Friday, March 19, 2010

Ass Whuppin' = 1, TD = 0

Specifically, work and family have been whuppin' it.

Last weekend was Emerald City Comicon (or ECC for us geeks in the know), and it was packed.  On Saturday, you couldn't move, the floors were so crowded with attendees.  I heard rumors of close to 30,000, which is a lot for a venue of this size.  Leonard Nimoy was charging $65 a pop for an autograph, and Stan Lee was at the $40 mark (which is the going rate for a lot of celebs these days).  I heard from one of the convention workers that between the autographs and photo ops, Stan did about nine grand for less than an hour's work.  Not too freakin' shabby.

We went for a couple hours on Saturday to get the lay of the land and place our rally markers: the Kirby Krackle booth and the island at the center of Artists Alley where JD, Brian & Steve were set up.  With the time change on Sunday and less foot traffic overall, it was a bit easier to get around.  I shot the Kirby Krackle set, which included a guest appearance by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada.  The man plays a mean axe and can actually sing - who knew??  I'm just sorry I missed Wil Wheaton singing "Don't Fear the Reaper" in Rock Band.
Since Raechelle already posted a recap several days ago, I'll spare you the play-by-play.  It was an excellent convention and every year I am proud of my friends for putting it on.  I ended up re-establishing some stale contacts and making new ones, and am happy to have walked away with a music video gig for Kirby Krackle (but that's all I will say at this point).

This week has been a nose-to-the-grindstone experience combined with one day down with a bad back - probably from standing on concrete all weekend.  By the time I was done with my Arrowflight Second Edition layout for the day (or got any kind of break during), I was too drained to want to write anything.  Missed a badly needed massage appointment too.  I apologize, dear readers, and will redouble my efforts.

This weekend is a family one; next week we shoot the last of the Duo shorts.  Tomorrow we are going to Alice in Wonderland, and I intend to get some wedding thank you cards finished and some last-minute tax stuff done (we have the majority of it in to the accountant, and just need to dig out a few records).

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