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[Times] Wizard World Chicago
So, yes, I'm way behind on, essentially, everything. There are LJ entries I haven't responded to, comments I haven't replied to, roleplaying I haven't done... I'm not all that good at this consistency thing. But I promised a post regarding Wizard World, and I intend to deliver. So, uh, here goes. (I'm also not feeling too eloquent today.)

Friday started out really lousy. Had to switch buses twice, lost $20, lost my backpack with lots of clothes and stuff in it (including several of the things I got for Christmas). But I'm not going to dwell on that. The important part? indigoskynet.

In case you didn't realize, Indigo is the girl I've been in love with for months; I wrote poetry about her and posted gleefully back in April when I finally told her how I felt. WW was going to be fun, I figured, but more important than that was the chance to meet Indigo for the first time.

I showed up at the hotel room around 5 pm. Instant connection. It was probably in part that we were both a bit stressed out from the travel, but there was no room for nervousness or awkwardness. We got along perfectly well. Hugged, talked, drew comfort from each other.

After we relaxed together and destressed a bit, rachelk121 and sachmet came up to the hotel room to say hello. We went to a Lush store (they sell bath stuff and soaps and shampoos and lots of things like that), then to dinner at Leona's, a really nice Italian place with very friendly staff.

Saturday wasn't much fun, at the start. The stress of Friday caught up with me and I came down with a bad stomachache. (I tend to do that when I'm stressed out or nervous. It's really annoying.) But I did get a little something to eat in between watching movies with Indigo.

And the evening was very enjoyable. I met quite a few of Indigo's friends, including the lovely dreagoddess, curlyjo1 and her boyfriend, and some more people I completely lost track of. ^_^() Indi listed them all on her WW post. And we had some dinner, which turned out nice, although I had a bit more than I probably should've.

Sunday we finally made it to the convention proper! We wandered around the dealer's room and artist's alley, checking out the various talented artists. I grabbed quite a few business cards, too. *grin* And we met katie_can_draw and her fiancé uterdic, who happens to be from Marshall originally like I am!

Then we wandered over to see a couple of panels on comic writing, characterization and emotion, one with Mark Waid and one with Greg Ruck. They both seemed very cool, and I think I may have to look up some of the comics they've written. Even got me a bit inspired for my old comic Protection.

After that, we just headed back to the hotel room, got some dinner, and called it an early night.

Monday was... not really worth talking about. We got up, went to the airport, and then I said goodbye to Indigo and made my way to the Greyhound station for the bus home. And due to this and that, didn't get home until after midnight. >_<

And that's the weekend, basically. Stressful, costly, but so worth it in the end. Oh, and check out the pictures. Are we cute or what?

Feeling: relaxed relaxed
Listening to: Bulldog Mansion - Happy Birthday to Me

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thjorska From: thjorska Date: August 13th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Waid's run on FF was inspired, as was his work on Impulse, Kingdom Come and the astoundingly awesome new Legion reboot. There's also Empire, a nice little stand-alone mini.

As for Rucka, try Queen & Country. That's some of his best work, and doesn't need a load of back-reading and crosstitle collecting like No Man's Land. Oh, and there's his run on Wonder Woman - that's a must. There's a couple of times when it crosses over into another title, but it doesn't make a habit of it.
mafdet From: mafdet Date: August 13th, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad it was all worth it despite the cost and stress. Oh, and you two are adorable! I <3 the matching outfits.
rachelk121 From: rachelk121 Date: August 13th, 2005 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
hope you don't mind, but i added you :)
bzarcher From: bzarcher Date: August 14th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I personally don't like Waid (a lot of his writing grates on me, for some reason), but Rucka's awesome. He /gets/ it. In his DC/Superheroes books, in his cop books, in his spy books. He's a wonderful writer.

Also, should at some point meet you guys in person. I don't live precisely between you, but it works rather well, really.
thjorska From: thjorska Date: August 14th, 2005 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh come on, Waid does Legion. How can you not love Legion? It has the best one-liners in the entire industry.
bzarcher From: bzarcher Date: August 14th, 2005 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Because while he's good at some one-liners, the majority of the team books he's brought in on, he follows a very simple theme:

Step 1: Inject strains and dissonance into the team dynamic, no matter what the previous writing teams had been doing.

Step 2: Do your best to shatter, disband, or kill the team.

Step 3: Deus Ex Machina restoration/save/extraction, and we're going to now all be friends again.

He /can/ do good work. Kingdom Come was excellent, for example. But the majority of the time, I don't like how he handles things.
thjorska From: thjorska Date: August 14th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I admit, I do detect that particular theme in a few of his works. But his runs on Fantastic Four and Impulse had very little disbanding, shattering and killing. Not much Deus Ex Machina, either, apart from in Fantastic Four which has that in spades anyway.

Besides, there are far worse writers. You don't know "grating" until you've read Austen or Claremont.
bzarcher From: bzarcher Date: August 14th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)
On the contrary. :D I've read them, too, or once did - now I don't read their stuff, either.

It's surprising how good voting with your $$ can feel.
thjorska From: thjorska Date: August 14th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
True, but it's infuriating when other people vote for utter rubbish with their $$. See: 13-year-olds, Liefeld.
bzarcher From: bzarcher Date: August 14th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Also true. :/

Good god. The preview pages of his Teen Titans mini-run alone made me want to throw up.
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