US Route 30, between Valparaiso and Fort Wayne
The trip wasn't too bad, once I got out of Chicago. I made it to Ft. Wayne early enough Friday afternoon to quickly hit all the comics shops in town. I managed to pick up like ten 1970's Marvel Horror Comics that were on my list, and I was ridin' high.
Checked in to the hotel, and stayed up way too late talking about comics with Jim, Ed, and Tom, three hardcore comics enthusiasts.
Beautiful downtown Fort Wayne
Next day I got up early to set up for the show. The Con was held in a gorgeous new Events Center, right in the heart of downtown. Day One went well, met some cool people, including, for the first time-- Pete Bagge. Then I lurked around the Steranko table a bit checking out all his cool old memorabilia (old Marvel black light posters from 1973 etc). When I tried to take his picture he said "No Pictures!" and held up his hand. The guy has class.
Managed to rustle up six or seven more comics I was looking for, and had lunch at the King Gyros next door.
Spit and a Half table, Northeast Indiana Stylee
The Great and Honorable Peter Bagge
Ed Piskor and his Hip Hop Family Tree
Jim Rugg and fan
Cool old Steranko Star Trek poster
That night we all went to dinner downtown and sat at a long table-- Steranko held court at one end, and Bagge at the other. Two generations of Classic American Cartoonistes, wow. Got out of there and went back to the room where we stayed up too late talking about comics again.
Fort Wayne Skyline
In Search of: BREAKFAST
"This is the idea we could have rolled with from the beginning!"
Downtown Post Office
Grand Wayne Center, home of the Appleseed Con
Tom and Jim share a knowing glance, Day Two
Jim with just some of his amazing and prodigious output
(I bought a copy of the Black-Lite Barbarianess poster!)
Tom never stopped working, all weekend-long
Day Two was slower than Day One, but that only meant I got to shoot the breeze with cartoonists more, and dig through more longboxes. Afterwards, we all met up for a final calzone-fueled goodbye. The Con Fatigue miraculously wore off, and I realized how much fun it was just hanging out with these guys.
Then, the road home...