The first year I went to Heroes Con, no one knew who I was. The second year, a few people had heard that I had a book coming out.
By my third Heroes Con a week ago, I was sitting on a panel with Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson (talking about our shared love of Creature from the Black Lagoon, no less!) and, later, watching with incredulity as an attendee walked around the hotel bar wearing a shirt based on the book I wrote. Crazy times indeed.
This was my first show since having a book out, and I was humbled to have so many people come by the booth. I still haven’t gotten used to the idea of autographing something. Or for people to walk up to the booth and know who I am. Luckily, I did once get asked if I was Craig Thompson (I was set up at the Top Shelf table, near some copies of Blankets). Ego firmly in check.
As usual, Heroes was a great chance to talk to so many creators (way too many names to list) who inspire me and to pick up their great new books (sadly, I’ve been swamped at the day job and haven’t had a chance to read anything beyond Ben Towle’s excellent Midnight Sun).
I also started my first sketchbook, which I never wanted to do, but I had such a good idea for one that I couldn’t resist. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed so far.
And, Charlotte, I’ll see you next year.