A Day Downtown

My mother-in-law was kind enough to come over and help the Mrs. over the weekend (my wife’s left arm is in a cast thanks to a recent tumble) so I could take a day downtown to cleanse the ol’ soul for a bit.

First stop – the Museum of Contemporary Art for the Massive Change: The Future of Global Design exhibit:

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More from the MCA:

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Even their staircase is cool!

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Lots o’ graphic novels and cartoon art in the gift shop!

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Then on to the Mauldin exhibit at the Jean Albano gallery:

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No pics allowed inside, but it was fabulous! I LOVE seeing original art like this. The white-out, the pencil marks, the variations on the black washes… It’s cartooning geek heaven!

One last stop at a comic book store. Not much of note there, but this sign made me laugh:

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A wonderful brain-soothing day out! Thanks again to my mother-in-law for helping around the house so I could indulge myself for a day!

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Wizard World Chicago 2006

Well, I did it. I went to my first comics convention.

It was fun, but I’m not a big comics fanboy, so it wasn’t such a big deal. To be honest, I didn’t really know one artist from another, and I didn’t stand in any lines to get any autographs or anything.

Basically I walked around, soaked in the pale, heavy, nearsighted atmosphere and took some goofy pictures. Enjoy!

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Here we go…

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Marvel was right at the entrance

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What are these HeroClix figures so excited about?

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The invasion of the giant water bottles!

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Honestly, this looks less like an Iron Man costume and more like my 3-year old’s pajamas.

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I don’t know who this was, but she seemed to just be an attendee. A very popular attendee.

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That’s a lot of comics!

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You remember him as Jaws, but I love him best as Eegah!

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Some wrestlers looking for a fight.

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Whew! Close one! (One nearby nerd actually said “Dude, that would be totally one-sided. I mean the storm-troopers would just like blow them away man!”)

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Every time I walked past this guy he was all over me. Yeesh!

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Isn’t it past your bed time? Oh wait… Sorry…

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The DC booth.

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A banner at the DC booth. Like most guys my age, I used to love Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman. (OK I kinda still do.)

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Throwing t-shirts.

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Joyce DeWitt?! What the hell?!

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He’s either shopping for a new helmet, or he just made a boom boom in his pants.

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I dunno who this was either, but she seemed to like taking photos with folks. Who am I to argue?

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The Dark Horse booth.

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Captain Balloon-ica!

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I didn’t want a picture with this guy, but this sign is too funny!

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I almost bought this. My wife is happy I didn’t.

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Oh my! (There was a lot of this kind of stuff.)

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Ran into these guys on the way out. I’m not gonna call them.

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And I ran into this person by the elevator to the parking garage. She was applying blue makeup to her armpits.

But, the absolute BEST photo is the one I paid $20 for a crappy Polaroid of…


…that’s right. Me and Lou Ferrigno. Here’s a closeup:


All in all, a fun day, but not a lot there for your friendly neighborhood gag cartoonist. I’ll post pics of my purchases and freebies soon…

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My First Comics Convention

WizardWell, I’m taking the plunge.

I don’t think I’m quite ready for the big Comic-Con in San Diego (maybe next year), but tomorrow I’m going to the Wizard World Chicago just down the road a piece.

Not being much of a comic book guy, I’m paying close attention to Mark Evanier’s Convention Guide.

I also bought a few recent comic books (Marvel Civil War 1 & 2) and the latest Wizard magazine (it’s kinda like People for the comics nerd set) to help prepare me. Boy oh boy have comics changed since I was a kid.

Wish me luck, and expect lots of pic next week.

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