When I learned that Gene Luen Yang would be making a stop in my neck of the woods, you best believe I jumped on getting tickets early on. He is my hero and Brookline Booksmith hosted the event at the Coolidge Corner Theatre with a book signing after the talk back at the shop.
The weather sucked. It was super gloomy, dark and torrential downpours filled the entire day, but I didn’t care. Nothing was going to rain on this parade.
So, with the Mister, we listened to the famed graphic novelist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature talked about how comics influenced him as a kid growing up and discussed Reading Without Walls – a new challenge for young readers designed to test their limits and expand their horizons…which we may take up as well.
Let us all embrace our nerd. It was truly an inspirational talk – one that I needed to hear.
Me being super creepy as the excitement built as I got closer and closer to my comic creator hero. FYI I tried stalking him at San Diego Comic Con many years ago, but failed.
I was so nervous that I just became a super, awkward loser in front of him. Words started tripping out of my mouth about how he’s inspired my work…that I work on my own comic too. Ahhhh! But, no matter. This meeting meant the world to me. So thank you Gene Luen Yang for your work and inspiring words.
I met my cartoonist / comic strip / comic art hero Bill Amend of Fox Trot last Sunday at PAX East. I knew I had a mission when I saw his tweet in my feed the day before the show:
It was the only thing I was looking forward to at PAX East to be honest. And there he was, sitting at his table as I made it past the metal detectors and security.
I picked up one of the two pins he was selling – Quincy for the win! Of course, I asked him to sign it for me.
I told him how much I loved his work and how much he’s inspired my comic work. Right afterward, I ran away ‘cuz that’s how I do.
To read more about my day at PAX East, check out: Video games, video games and…my hero, Bill Amend! PAX East 2017!
Phew! Thought I had missed this as I lamented last weekend. But nothing to fear because it’s taking place THIS weekend at the Porter Exchange building in Cambridge, MA.
There’s a great schedule of events!
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
University Hall at Lesley University
1815 Massachusetts Ave (Porter Sq.)
Visit www.micexpo.org for more info.
I’ll definitely be noodling around the Hynes in April 🙂
The 2013 Boston Comic Con, New England’s largest comic con, returns Saturday and Sunday April 20 to 21, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.
For more, visit the Boston Comic Con website (tho I hope it gets spruced up as the event draws closer)