Wow! 14 hours on the road today and I'm finally sitting in a Motel 6 just outside Atlanta too excited to sleep. Got some fresh bottles of Yuengling beer and should be sleeping right now, but too much to do and talk about, as well as being overly excited for the Identity Fest, so sleep will come 2nd to everything else. We left Nan's house early this morning after packing up the camper and car, making road sandwiches and saying our goodbyes. Can't wait to come back for xmas...been too long. I miss my family immensely, but the show must go on. It was a great drive today--well, the part I didn't sleep through. Incredible scenery, states that actually take care of their roads and good weather made for a long drive, but one that covered a ton of ground. Gwen has a new DVD player now, courtesy of Aunt Gina, which kept her busy in the back seat, and I got some shut eye before taking over the driving which brought us to Commerce, GA and into the Motel 6. Mileage so far, not including driving to and from comic cons, stores etc. is 3599 miles. Not bad for 23 days on the road.
Tomorrow will be an early one. We have to get up to go set up for Identity Fest, and since it's my first show, I have to get my badge etc. and figure out my set up. Shouldn't be too bad. Show starts around 1pm and goes until 11:30..then it's off to Tampa for Wed's show. Miami got postponed due to the Hurricane churning out in the Atlantic, so it'll be a nice drive to Dallas, splitting 1100 miles up over 3 days. Would love to stop in New Orleans for a night to see how the Rabbit is doing, but that is a long shot. Bought a nice, new 4000 watt, gas generator for the show as well to power the xmas lights that light up the booth. Ok, seems excessive, but I'm sure over the years I'll get a more higher powered use out of it.
It's been amazing meeting all the new, fresh faces on tour so far. Website hits have skyrocketed and business is building nicely. Vincent has told me that the people are eating up the art at the ID Fest shows, so it'll be interesting to see the response they have to my art. Hopefully it's not one of shock when some drug filled individual looks at one of my paintings and then flips out. I'll think it's funny, but that doesn't fill the wallet, so...Got some great tour dates coming up though, including a stop in good ol' San Diego Sept 2nd @ Cricket Amphitheatre, and the one I'm looking forward to, the Mandalay Bay in Vegas! My very first comic con was the Vegas Con back in 03 or 04, and it was held at the Mandalay Bay...rooms are aces.
So, anyways, going to try to get some sleep now. Gwen just woke up because she wet the bed so had to take care of that --the charms of being a Dad. The girls are now both sleeping sound, and I'm finishing up this rant and wondering how tomorrow is going to go.