The Phoenix Comicon was a great time. Well staffed, well attended, and generally well run. The panels I did were well attended, and people had engaging questions and seemed to enjoy themselves. Even when a bag full of HAUNT and DARKNESS comics arrived in the middle of a panel about comics and movies.
Due to the geography, not many of my standard homeboys in comics were there, but I did hang with Andy Kuhn all weekend. My table was nestled comfortably between Dan Wickline and Ethan Van Sciver. I’ve known Dan casually for years, but this was my first real chance to get to know Ethan, and I greatly enjoyed the chance to compare differing philosophies and to get a better concept of Ethan’s thought process. And he has great ideas. Also, he has collected some amazing autographs from gracefully aging movie stars, and I’m suddenly obsessed with the notion of having Lauren Bacall sign a copy of To Have and Have Not or The Big Sleep.
Shared the dinner table with some of the WildStorm gang, and sat up late into the night solving the nation’s educational issues with Nelson Blake and Ryan Cody. Compared notes on Kansas City with Hi-Fi Color’s Brian and Kristy Miller, and enjoyed catching up with Shannon Denton before Sterling Gates ditched us at the door of the Geek Prom (which was sold out, anyway). John Layman was clear-eyed and charming, and agreed to sit in on the Breaking Into Comics panel with me, and the astonishing Cory Walker was unexpectedly wandering the floor.
In short, I was reminded once again how great it can be to spend time with enthusiastic fans and committed creators. Every now and then I need a battery recharge along those lines.
Even if my laptop did pass away during the weekend.