David "Bad Azz Mofo" Walker and Mike "Culture Pulp" Russell did as they'd been allowed, and took over Bridge City Comics for over three hours tonight: David to sell and sign copies of his first novel Darius Logan: Super Justice Force (which I've finished, and which I really liked, and which gets a little cosmic near the end in a way that makes me look forward even more to Book 2), Mike to sell and sign his smaller, sillier projects Cort and Fatboy in the Secret of the Buried Unicorns and Beware the Sabre-Toothed Vampire. Who's the Sabre-Toothed Vampire? HIM.
This signing went hella well. So well, Walker sold out of copies he'd brought of Darius Logan. The shop started a list of people who went ahead and paid for a copy anyway, for when Walker drops off more copies Thursday.
Mixed crowd, happily, too. Families showed, and I'm hoping that made Walker feel good and hopeful because he wants teens to read his book, more than just those of us in Portland's geek cadre. (Mike's Sabre-Toothed Vampire is probably reasonably kid-friendly, too. I'm kidless and a bad judge of that.)
Happy crowd, even. And people were looking out for the men of the hour. One female fan brought David Walker cherry pie. The noises I made when I saw that led to good-natured ribbing from Steph Castro. I responded with nonsense noises, then I stopped and said "Now I'm making a noise you can't hear."
Who was among those there? Marvel Comics uber-writer Brian Michael Bendis, Boilerplate creator Paul Guinan, film critic and die-hard Portland Timbers soccer fan Shawn Levy (who, if I heard correctly, has the framed original of Mike's "Timbers Army" comic strip in his office), Buried Unicorns stars Cort Webber and Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts, Rick Emerson, Aaron "Geek in the City" Duran, Courtenay Hameister of Live Wire Radio, at least one out-of-costume Portland pirate, longtime Cort and Fatboy listener and recent-transplant-to-Portland Pwn Toney (pronounce that first word "Pone"), local blogger and motorcycle user Becky Ohlsen (creator of the blog with maybe my favorite blog title, "Mad Cow Vs. Bird Flu"), David Walker's filmmaker partner Alan Wone, Funemployment Radio hosts Sarah X. Dylan and Greg Nibler (now also hosts of the Portland Trail Blazers TV show Sportlandia), and others. Many many others. Of course, that way there were more buyers of Darius Logan than David had copies of. (Good thing I'd ordered my copy from the depths of the Web.)
You can see video of some of it, because THEY EVEN MADE THE NEWS. Live at 7:00, a KGW general interest show, did a remote from the signing.
The signing was scheduled to go from 6 to 8, but according to the store runners there were people hanging around for the event starting around 5:00, and some people still were there once I left around 9:00. Still happy.
Speaking of happy-making things, there is also a sketch that now exists, in a copy of the Sabre-Toothed Vampire book that is mine, of the Sabre-Toothed Vampire somehow managing to twirl. (Mike: "So what should the Sabre-Toothed Vampire do?" Me: "Ballet!")
+ Plush Sabre-Toothed Vampire made by Bobbie "Bobbie Girl" Winchell. She has skills.