Posts Tagged ‘roadtrip’

Josh and Star Trek saved our lives

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I don’t really mind driving, especially since I have a Brand New Used Car. But Saturday we were on the road for too many hours. We finally dropped our carpool mates off at their house at 2:30 am on Sunday morning. We wished them good night, thanked them for coming along for the ride and then we embarked on our 30 minute drive home.

Me: Okay, Joshua.

Josh: Yezzzzz…

Me: Your mission, should you choose to accept it — and you probably should accept it because it is the only way we will make it home alive — is to keep me awake for the next 30 minutes.

Josh: (without missing a beat) Star Wars is superior to Star Trek because…

The following thirty minutes involved a heated comparison of the The Death Star vs The Borg as Evils and why, when I am typically more of a Fantasy fan, I will fully accept the Science Fiction of Star Trek but snicker at the magic (aka The Force) in Star Wars. The beautiful thing here is that Josh doesn’t care one way or another about either one*, he just needed a way to keep me awake and he knew insulting my beloved Star Trek by toting Star Wars as better (please) would not only keep me awake, but keep me focused because one must be on their game when debating any subject with him. And somehow, he knew enough about both to keep making valid points.

Or rather, as valid as that ludicrous argument could possibly be supported. Psh. It’s kind of an uphill battle if you ask me.

We made it home alive and Josh is a hero. Also, we have never before had such a conversation in our relationship. I’m considering it a turning point in Josh’s rank of geekdom. I’d say “Welcome to the dark side…” but I’m afraid he’ll think I’m conceding his argument.

*Well, not quite - He believes Star Wars is cooler, but only because of light sabers. This was the basis for most of his points: “But… light sabers!”

SPX 2008

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

I headed to Bethesda, MD last weekend to check out this year’s Small Press Expo (SPX). It was my first one, but it’s been around since 1997. The obvious focus of the show was comics and graphic novels (and that blurry lineĀ  line between the difference of the two being a subject of debate), but there were also illustrators, inkers, writers, publishers, etc there as well.

I attended three panels. One on comic criticism, which I’ll spare you my opinion on (I left halfway through). The second was on publishing comics for YA and children. While my manuscripts are prose, as opposed to graphic, the panel was nonetheless interesting and full of a valuable insight. The third was on Herge, a popular French comic artist that did a lot of work in the years surrounding WWII. It was during this third session that I discovered I am not sophisticated. Seriously, there is only so much you can say about how he pioneered the line.

There was contraband Diet Pepsi/Rum at the afterparty Saturday Night ($6 beer?!, you’re out of your mind!), a bodacious breakfast at Silver Diner, and a general good time with some friends I don’t see nearly enough.

The atmosphere of SPX was, for the most part, open and accepting, and there was a wide range of work in show — which is comforting to those of us aspiring to do anything in the art/story vein. There are rumors that Joe and Josh might get a table next year (and that there will be beards), in which case I would totally love to commandeer some real estate on that half table. Of course, that means I’ll have to execute the sketches I’ve got hidden in my sketchbook…

What the experience did, first and foremost, was spark the creative engine and get those gears turning. We bought tons of good stuff, which I’m sure I’ll review here once I’ve been able to devour it all. All and all - it was a wonderful way to spend the weekend.