Doug: Our oldest was able to come home yesterday (Saturday) afternoon and he'll be staying until Tuesday (now two days past) morning, so that was nice. And, I got my expenses reimbursement from my 10-day trip to Washington, DC in July to work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I guess I had miscalculated how much I'd get, because it was about $150 more than I'd expected. So, on a whim I asked him if he wanted to take one more whirl at the Chicago Comicon. As he was immediately up for it (I did ask him to buy his own ticket this year -- at $50 a pop, I just couldn't do it for both of us, and he has worked all summer), we hit the road around 11:00 this morning (this past Sunday).
I got the following hardcovers for $10 apiece:
DC Comics Classic Library -- Flash of Two Worlds
Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Half price hardcover:
Adventures of Superman: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Half price trade paperback:
Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller, volume 2
And the following were $5 tpbs:
Invaders Classic, volumes 2, 3, and 4
The Tomb of Dracula, volume 2
Chronicles of Conan, volume 2
But the coup of the day, which basically paid for my ticket in, was the following hardcover, MSRP of $49.99, which I bought for $3 (yep, $3!) --
The Joe Kubert Library: Tor, volume 1
I got all of that for $80. I also spent $20 with Neal Adams, getting the Batman print that is the cover to Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams, volume 1. Neal autographed it to me and we chatted for a few minutes. My son bought both the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali print and the "Athletes of the Century" print that Neal created for ESPN The Magazine -- which if you've never seen it is a recreation of the Superman/Ali cover, but with Michael Jordan standing in for Superman and the other top 98 athletes making up the audience. Neal signed both of the prints to my son as well.
Doug: I mentioned just above that I spent $80 on the books that I purchased. When I got home I totaled the cover prices on them. With what I paid, I got a 75% discount off MSRP; even with factoring in my admission ticket and $13 for parking, I still got a 55% discount. I use amazon.com's typical discount of 30-35% to gauge my success rate at a sale of this sort -- I'd say I made out pretty well. And you know where else I made out well? In the "father and son" department -- we just had a great time, people watching, looking at cool stuff, all the cosplay folks running around. And the 75-minute car rides on either side of the trip were a treasure as well. Hey, the lad's almost 22 years old and going to be a senior in college. This may indeed have been our last safari.
Doug: And again -- a big "sorry" to my pal David, as he'd asked me months ago about meeting up at the con, and I'd said I was not going. Windfall, m'man -- that's the only reason I went!