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July 23, 2007 by Tim

So Otakon was pretty neat. Zack and I flew into Baltimore Friday evening. Saturday morning we got up to head to our table. I had said I would arrive around 11am-ish. Well, we got held up waiting for the posters and prints to finish printing. Then we had to go back to the hotel room and grab the boxes of books and comic books and bring all the stuff over to the convention center. By the time we got there it was almost noon. To my surprise, there was a huge line of people waiting for us.

Thank you so much to everyone who waited in line for being so patient and understanding. It was really great to meet all of you, and I had a lot of fun on Saturday. A couple of guys dressed up as Player One and Player Two, and one guy even showed up wearing a wedding dress and holding a giant Windows XP box. It was pretty funny.

Speaking of cosplays, a few people sent me pictures of a Player One and Player Four running around Metrocon a couple of weeks ago.

They said they just found a Player Two and Three, so their next appearance should feature the whole gang!

I got an interesting email from a reader named Mario Piscatella. Apparently while at an Iowa Cubs game in Des Moines, Iowa Senator Jeff Danielson asked to see the shirt Mario was wearing (which happened to be this one). Soon after the Senator offered his own shirt in exchange for Mario’s “shifting blame” shirt. Mario turned down the Senator’s shirt, but did give the Senator the shifting blame shirt after borrowing another shirt from a co-worked. I thought it was interesting that a politician was intrigued by the concept of the shirt, for whatever reason. And of course, Mario is now without his favorite shirt, which we haven’t had in print for some time. What do you think, should we reprint the shirt? Anyone else out there wanting to get their hands on one?

A few weeks ago a reader named Ashley Albans contacted me asking for permission to use some CAD artwork in a new paintjob for his bike. This weekend he sent me the pictures of the finished product. I’m extremely flattered that he wanted to drive around with my characters on his bike. Check out the pictures.

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