sometimes the logistics of this new years resolution get to me. i have friends all over the globe, sometimes they move, sometimes they even move without telling me (which might be a sign of some sort). i have two friends who live in alaska, which sounds like it makes things easier to see them, but they live so far apart in the state that it will take a minimum of three flights to go from one to another.
so i considered f2fb friend #179 brian brethauer. he lives in idaho, and not like ten minutes from the boise idaho airport. i worried how i was going to see him. yet, he seemed to intuit that there might be a problem and he suggested he would be in san diego on july 20 for a tiny little convention for those who love comic books (otherwise known as comicon). thus, the trip to los angeles and san diego was planned with the greatest goal being to meet brian brethauer. i drove three hours from los angeles to san diego.
meanwhile, brian drove eighteen hours from idaho with his two friends dave and ezra who are brothers. brian and i are friends through our shared appreciation of my grandfather fritz leiber’s science fiction. but it was our first time meeting. awkward? absolutely not. a testament to what a great friend brian is.
we boarded the tram for the convention center where the preview party would be held. we talked about facebook.
comicon turned out to be a huge deal, way bigger than i expected and way stranger. everybody was dressed as their favorite character from their favorite alternate reality. i thought it was great that everybody could be exactly who they wanted to be without anybody judging them.
brian has been coming to comicon for ten years now, five of them with dave and ezra. he said that when the convention started, you could order tickets online over the space of a few days. this year, he didn’t even get tickets, instead he agreed to help his best friend jason brubaker sell copies of his comic “remind” and jason was able to score three “exhibitor” tickets for dave, ezra and brian. somehow, jason even got me a pass.