Post by Crimebuster on Aug 15, 2018 21:21:04 GMT -5
I'm getting ready to go to Terrificon again this year, and man. I thought last year's line-up was amazing, but this year's lineup is straight up bonkers, filled with tons of creators I have never met before.
Here's a list just of the creators I am actually interested in meeting - this doesn't include the tons of creators that I have either already met and don't care about meeting again (like Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, and Mike Zeck) or are current creators I don't really care about meeting (dozens):
Roy Thomas (again) Roger Stern David Michelinie Denny O'Neil Larry Hama Barbara Friedlander Dan Mishkin Jim Starlin Don McGregor Alan Davis Joe Giella Ron Frenz Brett Breeding Christopher Priest (! I didn't even know he did shows) Ron Wilson Mike W. Barr Mike Baron Ron Lim Keith Giffen Bob McLeod
I mean, holy smokes. I don't even know where to start with this list! I'm going to need a pack mule to carry my books into the show to get signed. I have to start figuring out what books I am going to bring!
Hmm, didn't notice this thread until now; I only have a few signed comics. Three were signed by Howard Chaykin:
Back in 2010, Chaykin was in Zagreb for the local comics show, and on one of the days he was there, he was at the reading room of the French library (the French Embassy usually co-sponsors the Zagreb show) doing free sketches, and signings of course. Even though I had a few other things in my collection at that point, like some Elseworlds he had done, I really wanted him to sign Marvel Premiere 32 and I brought the other two just in case. I didn't know if there would be a big crowd there, or if he would have limited his signature to one book per visitor, but as it turned out, I was worried about nothing. There weren't that many people there, and when it was my turn, I handed over the Marvel Premiere issue, which brought a smile to his face, and then he saw I had the other two and just said, "I'll sign 'em all." When he realized I was from the States, too, we started chatting and I ended up talking to him for about 20 minutes. He also drew me a sketch of Monark Starstalker:
Otherwise, the only other book I've had signed is the Shang Chi: Battleworld tpb.
That's the entire art team: penciler Dalibor Talajic, inker Goran Sudzuka and colorist Miroslav Mrva. That was pretty easy, since I know all three of them, and they often all three work in the same studio here in Zagreb. When I used to work for Croatian Radio, I did a few pieces about them, including a bit on the Shang Chi book.
I'll have to get an image-sharing account at some point, but I have tons of signed stuff. One of the best is a copy of The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told hardcover that I got signed (at one show) by: Infantino, Anderson, Giella, Schwartz, Esposito, Kubert, McLaughlin, and Novick.
“If you’re not good enough to be a cartoonist, maybe you can be an artist." --S. Clay Wilson
Strangely enough I have never sought out or purchased ANY comic book signatures. I have a small batch because others have gotten them for me as birthday or Christmas gifts though. My favorite signature has to be though not for a comic book but a comic strip. A Physical Therapist i worked with back in the late 90's bought a framed original Spider-man comic strip which was signed by the strips writer Stan Lee and drawn by the artist and brother of Lee: Larry Leiber. That hangs proudly upon my wall. I couldn't even tell you any of the names of the signed comics I have. I would have to dig them out and look.
In my medical profession I have met and spoken with many a famous person and in my role I have to treat them as "normal" folks and give them assistance and guidance and be star struck during my interactions with them. This has carried over into my collecting persona: I have met and spoken with LOTS of comic book writers and artists and television/movie stars and NEVER have i asked for their signatures. I do this as a sign of respect and appreciation of them. I treat them as special and speak with them and express my fondness and gratitude for all they have done and than them greatly for speaking with me. It means much more for me to have met and shared time with these phenomenal people than to ask for or buy a signature from them. Time well spent in discussion remains in my heart and thoughts longer with more meaning than a hastily scribbled name...
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!