Sunday, February 17th, 2008
ACE Con here in Atlanta found me at dinner with two great pencilers (actually there were more than that to be sure, but such is the limit of the photograph!). Next to me in the middle is the famous Michael Golden, and beside him is the unmistakable Sanford Greene. [Little did Michael and I know that we are soon hereafter to be struck down by the vicious Atlanta-con flu! This is where I have been lurking the past week…in my sickbed!] Michael Golden strikes me as a very direct person who is very much about honesty and forthrightness. We had a terrific conversation that ranged from the dangerous territory of politics into the - I daresay more interesting area for both of us - of the future of sequential storytelling and the mediums that will be employed to tell those stories. If you ever get a chance to meet Michael, don’t miss it!
Sanford Greene was also at that dinner, though thankfully he escaped the dessert of the Evil Flu! For those who don’t know, Sanford is one of the “regular” pencilers that I work with. We’ve just finished up a DC Comics’ Wonder Girl mini-series and hopefully will be starting more trouble up soon. Sanford has a mad talent and is really hilarious when you get him riled up. Sitting with these two men, it is very clear you are sitting next to two generations of comics history in the making, which is one of the great thrills of working in this business.
Another highlight: Talking with Bob Schreck. I’ve only worked for Bob once, on the “City of Crime” Batman graphic novel (and a couple other scattered issues of Detective Comics), but that was enough for us to become friends. He is indisputably one of the greatest modern comics editors and his comics war stories are so funny they make me cry like a baby. Through him, I was also able to meet another of the indisputably great editors, his ex-wife Diana Shutz. I wish I had taken pictures! What an idiot I am.
Another great moment was finally getting to talk to Joe Linsner (brilliant painter of the comic series “Cry for Dawn”). I tried to track down when I had first met Joe…we are nearly the same age and both broke into comics very young…back in the NYC hotel conventions of the very late eighties or very early nineties. Though we have probably been in the same room dozens of times over the intervening years, it was very rare we would get a chance to speak. Finally talking to him at the ACE con was a revelation; it was really like meeting an old friend I’d never been introduced to. What a kind person! I really admire his career path and very much enjoyed the chance to tell him so. If you haven’t had the chance, trust me, you’ll love his work even more after you get to meet him.
Following the theme of this blog entry, let me just state for the record that the greatest thing about working in comics is being a part of a massive, diverse, sprawling, quirky, brilliant, intentional family of Creators. The sense of “family” in comics is very real and very valued.