Today was a blast! More fun was had than I ever expected. I took a bus up to Vancouver, WA to sign issues of ZFW with Josh Cantrell at The Odyssey Comics. Josh had to leave early to go help some kids. He's a giver like that. But fun was had nonetheless. Of course. It was Free Comic Book Day after all.
I got to talk to a bunch of interesting people about most of my favorite things; comics, art, movies, video games. There wasn't nearly enough discussion of Hume's "A Treatise on Human Nature," but I'll let that one slide.
The best part of the entire day had to be seeing all the small, small children being brought into the store by their parents who had no notion of what a comic really is. The blank look in their eyes was a dead give away. The questions about certain characters they had only heard about from their children were also a giveaway. But the looks of wide amazement from all the little ones was amazing!!
I was drawing a picture of Spider-man when a small boy came up with his mother, who was explaining to him some of the process in making a comic. I helped her out and talked about my own process. The boy was fascinated. As they were leaving I gave the drawing to the lad and his eyes went wide. He took it and ran up to his father and started waving it around. That was pretty sweet. I freakin' love kids!!
I also got to talk to a few artists and writers about their craft and explain my own. It's great getting to listen to people's different perspectives and, hopefully, learn from each other. I met so many nice people today.
Speaking of nice people, Tam, the owner, was super nice and accommodating. He was constantly checking on me and making sure I had food and drink. Two more of my favorite things. This was probably one of my best experiences on the other side of the table. I want to extend a very large "Thank You!!" to Tam and everyone else at The Odyssey. It was a glorious day indeed!!
I can't wait to do more signings and attend more conventions. I love interacting with people. Of course it helps that they are all, simply by being at these signings, into the same things as me. I hope everyone had the best Free Comic Book Day ever!!