THis is a pure joy to attend. Anyone who knows me is aware of the stuff I have going on outside of the boards and how much I needed to get away from things. I cannot think of a better destination that the Meet. I got to know some people better and met some for the first time. I'll try to break it down.
Super8 - Well, it's a Super8. What can you expect? I only had my room attended to once in the entire weekend, and I think all they did was make the bed. Four words you'll never hear in Super8: "Hey, good job cleaning."
Hoss's Steakhouse - WHen you hear someone say it's not about the food, it's the company, they are referring to Hoss's. I ordered a philly steak sandwich and it came with melted american cheese and exactly eight fries. Freakin Kraft American slices on a philly. Some great comic book conversations were had, so I didn't notice the food as much.
Undo's - I'm not a huge Italian food fan, but I decided to end my two year boycott of the annual Saturday dinner and try this out. Awesome. Once my food cooled down I was able to enjoy. It was so hot the ceramic bowl was warped. I think they cooked it in a kiln. Art's was the same way.
The Meet - I won't go into a lot of detail, but there is simply no better place on the planet to see Megos and buy stuff. I had never actually held a Kid FLash before or seen one in person. Simply put, this is pure Mego joy.
Art - You are as cool as you are funny, and that's a big serving of both. The best item I came home with was a drawing he did for me. I was stunned he actually remembered my request months ago. It's getting matted and framed this week. The custom panel was fun with you too. It was a geeky, Megoish version of an Abbot and Costello routine, so for that many thanks.
Azrak - Steve it was awesome to hang out with and talk to someone who is my equal in deadpan dry humor and cynicism.
Ed Nagy - I know the Meet had a terrible end for you, but you're tops in my book. You've got a great family.
Jim Hampton - Always a pleasure to hang with you. Your Meet customs are always great, and Hyde was your best.
Berto - It's rare I ever get to talk comics with someone who has both a passion for silver age Perez/Byrne/Adams stuff and still is in awe of some modern comics. Much appreciated.
Chris DVM - It's nice to see someone so excited over Megos. I'd always seen you as a pretty reserved guy, but this weekend I saw the inner child, wide-eyed and full of vigor. Your efforts in putting the meet together and making the annual figure are sincerely appreciated.
November's Doom Crew - Awesome band and even better people. Austin, Larry, Jessica and Paul, you guys rock. I don't often get to talk shop regarding metal anymore, so that was refreshing. Austin, you could sell Helen Keller a camera. Yes, you're that good.
Samurainoir - Ed, I don't think, in the three years I've gone to this, I've ever met someone who was as genuinely happy to be there as you. Your enthusiasm and positive vibes made the weekend better. I hope you retuen.
Megocrazy - Chuck, your to-the-point honesty is refreshing. There's never any grey area regarding your opinion on any subject.
Hulk - Paul is one laid back dude, but as genuine as you get. It's always great to see you there.
I KNOW I left a bunch of stuff and people out here, so apologies all around. THis weekend is fun, but exhaustive. I'm worn out big-time. However, it was another terrific Meet. You guys rock.