Oh my, I was a nervous boy last week. I would have been nervous anyway for my very first in-store signing, but the fact that it had been scheduled with Ethan Van Sciver, current hot artist for DC, and legendary artist Norm Breyfogle, well, I was going to be happy if I could string together 2 word sentences. Plus writer Chuck Satterlee was going to be there, who has two comics out now getting good praise.
It went great. I didn’t get to talk to Ethan much, since he had flights bookend the signing, but he seemed nice. Norm helped me get over my childhood idolization really quickly by treating me like a professional. We talked at dinner some, and he’s just had such an amazing career. It’s had ups and downs like everyone’s career, but he’s always come out on top. Chuck was the best and biggest surprise though; this is a funny man. We had a good time sitting next to each other. A great salesman and a responsive creator, he had a dedicated couple drive from Sioux City (100 miles) just to see him because they are big fans of his comic Of Bitter Souls. How cool is that? Oh, and they had read Golden Boy online so they bought a copy right there. They didn’t even know I was supposed to be there.
As a thank you from the store, Krypton had David Banks create hardbound volumes of our work. This was an incredible gift. I have picked it up and marveled at it many times since the signing. I didn’t even know you could do that with comics. Browse through Dave’s site and see some his other work. I have several runs that I would like to see created into something I could put on my bookshelf rather than languish in my long box.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello, and thanks to the creators and Krypton Comics for an awesome first in-store!
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