Last night in Newhall, California, about 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles, retailer Brave New World and comics pro Paul Dini held their annual Christmas party, the Jingle Ball. CBR News was in attendance and once again played the paparazzi role.
The store was packed throughout the party with comic fans, professionals and Dini, a writer on the hit TV series "Lost," convinced a number of the "Lost" writers to show up as well. Throughout the night party goers could be seen with a bottle of Jingle Brew in hand, a specially brewed red ale specifically brewed and bottled by Tim McCarthy for the Jingle Ball.
The evening kicked in to high gear around 8:00 when Brave New World owner Atom introduced the crowd to Misty Lee who put on a bit of a holiday themed magic show for the assembled group. Misty Lee, who also happens to be Dini's girlfriend, was dressed up in appropriately themed seasonal attire.
|Brave New World owner Atom introduces Misty Lee.||Misty begins the show.|
|Misty brings Bongo Comics' Bill Morrison up on stage for a little magic trick, having him sign his own fifty dollar bill for part of the act.||Misty gets Bill to hold the bill high above his head for a very long time, only later to find it embedded inside a lemon.|
|Misty brings more people up on stage to help out. On the right is Top Cow editor Renae Geerlings.||This time Misty has her helpers wearing little beanies and declaring they're number one or something. Clearly if you get asked to be a part of the act you've gotta have strong arms.|
|Misty continues to mystify the audience.||Paul goes in for a hug at the end of Misty's act.|
Once Misty left the stage it was time for a big surprise as Atom arranged for Jingle Belle herself, the star of Dini's "Jingle Belle" comic from Dark Horse, to arrive at the store for an appearance. Belle serenaded Dini with a song filled with Holiday cheer and requests to call her agent immediately to set-up a multi-year production deal. Faster than you can say Hollywood, Dini pulled out his mobile phone and started dialing those digits.
|Jingle Belle serenades Paul Dini with a lively song.|
Once Belle was finished with Dini, she took pictures for the rest of the evening with party goers in her throne located towards the back of the store. And of course, having already enjoyed a number of bottles of Jingle Brew, this humble reporter took advantage of the photo op.
|Jingle Belle and CBR's Jonah Weiland (man, it's weird talking about myself in the third person).||In a rather blurry photo (clearly too much Jingle Brew was consumed) is pictured Jonah Weiland, Renae Geerlings and from the "X-Men" move Tyler Man AKA Sabretooth.|
|Atom's lovely wife Portlynd and Jingle Belle holding up one of those bottles of brew.||Bill Morrison poses with Misty.|
Also in attendance at the party, but not pictured, were Dwayne McDuffie, Ford Gilmore, Alan Burnett and many more.
We'll leave you with one final picture from the party which should elicit a resounding "Ahhhhhh" from our readers.
|Brave New World owner Atom with his newborn son Hardy.|