1. Here’s the most unexpected thing that happened on the ALA trip. It turned out that a WWII bomber group was having a reunion at the hotel we were staying at. On the shuttle bus over to the convention center, I had a chance to talk to one of the veterans. He was a B-17 pilot who flew 17 missions over Germany. After VE Day he was supposed to go to the Pacific theater and fly a B-29. The war ended before he had the chance. At this reunion his co-pilot and navigator saw each other for the first time since 1945. I thought I might have a chance to talk to other vets at the hotel, but our schedule did not permit. Glad I had the chance to talk to this pilot though.
2. Four more friends are moving down to SoCal, which is a drag. If I wanted a computer industry job down there, I could have one too but I’m just not interested in living in that area. I had enough strip malls growing up, thanks.
3. We had the booth next to Archaia Studio Press at ALA. Mark Smylie gave me the later Artesia volumes I was missing and a graphic novel called Revere: Revolution in Silver. The latter is a lot of fun. It turns the patriot Paul Revere into a werewolf hunting member of a secret society. It’s good to be a silver smith when you hunt werewolves!
4. French punk band Les Thugs are playing here next week as part of the 20th Anniversary of Sub Pop Records. I haven’t seen them in at least 12 years so I think I’m going to try to go. It’s actually a free show and I have no idea how crowded it might be.
5. Cory Doctorow stopped by our booth at ALA. He said if we defied WotC on the sunsetting of the d20 logo, it’d make a really interesting case for PHD candidates. I said that’d be great, as long as they were rich PHD candidates who could pay our legal bills.
My parents had a couple of their vet friends over to celebrate Canada Day with them. One was an old codger with amazing stories: His first assignment during WWII was defusing unexploded bombs during the Blitz. When he proved wrong for that job (too blase, apparently), they retrained him as a paratrooper and dropped him on Arnhem. And more.
Cory is awesome at spending other people’s money that way. It’s easy to be a rebel on someone else’s dime.