so we're back and i'm finally catching my breath...
lots to do so this has to be fast~
the show was great and, though the room was full of amazing people, there was nothing so amazing as the continuous outpouring of love and condolences from people for mike. having had some time to prepare ourselves for it, craig and i tried hard to keep up the smiles and the funny stories whenever things would get a little sad, but all in all, it was just so nice to see so many people honoring such a wonderful guy! (craig and i had a little help in that our significant others, trish and sharon, were there to keep us goin'.)
comics lover, art buyer, and especially, mike fan, john higoshi, had thousands of buttons/lapel pins made up featuring the tellos coda "BY THY SIDE!" that weere given out to anyone who made a donation to the humane society in mike's name. the small gold pin came mounted, actual size, on the panel it first appeared in tellos #1. we couldn't keep them on the table.
marc nathan, organizer of the con, and his get-it-done, go-to, right hand man, brad tree, set up a table--and a fund--in mike's name where many of us signed and sketched to benifit the humane society. I don't know how much they raised, but i know it was a lot!
on saturday afternoon there was a wonderful...i don't know what to call it...tribute panel to mike, hosted by mark waid, cully hamner, scott kurtz and myself. i say i don't know what to call it 'cause it turned out to be a lot of things, lots of laughs, some reminiscences, a few tears...but it also got a bit blue. things got a little raunchy once or twice, but i can't tell you right now--mike woulda liked it!
on saturday night, mark (waid) hosted a open private wake for pros and people who knew ringo. mark had arranged for an open bar and some wonderful appetizers, and the place soon filled up with so many of the top talent in the comics industry today. cully had made some really great billboards of mike and so we all felt him there. mark said a few words and i echoed his sentiments, nick barrucci toasted mike, and erik larsen noted how we should all appreciate each other, while we're here.
it was a winderful evening. mike woulda liked it!
craig and i--well, i really think it was more brian and sharon--sold a bunch of perhapanauts trades and craig debuted not one, but two new canson paper sketch books (if you haven't seen his gorgeous work on these, check out some of his stuff on www.craigrousseau.com !)) but the big draw wwas the perhapanauts "lost covers" portfolio! i'll be showing the other covers over the next week or so, but craig and i were stunned at how very popular they were. we have a few left and they will be available for sale very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more on this cool new perhapa-thing!
and so, it was a great show and, though craig and i were sure we were gonna have a really hard time of it, going to a convention for the first time in a looooong time without our third musketeer. but with the help of "the girls" (sharon and trish), and friends (like mark waid, cully, scott kurtz, randy green, kelly yates, rico, and so many more) and especially mike's many, MANY fans...we got through it.
so here are a bunch of random pics--i didn't get my camera out until sunday, didn't get too far from our table, and didn't get any shots of a lot of the people i shoulda...) next year, YOU come to the show and take some pictures for me...!
the perhapanauts booth group shot
(me, sharon, brian, and craig)
(what the hell is goin' on with my hair...?)
sharon's first show
(a comics convention virgin--she did very, VERY well!)
(i have a man-crush on)
randy and kelly
(green and yates)
trish and craig
and here is a section i call "me and some pretty girls"...
my pal, xan sprouse, hugs me and tells me she's gonna put the picture on her myspage, but i am NO elvis costello!
(she's got elvis costello.)
my pal, alicia, who is always smiling and is cute and does me favors like driving my too-big-to-get-on-the-plane flatboxes back to albany for me. and i will make it up to her.
and especially, shay (sharon) and me--my helper and companion, my nora and my rock! thanks for helping me (us) through this...
and thats all for now!
so until next time, smell ya later...
...and bye from those perhapa-guys!!'
(really! what the hell's with the hair...?)