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Oh lordie...what a time in the Big Apple. Still recovering from the comic con here in New York City. Flew in last Tuesday for some meetings and interviews before the big event, had a great time at the show itself and then hit the Joe Kubert school just yesterday where I had the pleasure of getting to spend time with Adam and Andy Kubert and a chance to meet and check out the work of many of their incredible students.
Much more and a bunch of just very funny pictures from various after con functions. Here's a candid of my new assistant Eddy Choi enjoying a private moment Sunday night at the Irish Rogue (edit: name of bar corrected) in midtown.
More pictures and funnies to come...just need to acquire permission from the various folk depicted in the pix.
This is sort of a response to a comment posted under the "Superman Returns to Missoula, Montana" post. I got the sense the poster thought I was poking fun at Montana cause I went on about hoe-downs, cowboy hats and no speeding limit. I don't think he was pissed but I got the sense he was tired of the same old stereotypes...and as a former Midwesterner from St. Louis, Missouri, I know the feeling.
I spent most of my childhood in Missouri and Ohio and know all about the misperceptions easterners and Californians have of the vast interior of the country. I used to go to Kansas every summer years ago to visit my in-laws in Augusta, Topeka (above photo) and Lawrence so I am real familiar with small towns and cities and how diverse or homogenous they can be.
However, I'm sincere in my interest in smalltown, USA--in fact, I am perversely proud of my bland, puritanical upbringing--and don't worry, I don't think for a second that by donning a hat, that somehow the locals will misconstrue as one of them. Can't be too many Asians running around in Montana.
That said, I like playing it up when I travel and doing so ironically. If we play up the city slicker angle--it's just for laughs. Laughing at us for our stupidity at playing tourist (Yee-Haw!) as much as the contrast of Montana to California. So yeah, we're gonna get some cowboy boots and chew some tobacco and round up some steer. And drive like there's no speed limit even though there technically there is.
And looking for some local grub. One of the fun things I like to do is sample local, indigenous fast food. Here's a shot of my favorite in Topeka...Bobo's. It's a veritable institution in Topeka having been around for 50 years. I hear there was a recent fire and it had to be remodeled inside but for the longest time, it seemed like a frozen slice of Americana.
The best thing to order there is the Spanish burger (near burnt, wafer thin slice of meat with salsa between bread), a cup of chili, onion rings and their piece d'resistance--their fresh homemade shakes.
Go with Strawberry...they are cold, icy and thick. Not at all waxy or chalky like other gelatin enhanced commercial shakes. You won't be disappointed. I'd be real curious to see how they came up with the name, Spanish Burgers. OK I understand it has salsa on it...but wouldn't it make more sense if it were Mexican burgers or something closer to this side of the Atlantic? There has to be a story in there somewhere...but I've always been to scared to ask the workers there...they are straightforward Midwesterners who don't take any lip...
So yeah, I have a photo album of places I have eaten. Once drove 2 hours to get a Gooberburger (peanut butter on meat) in Missouri so I am anxious to see how the Montanans mix it up. So there you have it...one of my secret curiosities...
Oh, and a quick shout out to Neo for the wonderful portraits he has been doing up. Nice work, lad. Keep it up.
Aside from my upcoming appearance at the first ever New York Comic Con next weekend and the WizardWorld LA and Philly shows in March and early June, respectively, I am thrilled to announce that I will be appearing at Muse Comics in late June the weekend Superman Returns opens. Once I know the exact release date of the movie, I can confirm the exact time and date of the store appearance but it will be the Friday the weekend the much anticipated movie hits the multiplexes.
Now I have been to North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, Iowa and Washington but never had the pleasure of visiting the Big Sky state. So this should be an adventure and really, that's what comic book store signings are all about. On the prod with me will be Ale Garza and if we can corral Carlos D'Anda and other WildStormers into coming, we'll have a regular hoe-down. Ale is most excited about wearing cowboy hats and doing karoake. I just want to drive where there's no speed limit.
If any other Montanans know what the locals do for fun, please feel free to comment below. We want to make this one special.
Anyway, for those not in the know, Muse Comics is a highly regarded,
forward thinking retailer located on 2100 Stephens (#107 to be exact)
in Missoula which I hear is one of the happening-est cities in the
Big MT. So if yer close, drop on in and book early; should be a wild