Sunday was a rough day after that 6am arrival home. My voice was going and I was feeling a bit hungover. I set my alarm for 10, so that I could arrive at some time around 11am in time for the Monica Gallagher signing. I really wanted to sit and chat with her about webcomics and other ideas. She's so talented and just a big ol' sweetheart too. Unfortunately, I hit my alarm button and woke back up at 11:30. Damn it! After eating, I didn't get to the show until after 12:30. Sorry, Mons!
Greg Pak was already there for his signing. We briefly caught up and then got him for an interview. Pak is one of the nicest guys in comics and is always quite gracious with us. During the interview, we had a surprise visit. Daniel Dae Kim, "Jin" on Lost, comes by out of nowhere and says "hi" to Pak. I guess they know each other from somewhere. I wish he had swung by during Pak's signing because then they might have chatted for a bit. And maybe we could have gotten him on for a minute. Still, a pretty funny moment as I was mid sentence and suddenly went, "Wait...was that Daniel Dae Kim?"
The other Jimmy Aquino swung by as well and we were able to chat for a few minutes with him. The parallel universes did not implode and we got through it without harm. Though it's been said, he's not been seen since!
Molly Crabapple joined us from 2-4pm for her final signing. As you can see, I was struggling to stay awake and aware even in her presence. It was interesting having Molly sit with us all 3 days. I saw all sorts of idiots approach her. Obviously, she's stunning to look at. But, few looked past that and were interested in her book. Don't get me wrong, many were, but still. She also had a vinyl record (remember those, kids?) that she had done the art for. I was amazed at how many people picked it up and asked if it was free. And, took it out of the sleeve! Sheesh. Boundaries people. Learn them. And guys just wanted to get a picture with her without even buying anything. Lame-o's. Naturally, she was very gracious to everyone, but a few times I wanted to jump up and tell someone to fuck off. Get over it, guys. Women create comics too. It's not a new thing.
2 more raffles and they went quite well. I still don't know our grand total, but I think we raised a pretty good amount for The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. I had already lost my voice and Joe was getting there with all of his raffle barking. He rocked the mic though!
I did a quick run through of the show floor near the end of the con and ran into Joss Whedon. We chatted for a hot minute as he was surrounded by many. He did remember me though. I asked him if we could set up an interview and he said we'd figure it out. Sweet!
More quick running around and then, just like that...show's over! Everybody out! We packed up our gear, did a quick recording with the Comic Geek Speak guys and headed on out.
Overall, a very successful and extremely fun convention. I saw old friends, made new ones, and did my thing. Hopefully, we'll work out something with the NYCC folks that they can have us back again next year. This time, au gratis, as it should have been. Don't get me wrong, we appreciate getting those tables for free the previous 2 years, but we feel like we should have gotten them free again. Especially after finding out that other shows got theirs sans payment. It wasn't much that they charged, and our lovely sponsor, Dynamic Forces, footed the bill. Still, principal of the thing and all that. We podcasters are global by the thousands, if not millions!
The show itself has grown each year and it's only a matter of time until it takes over the whole convention center. Reed Exhibitions, the organizers, moved it to October of 2010 and are making that month the permanent date for NYCC. They claim it will allow for expansion and wont conflict with other shows. I agree. It's just a shame we are waiting so long until the next one. More time to plan!
We'll be recording our NYCC wrap up show on Tuesday, 2/10 and it will be available later that evening. We're splitting up all of the interviews so the show wont run 12 hours long. You're welcome.
I'm sure I'm leaving people out and things that happened, but I'm pretty shattered from the whole weekend. A big thanks to booth helpers Iz MacAuliffe, Kristin Garay and Carrie Tucker. And signers/interviewees Molly Crabapple, Monica Gallagher, Carrie Tucker (on double duty!), Jonathan Hickman, Greg Pak, Tony Lee, Dacre Stoker and Ian Holt, Emma Vieceli, Sonia Leong, "Alan Moore", Lava Roid, and Jimmy Aquino of Earth 2. You all rock!
Oh yeah. I haven't even gotten to McKelvie's party on Sunday night. More to come...