Again, about 4 hours of sleep to start the day off. I arrived around 12:30 p.m. and head straight upstairs for the stage area as I knew the Vampire Cowboys Theater Co. would be doing one of their fight demos/shows soon. Sure enough, I arrive and find them all stretching out and getting into character. I took the above shot from a window overlooking the main floor. That's nothing compared to how big it was. Next door, was the smaller Travel Show.
I think we scared all of the would be travelers with our nerdiness. Rest assured. Give it a few years and we'll be knocking down that wall and taking over the entire Javits Center.
As always, they put on a great show. Really fun and cool looking fights. I'm impressed by the choreography. Back in my early acting career, I was the protege of a fight choreographer and went on to teach it myself for many years. I love watching it in action and this theater company kicks it hardcore!
We had a few signings starting at 12pm with Tony Lee. And Miss Molly Crabapple from 1-3pm. With our first raffle of the day at 2:30. All went well. I missed Tony, since I arrived later but got a chance to hang with Molly a bit and chat. She is awesome, if you didn't know. Jonathan Hickman did a signing with us from 3-4pm. Always great having Jonathan come by. We've supported him since his first book and I truly think he is the next big thing in the comic book world. Mark my words!
During Hickman's signing, the girls from Sweatdrop Studios came by for a visit. That's Sonia Leong and Emma Vieceli. You may remember them from my Bristol Con visit last May. It was their first, I believe, trip to NYC and NYCC. Always entertaining and informative, the ladies did not disappoint. Their energy is infectious. Joe didn't know what he was in for! Especially when I made Emma sing a duet with me. Soon, Sonia joined in for a little Les Miserables impromptu singing! They both did sketches that they donated to the raffle. Sonia's was of a CNI Girl. And Emma's was of myself and Joe. And everyone is saying she captured me perfectly. Full of myself with a sparkle!
The aforementioned Hickman, joined us for an interview afterwards and dropped the news on us about his new ongoing Fantastic Four gig. We actually heard it before it was announced at the con, but he knew we didn't release shows live or immediately from conventions. So, yeah. We got the scoop, bitches!
Carrie Tucker joined us again and was tickled pink that she sold more books. As was I. If you remember, "I fucking helped her!" (Listen to the episode with her on back in December to get that quote.) Another raffle and a brief stop over at some tables followed. I really didn't walk the floor much that day as we had so much going on at the booth. 7pm rolls around and we decided to take a big picture of all the podcasters in the Arena.
On the way out the door, I again run into Blair Butler. We chat for about 30 minutes just nerding out over comics and the convention and stuff. She again apologizes for not having time to come sit with us. Of course, I understand, but am disappointed that she can't make it over. I'm happy she has gotten so popular and busy, but it gives her little time to do things she wants to do. You know, because ALL she really wants to do is hang at the Comic News Insider booth.
After Blair and I chatted, it was off to the Podcasters dinner that co-host Joe had set up at Heartland Brewery. We had our own private room and bar. Buffet style food. And wow. I was impressed. We had chicken marsala, mushroom ravioli, mashed potatoes, asparagus, salad, spring rolls, dessert, etc. Not to mention our fellow podcasters and listeners with us. Smaller group than last year, but we still managed about 60 people. And to those who bitched and whined about last year's dinner that $30 wasn't worth it. SUCK IT! It was this year. (For the record, MOST of us thought it was last year too.)
See how happy I am at that dinner? Mmmm....good! Post dinner, I took everyone over to O'Flaherty's for drinks. It was pretty crowded but we figured out some spots to stay. Soon, it cleared out a bit, but we took it over. I had invited many of the comic luminaries as well. And they started to show up in droves. The big parties with DC and Marvel were too crowded, so many abandoned those. Heidi MacDonald and Ben McCool came along with Ben Templesmith and his wife. At one point, I was sitting with Templesmith and the IDW crew. I met a guy named Zane. Nice guy from Texas. Writer. I heard him say something about his sister being an actress and her name is Brea. I asked, "Is your sister Brea Grant ("Dapne" from Heroes)? Indeed it was his sister! I told him how we had her on the show and he said, "I know. I heard it." We had a fun chat and I DMed Brea on Twitter that I was hanging with her brother to which she replied, "That's crazy!"
More drinking and more folks showed. CNI sponsor Dynamic Forces president/founder Nick Barrucci came by for a hot minute. I had been texting with Cassaday and convinced him to come out. Always fun watching people nerd out over him. Even someone as big as Templesmith was a fan! Speaking of, Ben and I really had some great chats. Top notch fellow, that Templesmith. Soon enough, a small crew of us bounced off to another couple of bars. Next thing you know, I'm getting home at 6am.
Successful and fun night! I pass out around 7am knowing that I will probably only sleep about 4 hours.