After a rainy drive, we made it home from the Phoenix Cactus Comicon last night around 7:45. The con was fun--I haven't heard official numbers yet, but attendance was much, much bigger than last year's. With luck that'll continue, and will mean that the dealer's room and programming can grow proportionately (there was definitely more programming this year).
We got to see lots of old friends, like Shannon Eric Denton and Whilce Portacio and J.S. Lewis and Derek Benz, in addition to con staff and volunteers and other pals, and make some new friends, like Madame M and Tony DeZuniga, the genius who originally designed DC's great Western character Jonah Hex. I was on a panel with long-time friend James A. Owen, and new ones Mike Kunkel and Mike Bullock. And I met Ed McGuinness for the first time--although I edited him for years, on Mr. Majestic and Thundercats, we had never managed to meet face to face.
I had a great time, signed a bunch of books and comics, bought lots of comics (including a bunch of reference material for Spider-Man: Requiem) and was generally glad to be there. But, as always, I was also glad to get home.