So this past Monday in the GTA yet another book signing of many was going on in one of the numerous book stores to be found. However, this particular Monday night, some random dude named Matthew Inman came to show off his fancy new book with illustrations and some funny words. The Book is called “5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (and other useful guides)“, but if you have read his website (The Oatmeal) then there’s a good chance you’ve read the book minus some comics.
So for reasons unbeknown to me, but very fortunately, the first stop on his book signing tour for the above mentioned book was in the GTA at a local large-sized book store. I had not yet purchased the book and this was a splendid time to get the book, get it signed and meet someone who is a bit of an inspiration to me as a graphic designer and artist.
Unfortunately I arrived at the book signing just after he gave what I can assume to be an awesome 25 minute talk about how he fights bears with his face or breeds dinosaurs in his mothers basement. I was also a bit surprised at the gathering of people who made it to the signing, this is partially because I have a narrow belief that no one is really into the things I like and it gives me awesome leeway into exclusivity of some things. I was wrong and a bunch of internet geeks and internet hipsters were around. Fair enough, I don’t exist in a bubble or on an island. Also I sadly had a about an hours wait ahead of me at the end of the line. I was also getting two books signed (one for my good amigo. You may have heard of him.)
So after an hour in line standing behind some lovely ADD riddled young adults, and many bored Facebook updates, I made it to see Mr. Oatmeal himself. He was visibly exhausted which kind of sucked, but my amigo’s request was gladly fulfilled and he has quite the offensive book signing. I went with the plain Jane option and just got his signature. I also opted out of a photo-op since his handler didn’t look to friendly (she had that total bitch look).
But all in all, it was quite the causal experience to have and I was glad to have gone and had a book signed by the author. It’s not something that’s happened to me a lot so I try to jump on opportunities like this when they present themselves.