Also, all the comic convention stuff was completely true and the real reason I wanted to post. The people bringing 50 some issues for creators. I met Greg Rucka years back in Chicago. The guy directly in front of me had a stack of books. I'm not exaggerating when I say half a shortbox. Greg told him to pick 10. I swear the guy's jaw almost hit the floor. He begged for more but Greg simply stated he would love to but has other fans that he doesn't want to exclude. I was next and simply handed him my Wolverine #1 and said "Sorry, I only have 1 for you." He laughed and replied with a "What's wrong with you? Where's the other 30?". And we ended up talking for about 10 minutes about random crap while he signed other stuff. Definitely made my convention as it was one of my earlier ones and a decade later, it's stuff like that I look at and think of why I go.
Just getting back from ECCC I have to agree with the quote above as well as some of the stuff the four of you observed about larger cons in general, although I am happy to say that I did not encounter too many deoderant FAIL situations with fellow con goers.
I was surprised how many times I was inline behind people who didnt even have their comics unbagged before getting to the front of the line. After making that mistake with Bendis a year ago
(he came back to his table early while I was passing by and teased me about not being ready with my opportunity and that he would be there all weekend
I cant help but notice it when I see it now.
It is kinda awkward though when a big name creator takes the time to talk to you and you are aware of the line behind you. (Brubaker, Bendis and Robinson come to mind here)
I'm kind of glad that ECCC announced it will be a three day show next year (March 4-6, 2011) because too many big names were mostly unavailable the second day or like Geoff Johns and Joe Quesada left for the day after just a few hours. Now I can plan accordingly.
Have to see if BD is available through Zip.ca up here in Canada