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Tue, Aug. 1st, 2006 08:41 pm
RE: Marines, Hobos, and Hare Krishnas: Comic Con International

New entry here: http://sadcircusbythesea.typepad.com/the_sad_circus_by_the_sea/2006/08/marines_hobos_a.html




Beyond the photo of the awesome rayguns, there seems to be a giant poster of a betrenchcoated, shirtless man with a blond afro-mullet. This is why we have arguments with ex-marine bus drivers. Stop it, whoever did this. Just stop it.

This marks twenty years that I’ve attended the Comic Con in San Diego and it’s taken me this long just to understand how much that town hates nerds, geeks, dorks, and comics enthusiasts in general. The realization doesn’t come as a shock, just more of a numb disappointment — sort of like Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb played backwards and given a bit of a rhumba beat. I think I’ve mentioned my love of this city before, but I understand now that it’s to remain unrequited as long as sequential art remains the vehicle for my story telling.

It doesn’t surprise me that some people had to hide their convention passes when riding the trolly to keep from being refused entry. It doesn’t surprise me that I should hear the local “alternative” radio station blaze forth the message that, while trying to give away free tickets to the convention, you would not lose your manhood in the presence of so many awful comics since Samuel Jackson was to make an appearance. “I’ve never picked up a comic in my life and it’s a crime to call this convention a comic convention,” bleated the thoughtless jock on the radio, “This is a pop culture event. It’s got movie stars and TV shows and rock stars!” And as painful a stab as that was, I have to admit that the very presence of Mace Windu and the force of his Hollywood clout was enough to get us parking at a trolly station that probably would have otherwise been closed to comic con nerdery.

Things never change. They only irritate you in new ways. I still remember my first visit to the convention, then at the old convention center, when I was 15 in 1986. I was very excited and as always very quiet. My traveling companions were not so quiet. Very secure in their nerdom, they were content to speak very passionately about science and space and all that. I was cautious. I grew up in a series of white trash public schools where one understood immediately that the smarter you were the more you were loathed and the more you were a target for the jocks. Walk softly and keep a low profile and if you’re tall try to slouch to fall below the eye of the meathead. You can still work your magic, your life of science, just wait until the jocks aren’t looking. But no, my friends were very animated in their talk of warp drives and zero point energy systems and thus we caught the ire of a drunk who stumbled from a bar, and spotting us with badges and bags and glasses snarled at us, mere children, “What is is this? A nerd’s convention?” When I got home after the con I didn’t leave my room for a week. I know, a bit too sensitive, but my low profile had been shattered. I had been caught out of my element (my bedroom) by the inebriated eye of the sportsman foe.

Two years later, age 17 was the hell of knowing female companionship: that junior year in high school where both chemistry and geometry are failed because one discovers condoms have a use other than oddly-shaped water balloons. And so there I was, wandering from hotel party to hotel party at the 1988 Comic Con. I don’t know how it happened, but there in the misery of having seen the girl I admired walk off with a man named Art who wore a badge that read “Fuck Art,” I found myself in the company of a stranger at a dance. He fed me a volley of Long Island iced teas and while by the third I was feeling as if my legs would like to lie down with or without me, it soon became obvious that this man, who was twice my age, most definitely would rather I lie down with him. Wobbly but determined to escape, I made my way out into the night alone and soon found myself in a hobo camp behind an office building. The homeless were very welcoming that night and were very eager to hear my story of heartbreak. You see they had no TV, and even if they had, teenage angst was not yet the vogue for prime-time. The lead hobo was very sympathetic — for it seemed that his own loss of house and home had something to do with the feminine gender —and he bid me stay at his camp whilst he fetch his Thunderbird. His special sharing-bottle. Well, I sat there for quite a while, alone and waiting, until from somewhere far, far within the cartoon landscape of my aberrant mind, all of a sudden the voice of Bugs Bunny cried out, “What am I doing?!?” I left and I like to imaging that the girl I lost somehow got jilted by that fucker Art and settled down with the hobo and his sharing-bottle for the night. But that’s just crazy talk.

