Took me long enough to write about my trip to France. Straight to the point I miss France, and I barely had the time to really go around. The convention was fun and everybody was so nice and courteous. I never imagined people to be so welcoming, I mean each time we entered a restaurant, patrons and customers and complete strangers greeted us. Every eye contact was met with “Bonjour”. And I thought the Philippines was the most hospitable country. In fact, while walking the streets of Valenciennes, I was allowed by motorists to cross the street more often in a week compared to my lifetime in the Philippines…. even if I had allowed them to pass first.
Anyway, I spent most of the week meeting new people, In which I can’t remember the names of half of them, with their beautiful and artsy names. What surprised me was when someone asked me to sketch Darna! He even mentioned other superheroes from the Philippines. I thought that was really great!
I hanged out with Leinil Yu and Anna, Mark Brooks and Lisa, and for 2 days with Jimmy Cheung and Cristine who had to leave immediately to get back to work. Leinil and Mark always provided the fun topics, but what lingered were the stabbing stories and Leinil and his midget “fetishes”. If ever they visit the Philippines it may be to verify the “My Way” urban legend… Come to think of it that would be a very good investigation for the Mythbusters hehehe…
I also met with my aunt and her family, who came all the way from Germany (it was just 2 hours away by car) and we made a short trip to Belgium. I barely got decent shots in because my hands were shaking once I pulled them out of my pockets; I was not used to temperature that low.
Leinil Yu, Me, Anna, and Lisa Kwon Brooks " rel="lightbox[post]" href="http://static.flickr.com/113/293675909_e7a58daa99.jpg"> We also visited Album, France’s Largest Comic book shop in Paris and Met the owner Olivier Jalabert. A really stand up kind of guy… I owe this person a lot…. During the signing in album Olivier Coipel popped in… immediately making me regret leaving behind my Eternals variant cover. We had earlier known that he won’t be able to come to the convention but it never occurred to us that he’d be in Paris. Oh well.
For the whole 6 days I had been enjoying an amalgam of French and American food, and by the third day I was beginning to miss rice… fortunately we had lunch at a Chinese restaurant on my last day, and for the first time in days, I finished my plate.
I wish I had more time though, but duty calls.
I vow that I will return to France.
Here is a QTVR I made with pictures I took in Versailles… It’s not perfect yet though