First full day with the HJ staff, discussing various things like horror films, foreign film vs. American film, and comic books. Had lunch today with David Bruce and Kevin Miller, who I finally got to meet. (Picture here is Kevin and Maurice Broaddus talkin' about comics) David read my mind and encouraged me to put a book together on animation under the HJ Publishing banner, so once the stop-motion book is out of the way that's something to work towards. I never fully realized what a revolutionary thing Hollywood Jesus was until coming to this, and that fact is only going to become clearer as the weekend moves along. It's neat to feel a part of something like this, and I definitely feel encouraged to become even more involved than I have been. I feel somewhat out of touch at times, since I don't see new movies very often and haven't seen as many as these folks. But I also know that I have my own special niche on the site for animation, too, which is needed.
Jay is spending most of her time in the hotel resting her tired pregnant self and enjoying New Years marathons of Full House and Law & Order SVU, like the good sport she is. It's been fun ordering room service and having great little meals with Red Panda.
Last night I got popcorn chicken in a candle holder! It had crunchy stringy things inside which I couldn't completely identify. I think they might have been drippings from the deep fryer. Or maybe fried snot. Tasted OK but I couldn't eat all of them.
Tomorrow is another day of discussions and a New Years party, and then it's 2006!