Fast forward to this year. 2006, age 35, and here I am once again at the comic con, now called Comic Con International — and just as well it should change its name for all that city cares about it. I still love San Diego for its pandas, but if it hurts the pockets of that unappreciative metropolis then I hope the whole convention moves to Anaheim someday.

Now in 2006, the convention wasn’t so bad. In many ways it was a great deal of fun, although for us it began with possibly the worst hair cut I’ve ever had. I say “us” because Tavisha had to listen to me complain about the cut all through the convention. It’s been almost two weeks and she still has to listen to me complain — and so do you: I told the woman in Hill Crest that I didn’t want a mullet and I didn’t want a flat top. What I wanted was something akin to the Edwardian mushroom-top of the philosopher schoolboy. What I got was a Q-Tip and when I asked her to shave the back of my head she looked at me as if I had requested live puppy rape there on the cutting room floor. I knew I should have run out the door the moment she mentioned how her pet squirrel liked to steal her weed. Hippies! They don’t know hair! They have mountains of the stuff but only because they don’t when or how to cut it.

The convention was bigger than usual. Well, it’s always bigger than usual, but this year they finally reached capacity with no room to grow. Next year I suspect the problem will only get worse, thanks to the death of E3.

Chris Furniss of the Weekly Geek: Apparently E3 is cancelled. For next year.
Rikki: Shriners?
Chris: Those dastardly fez-wearing bastards.
Rikki: It's been my experience that when a major venue closes that it's usually because Shriners have booked the place centuries in advance.
Chris: Oh? That is quite an insight!
Rikki: Or! Maybe they realized it'’s just not worth showing off movie franchises and parts XXII of the same ideas.
Chris: Its a good thing. Apparently a bunch of big publishers all agreed to pull out. E3 is just a noisy spectacle anyway.
Rikki: Really! Wow!
Chris: They are announcing tomorrow the cancellation or complete reworking of the show.
Rikki: Maybe all the publishers took note from Blizzard and realized they could get more attention and make more money by just having their own con.
Chris: I believe so. It's all those damn movie franchise games, I tell ya. Midway sent me the game based on the Ant Bully. Its hideous.
Rikki: The movie is too. The fact that e3 was industry only sucked balls the size of which are usually savored by Galactus.
Chris: I think that once people started cosplaying to E3, it was over. The event is supposed to be industry only and media. They let everyone in. Heck, they let ME in two years in a row.
Rikki: You can't keep out da man. I mean, I got in.
Chris: Exactly. They didn't discriminate. So you had people who were just there to get free stuff clogging up the tubes. It got really obnoxious trying to actually cover games, when some douchebag from Circuit City cuts in front of the line.
Rikki: It was kinda hilarious signing GIR autographs there while wearing a badge that read “Scott.”
Chris: Well ... GIR was in some Nicktoons racing game, right? See? You had the right to be there!
Rikki: This will be crushing for the video game web comic enthusiast who only made their comic to get into E3.
Chris: All 500 of them.
Rikki: What will they do now?
Chris: Make a candy web comic so they can get into the candy convention.
Rikki: Oh! I need to try that!
Chris: Free candy.
Rikki: And whores for some reason.
Chris: Gotta keep up morale once the sugar rush goes away.
Rikki: To dream the impossible dream ... .



I’m hoping next year’s tension from overcrowding at Comic Con, if mixed with the kind of heat we got this year, will lead to all-out fanboy vs. jock war-in-the-streets. That way everyone dies of heat exhaustion by day two, just like we did. I think we only made it to Eric Trueheart’s dinner this year, as far as organized chewing went. Everything else mostly happened in the company of John Scharmen and his many video game friends. We went where the cars took us, mere leaves in the wind of delightful company and delicious food-stink. So it was mostly Japanese, Chinese, and British fare far away from the horrors of the fashionable Gaslamp District. This was as much as we could do in the miserable heat. We didn’t make it to any of the dinners we were invited to, not Tokyopop, not Disney, not the various mixer things that writers like to do. We are not healthy, toned and conditioned people, ready for hiking at a moments notice kind of people. We are comic creators. Even though we knew this con was coming and we took every opportunity to go out walking in our hilly neighborhood, weeks before the convention, the fact that we did not have a booth or table turned our limbs to pain-soaked goo. We almost didn’t need a table, however. We were stopped so many times by fans and friends we were sort of a walking table.

