My final report, last two full days in Savannah. Sunday morning, Dave, Ann and Ellen decided to attend Mass in Savannah’s Catholic Cathedral, St. John the Baptist. I opted to walk around outside instead, but got this photo of the outside. We regrouped at the Book Lady Bookstore, where we found a few things we wanted, then had lunch at the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant.
When I knew we were coming to Savannah, I let Tom Lyle know. Tom is a Facebook friend, and he teaches Sequential Art at SCAD. We worked together on a few issues of BATMAN. Tom wanted to get together, and also asked if I would speak to his students. I’m not fond of being in the spotlight, but I agreed, as long as it was informal: questions and answers mainly, and I brought some work on my laptop to show and talk about. Poor Tom, he’d been at a comics convention in Canada over the weekend, and missed his connecting flight home, so he was stuck in Dallas on Monday. Two other professors, David Duncan and John Lowe took his place and I did talk to the class as planned. Several other classes came in as well, so there were about 50 students there. The students were great, asked excellent questions, and were fun to speak with.
Many students thanked me, and one, George (originally from China) asked for an autograph and photo. Ann got a photo at the same time. After talking to the larger group, we joined David Duncan’s class for another hour as well, talking about comics history. Then we all went to lunch at Gryphon, the SCAD tea and lunch room across from the welcome center. We were joined by Dean Anthony Fisher as well. Excellent food and more enjoyable talk rounded out our SCAD experience. I’m glad I was able to connect with the staff and students there. Ellen’s nephew Zack was able to catch part of the classroom talk, too. Tom, sorry we missed you, maybe next time!
We’ll have dinner out this evening and head home tomorrow morning. It’s been a great trip, and we have gathered many memories we will cherish.