Salt Lake City’s convention scene is getting so big, I’m going to restrict myself to listing five or so highlights in no particular order.

5. Hugs and kisses from Tuxedo Mask- or at least a six month old baby cosplaying as him. And then he gummed on my nose.

4. The Ostrich Chews! That’s what my daughter and her friend decided to call themselves to show solidarity with Osric Chau, who was plagued by people constantly mispronouncing his name. As if they couldn’t fall back on calling him “Kevin from Supernatural.” At any rate, he appreciated the Haikyu cosplay the kids did and found the Burger King crown our Kageyama “King of the Court” Tobio wore amusing. The kids then gave it to him, signed “from the Ostrich Chews.” Much to their delight, he wore that onstage while judging the cosplay contest. He also signed an autograph for my daughter

“to Ostrich Chew.”

3. Kylo Ren does indeed have some good in him! He supports our troops! I should say in the interest of full disclosure that the man wearing the mask here is not Adam Driver. I don’t mind. While Adam Driver does terrific work for our troops with Arts in the Armed Forces, and I’d love to see him in a convention soon, the 501st Alpine Garrison (bad guys doing good!) also does some amazing work raising money for charities like the Peter Mahew Foundation, and they’re terrific about supporting our troops as well.
12885933_10206101478357497_4142173062083044478_oHere we are with a copy of Untold Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan.

2. The troops themselves! As you can guess by item number five, I quite enjoy meeting the fans. Given that most of the books on which I’ve worked are military comics, it’s no surprise that most of the fans I get are veterans or active duty troops. I appreciate them about as much, otherwise I wouldn’t do what I do, which in this case included giving away a lot of books. Nearly a third of the books that left my table went free to active duty troops. (And yes, I checked military IDs).

1. Spaceman germs! Yes, like the Ostrich Chews, that became an ongoing gag throughout the convention as my family met this guy in the middle…995369_10154120821245159_9070120054376656053_n…and my canine companion Marshall decided (with my permission of course), to give Mr. Aldrin a thorough slobbering. A lady running a table near mine decided this means that my dog’s carrying “spaceman germs.”

.5 because Why Not? Much to the amusement of a group posing for pictures in front of my table, I waited for them to get a couple of good shots, then photobombed them while brandishing a copy of Why Not? #2(ish).

And now I promised word of an upcoming convention. Yes, just a few weeks after Ontario, Oregon’s Bordertown convention, the comic book creators of Idaho and eastern Oregon have decided we all can’t really get enough of each other and need to hang out again this weekend. The College of Western Idaho is hosting its first convention on the Nampa, Idaho campus at the Micron Center for Technological Education April 2. It also just so happens to be the weekend when Tiger on the Storm #2 will be officially released, so I’m going to be there with yet another book to sign!


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