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    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
    doesn't Ben look kinda like Paul Rudd? ;)
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
    Isn't Ben, David Tennat's lover?
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
    ...I wish I was at WWTX.
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    Me, too. I owe you lots of stompys. Lots. of. them.
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    A brief segment from one of Paul's art instruction talks
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
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    Yeah, the divided rooms weren't exactly soundproof. You think that's bad? Too bad the Avatar panel wasn't taped.....
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2008
    I'll post my rather limited thoughts about my experience at WWTX and meeting the avatar crew and drinking afterwards

    I haven't been to one of these things in a long time, and the one I went to was many years ago in small convention room in a small local hotel.

    so I walk in and start looking around and the first thing I see, just to the left of the doors is the Avatar booth with someone that looks like the picture of Spiral, and so I just walk up and say "Hi are you spiral" and introduce myself. She's rather tall in person if you ever get the chance to meet her, just FYI. I purchased a couple of things at the booth and while Paul was doing a sketch on the inside of one I decided to walk around for a bit, to see what was going on, and it was entertaining, fun and kind of surreal.

    Some people in costumes, some I recognized, some I didn't (I've not been reading superhero comics for a long while and only started reading comics at all 3 years ago after a long hiatus).

    Once in a while I'd hear an annoucement that just made me giggle "Attention, Corey Feldman and the cast of Friday the 13th part 5 will be signing autographs at stage 3" or something like that. I also ran into (not literally) a couple of pro-wrestlers, they were shorter than I imagined they'd be.

    so after picking up my awesome sketch from Paul at the booth Spiral and William asked if I was planning on going to Paul's art class. I wasn't originally because I figured that there would be actual artists that would to go to it and I would be a bit out of place(I have no discernable drawing ability myself) but once they assured me I wasn't going to be pulled to the front of the room and asked to demonstrate anything I had learned I thought it would be fun, so I tagged along and sat at the back of the class while Paul conducted his lecture.

    Paul's was a great discussion leader, talking about anything anyone asked him, we went through the industry, sociology, physiology, some sketching exercises, and other things. Unfortunately we weren't able to get him to gossip or spread dirt on anyone in the industry, such a nice guy dammit.

    after that I had a couple of hours to kill so I went to grab dinner somewhere and catch up on some work I'm doing and then came back to the hotel for the after hours meetup. I went to the bar at first and had a couple of beers and didn't see anyone there, so I figured there was likely another bar elsewhere, but nope, the avatar crew had commondeered a couple of couches, chairs and tables in the lobby right by the entrance to the hotel.

    Honestly sitting and talking about any and everything with the people in the lobby was probably the highlight of the day, besides the Avatar crew lots of neat people kept stopping buy to say hello and talk for a while and we got to people watch and even see a wedding party returning from their ceremony.

    So thanks Spiral, William, Paul, Mark and everyone at Avatar for making it a fun evening and if I'm still in Texas next year and you're all back I'll stop and say hello again.
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    - laughs -

    "You know Warren Ellis isn't really English. He's actually from Canada." - Max Brooks

    How long till Warren watches this?
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    And the prison bit - priceless!
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2008
    "He persuaded me gently but firmly."

    "The best glue for a broken-heart" I'm Sold!

    and I'm still laughing.
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2008
    Nice videos everyone *lmao*
    Do we get anything like this in England ?
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    Hope everyone had as much fun as I did. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth and all the kind words.
    • CommentAuthorrevg14
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2008
    Love the videos. That first one of Paul sketching was the sketch he was doing for me. The video from the art class was the one I was in. Even though I'm not an artist, it was way cool to hear about Paul's process. You can see me for a brief second at the beginning of the video, on the right (in the red shirt). And that's my friend Matthew Warlick who's getting the portfolio review.

    Here's a couple of picks:

    Paul sketching in my Freakangles HC

    Paul and my Sirkka sketch

    And here's one of Ben that he made me promise to put out on the internet:

    Ben throwing gang signs