This past weekend was spent in Vegas with a few hundred other like minded individuals all there to celebrate art in and around comics. Days later I'm still glowing, and yet every time I try to put into words what was so cool about the weekend it comes across as less incredible than it really was.
I'll try to list a few cool moments, just know that the sum of these events added up to much more than their parts.
- Flying out to Las Vegas was a new experience in itself.
- Meeting a group of 11 O'Clockers for german food and merrymaking.
- Grant Morrison screaming spoken word poetry over dissonant electronica performed by members of My Chemical Romance.
- Akira the Don rocking the club.
- Talking about the effectiveness of sigils with Grant Morrison.
- Meeting and talking with comic fans from China and France.
- Watching celebrities go giddy over meeting each other.
- Seeing artists study each other as they did sketches live.
- Listening to the applications of musical rhythm to comic panels.
- Hearing Hickman describe conciousness shifts through scientific discovery.
- Handing MAPS to Dan DiDio of DC Comics.
- Talking philosophy and religion with a publisher out of New York
- Dancing with pretty girls to dance versions of Come on Eileen and other New Wave hits.
- Seeing JH WIlliams out on the dance floor.
- Getting a sweet sketch from Chris Burnham.
- Talking layouts with Williams.
- Talking to Chris Neseman about DC's Archive Editions.
- Listening to Morrison talk about a fifth dimension outside of time, and how different that is from being high on drugs.
- Hearing a discussion on the interconnectedness of the world and how telecommunications is bringing that oneness into the physical world.
This was only a smattering of the highlights for me personally, the trip was beyond amazing. I've written a song, painted a painting, and lettered my anthology piece in the 2 days since returning. It feels as though I'm literally bursting with creative positivity. Thank you Morrisoncon.