A couple of weeks ago I had a signing at an Indigo Book Store in Toronto. It was great, very well attended, and the icing on the cake was meeting Lynda Carter who was doing a signing right after mine to promote her new CD.
It was an afternoon signing out in the burbs. When I first arrived at the store, the whole downstairs was jammed with people queued up behind velvet ropes. See? Nice turn out!
Then they showed me the upstairs!. They took me past another giant queue, which I assumed was for Lynda, but her’s was elsewhere. No, they said, upstairs and down, this is all for BONE, and there is a third line starting up in the back. Do you want to limit the number of books you’ll sign?
I said I wouldn’t put a limit on the number of books I’d sign, because most of the kids had all nine books, plus Rose, but I did request that I only draw in the top copy for each customer.
I got started at 2pm, and went for three and half hours straight. That’s a lot of Fone Bones to draw!
The kids made it worth it.
And most of them had read their copy of Rose while waiting in line; I was relieved to find out they all liked the ending, which is not a Disney happy ending by any stretch.
Then part way through my signing, the staff brought Lynda Carter over. I have to admit I was a little star struck. Can you tell?
She was great, and the crowd ate it up. She gave me a copy of her new CD and flashbulbs went off like we’re on the red carpet somewhere! While we were posing for the picture up at the top, one little girl said, "They should get married!"
I signed a copy of BONE for Lynda as she looked at some of the pictures the kids had drawn for me.
She probably gets tired of hearing about Wonder Woman, but man, it’s impossible to look at her and not think about the character. All right, no more Wonder Woman references, I promise. Her CD isn’t bad either.
Anyway, back to the kids! We finished up around 5:30.
Later that night I met up with a bunch of comics pals at a great little joint in the Annex area called The Madison Pub.
The survivors, L to R: Ian Daffern, Ho Che Anderson (peeking out), Scott Robins (leaning in), Chris Butcher, me, and one of my very oldest chums in the biz, Mark Askwith. Taking the photo is another long time crony Bruce Peck. Many, many martinis were consumed.
Scott Robins, who took all of the photos here, has a blog up at School Library Journal with more pictures.
Happy and exhausted, I stumbled up to my room overlooking downtown and the CN Tower. Can’t wait to get back to Toronto!
Special thanks to Denise Anderson of Scholastic Canada, Scott Robins for taking all the photos, Bruce Peck for arranging the boys night out.