We've just returned from the San Diego Comicon; an enormous gathering of comic, sci-fi and misanthropy enthusiasts. Though it lasts for several days, we were able to see it all in about 4 hours!
After spending Friday afternoon walking the floor, we attended the Eisner Awards, for which Truth Serum had been nominated in two categories – Best Humor Publication and Best Graphic Album Reprint. And we lost not just once, but twice!
Here's the first announcement of Truth Serum's nomination. In the foreground is Dark Horse's Diana Schutz giving it a hearty cheer. The rest of the crowd seems almost to not be applauding at all.
And here we see Truth Serum author Jon Adams overcome with grief at the loss.
He remained face down on the table for several hours after the ceremony ended, but was eventually removed by staff and placed face down in the bushes outside. He stood up, offering a brief glimmer of hope to onlookers, until he then threw himself into the pool. Unfortunately the pool had been drained of water.
Had he won, his acceptance speech would probably have looked something like this:
Jon: Thank you, thank you. What an honor. (Wipe tear from eye.) Wow. Please, please, stop clapping. You're too kind. Thank you. If I told you it wasn't difficult to make a book of such award winning work, I'd be lying. A lot of people stood in my way. They said "You can't make a book that good. You're crazy. It just can't be done." Well... (dramatic pause) those people were wrong!
Man in crowd: You suck!
Jon: Uh... and I want you all to know that it is possible to be an innovator. To really -
Man in crowd: Shut up! Nobody cares.
Jon: Um, excuse me sir. Obviously people do care because I just won an award.
Man in crowd: Boooooo!
Jon: Security? Can security please remove this man?
Man in crowd: Get off the stage! You're boring us! Just like you bored your mother into leaving.
Jon: Dad? Dad, is that you?
Man in crowd: I never should have had you!
(Run off stage in tears.)