30 June 2008

There And Back Again

Highlights from Wizard World Chicago:

1. Frank and I got a day to just be with each other and not be on-duty Dad and Mom.

2. I discovered a new book, Mouse Guards, written and drawn by David Petersen. I love it! It's a little like Brian Jacques' Redwall (only this book's drawn and the main characters are mice not rats) or as the official site tells it, "The mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all of the world’s harsh conditions and predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed." Dave was at the con and signed my hardcover copy and drew a cute little mouse guard in it. He's a nice guy who draws a great all-ages comic. He's also an independent artist, so that's another reason to check out his work. I'm sure you could purchase Mouse Guards at G-Mart in Champaign.

3. I also got lucky and found one of two missing volumes to my Cerebus collection. Yay!

4. While Frank was rifling through some long boxes, I got to eavesdrop on the following conversation between a trio of fanboys (my guess is that 2 were about 15 or 16 and were friends and the other kid was a Little Brother of about 13).
Teen 1: "Dude! I just found issue 6! Issue 6!!!!!!!" (Issue 6 of what I don't know but it was incredibly exciting for this kid).
Little Bro (with an air of dejection): "There is entirely too much Avengers for any one person to possibly have."
Teen 2: "Dude! I just got the Iron Sheik's autograph! It only cost me $20."
Little Bro (sighing): "If I had a hundred dollars I could buy this entire box of G.I. Joes."

5. Both Andy Runton and Alex Robinson were at the con and signing their books. We bought their new books, which they both signed and added a little sketch. Honestly, if you aren't aware of Owly or haven't read Box Office Poison (or any of Alex Robinson's stuff) get to G-Mart, or your local comic book shop, pronto. You'll thank me later.


Flynn said her favorite part of the convention was having her picture taken with "Woman Woman Girl" (what Flynn calls Wonder Woman). The girl dressed as Woman Woman Girl was so nice and addressed Flynn as Supergirl. She gave Flynn a hug and my little girl was just beside herself, which you can't really tell from the photo, but she was very, very excited.

Evan's on the left, posing with a Clone Trooper from the 501st, a Star Wars fan club. They had a fun "droid hunt" going on that day that ended in a raffle. One of our numbers was called and we walked out of there with quite a bit of swag (a Darth Vader stein, a 501st t-shirt, and a bunch of other stuff). Evan's favorite parts of his day at the con: "Seeing G [one of his best friends, who happened to be there with his family] and the toys." Evan likes his comic books, but he's really a Star Wars toys aficionado. Of course, we bought a few things.

Flynn with Pooh, her favorite dog in the world. Pooh is also the only dog in the galaxy Evan likes. Pooh belongs to my dear, dear friend Tim and his wife Teresa who were kind enough to invite us to their home in Oak Park for dinner. Pooh's a sweet dog who tolerates a lot of love from Flynn. My daughter follows Pooh everywhere checking to see if Pooh had enough to eat and drink, sitting with her on the porch, hugging her, petting her, talking to her using baby talk, asking Teresa if Pooh could have more treats. Pooh soaked it up like a sponge.

Evan also tried to wheedle Tim's Star Wars toys into his possession.

A good meal, great conversation, happy children. That's what it's all about. Thanks, T & T!

Sunday we did not attend the convention. Instead, we went to a birthday party for a family friend's little boy. The party was about an hour, north and west, away from my mother-in-law's home. At least Flynn slept on the way there (several days of very late nights/relatively early mornings takes its toll on all involved). The party started at 3. Our intention was to stay until 4 or 4:30 then head home. We had a good time catching up with family friends we don't see very often.

We left after 6.

Which put us home well after 10 p.m. With both kids wide awake.

Today was spent unpacking (clothes, comics, toys) and getting a start on the laundry. We're keeping it low-key today and hitting the hay early.

At least I am.


sarah said...

aw, they look so cute!! Flynn especially! Sounds like you all had a great time!

Cynthia said...

oh man...sounds like a wonderful weekend!

Leeanthro said...

Your little super hero should hang out with my little superhero!

Lavender Lemonade said...

I love the superhero pictures. I've always wanted to be a superhero or a genius. Apparently, I'm not either...yet, my powers might come to me later in life, I'm hoping.