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  • That Was Free Comic Book Day

    UPDATE: Thanks to Aaron Albert’s ABOUT entries, I’ve got pictures now! See below.-Stealy

    But now I see Steve Lieber has already done a little report on the signing at Cosmic Monkey, which covers most of what I would say since he was at the same table. He’s right, David Hahn did draw a lot of Firestars. I saw a couple who asked me to do a quick sketch of their children back at the Emerald City show, and their first words were “guess what?” Following which the wife pulled up her shirt sleeve to show my fast, loose drawing immortalized in tattoo form. Naturally my response was “I would have spent more time on that…”


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    Coover and Tobin’s Laugh-In!

    We did lots of sketches for kids, that was fun. Except for one demanding mother who kept asking David and me for multiple pieces for absent kids and encouraging her present kid to get more out of us because she put a couple of bucks in the Hero Initiative jar (he was actually content with the sketch he already had). But, you always get a few of those people who think you’re like the hired birthday party clown (and imagine what they expect of those poor clowns)- most were really cool.


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    Lieber, proud that ten year old work is still pulling its weight.

    Andy and Adam of Cosmic Monkey had lots of pizza and snacks for us and the various Star Wars characters. I thought Princess Leia smoking outside made the act oddly more authentic. The car wreck Lieber mentioned was as disturbing as he said because it sounded like a bomb went off behind our heads and everyone was concerned about children who were out on the sidewalk. But everyone was fine. As he also mentioned, impressive volunteerism got things under control swiftly. Lessee, what else happened. Colleen Coover, Paul Tobin and I pored through an old copy of Whiz Comics and group-loved Captain Marvel. And Spy Smasher, to a lesser extent. Michael Eury showed me the Comics Gone Ape! magazine from Two Morrows that just came out, which turned into a bigger project than he expected, but it’s great. All of us were surprised that Farel Dalrymple has already lived in Portland for eight months, and harangued him to come down to our new studio space. I never saw Graham Annable, but Colleen says he appeared for three minutes.


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    It looks like I’m trying to horn in on David Hahn’s picture, but I’m not. Over to the left you can see a Mighty Mjolnir / Thor’s Hammer made of poured concrete, so you do have to be somewhat worthy to heft it. Over my head you can see Chewbacca and some Stormtroopers smoking by the free bins.

    Most of us stayed an extra hour beyond the signing time, which is a sign of a good store appearance. And it was a pleasant walk back home. I still can’t believe I now live blocks away from such a cool comics shop. I didn’t take pictures, but I think Dark Horse editor Philip Simon did, so I’ll try to snag some from him.

    Comments

    Comment from odessa steps
    Time: May 7, 2007, 9:36 am

    That tattoo story reminds me of something that happened at SPX a few years ago. A very pregnant woman was going around getting people to do sketches on her belly, which seemed odd. Of course, it was even odder the next year when the woman came back, pushing the baby around in a stroller and then lifting her shirt to show everyone that the sketches she had done the year before were now tattooed on her stomach. Yikes.

    Comment from David Oakes
    Time: May 7, 2007, 2:33 pm

    Since the Mercury Blog now wants me to enable cookies to post, I am going to comment here:

    “Parker, draw? Sheyah right, Liber. Pull the other one.

    Next you will expect us to believe that you don’t spend your weekends in a fur coat in the woods of Oregon spoofing the Sasquatch hunters.”

    Comment from Drew Clements
    Time: May 8, 2007, 12:29 pm

    My local store finally got the Agents of Atlas HC in, so I picked it up while at the store for Free Comic Book Day. I gotta say that Marvel did the series justice. Not only are the six issues included, but lots of extras. Cool, cool stuff.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 8, 2007, 1:27 pm

    Yeah, they really loaded up the book, what a production!

    Comment from odessa steps
    Time: May 8, 2007, 5:41 pm

    Still waiting for my copy from Amazon. Scheduled to be at least another week. >:

    Comment from Esteban Pedreros
    Time: May 8, 2007, 11:08 pm

    Hello Jeff…

    I’m going through Marvels’ Solicitations for July, the “Giant-Sized Marvel Adventures The Avengers #1″ is a one-shot?

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 9, 2007, 8:11 am

    It is now, I think! It was originally issue 14, and then they decided to add more and make it a special.

    Comment from Esteban Pedreros
    Time: May 9, 2007, 9:43 am

    Then I’ll order it… most of my comics will be on hiatus that month.

    Comment from patrick hulman
    Time: May 9, 2007, 9:59 am

    hey jeff when did you start wearing glasses. I don’t recall seeing you wear them before.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: May 9, 2007, 10:14 am

    Just a few months ago. I can see fine without them, but I have astigmatism. Now if I go without wearing them for a few hours, my eye starts to ache!

    Comment from Ben Herman
    Time: May 18, 2007, 8:43 am

    If you ever adopt a costumed identity, you ought to become the Birthday Clown :)