Sun 7/15/2007

Well, Saturday morning Aaron and I woke up early and got the heck out of New York City! We took the Metro North train to North White Plains and rented a car there, which is awesome because it's cheaper AND you don't have to drive through New York City (blech!)

As predicted, it felt SO GOOD to get out of the city. It's been a while since I've driven a car and it was making me very nostalgic for roadtrips from years past. The drive was pretty uneventful, though it was really fun getting lunch at a roadside diner and listening to Car Talk and rocking out to oldies all the way to Vermont.

We arrived at Charlotte's house just as Betty, George, Sam and Uncle Guy were working in the yard. There was a HUGE rain storm up here on Wednesday (6" of water in ONE NIGHT!) that really wreaked some havoc on people's gardens and a lot of the roads. So we hopped out of the car and helped them re-lay a bunch of landscaping cloth that had been washed away and then we covered it with fresh sawdust which was really fun.

THEN we helped Sam replace his giant, HEAVY bridge which had floated about 100 feet downstream in the storm. It took all five of the boys and Uncle Guy's truck to wrestle it back into place over the swampy muck behind the house. Aaron and I both had a total blast helping out with this, as it is something you would never find yourself doing in the city! Just being outside in the fresh air, slorping around in the mud was such a treat.

We had a wonderful dinner out on the back porch and then went for a little hike afterwards to go see a dam in the woods. Then we came back to the house and people played cards while I worked on my lecture notes for this week.

This morning Aaron and I hiked up the hill to visit with the Bushas and also to take a BUNCH of reference photographs for an upcoming story I'm doing for Papercutter #6. Then my old pal Charlie picked us up and let me take some more photos of Chandler Music Hall. With all that accomplished, we said our good-byes and headed back down the road to White River Junction!

We checked in at the Hotel Coolidge and then headed straight for The Center For Cartoon Studies. I can't even express how amazing it feels to be up here. Even though Comics are gaining more recognition, on a day-to-day basis, I still meet people all the time who misunderstand the current state of sequential art. To have a whole institution devoted to the art form, with a FULL understanding of its potential and power... Well, I'll just say that I love CCS and I am totally honored to be invited back here to co-teach some of the summer workshops!

Aaron, Robyn and I had a mini-production meeting tonight over at Robyn's house and we are all ready to kick off the workshops tomorrow morning! I think it's really going to be GREAT. I'll let you all know how it goes!!!

5 comments on this entry

aww man. i'm sorry i keep missing you guys! hope you have a wonderful time!!

jp Jul16

Man, I'm so jealous. Have a great time in Vermont! I'm trying to convince someone with a car to drive me there on Saturday for the Trees and Hills anthology party. Know of any good camping near White River Junction?

Matthew Jul16

Ah! It looks so lovely!

Arlene Jul16

It would be amazing to be able to attend one of the workshops... maybe next year... though I would (I'm sure) be the oldest person in attendance.

I hope the trip continues to be an energizing one, and that your lectures go smoothly. Have a great time.

Jewett Jul18

This has nothing to do with Vermont, but - HARRY POTTER! TONIGHT! I don't care how many 8-year-olds I will tower over on line at the bookstore, I will get my copy of Harry Potter before I sleep tonight!


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