We were even stopped by a Hare Krishna. On Friday of the Con, my dad and my 17 year old brother, Robert joined us on our march from our parking spot to the bus. We were stopped on our way by a man with a shaved head and a bob. He was asking for directions and was also curious about the convention. I’ve been around the homeless enough to understand this ruse when it comes up. In Los Angeles there was one particular hobo who on three occasions asked me for directions for the bus depot because you see he was from out of town and was just trying to find his way home to georgia and could I also lend him the bus fare, etc.. This chatty fellow had something more than just homelessness about him. He was clean, wearing long shorts and moderate in every way except for the bob, and then before he said it, I thought, monk. Yes, he was a Hare Krishna and he was here to tell us about the sadness of materialism. I did not have time to debate with him on materialism because I was trying to get my very material body onto a very material bus that was currently on schedule to ride itself very quickly away from our party that comprehensively existed in that space and time as was required for our physical forms to get on. It’s all very easy to complain of materialism when you’re a monk who doesn’t build the roads you walk on — the very material roads that facilitate the moving of material goods that keeps us alive. It’s very easy to be a monk with a material mouth that is used to say the words, “You are not your body.” Easy, but entirely impractical and unrealistic. He was nice though. My dad tends to let his guard down when he’s traveling with Tavisha and I. He tends to get very excited and happy about the things we do and the people we meet. However, I was still shocked to see my dad hug the man. I have never hugged my dad. San Diego confuses me. Oh, well. He got an interesting book out of it (after “blessing” the monk with two material dollars).

Not everyone felt blessed that weekend. Ex-marine bus drivers were especially in a foul mood. I guess I can’t say, ex-marine. You’re not supposed to ever stop being a marine. But, you know, when you’re driving a civilian bus, and especially when you’re driving me and my wife, stop being the belligerent kind of marine for at least 20 minutes. Please. I suppose, being that we weren’t in costume, had no bumpy Kilingon foreheads, and wore glasses of a thickness where one could still see our eyes, the driver felt comfortable enough to turn to us (our seat being right next to his) and lament the old Shatner standard: “All these guys wearing Star Trek uniforms and collecting comic books! I mean, get a date already! Grow up and find a girl!”

I explained that many of them had girlfriends and that they were simply into the same hobbies as their boyfriends, or in many cases husbands. He scoffed at this idea and said that when he was in the Core he was taught to grow up and be a man.

I said, “And then what?”

He scowled at the throng of pedestrians having a better time than he was and asked, “What do you mean?”

I said, “You’ve grown up, you’ve got a girl, possibly a child too, and then what do you do? Go to a game? So what? That’s boring. Some people prefer to collect and read science fiction. And besides, you can find any kind of story in comics, not just super hero. There are comics on Palestine.”

He scowled at this too and replied, “I have a cousin with all that crap. He’s got comic books all over his house and I’m like, sell this stuff and make a couple of grand.”

I said, “They aren’t worth that much, and if even if they were, so what? You can make a couple of grand doing anything. Anything. After you sell the things you love, then what happens? You buy some new clothes, pay some bills, go out to dinner a few times. You’ve still lost the things you loved just for the sake of a fleeting two thousand dollars.”

The ex-marine bus driver seemed to think on this a moment and said, “I collect baseball cards.” And at this point, my very eloquent partner, Tavisha leaned forward and laughed at this once proud killing machine and said, “That’s stupid! I hate sports!”

