Entered a draw and actually won VIP passes to the Edmonton Expo this past weekend, after having pretty much given up going.
Included in the package was a meet and greet with an attending celebrity of your choice, naturally I went with Mads Mikkelsen. Took Ms. Dandy along as it was a double guest pass, and we both dig Mads and his work on ‘Hannibal’ not to mention in film. Super nice guy, laid back, and right away made us feel at ease. Talked comic books, (he digs Moebius, amongst others), a little bit Valhalla Rising, and the work that goes into all the food preparation on ‘Hannibal’ as Ms. Dandy has recently discovered the blog of the show’s food stylist. I normally don’t attend these types of things to meet celebrities, my goal is to buy comic books, but when you get an opportunity like this and the person comes across as amiable as Mads did, it restores my faith in the fact that not all those who come from the bright lights of movies and television are as vain and decadent as that culture likes to portray itself.
Speaking of comic books, got to meet aritst Keith Pollard this weekend as well. For those unfamiliar, starting in 1974 Keith has worked on books like The Amazing Spider-man, The Fantastic Four, Astonishing Tales, Master of Kung Fu, and Daredevil amongst others over at Marvel. Also spending some time with DC on books like Green Lantern, The New Teen Titans, and Vigilante.
It was Keith’s art that introduced Black Cat to the world in her first appearance penned by Marv Wolfman in The Amazing Spider-man #194. Which, since I had, I had to get signed, and recently scoring some of those Astonishing Tales as well, I picked out a favourite to get signed too.
Not only got to meet some great folks but I came home with some great books too. Some vintage Doom Patrol, and the first appearance of Alpha Flight, twas a good haul and a pretty sweet nerdy weekend. Thanks Keith, Mads!
And thanks to Ms. Dandy for coming along and walking away as equally rubber-legged from our celebrity encounter ;)