After a 13 hour drive that Google maps said would take 8 hours (including almost an hour and a half at the border getting interrogated and having the car searched... twice), you know you've arrived in Baltimore when you see this:
Here's Shel and I at our super spacious booth supplied by the gracious people at the Baltimore Comic Con.
Me explaining, yet again, why my name is in the yearbook but not my art.
(I didn't get my art submitted in time because I was on a tight deadline finishing the "Knick" poster you see in the background. The yearbook people made a print of my contribution. If you got twenty contributor's signatures in your book you received three bonus prints including mine. It was a fun scavenger hunt that brought a lot of people to the table.)
(I got my copy of the print signed by Matt Wagner: cool.)
Skull sketch for Larry's daughter, Afton, neither of whom could be at the show but sent the sketch book along with Jeff (long story).
My first encounter with a "sketch cover" which are very popular now.
(I was asked to do a Cerebus wearing a Captain America costume and him not happy about it.)
A fellow artist at the show, Chris Otto, drew a fun, quick Cerebus that I put a quick background behind. I love the Missy doll.
Justin drops stacks of books to sign. I point out mistakes on the covers and
have fun showing Shel the pictures on the back covers where I look twelve years old.
Andrew from Locust Moon drops by with a copy of the Nemo tribute book.
This thing is AWESOME!!!
I can't wait to get my hands on my own personal copy... drool, drool, drool.
On Saturday night I presented the Harvey awards for Best American Edition of Foreign Material (I guess because I'm from Canada, eh?) and the award for Best Inker. It was a fun night, dinner was great and we got a HUGE bag of comics and books.
After the show we had to have a stroll around the inner harbour.
Rick Veitch and I on the forward deck of the USS Constellation...
...and squeezing through the WWII sub, Torsk. At 6' 4", I would not make a good submariner.
We split the drive home into two days and stayed in Mansfield PA. If you're ever in the area I would highly recommend the Lamb's Creek restaurant across from the Comfort Inn at the intersection of highways 15 and 6.
We had the Lamb's Creek salad and the ribs and a new soup they were trying out: Creamy Reuben
...it's like a Reuben sandwich but in soup form! It was awesome! Perfect way to end the trip.
Oh... and by the way, total border crossing time back into Canada: about a minute and a half.