I tried to ramp the anger level down a bit by then stating, “People collect anything. My mother collects ceramic pigs. I don’t know why, but she does.” This at least finally got a laugh from our driver, and few hangers-on who I had no idea were listening. I explained that, “I have a friend who was married to a primatologist, and as he explained it to me, whenever they went into the jungle to find apes, all they had to do was follow the trail of garbage, and when they found the apes, they were usually sitting on a pile of the things they had collected. We do the same thing.”

Tavisha, feeling him begin to crack a little, finally fired the shot that shattered his Kurt Wimmer-like overpriced B-movie glass armor and reduced him back to his pre-marine boyhood, “Haven’t you ever really liked something you didn’t want to give up? Take Pokemon, the card game was very popular when you were a kid and -- ”

“Oh, man I love Pokemon!” cried the now helpless ex-soldier. And from there he went on to describe his entire collection, the cards, the video games, which card he’d lay down first and which Pokemon was his favorite (Charmander), the Ruby, Sapphire, Silver, editions of the Gameboy game, his prized card was Charzard and on and on. Finally we arrived at our destination and I think we finally got someone who was at first full of typical San Diego meatheadedness to remember that we’re all just damn, dirty apes in the end. Take that Hare Krishna hobos!

-Rikki

Current Mood: Hobo-y
Current Music: The Devotchka cover of The Last Beat of My Heart

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frifri
Fri
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:57 am (UTC)

Before I go through your master's thesis in this post: ahahaha "pewpewpew!" Cute!


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babyasoftwaregr
babyasoftwaregr
Babya
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)

E3-bet IGN & Gamespot will still cover it, even after the down sizing.


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el3mo
el3mo
Elmo Q. Martin
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)

That was beautiful.
I hope the Fire Marshal next year shuts it down,
thus releasing the horde all at once into the streets
of downtown San Diego. Then, yes, then dreams will come true.


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frifri
Fri
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:20 am (UTC)

Good lord, that's got to be the most thorough, well thought out Comicon wrap up post ever. *claws out eyes*

Firstly, I'm sorry the city was crap to you and yours. As a local yokel (though not native), I don't experience half the crap you described. Maybe it's because I'm a female, maybe it's because I don't don cosplay, but I'm sorry you had to go through the sort of discrimination that makes you feel like you never left homeroom. Yuck. =\

Secondly, next time you need a haircut in Hillcrest, please go to Planet Hair (And if that's where you went, ack! I'm really sorry!), and if she's around, ask for Sabrina. She's not a hippie and she does excellent handiwork, and so does the rest of the staff for that matter.

A Tennessee Waterfall is quite a thing to lament. Maybe next time you should bring in a picture of Oscar Wilde to get the point across, no?

Supposedly E3 isn't dead and gone forever, but rather it's going to be thinned out. I think it's not the greatest move and it's going to kill the press buzz for a lot of forthcoming games, but hey, it's in nobody's hands but theirs and we'll see how it rocks the boat, eh?

That story with the marine made me really happy. One of my lead designer buds is a former marine who hit #1 on his WoW server for PvP. Anybody who denies geekery is an outright liar.

p.s. We caught the Hare Krishna while eating in Gas Lamp, I didn't even know there was a chapter here. Oops!


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:36 am (UTC)

For the most part, we had a really good time because we were surrounded by really good friends. It's just those little belligerent things the city outside Hill Crest that tends to remind one how things never change completely for the better.

I will definitely look for Planet Hair next time. I won't say the name of the place I did go to. I don't want to restart the bloody Hair Wars of '96.

-Rikki


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babyasoftwaregr
babyasoftwaregr
Babya
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)

GIR was in a Nicktoons game (Freeze Frame for GBA) -but not a racing game.


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:38 am (UTC)

Man, and Tavisha drew that standing up. This is why she draws everything and I just ogle.

-Rikki


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lady_laguna
lady_laguna
Jenn
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:39 am (UTC)
Holy hell

If it weren't coming from you, I wouldn't believe a word of what you just wrote! But it was fascinating. You've led a fascinating life. So far mine has not been that fascinating I don't think... lol.

