||[Oct. 15th, 2007|11:17 am]
SPX was great!|
We drove down on Friday morning, had a VERY solid day enhanced by a near-perfect table location, and celebrated with some tasty Italian food with a huge table of good company that night. Having access to a car made the more spread-out area of Bethesda the con is now held in easy to enjoy, although I need to apologize for making Dean cut across 4 lanes of traffic behind me to make a U-turn. We all survived the trip and were rewarded with garlic bread topped with extra garlic topping. Genius.
Our hotel situation was a little unfortunate. We only had one bed in the room, and the front desk people told us there were no more cots. We managed to appeal to the maids, especially after we discovered that the bed we did have did not have clean sheets on it. Don't ask me to explain, it was really gross. Anyway, they found us a cot, and gave us 2,000 mattress pads to make an extra palette on the floor. And all was well.
Saturday was also an amazingly solid day, although we somehow thought the show started at 11, and not 10, and therefore got there really late. But it didn't matter because we really rocked out. So many friends, new and old, came by and said hi, traded comics and stories, and talked shop about our glorious industry. The weather outside was really brilliant, so the day also included a trip around the block for vegetarian Chinese food (mmm!) and mediterranean wraps from the kabob place(mmmmm!).
Our dinner Saturday is best left undiscussed. Do not eat at On the Border. It has no redeeming qualitites save for the tortilla chips, and that does not make a very good dinner.
Afterwards we found the after-Ignatz party, and caught up with a lot of folks we hadn't seen during the course of the show. There was a chocolate fondue fountain, and ample sweet things to eat. I was feeling tired and overwhelmed, and didn't want to go on the giant karaoke expedition everyone kept talking about. Sorry, guys--it sounds like it was a blast. Maybe next time!
Sunday morning, after a breakfast meeting, I spoke on my panel about cartoonists working with book publishers. It was really enlightening! I was amazed at how many people dragged themselves out of bed for it, but grateful. My co-panelists were very well-spoken and interesting. I wish I could have stuck around longer to chat with everyone after, but we had a road to get on.
The drive back took a little longer than it should have because of a couple of traffic jams and extra bathroom breaks (no more tea for me before road trips), but it was pleasant and fun and I always enjoy the conversations we have post-con. The weather held out and afforded us some lovely late-afternoon shadows and cloud formations, and driving into the city at sunset was really spectacular. John and Marion stuck around for dinner with Dave and I in Astoria before returning John's dad's van to Long Island, and it was a nice way to end the weekend.
No photos, because my camera is in the shop. I've kept this short because I have 8 million tons of work to do, and need to go get to it.
Viva la SPX.