July 2014

My blog was on hiatus from Feb 2 – August 27, 2014.  This post was written post-facto to highlight key events.

July was a fun month.  We took a family trip in the pop up camper to Mackinac Island and the UP before joining friends at a campground in eastern Wisconsin.  Highlights:

  • Playing cards in the camper in the rain (no tents for us!)
  • Watching the kids enjoy a swingset in a downpour.
  • Over-reacting to a swollen bugbite and thus getting to visit the ER in a distant place.
  • The Pictured Rocks.  Pretty sweet.

At the end of the month, Jenny and I went to ComicCon so I could participate in the Zombie Research Society panel there.  UBER fun.  Highlights

  • I acquitted myself admirably on the panel, representing my school well and providing solid answers.  Most satisfying moment — when Max Brooks, author of World War Z, said “YES!” at my suggestion that members of the audience would be well-treated by reading Day of the Triffid.  Also, met some ZRS advisory board members and found they are awesome people.
  • Met Colin Anderson and J. August Richards in person.  Very cool.
  • Saw panels with Adam Baldwin, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Chris Hardwick, Joel McHale (and the Community crowd), and John Barrowman.
  • Hung out with friends Scott Kenemore and Matt Mogk.
  • Met many comic book writers, including Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, and Rick Geary.

Books this month:

  • A Treasury of Victorian Murder by Rick Geary
  • The Lindbergh Child by Rick Geary
  • Lexicon by Max Berry
  • Southern Gods by John Horner Jacobs

Last, my class appeared as a clue on Jeopardy!

Zombies on Jeopardy!
Zombies on Jeopardy!