On the 11th, after much anticipation, excitement and no small degree of shipping confusion, two fragrant boxes landed on a doorstep of a purple house in Echo Park.
It was our very own shipment of Wild Children [click to order], Ales’ first graphic novel, just in time for his first signing at Meltdown Comics – a surreal scenario, when you consider that I’ve been going to and covering events at Meltdown for years. I love the place and the community it fosters around comics, art and general nerdery, so I was extra happy that this kinda-big-deal of an event was happening there.
Michael Hans and I dropped Ales off just in time for the first fans’ arrival and zoomed off to acquire wine – a trip made extra fabulous by my 5″ platforms and sequined booty shorts, neither of which I had the time to document, which only means I’ll have to eventually bear the burden of wearing the same outfit twice.
Tons of people came, many books were signed and the wine flowed like… Eh, like a variety of Wild Children associations I could make but won’t for fear of spoiling parts of the book for you. It was a fun night. Having witnessed first-hand the amount of work Ales has put into this book, having proofread the script numerous times, and having seen the mammoth effort he’s made to get to this point in just three years of being in the US, it was immensely gratifying in every respect.
On to the images, which convey the night’s atmosphere on their own. We love you guys, thank you all for joining us!
Rickie and Sasha!
V and a creepin’ Juliansaurus!
Not pictured: a gourmet hot dog truck outside. Mmmf.