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San Diego! And other stuff. [Jul. 31st, 2006|09:21 am]
Darth Paradox
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[music |Pink Floyd - Learning to Fly]

Sora has a rundown of most of the convention here. Some extra notes and highlights:

* Got to see a bunch of my cartoonist friends again, and meet some new ones! I'd met Rob Balder, Howard Tayler, Meredith Gran, Pete Abrams, and Chris Impink before. Finally got to meet Aeire (after knowing her on LJ for a few years now), as well as a few other Keenspotters, most of the Blank Label group (including Paul Taylor (gah, I typed that as "Tayler"), who took a picture of Sora and me in pirate costumes), and Jennie Breeden, who was sharing a booth with Rob, Pete, and Chris.
* Got to talk shop with Rob. He's got some really exciting stuff planned for the future. Stuff which it is entirely his prerogative to reveal.... but I came out of the weekend with my inspiration for my own projects redoubled, not just due to him, but also the entire creative atmosphere of the convention and the webcartoonists (or, as Howard puts it, "cartoonists whose medium of delivery happens to be the web") there.
* All three of the main-track webcomics panels were filled to capacity and had to shut people out. I learned at the third one, being the only one that I managed to get into, that this was because they held them in the workshop room with rows of tables instead of just chairs. Nice work, Comic-Con. They weren't draw-along sessions.
* Sora says I need to scan the picture I drew of her. I'll do that sometime. I like how it turned out, though.
* Acquired a huge stack of comic collections. Probably two feet high, stacked in a single pile. Carrying that home was fun... luckily, Dark Horse was kind enough to be giving out free, large bags that we used for the rest of the weekend.
* OMG giant Lego Batman.
* Got to see my friends Rachel and Annick for the first time since I left Michigan. That made a great con even better.

Um, I'm sure there's more I've missed. Like most of the panels I went to. We got to see Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen and Forrest Ackerman reminisce about the last 60 or 70 years. Saw part of the Simpsons panel discussing (among other things) the new movie. (It's nifty that it's finally happening - I've been hearing about it since I was in middle school.) Saw a Henson Co. panel nominally about the sequel they're making to Dark Crystal, but I think my favorite part of that was the Muppet Improv clip they had. So very, very funny - I'm consistently amazed at the emotion and character that they can bring to theoretically inanimate objects.

The air travel sucked (delays on both ends, including one on the way there that prevented us from getting to Preview Night in time to pick up our badges, necessitating waking up at 6:30 the next morning to get in the prereg line), but at least the flights themselves were more comfortable than the last ones we took to Baltimore. (If you are any larger than a midget, you're likely to find an AirTran flight cramped. Budget airlines - you get what you pay for.) But all in all, the weekend was fantastic.


In other news: in the last four days, I've injured myself twice playing two separate sports. The swelling in the jammed thumb from dodgeball has starting to go down, though the interior bruising is still visible. The scraped knee from ultimate frisbee (diving for a frisbee on artificial turf == teh ow) has pretty much stopped bleeding, and I was able to go without covering the entire area in gauze today like I have been for the past few days.

Saturday we saw Pirates of Penzance, performed by the Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society. It was the single funniest stage production I have ever seen. Particularly Maj. Gen. Stanley... the actor brought an amazing amount of energy to the role, and sang an extra verse of "I am the very model" with some Seattle-specific jokes. So very much fun... it was even worth spending an hour trying to find a way to get from my apartment to the Seattle Center. Apparently Seafair was in the way. Cripes.

Sunday was the Amazon company picnic. I couldn't play broomball due to the aforementioned injuries, but I played some volleyball, and Sora and I ate some remarkably good (for being mass-produced) food, played some disc golf, some bingo, some horseshoes, and just in general wandered around and had fun. Which I really needed, after a week of being on call.
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2006-07-31 06:18 pm (UTC)
Do you and Sora have interest in seeing Wicked in Sep? I really want to go, and I think it'd be a good time.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-07-31 06:32 pm (UTC)
That would be awesome. I've been wanting to see that for a long time, and just barely missed it last time it was here...

What dates are you looking at?
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[User Picture]From: nightsinger
2006-07-31 06:34 pm (UTC)
Actually, I really want to see that, too -- it sounds like an awesome show. :D
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2006-07-31 06:44 pm (UTC)
How about Thur, Sep 7?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-07-31 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure we're free! Checking with Sora...

Do you want to take care of tickets, or shall we?
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-31 07:41 pm (UTC)
cool :) YAY!

If you guys could book the tickets, that would be great! I can pay you back anytime for my ticket, and I'm happy with any midrange price.
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2006-07-31 07:42 pm (UTC)
that was me...
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-07-31 08:56 pm (UTC)
Okay! We'll pick up the tickets sometime soon. Ticketmaster's site is down at the moment, which is just as well, cause I'd prefer to go to the box office and avoid the fees.

