Saturday I spent the day hanging out with my best bud, John Beatty at MegaCon. John was a guest of the show along with Mike Zeck and a gazillion big name comic artists, animators, actors (sci-fi, horror, anime,tv, movie), tattoo artists, cosplay folks, gaming people, crafts people, and fans of all of the above. Thousands and thousands of fans were in attendance.
Because I was there for just one day and knew I wouldn’t have time to commission any artists, my goal was to touch base with friends I seldom see, check out artist alley and hang out with Big Beatty. All three goals were accomplished.
I was able to at least say “hi” to Mike Zeck, Michael Golden, Hoyt Silva, Manny Aguilera, Gene Gonzalez, Jason Walker, Jason Solbol, “The” James Howell, John Higashi, Steve “Born to Be Alive” Martinez (who we hadn’t seen in over 25 years), Mike Kott and I’m sure a few others I’ve forgotten to mention.
That’s Mike Zeck getting a photo with a fan and getting photo-bombed by John Beatty.
Neal Adams came over to say “Hi” to Zeck and Beatty. I looked up and suddenly Neal Adams was there. For those that don’t know, Neal Adams is one of the living legends of comics. Over the years, because of all the shows I have attended, I’ve met a lot of famous artists but I’d never met Neal Adams.
Anyway, I was sitting behind the table next to Beatty and as Neal spoke to Zeck and Beatty he would look over at me. I know Neal was thinking, “Who is this guy? I guess I should know him.” As Neal got ready to leave I stood up with the intent to just say that I was a fan of his art, but truth be told I became tongue-tied as Neal reached out to shake my hand. What I hoped to be, “Nice to meet you Mr. Adams” turned into something like, “I’m not an artist – I’m just a friend of John’s – I’m a big fan of your work, Mr. Adams.” Definitely a fanboy moment.
The guy above was making the rounds and looked so much like The Beast I had to snap a photo. He said the only thing not real was the “blue” and his choppers. Yikes!
I did pick up a few things at the show… Manny Aguilera was set up in artist alley and he did a cool sketch of a scene with Sly from Lords of Flatbush that he surprised me with. Josh Hood was sketching for fans and had copies of We Can Never Go Home. I picked up a copy. (Check it out and maybe you will as well.) I also bought two prints: Rocky Balboa vs Apollo Creed fight poster by Brian Hoang (for me) and a Predator print for my nephew. I also got to check out some of the Frank Miller originals that were on display. The rest of the time was spent hanging with Big Beatty who had Zeck on one side and J. O’Barr (from The Crow fame) on the other.
All in all, it was a fun day… and I’m glad it was just one day.