If there is one thing my dad ever gave me it's comic books. As a little kid, I remember riding in the car and asking him about different super heroes, and him telling me the origin or a story involving the specific hero I was asking about. And he always seemed happy to do it. He would just talk to me, not like a kid, but like a dude talking to another dude about comics! I remember being a very little kid and doing this... I couldn't even read yet, but I knew all the superhero stories because my dad told me about them! Eventually, I started to read about these heroes for myself and just fell in love w/ comics even more. And it wasn't just the stories... It was the art and the words and the way it was all put together that amazed me! I mean how long would something like making a comic take? Why are there so many people working on it? It just fascinated me... I already loved drawing so it was a natural fit to pick up comics. I wanted to know about them... maybe, meet comic artists and so on... So eventually my dad took me to a Comic Show.
It was a Sunday... Dad kept saying that one of these days he is going to take us to a comic convention. And at the time I remember really being into them a lot. (I really never remember not collecting and reading something over the years.) I would go to my buddy Mike Jones house down the street and we would make up story lines for comic ideas and do "concept art" and design characters, that were basically new XMEN characters. I think we called them Magic-X or something? Anyway, One day my dad came over to pick us up and said that we were going to the Comic Show! It was awesome... I remember being super excited and nervous at the same time.( Because I was a weird kid and over thought everything.) And the cool part was that the show wasn't really even that far from my house... When we got there I remember two things... Wall to wall comics and SMOKE!!! (see kids at one time people could pretty much light up anywhere... "light up" meaning smoke.) It was like heaven and there were so many cool tables to stop and see!
The tables all pretty much had comics of course, but some of them had "Video Tapes",(for VCR'S) toys, prints/posters and ARTISTS as well. Most of the booth's w/ "Video Tapes" were bootleg( or pirated material) which I do not approve of at all... But at the time I didn't know it was wrong to blatantly steal people's artwork in any way shape or form... so when this dude told me he had a studio copy of the early 90s Captain America movie that never saw the light of day, you can be sure that I bought it "property of 21st century fox" warning at the bottom of the screen and all. But that isn't all I bought there... I also got Issues 298 and 299 of the Amazing Spider-man, which was Todd Mcfarlane's first time ever drawing him. Mr. Mcfarlane was my favorite artist at the time so this is a very memorable day for me and I still have the very same issues in the very same plastic and boards they came in, to this day. It wasn't just about the cool stuff I bought though I actually got to meet a real comic artist too... And I have to say in was underwhelming...
I don't even remember who the guy was, but he did these amazing Punisher paintings. And he worked on them right there at the table, which was awesome... And when I say it was underwhelming I don't mean his work at all, like I said the dude was awesome! I just mean that he acted real annoyed the whole time I asked him questions and wasn't really very encouraging when I told him I drew too and wanted to make comics. ( I was a kid) I am sure that maybe it was because he didn't think I was going to buy anything or whatever, but that shouldn't be what it's all about. At last I don't think so. I mean sometimes it should just be "be nice to the little annoying aspiring artist kid..." It was still inspiring to meet a guy working in comics, but it was just sort of a let down. I am just really starting out with the comic show scene, but I think it is important to always be kind/nice no matter what the situation. But that's just me I guess... Until, Dalton (Road House) let's me know when not to be "be nice."
Sunday June 29th, 25 yrs later give or take... I went to a show... But not just any show... the Ash Comics Show... the first show I ever went to as a kid... the one I just mentioned up top... And guess what... It was a first all over again. See art for me is a constant work in progress not everything I make is going to be incredible and I will have days where I just can't draw a certain thing very well. But I keep working at it to get better, more confident and happy with the work that I make. And I have worked a long time to feel like I was ready to have a table at a show, and today... I was ready! And the whole time I was there in the same room I was in yrs back, w/ some of the same faces I have seen over the years coming back to visit the Ash show, all I could think was I am glad that I waited until I felt ready. And I am glad that I am back where it began. (and that I'm glad it's smoke free)
So that's my story and it feels good to tell it. I would love to hear any stories that you may have about something coming full circle or something just cool that happened to you! Either way be "Excellent to each other."