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Monday, March 17, 2008 

Back from LA

This past weekend, I hit Los Angeles for your basic whirlwind tour of the Wizard World LA comics convention, signing books, shaking hands, and seeing almost nothing of the city except for the two-block stretch between the hotel and the LA Convention Center. (In that two blocks was the Staples Center, where the Pac-10 tourney was going on, but alas, no chance to see any college hoop.) I did see the Hollywood sign as I was cruising to the airport an hour later than I intended -- hung around to catch editors leaving a panel. Thank God there was NOBODY in the security line at LAX. Never would've made an Atlanta flight.

It was a lot of fun, roaming the floor and signing copies of INCURSION at the Platinum booth. Also bugged a few editors for work and stalked a comics creator or two. No truly great con stories this time around; the Wizard party at the Hotel Figueroa was held outside by the pool, and with the weather dropping into the 40s and the time passing 3am body-clock time, I was faaaading fast.

But I did stock up on some reading material for the next few months; picked up volumes 1 and 2 of the Complete Frank Miller Daredevil, a volume of the Joss Whedon Astonishing X-Men run, and a bunch of other stuff I can't quite remember now. Also got a copy of my man Jorge Vega's Gunplay, winner of the 2007 Comic Book Challenge. Get your hands on a copy, trust me.

Overall, a fine show, even if Boushh there wouldn't let me borrow her thermal detonator. (Little short for a stormtrooper, ain't he?)


Jay Busbee runs Yahoo! Sports' NASCAR Blog From The Marbles, Atlanta Magazine's Atlanta sports blog Right Down Peachtree, and the Southern sports/humor blog Sports Gone South. He also writes for damn near anybody who'll throw him a buck and a byline, and he's at work on the books The Quiet Dynasty: The History Of The Atlanta Braves' Championship Run (2009, Sports Publishing LLC) and God Is A Bulldog: Georgia, Florida, And The Greatest Play In College Football History (2010, Sports Publishing LLC). Click below for more info on his novels, articles, and comics.
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