I love that the ex-Marine played Pokémon, with his hatred of all those little comic book "geeks." It's almost like the intense homophobe that actually harbors homosexual urges. The world would be a better place if we all embraced our homosexuality and our geekiness, I think ~_^


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
Re: Holy hell

The world would be a better place if we all embraced our homosexuality and our geekiness, I think ~_^

Oh I agree. Leather and Tricorders for EVERYONE!

-Rikki


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pockyman
pockyman
Richard "Pocky" Kim
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:53 am (UTC)

Rikki: This will be crushing for the video game web comic enthusiast who only made their comic to get into E3.
Chris: All 500 of them.


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

Yes!!

That is SO accurate. :D Not all, mind, but still.


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miharu
miharu
little miss cyberpunk
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)

I thank you and Tavi for being my heroes once again. I'd point out at the various reasons why, but that would just be silly.


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leborcham
leborcham
Leborcham
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:10 am (UTC)

Great post, Rikki. The townies vs Connies tension was one of the most inetretsing thigns about the show this year. I thought I glimpsed you and Tavisha for a moment in the Throng, and wanted to say hi but I was on some Mission at the time. I greatly regret not being able to say howdy, though.

Oddly enough, on the plane ride home (I took R&R time in LA and Vegas) I had the iPod on shuffle and the Scissor Sisters version of "Comfortably Numb" came on and that is DEFINITELY my theme song for SD '06.

great minds, etc.


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)

I saw you too! But you looked to be chatting in that very important-chat sort of way, so I slinked back to being manhandled by my own crashing weight, and looked for a place to sit for a few hours.

I got to thinking of Pink Floyd because I just finished reading Nick Webb's biography of Douglas Adams, Wish You Were Here. That one and Comfortably Numb are my two favorites.

-Rikki


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)

That's the best Userpic ever.

-Rikki


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bitpig
bitpig
Bruce The Psychic Guy
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)

Man, I do NOT miss going to the Comic Con every year...

I always had a good time "on the town" in SD, though. Maybe Mo and I didn't look "comic book" enough, but we always got great service at restaurants and hotels. The typical Bchan way to do the Comic Con is:

1) Day One. Spend all day in dealer's room buying old kids' science books, campaign posters, and soup can labels.

2) Day Two. Spend all day in Tijuana.

3) Recover from Day 2 in hotel room.

That USMC bus driver story is priceless. Unfortunately, Charmander is teh gay. Squirtle is the TRUE Pokemon king!

Sorry about the haircut.


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)

I liked Snorlax and Jigglypuff!

-Rikki


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shanmuir
shanmuir
Shannon Muir
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)

Nice seeing you at Con, Rikki (and Tavisha too). I know we only talked once but passed each other on several other occasions, usually around the SLG booth. I'm friends with the writer on the GARGOYLES comic, was part of the reason. That and SLG had good booth placement this year, so finding them meant finding the doors with a straight shot to the staircases...

I spent most of my time in the center or on the bus back to the Radisson where I was staying, the one night my boyfriend and I wandered the Gaslamp for dinner it took forever to find anywhere.

What we found interesting was the high percentage of teachers and librarians at the area. Not only in the area (the teachers union had a conference in the Marriott, it turned out, and some of them eagerly asked about our con badges) but there were a lot of teachers/librarians/library staff actually AT the Con.

It was also good to see Aaron A. again after I can't remember how many years. I think I've only seen him once since ZIM.

Take care and I look forward to the next SHUTTERBOX when it's completed.

Best,
Shannon "Shan" Muir


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)

Hi, Shannon! It was nice to see you again!

-Rikki


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babyasoftwaregr
babyasoftwaregr
Babya
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:52 am (UTC)

Hi Shannon,
Nice to see you make a comment-especially as you were part of the ZIM team at Nickelodeon.


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drendiloon
drendiloon
Sam Spahn
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:01 am (UTC)

My mom collects ceramic pigs too.


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tmcm
tmcm
Shannon Wheeler
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:37 am (UTC)

Holy crap. What an entry....


