Look at those smiling faces. If you were in Atlantis Bookstore in lovely Santa Cruz you'd be smiling too. Adrienne and I were in Santa Cruz this past weekend. We were the guests of Joe and Dottie Ferrara, two of the nicest people on planet earth. Joe runs Atlantis, a cool comic book store in downtown Santa Cruz. The shop has played host to a number of famous cartoonists including Sergio Aragonés, Scott Shaw! and Bill Morrison.
This was my second visit to Atlantis and the delightful Northern California coastal community. My first visit was three years ago when I nearly missed out because I was unable to rent a car during a busy San Francisco holiday weekend. Luckily, Joe made the long drive to San Francisco to get me “to the show on time.” This time around, we chose to fly into San Jose, a city that had seen a good deal of change since my last time there over a decade ago.
Saturday morning surprised us with a Northern California rain storm. In spite of the rain, we took an early morning walk after breakfast. Adrienne and I had a ball as we took several photographs while enjoying the incredibly fresh, invigorating air in the forest area. After our morning walk, we headed for downtown Santa Cruz and Atlantis bookstore. Because I wasn't as rushed as my first visit three years ago I was able to get a better look at the town and the surrounding community. Of course, we found everything delightful.
As always, the book signing went well, and I had the opportunity to speak with many of the people who made the trek downtown on the rainy Saturday morning. Joe had a large screen television screen above me showing the sequence I created for Walt Disney's “The Jungle Book” and the afternoon was spent sketching and talking Disney stories. Before we knew it the day had come to an end and it was time to close the store. Joe and Dottie took us all out to dinner and it was the end of a perfect day.
If you've ever been to Santa Cruz you'll already know why I like this town so much. If you haven't, you should take the time to experience a truly special place. And, while you're at it, I recommend you head downtown and stop in at Atlantis.