Apologies for the delay in getting this out. It’s been a surprisingly busy week, and I haven’t had as much time as usual to get the comic finished . . . But here it is!

And now the long-winded post:

These things actually happened. I did get a pin from Robert, who’s a great guy and always running around trying to keep the con running as smooth as possible. I also got a hug from a random Catwoman – and yes, she was sexy. And I spent much of the third day trying to get my 3-day pass signed by members of the Penny Arcade staff.

I think I ended up two or three short, but I was pretty happy with the last-minute attempt. Jamie was fantastic, though. I’d seen her on Penny Arcade: The Series, but she’s even more gorgeous in person. She actually had a quick chat, and insisted that I sign her pass as well, and asked me to help her find someone who was looking for pins. She also told me about the “secret Pokémon” member of PA, and sent me to where I could find him.

Yes, I did fall in love with her, and I’m beginning to think that this comic is going to regularly feature new redheads with whom I am suddenly smitten.

Besides that stuff, PAX AUS was pretty awesome. In truth, it took me until the third day to start enjoying it. Those of you who know me fairly well know that I’m not the most sociable person – and unfortunately PAX expects a certain level of interacting with other members of the gaming community. It’s not something that I’m used to (I don’t even play people I don’t know on Live), so it took me two days to learn how I was supposed to act and how to enjoy it.

Once I did figure that out, though, the con was great. Most gamers I know kinda keep to themselves, so it was really bizarre – but in a good way – to see people who had never met before playing games they’d never played with complete strangers. I think it’s something I’m going to have to try and do much more of next time.

The panels I saw were great. And the Draw a Strip panel with Mike and Jerry was very educational – especially seeing how Mike drew the strip. I’ve since installed Manga Studio onto my Surface. Once I play around with it a bit I’m hoping it’ll help speed up comic drawing by allowing me to more easily draw at work and other places.

The post-PAX depression thing is real, though. I went home on the third day feeling the most elated I had in years . . . The next day was a profound disappointment.

 

- TM

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