I may not have much of a choice, trying to seat three people together. It's possible that there may not be three seats together for Sept 7 at all.

...Er. The Paramount theatre site says it's running from Sept 20 to October 1... Was there a different theatre you wanted to go to instead? And in either case, what's the entire set of dates that work for you, in case I have to choose a different day due to availability?
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2006-07-31 09:27 pm (UTC)
Ope! You're right about the dates...I confused it with something else. Any weeknight performance would be fine. Weekends are doable and would work for me.

:)
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-08-01 02:57 pm (UTC)
So I stopped by the box office this evening. Apparently the show is completely sold out.

I'll put a request up on my company's "for sale" list to see if anyone's got tickets they can't use...
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-08-01 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Looks like we should have gotten tickets in May or something ridiculous like that.

We can get tickets now, but the cheapest ones I can find (so far) are in the back few rows of the balcony, for ~$70 each. Not sure if that's acceptable to you - I'll keep looking.
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2006-08-01 09:38 pm (UTC)
ick!

Hmmm...well, if those turn out to be the only ones available, I say, "What the F*ck; let's just do it". In a world where I spend $30/wk on gas, it's not really that big of a deal to splurge. And, I *really* do want to see the show.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-08-01 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much.

So I got the tickets. With the extra fees and crap, they ended up being $81 each. (Apparently the site where I found them charges a 10% fee. Ergh.)

Also, I got four tickets, because they'd only sell them in pairs. So I've got a ticket I'll need to get rid of somehow. Unless someone else wants to join us, I can probably find a buyer at Amazon...

But we got tickets!
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2006-08-01 10:53 pm (UTC)
cool! I think it'll be worth it:)

What day are we going?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-08-01 11:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, that'd be an important detail, yes.

Thursday, the 21st. 7:30 show.
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[User Picture]From: echo_eriol
2006-08-15 09:04 pm (UTC)
Fuck! I agreed to go to the East coast for Rosh Ha'Shana without checking my calender, and I will be in Phillie the day of the show. Of bugger! If you can't find someone to take the ticket, I will still reimburse you for the cost...if you hear of anyone that might be willing to trade for a different day,let me know. Or, maybe I could put up a post on Craigslist and see? ::Sigh:: Ah well. You, me, and Sora should all find another time to get to get together and do something.
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[User Picture]From: nightsinger
2006-07-31 06:56 pm (UTC)
*snuggle* I'm glad you had as good a time as I did, love. :D This weekend was amazingly fun.
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[User Picture]From: absurdhero
2006-07-31 06:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great time, despite the injuries. Good to hear!

Also, your goatee has become formidable.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-07-31 07:18 pm (UTC)
Luckily, the injuries were post-con. The only affliction with which I had to contend in San Diego was the stifling heat - and apparently we escaped a near-100-degree weekend in Seattle, and the convention center is air-conditioned, so I can only complain so much about that. (I'd complain even less if our hostel room had A/C. Eugh.)

And thanks!
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[User Picture]From: absurdhero
2006-07-31 07:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's ridiculous when Atlanta is 10-15 degrees cooler than Seattle. And then there's that whole weird West Coast thing where it doesn't necessarily get hotter the further south you go. Heh, seems like excellent timing for something like that, in your case.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-07-31 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the timing was excellent... and yeah, the West Coast is pretty screwed up that way. Of course, that means on the converse side that when the rest of the country at this latitude is suffering negative-Fahrenheit temperatures and blinding snowstorms (hello, northern Minnesota), we get low-40s temperatures and some rain.
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From: peregrine373
2006-07-31 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hey dude, sounds like you're having a great time over there. I don't know when I'll get the chance, but I'm hoping to be doing some more traveling after this year, and if I'm ever up in Seattle I'll be sure to drop you a line.

Btw, have you ever run across a webcomic called Dominic Deegan? My most recent g/f introduced me to it and I'm hooked--I think you'd get a big kick out of it.

Let's chat on AIM again sometime soon. Take care! -J
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-07-31 08:59 pm (UTC)
It's fantastic here. If you ever need it, I've got a futon here which is available to you any time (provided I'm in town, of course).

I've been reading DD for probably about a year. Good stuff... though apparently a lot of people were really pissed about the recent character death. Overreactions, say I. Anyone who can make people care enough about a character to be angry or upset at his death is doing his job well.
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[User Picture]From: harlenna
2006-08-01 02:15 pm (UTC)
Things I think rock in this post:

* OMG giant Lego Batman.
Pirates of Penzance
Meeting Pete Abrams
A stack of comics

glad to hear you're doing so well.

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