A post from my Marvel blog of old, this one recounting a story that happened at the New York Comic Convention one year. I’m afraid that I no longer have the drawing of Nightcrawler that is mentioned in the text, nor the one of Mister Fish.
Had an overall-excellent time at the New York Comic Convention this past weekend (and am still in the process of trying to recover from it.) Coverage of all of our panels and announcements was widespread throughout the web (though I don’t think anybody printed this color version of Dale Eaglesham’s first Fantastic Four piece, colored by Dave McCaig—so here it is!) so there’s really not much more to say on that front. But I do want to share one small story with you.
On Sunday, I spent an hour at the DK Publishing booth along with Tom DeFalco, Peter Sanderson and Matt Manning, signing copies of the MARVEL CHRONICLE book I wrote a chapter of. And at a certain point during the signing, a very excited young boy came up to the table. He was perhaps nine or ten years old, and he was so excited that he was having trouble speaking or even standing still. But he wasn’t there for an autograph. No, he had drawn a picture of Nightcrawler, and he wanted to share it with someone, anyone.
DeFalco got the kid to sign his work, which is how I know that his first name was Sal. And Tom D let me keep the drawing so that I could share it with all of you—it should be there to the left. But Sal’s energy and enthusiasm was terrific, and brought back fond memories of how excited we’d all get when a new comic would come out, or when we’d created something with our own two hands, and needed to share the experience with others. He was the magic of comics personified.
Also, since it’s a sharing day, I’ve also posted the drawing that Tradee Kyle Latino sent me of Blog mascot Mister Fish along with the comics he was swapping. I’ve had it here for over a month, so it’s good to have it finally see the light of day.