Elayne Riggs' Journal (for Leah)

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Good as Gold at 57

Below are my photos from yesterday's 57th birthday party for ComicMix editor Mike Gold. The light was uneven in the BBQ place and a number of pictures came out blurrier than I'd anticipated, but at least two dozen seemed to be okay. As always, click on each to see a larger version.

Lots of ComicMix folk were there, of course. Here are Kai Connolly and Ric Meyers (who does DVD Xtra).

John and Arthur Tebbel look on as Alex Rodriguez hits his 500th home run. The best part of watching the baseball game at the bar/restaurant was that the sound was off.

See, there's your proof in the background, as A-Rod looks up and party attendees... oh okay, not everyone was watching TV like me...

That's a whole mess o' Raubs! Let's see, there was Matt and Michael and Mickey and Marty and Murgatroid and Meshugenah and Sammy and Bert. Okay, some of those names are made up. Sammy's real, and some of the "M" names are. I couldn't keep track. One Raub lad short of a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Black balloons. There were black candles on Mike's cake as well. Adriane Nash has a very strange sense of style. Somehow it worked.

Look, the birthday boy has an iPhone! I didn't get to touch it. Or the iPhone.

Kai and Mike Raub.

I wish this photo of the food came out better, but I suck with backlit stuff. Two different kinds of barbecued ribs, brisket, chicken, veg (zucchini and broccoli)...

...salad, beans, rolls and corn bread. Yummy!

John Ostrander and Mary Mitchell arrive and say hi to Frank McLaughlin, attending with his daughter Anne Erin (whoops, thanks Adriane).

Glenn Hauman just about fits under the relatively low ceiling, which does not harbor the same problem for Mike Raub. Backlighting again... sigh...

Somewhere in there, Mike Gold found time to get lei'd.

Glenn and Brandy Haumann. I love Glenn's smile here.

John schmoozes with ComicMix "Media Queen" Martha Thomases.

Mike sits down for a bite with his wife Linda.

See, black candles. That can mean only one thing, as Brandy observed: "Cake or death!" Not to keep you in suspense, everyone chose cake.

Mike summons up his super-breath...

An upside-down close-up of the cake.

Hassan... chop!

Slicing through the matter. Raspberry and lemon filling. My favorite as well.

John and Mike get to have their cake and eat it too.


Watch out Mike, that one bites! I thought the "shark teeth" packaging from the Raubs was very clever.

Two-thirds of the Suicide Squad creative team assemble as John reveals plot points to Robin. Not pictured is penciller Javi Pina, who's somewhere in Spain...

Brian Alvey arrives with his son Vincent Victor (thanks for the correction, Glenn) asleep on his shoulder.

Dick Giordano and Frank McLaughlin confabbing? Hmm, I wonder what they could be discussing, and if it is has anything to do with ComicMix? Well, I'm certainly not authorized to say anything here...

Nor am I permitted to speculate on what Trevor Von Eeden may or may not be up to with ComicMix...

Well, it took awhile to load all these, but it's been fun; I haven't done a good long pictorial in awhile.