Nothing starts your day like meeting a zombie from the Plants vs. Zombies game my boys enjoy playing.
For us older folks, it was a real treat to meet Peter Beagle, author of “The Last Unicorn”.
Here are my co-authors with comic artist Ken Meyer, Jr.
Here are my co-authors with Katie Cook, who writes “My Little Pony” for IDW Publishing, and has also done licensed illustration work for DC, Marvel, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.
Proving again that timing is everything, we just happened to wander in front of the Badali Jewelry booth, when our friend Cliff Broadway from TheOneRing.net was conducting a Lord of the Rings trivia quiz. Have I mentioned that I am a Lord of the Rings Rainman? It will then come as no surprise that we won the quiz, and left laden with terrific Tolkien booty, much as Bilbo ended his Hobbit adventure riding a pony burdened with treasure. As a bonus, we got to meet the Rice sisters, who write and star in the weekly Happy Hobbit video that is shown on TheOneRing.net.
In the foreground, my co-author Harrison. In the background, the smoking hot Evangeline Lilly, who will be appearing in the upcoming (second) Hobbit movie. We also saw Sir Richard Taylor, who heads up Weta, the company that makes props for Peter Jackson’s movies.
Here my co-authors pose with the largest Domokun I’ve ever seen.
An enormous Azog the Orc in front of the Weta booth was not nearly as welcoming as Domokun…
At the IDW Publishing booth, we spoke with several comic book illustrators. As it turned out, fate smiled upon us again. We have a friend Sohaib Awan, who writes the comic JINNRISE. His illustrator, Andrew Huerta, was there and graciously offered to sketch Nimpentoad !
Here is the wonderful end result he knocked out in no time flat.