Finally (the Kevin Eastman story):
The Eastman line was the most insane all weekend long. I was in that line Sunday for 3.5 hours. They were handing out tickets for it. They'd capped it before lunch and were giving out tickets after lunch so I got a ticket then.
I counted myself lucky as they stopped giving out tickets for the line at 2:30. I hopped out twice actually to pick up commissions.
We all bonded in line. The guy in front of me pulled out his sketch book of his work and showed me it. Then got a marker out and continued working. I pulled out a blank Daredevil cover and asked if he could do me a DD. It turned out really really nice. Kevin liked it when he saw it.
It turned out that Kevin was doing sketches for everyone in line which slowed things down immensely and chatting with everyone. He's an amazingly great guy. Open and giving and cheery even after two days of shaking hands, drawing and autographing
There was a guy that was working with Kevin (I'm betting he was a Mirage Studios person) to keep the line in order was using me as the point where he'd have to stop doing sketches for people because it was getting too late. When the guy saw me get up to Kevin at 4:30, he told Kevin he needed to cut back on the sketching. Kevin was like "Hey, we've got plenty of time left" and continued on his way. LOL
While I was in line I bought a TMNT trade of Kevin's favorite stories so I'll give it a read. I've never actually read an issue of it apart from the Savage Dragon crossover almost 20 years ago now (yikes). With it, I got a FCBD Turtles issue which I got signed as well. And I bought a blank cover for him to sketch on which he drew Master Splinter on.
When I was leaving, I ran into a family that I'd been running into all weekend. One of the kids was dressed as Jay Garrick. I knew they were in line behind me so I asked if they made it all the way through. The father said they left after an hour and a half but that the other son really wanted Kevin's autograph. I was like, hold on a second. I pulled out the FCBD issue and handed it to the son that wanted the autograph. His eyes lit up and was extremely thankful for it.
That made the entire weekend worth it. I always feel the shows should be more for the kids than the adults. Since I had the extra copy which I would've read and filed away somewhere, it's instead going to someone who will appreciate it all the more.