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This weekend I attended Planet Comic Con 2018 in Kansas City.

While I finally returned a 22 year-old thank you to Greg Capullo (information below), I also found the only single issue I wanted to purchase since I stopped purchasing floppies in 1996. I sold off my collection in 2000, keeping only issues important to me (which are actually a lot of Tom's work) and picked up trades thereafter.

What If #105!

To me - this issue is the cornerstone of Marvel Comics. Here Tom & Ron and their cohorts created an entire universe of characters, letting characters finally grow old and evolve.

The comic, and needless to say this single issue is special to me, as a fan, in so many ways. As a comic FAN I could always chase the BEST CGC rated book, but I'll never have the resources *or* sanity to collect every high end book.

The internet has changed this hobby in many, many ways. At conventions, determining eccentric fan v flipper could be difficult.

While I could pick this up online, I wanted the book to be found, displayed as its special. I may get this CGC'ed, I may not. Who knows. But this is one of the single issues that I am keeping.

Thanks for making a winner, guys \:\)

I posted this on social media...

22 years ago, Greg Capullo, a famous comic artist, answered 16 year old Andrew’s survey about becoming an artist. He spoke to me via phone for over an hour. Today I thanked him in person. (Made a digital copy for him, too).

When Scott and Greg were announced to attend Planet Comic Con in Kansas City, I purchased tickets. After waiting in line, I showed him the audio cassette - Greg took off his glasses, did double take, "Capullo Feb 27 1996...what's this?" I explained to him when I was in high school all I wanted to be was a comic artist. As part of a school project I sent out questionnaires with self addressed stamped envelopes. Greg received the survey late, and called. I recorded our conversation via 90's awesomeness - speaker phone on mute, boom box recording inches away (there's even my dog barking for the first 5 or so minutes). Our conversation lasted over an hour.

Greg's kindness stayed with me for years. Despite moving numerous times, despite no longer owning an audiocassette deck, I kept that audiotape.

Scott & Greg were announced for Planet Comicon 2018 in Kansas City, around where I live. Going was a no-brainer. I dusted off the tape, had a digital copy made, and got in lines to wait.

Presenting him with the tape, Scott took a picture of the exchange and posted to Twitter. In this day and age, the possibility of one of them posting to Twitter didn't dawn on me (till I was infront of his camera) - I just wanted to say thanks.

For better or worse - the internet greatly altered exchanges between creators and fans. I believe it would be naïve to attend a show and expect anything from a creator for free - an autograph, a sketch, even a picture because within the past 30, 20, 10 years you have fans flipping the creators' kindness for a profit. I do NOT fault creators attempting to cover this loss of perceived revenue. I believe this makes kindnesses even more spectacular - such as Ty Templeton giving free Batman & Joker sketches to my kids, Geof Darrow doing the same for other kids waiting in line for another artist with their parents. These are the moments I love seeing at conventions.

I wanted Greg Capullo to know the impact his phone call had on ME. I wanted to thank him for his kindness, because I believe such a kindness DESERVES thanks. Creators deserve to know their extras they pop out at conventions/time to the fans, aren't ending up on ebay five minutes later. Those moments of kindness STAY with fans.

Needless to say, I'm grateful for the attention, but I really believe the spotlight should be on Greg and Scott. Hopefully they keep creating till their twisted, black hearts burn out \:\)


PS - I never became a full time artist, as I was afraid I couldn't maintain a steady workload. I became a weekend abstract painter, showing in galleries across the nation, but selling for fun, comics, movie money, etc. If anyone wants to check out my work - ... 739658123/

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