekend, it's well worth it.
Speaking of night networking, that was probably my favorite part. I had such a lovely time every evening! Friday night, I went to the Oni Press party, to meet up with Ron, Cat and Tally and had a great time. My editor Robin was there, who is one of my favorite people on the planet, as well as the rest of the Oni crew who are all great people and it was fun chatting with everyone. I also met and made friends with Monica Gallagher, who is awesome and has a new book that just came out called Part Time Princesses which you should probably pick up. Anyway, long story short, the night ended with Robin, Monica, Kel and myself sitting on couches in the lobby of the Sheraton hoping Cat, Tally and Ron would reappear with magical, free midnight cookies (which never happened.) So basically a great night.
Saturday, I was exhausted by the time I got back to the hotel at seven thirty with a container of cheap orange chicken and a coke and although I knew I should go out and mingle, I really just wanted to sit on my bed. So when I realized that the Dark Horse party not only didn't start until nine but was also two blocks from my hotel, I decided that was the party for me. And it was also great! I hung out more with Kel, Ron and Cat, got to talk more with Spike Trotman who I'd met earlier that day, talked with Brendan Wright and Emi , both of whom I hadn't seen in months and just generally had a lovely time. It's like a short comics summer camp and I love it.
The ride home on Sunday was tiring but all in all, it was a great weekend and I'm happy I went, even if I forgot to take a lot of pictures. Oops.
On a last, completely unrelated, funny note, Tally has been going through old sketchbooks today and posting things online. This one showed up on Facebook and I love it and have to repost it.
I shared this on my wall and Ron wrote back "I love that you're the kind of person who can meet 29 people and expect 29 friends! You are the making-friends MASTER." to which I, COMPLETELY SERIOUSLY, replied,"Why be pessimistic? Everyone's a potential friend!" Because I am a children's cartoon character.