…my question to you is…do you have a story or anecdote from a time when a comics pro (or genre personality, whatever) was kind to you, or generous, or helpful? Was there a time when someone whose work you admired ever brightened your day personally?
Bryan Talbot made my first ever comics convention a much more lovely experience and spent a good long time talking to me about script-writing and drew me a picture even though I was only asking (rather meekly) to have a book signed. He was warm, friendly, and effusive about getting to talk to a reader. Genuinely lovely man. <3
[I mean I’d also say something nice about Kieron Gillen since he bought me dinner a couple of times but that doesn’t count because I knew him before he was An Comics Pro and was merely Kieron Gillen: Famous Games Journalist and anyway he talks far too fast when he’s drunk and won’t use a notebook like a normal human person]
To a man - and, indeed, woman - all of the pros I’ve met at cons have been great to talk to. George Perez was a lovable bear of a man. Greg Capullo was genuinely enthusiastic. Nicola Scott was wonderful (and oh, how I gushed). Agnes Garbowska was absolutely lovely. Even those pros I spoke to only briefly - like Marv Wolfman, David Yardin, Frank Cho, Darick Robertson, Carlos Pacheco & Francis Manapul - were cordial at the very least. Oh, and Brian Michael Bendis was extremely generous with his time.
The one exception was the writer of a major franchise who attended Supanova Melbourne in 2011. He was very brusque and seemed unwilling to be there, and only perked up when discussing a collaboration with an artist he frequently worked with in his (the writer’s) heyday. Given that I’d grown up reading his material, I felt quite let down and put a dampener on the rest of the day (although things did improve when I met Cassandra face-to-face).
Admittedly, that’s a pretty good strike rate, but I had been forewarned that said writer was a ‘dick’, to use the description of someone who had a bad encounter with him at the NYCC previous. It would’ve been nice, though, to say ‘thank you’ to the writer in question without made to be feeling like I’d been done a favour…!