Thursday, November 03, 2005
Was in Frankfurt recently for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Was great to be back in Germany and hear the language and see the sights, if only the hotel where I stayed at since I spent most of the 2 days locked away in the convention hall. Bumped into Jeff Smith tho and got caught up and saw once again the power of manga as there were literally hundreds of fans dressed up as characters roaming the site the weekend the Book Fair is open to the public.
Afterwards, I went to Paris for a few days to take a break from all the traveling (San Diego>New York>Frankfurt>back home out of Paris) but dropped in on my friends at Album, one of the best comics shops in the world imo. I finally delivered a sketchbook back to Olivier, the manager there...a sketchbook I had with me since February of this year. It's not something I generally do, mostly cause I am worried that I will lose their sketchbooks (I meant this one had a sketch by Eisner in it!) but he's gone above and beyond many a time for me...
Here is a larger shot; it was done across 2 pages so the middle gutter is a bit blurred and messy but you get the idea. This is sort of the view from the hotel I was staying at, IF you removed the 2 rows of buildings blocking this potentially wonderful view. Here's a closer look.