The jet lag has finally passed and the world has resumed its normal shape, but before I get completely lost in the day-to-day lunacy of the writing life, I want to take a moment to thank everyone involved with the Avilés Comic Book Festival—especially head honcho Jorge Iván Argiz and master interpreter Diego Garcia Cruz—for their incredible warmth, kindness, generosity and hospitality. My wife and I were greeted not just as festival guests but as family—and we’ll never forget it.
Thanks, too, to Ramón and Luis at Librería Gigamesh in Barcelona for the tour of that incredible city (and opening my eyes to the wonders of Atoni Gaudí’s architecture), some terrific meals and a very successful talk/signing at the store.
Below are some photos from our trip. Enjoy!
|In Avilés—with my beautiful wife, Diane|
|Wherever I go, there they are|
|With my Phantom Stranger collaborator, Fernando Blanco|
|With our amazing host, Jorge Iván Argiz|
|Gary Frank and Mahmud Asrar drawing their way through lunch|
|Gaudí's breathtaking Sagrada Familia in Barcelona|
|At Libraría Gigmesh in Barcelona, with one of Spain's best interpreters |
(and nicest guys) Diego Garcia Cruz
|One of our many three hour Avilés meals—|
with Diane, Jim Chadwick, Rodney Ramos,
Renee Witerstaetter, Kenny Lopez, Heather and Alan Davis