First of all, I made sure I had some good gold and silver paint pens for this year's program, as I intended to get all the signatures I possibly could. This year's program was again mostly dark, so this was necessary.
The only custom sketch I picked up was a sharpie-drawn caricature of myself by Ariel Schrag, of Slave Labor graphics (see right). For five bucks, I was all over that. Plus, she was really cute. Hey, I'm a comic geek, give me a break. I thought about having some of the old pros do sketches for me, but most of them were either too busy, or too expensive, and I wanted to save some money for some original art later.
Speaking of which, I picked up five different pieces of original art this go-round:
I really wanted to pick up a Byrne or Perez piece this time, but I didn't want to shell out another $200 or so more than I had already. Quantity ruled over quality this time, although I got a couple gems for a reasonable price.
I did pick up a few comics here and there, mostly books from the small press area, including Postmodern Angst (on CD rom!), and Kieron Dwyer's insanely funny LCD (Lowest Comic Denominator).
In addition to the Con and its wonders, I scored many intangibles, such as an invitation to the StanLee.net launch party at Planet Hollywood (many thanks to Dave Medinnus, who scored this booty in return!). I also met a bunch of swell people who I'd been conversing with online via CBR, and my long lost Avengers Mailing List brethren.