President Bill Morrison gave the opening remarks and co-founder Mark Evanier acted as MC. He opened with, "I had a very nice, long speech planned, but I'm on strike," referring to the current writers' strike in LA. Marv Wolfman was a guest speaker, and Scott Shaw! gave a special Stan Lee Oddball slide show tribute of his more esoteric comic book work, such as Ziggy Pig and Silly Seal. Pat McGreal had put together a video presentation of Stan's life compiled from various sources, which opened and closed with his segment on the gameshow I've Got a Secret. The best was seeing Stan's delighted reactions to all the jokes at his expense.
The climax of the evening was the presentation of The Sergio, a bronze award named after (current vice-president) Sergio Aragones. Stan gave a very nice acceptance speech getting in a few nice jabs of his own, and acknowledging that comics is a collaborative process and that the artists (and he named quite a few) should receive as much credit as he has.
Now to get to the good part: The food was great--prime rib and chicken served buffet style. I especially liked the marinated tomatoes and onions. The buffet table was center pieced with a huge palm tree made from pineapples. Chocolate-raspberry mousse was dessert.
A great time was had by all.
Here I am with Sergio, Stan, and The Sergio
With Rocket J. Squirrel, June Foray.