By Xwraith 34 Comments
I've decided to do a second blog entry about my experiences at this year's New York Comic Con, this time focusing on some of the people I met there (as the title says). I didn't get pictures for most of them, so I feel this was mostly overlooked in my previous blog.
My first encounter was with Jeff Lemire. I first saw him when he stopped by the Valiant booth for the first time (during one of my many visits there). I recognized him pretty much immediately, and asked "Are you who I think you are?" to which he responded "That depends on who you think I am." I added "I'm pretty sure you're Jeff Lemire", and he confirmed that he was. I told him that I feel he wrote the best Green Arrow ever, which he appreciated. I added that him being taken off of that book was, to me, even more painful than the Star Wars Expanded Universe being discontinued - and I found it significant that he did not object to my use of the words "taken off". Before I left the booth, I also showed him that I was wearing my Green Arrow shirt under my X-wing jacket - it turned out he was also wearing one under his button shirt. I would see him again later in the day (I'll get to that, I promise).
After spending an hour or so on the main floor, I made my way downstairs to the autograph area. I was well aware that I couldn't afford one from everybody, but there was one guest in particular I was most excited about: LeVar Burton (the entire main cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation was there). I first got a photo with him, and moved to his autograph line after that. I got to talk with him for a bit, saying that I was really excited to meet someone whose work I have been watching almost all my life. I then asked him something I'd been wanting to know for years: how did he see out of the visor he wore as Geordi La Forge? "Not very well" was his answer. I also learned that it was his idea to replace the character's visor with bionic eyes when the TNG cast moved to movies, saying it was a "very important" change to him. Before I left the line with a signed picture, I also told him the story of how I got to New York, which he was impressed by.
The other autograph I got was Michael Dorn, who had almost no one in line. There were two things that I made sure to tell him: the first was that I loved both Regular Show episodes he guest-starred in, and the second was that, despite looking nothing like him, I was Worf for Halloween when I was four - he loved that as much as I hoped he would. I was asked if I had a picture of me in that costume, but I did not have one with me.
I then returned to the main floor, and made another stop at the Valiant booth. This time, Matt Kindt, writer of Unity (my favorite current Valiant book), was there. I told him that Unity is my favorite of the Valiant line, and how glad I was that he will be writing a solo book for Ninjak - my favorite Valiant character. The last writer I met at Valiant's booth was Robert Venditti, whose work on X-O Manowar brought me into the Valiant universe in the first place. I let him know that Armor Hunters was not only the best event I've read in years, but it was the first in years to hold my interest all the way through.
After being told that Erica Henderson was at the Artists' Alley, I made a quick visit there. I congratulated her for getting the job on Squirrel Girl's book, and told her how glad I was when it was announced. Brian Buccalletto's (sp?) booth was directly next to hers, which is where I met G-Man. I made sure to let him know how much I love Comic Vine.
After leaving the convention itself, I (along with the other winners of Valiant's contest) attended a signing at St. Mark's Comics, with Lemire, Kindt, Venditti, Fred Van Lente, and Paolo Rivera. I let Lemire know that I had actually been looking all over the con for a trade of his Green Arrow (I have his run in single issues) so that I could get it signed, but I couldn't find one anywhere - and that what I got out of that was that people would rather read his stories than the ones that came before. I also asked if he was still in touch with Andrea Sorrentino, to which he answered "yes". I let him know that Sorrentino is one of my favorite artists, and that I've never seen anyone else who can do what he does.
After that, I made my way back to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and got a bus back home to Rhode Island - it was 1:15 AM when I finally made it back, the latest I've been out in a long time.