Winter has, for now, given way to some lovely Spring-like weather outside, and none too soon!
Aaron and I spent the end of last week at the ComicsPRO meeting in Dallas. ComicsPRO is an organization of retailers, and I served on the founding Board of Directors before having to make time for other things. The meeting was well-attended, with only one person missing the meeting due to weather complications (on his end), and we spent an entire day with DC's management and editorial teams, Marvel's executives, Todd McFarlane and Eric Stephenson from Image, and folks like Nick Barrucci from Dynamite Entertainment, Filip Sablik from Top Cow, Ted Adams and Dirk Wood from IDW, Diamond Comics' management, Jeremy Atkins from Dark Horse Comics and many others. We got a look into their upcoming plans, and lots of opportunities to meet about projects we have in the works. This was one of the most productive meetings I've attended in quite some time, and a number of projects were moved forward. What they are, I can't say. YET!
As a local retailer, and the person who has chosen the meeting sites in the prior 4 years, I was asked to visit hotels and meet with catering managers again this year. I spent some fun Saturdays visiting hotels and trying food, and love the hotel we ended up using (Doubltree Dallas at the Galleria). I was also asked to organize a bus tour of local comic book stores. We had a BLAST, with 57 retailers on the bus and 3 more cars following along. We all enjoyed showing off our stores to visitors from all over the US and Canada, and they got to see that Texas is the PLACE TO BE if you want great comic shops! At the last stop, Buddy and Judy asked our friends at J. Gilligan's to cater a giant buffet, and then everyone sang Happy Birthday to me a week early. Although the bus was honking outside, some of us took time to pose for this photo in our game room:
While sitting at dinner with my friend Dirk from IDW, I received an email. In the email was the exclusive Lone Star Comics Edition of Godzilla #1, and it's fantastic! Check it out:
That's my poor Cooper St. store in Arlington being crushed to bits! I love it. Not many of these will be available, so we'll let you know when they go on sale. At that same dinner, Jack Kirby's family and Stan Lee were both presented with Industry Achievement Awards. In typical fashion, Stan accepted via video, and was a hoot! I hoped it would be online, but it isn't yet. All you really need to know is that he thanked me personally and said I'd long been an inspiration to him. OK, maybe not.
I'm off to tackle some projects, but I'll be back next week to see what you've been up to!
Be Seeing You,