Tacopope Picante I (Hearne) is back in the Valley for a few days and will hold court for happy hour, sharing tacos, drinks, selfies and Holiday cheer with local fans and members of the Taco Council — High Priestess of Churromancy Cato and High Inquisitor Habanero Sykes.
On the menu will be Hearne’s favorite lengua tacos, available for $1.99 a pop, or free with a selfie of his Holiness. And of course there will be plenty of local craft beer and sacramental margaritas.
The authors will not have books for sale, but they will be available for autographs, churros (Cato) and exhortations to buy his book (Sykes).
So the Holy Sacrament of Tacos and Beer was loads of fun. The lengua tacos were tasty if a bit unusual, the authors were approachable and gracious with their fans.
I spent most of the evening chatting with Beth, Sam and Lee Whiteside, organizer of the author track at Phoenix Comicon, about upcoming events and potential guests for next years convention. Sam enjoyed the habanero salsa and plotted the victims of next years’ Batsu Game. And there was talk of a bigger taco convocation at the Con with more unusual taco offerings.
While I was in conversation, the tacopope was busy meeting fans and spreading the joy of lengua around the room. Kevin admired a fan’s Atticus-inspired tattoo and shared some wisdom from Oberon in my copy of Shattered. He even gave me a very metal tacopapal blessing.
And Beth’s churro bites were amazing. (If you are in the Valley, go see her at the Metro Center Barnes and Noble on Dec. 6, she’ll have treats there as well!)