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frodoelf
frodoelf
Chris Furniss
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)

Ell jay cut! Ell jay cut!!!!!!!


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sdskuld
sdskuld
Mike Chapman
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)

The bus driver story is priceless! Sorry you didn't have a great time, but I for one am glad you came 'cause it's always great to see you.

I never got a good haircut in Hillcrest and eventually stopped trying.


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)

I had a good time. I'm just leary of jocks.

-Rikki


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noktomo
noktomo
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 08:56 am (UTC)

That's the best, managing to crack a marine into admitting geekiness. ive never ran into anyone like that, but that sucks some people are so bitter.

I really wish theyd lessen the amount of movie news in comic-con unless there's a tie in(i.e. Marvel movies, or kevin smith who is a comic nerd and writer) and bring comic-con back to what its name states. Its a comic convention, and move it to a more friendly town, such as the wizard world location, the staples center ,or anaheim.

id also love to see a jock try to make fun of a buff, giant geek and the geek pound the jock to the ground but that may be harsh

If you guys attend Comic-Con next year i hope to get a sketch to.
I got a pic though, thx.


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antisora
antisora
μολὼν Λαβέ.
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:02 pm (UTC)

This was seriously just the kind of thing I needed to read after a long, annoying night at work. I'll echo the person above who said it's basically the best ComicCon wrap-up ever.

I noticed when I saw you at ComicCon (I gave you and Tavi a drawing of Megan) that your hair was a little shorter than normal, and it sort of had me puzzled. But then, I have always been a fan of your hair. Don't ask me why; I'm really tired and.. yeah.

It was really great to see you and Tavi, though, one of the highlights of the convention for me. Thank you both for being just as wonderful and kind as I had expected, and not thinking I was an annoying basketcase fan or something. Or, at least, having the courtesy to not tell me as much to my face. ♥


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)

That was a fanstastic drawing! Thank you!

-Rikki


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davemerrill
davemerrill
Dave Merrill
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)

Did you actually describe the haircut you wanted as "something akin to the Edwardian mushroom-top of the philosopher schoolboy"? Because... I mean.... damn.


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)

Well, of course! I mean, she had a weed stealing squirrel! Edwardian mushroom-top shouldn't have been too mush of stretch for her.

-Rikki


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frodoelf
frodoelf
Chris Furniss
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)

I am hilarious.


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quizro
quizro
Wade Rockett
Sat, Aug. 5th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)

So I followed Rikki's link to your site, which clued me in that PAX is taking place just down the street from my workplace. I was able to convince my boss that our marketing/PR company should pay for me to attend. So THANK YOU.


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rohantm
rohantm
John Scharmen
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC)

Suck it up, that haircut is not bad.

You had not told me the bus driver story. That's one of the best Comic Con stories I have ever read. Well-argued. It's hard to stay reasonable when someone is thoughtlessly lashing out... the temptation is to just lash back. That's cool that you actually engaged the guy, instead of just ignoring him or insulting him back. And the payoff made it worthwhile.

I love you guys! *sniff*


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)

Suck it up, that haircut is not bad.

Oh, yes it is.

-Sad-head Rikki


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evilblackrabbit
evilblackrabbit
Hyzenthlay
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)

Did you get any opportunity to talk to any of the guys from WETA about their RAYGUNS line?
http://www.wetanz.com/updates/rayguns/index.html
Anyone from WETA are so nice!


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pv
pv
Mandy/PV/Teh Kawaii Factor
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)

I love reading your entries. I hope I can visit Comic-con one day.


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quizro
quizro
Wade Rockett
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)

Nicely posted!

It always boggled me that San Diego, the city that hosts the biggest, most successful comics convention in the country - the world, even? - has very few decent comic shops.

If you'd stayed and shared that bottle of Thunderbird, your life might have taken an entirely different turn. By now, you could be the Hobo King!


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rikkisimons
rikkisimons
Rikki Simons
Wed, Aug. 2nd, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)

By now, you could be the Hobo King!

Don't think I haven't regretted it!

-Rikki


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