San Francisco

I headed for San Francisco to visit friends and attend APE. Got a great motorcycle tour of the city with my friend Colin (destined to play Dewey in the Unshelved movie), ate a Mission-style burrito in the Mission District, visited a book store with two sphinx cats in residence, saw the ruins of the city's grandest bathhouse, and visited the fabulous Isotope Comics, which didn't disappoint.

I'd always heard APE was like Portland's Stumptown comic convention (very indy oriented) but bigger. That proved true, but I think I'll stick with Stumptown from now on (they had programming that my daughter liked, but there was nothing like that at APE). But I did get to meet Jason Shiga (I failed to answer his qui to get a free ARC of his new book), bought a few ghosts from Chris Yates (my daughter's collection is up to about 20), and bought comics I'd never seen or heard of, including The Bean, which seems like great fun.

From Baltimore - Niagara Falls - San Francisco October 2009

I was home in Seattle (but exhausted) on Saturday in time to play a few rounds of Super Smash Bros. Brawl + to read Yotsuba&! 6 with my daughter before heading off to bed.

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