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WAITING FOR TOMMY: I Went To Chicago, Bill Jemas Went To China
By Richard Johnston

My life is full of odds and sods. Especially this week. Most of them are comic book related. In this post-Chicago Con comedown I thought I'd share.

-------- Well, first, a massive thank you to Nick Barrucci and the staff of Dynamic Forces for flying me out from my sweltering London to the sweltering-but-air-conditioned Chicago. or more accurately Chicago's hotel/airport district for the WizardWorld Chicago. They were very good to me, tolerant of my British ways, patient of the people who kept coming up to the Dynamic Forces booth looking for me, and gorgeous each and every one.

-------- Never try and get through Customs when their computers are down. They were resorting to phoning the CIA up for every passenger and asking if they were a terrorist or not. 10 minutes a passenger, 4 open booths, 2000 people queuing behind. You do the math.


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-------- As I alluded to earlier, this is a convention of concrete. WizardWorld Chicago is set amid the many hotels that orbit the Chicago O'Hare Airport. There have been attempts to humanise this place, a tree or so here, some flower beds there, but the imposing blocky buildings combined with the wide soulless roads, leave one with a sense of coldness, of artificiality, and ultimately ennui. Not even cold hard commerce has broken this place up with restaurants, shops, anything to distract you from your doom.

What this means is that because no one leaves the convention or the hotels - linked by enclosed bridges, no one need go out into the fresh air at all. And by some of the odours around here, no one has.

-------- Ah, see, easy unoriginal gag already. And it's probably unfair as well. There are so many mean spirited gags you could make, but they feel false among the general air of well-being and goodwill towards your fellows.

Unless you're Paul Jenkins.

No, no, no, mean spirited gag again, and like I said in Lying In The Gutters I'm looking into that particular situation.

--------- Chicago is a big con, but not San Diego big. And because it's all enclosed, people can't escape as easily. So everyone hangs around the bars and restaurants. If you really don't want to pay a certain ex-TV star for a photo of him, just surprise him while he's entertaining his female guests in the bar afterwards. Never know, if you're lucky, he might end up paying you for the photo!

--------- English accents are really deadly in the wrong hands. I seemed to manage to charm the delightful View Askew Amy without trying - or at least that's what her co-workers believed as they tried to give her grief.

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