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Back From Vacation.

Brian Hibbs

Yeah, after the signing, I pretty much zoned out for a week solid. (Hopefully, you noticed.) After a whirlwind 72 hours consisting of the signing, APE, catching four movies with Robson, and getting my car broken into, my brain was little more than a piece of dry, unbuttered toast. So brain-dead was I that I couldn’t even find the new comics I bought from CE for five or six days. (The new Golgo and Drifting Classroom are tucked away in my bag for store reading today.)

Anyway, I–oh, hey look! Comic book superstars!

This is the best picture I took of our four signers from Friday, in part because it was a hard angle to catch all of them in on one shot, and in part because I kept having to go breathe into a paper bag to keep from hyperventilating and that probably kept my camera hands shaky. All of the signers were incredibly generous and kind, and put up with my nattering and/or lousy directions which in the case of poor Gene Yang meant that he showed up 45 minutes late to his signing (and in case you’re wondering Kevin Huizenga, from what I can tell, always has some variation of a “they never built a prison that could break me” look on his face).

The signers said they had a good time, we sold a ton of books that day, and I think it’d be safe to call the signing a success. And yet, I spent most of the day feeling like Artie (“Do me a favor. Just kick my ass, okay?”) Fufkin in Spinal Tap because there weren’t lines out the door and down the street and helicopters circling around trying to figure out why traffic on Divisadero stopped. Because that’s what these four people deserve, if you ask me, and that we didn’t get that makes me feel like I didn’t do my job correctly and do me a favor, just kick my ass, okay? I’m not asking. I’m telling.

Anyway, I–hey, look! There they are again!

(I’m very happy that New Comix is shining above their heads; I just wish it was little bit more centered.)

Oh, and as a bonus, here’s a picture of Graeme and Hibbs plotting to overthrow the world:

Anyway, those are the signing pix (I’ve actually got a pretty good crowd shot with Matt Silady talking to Ian Brill, and Kiel Phegley (who not only was a very nice and funny guy but also did a kick-ass job of covering APE for Wizard’s website) chatting with Bill Roundy but couldn’t quite figure out a way to work it into the post). My thanks to Kevin Huizenga, Hope Larson, Bryan Lee O’Malley and Gene Yang for their kindness, generosity and awesomeness. Having them at the store was a tremendous honor for me.

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