Thursday, October 6, 2011

24 Hour Comic 2011: No Autographs, Please

Here's page 4 of my 24 Hour Comic in which I further discuss the finer points of Dallas Comic Con 2011. Lots of convention attendees line up for hours to meet celebrities and/or artists for a chance to get an autograph. I've never been one of these people. I go to conventions for one thing: collectibles.

However, I do think that Travis' pic of him and Stan Lee is priceless. (No offense, Trav!)

BTW, check out Travis Eck's awesome art blog at

Creator Commentary: The Walter Koenig joke in the first panel is actually a reference to an inside joke between me and my friend (and fellow convention attendee) John Brizzi. Years ago, we attended one of the Plano, TX conventions and we planned to meet Walter Koenig (Star Trek's Chekov). We just wanted to say hi and shake his hand. When we arrived at his table, we were greeted with a hand-written sign that read, "Due to illness, Mr. Koenig will not be here today." We both chuckled at the sign and went about our business.

Months later at Wizard World Chicago, once again Walter Koenig was a guest. This time, John and I got to meet him and he was very nice. We shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. Then, John said, "We missed you in Plano a few months back. They said you were ill."

That's when Chekov got pissed. "ILL? I WAS NOT ILL! They wouldn't pay me so I left," growled Koenig. John and I thought it was hilarious and we still joke about it to this day. It was definitely one of those "had-to-be-there" moments. I'm glad I had the opportunity to immortalize that comic convention memory here in this journal comic.

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