A little over two weeks ago, on December 30 of this this past year, at NYC’s Jim Hanley’s Universe (JHU), I got to meet one of my favorite writers from back in the day: Fabian Nicieza. Both Reilly Brown and he were there to sign their new Marvel Team-Up book DeadPool & Cable: Split Second #1.
The series was released digitally first, but I didn’t read it until I got the print version. Not because I’m some sort of Luddite, but rather because it’s a preference of mine to read comics in print. I have dabbled a bit on digital platforms, but for the most part I stick to purchased hard copies.
However, for this series I may have to do both. It has an interesting premise, in that the story will be able to be read both forwards and backwards from issues 1 – 4 and 4 – 1. Fabian and Reilly said it was a great idea, but admitted it turned out to be difficult to execute. This is going to be one of those newer stories that translates better in the digital space.
Also, to be fair, I went to this signing primarily to meet Fabian. It’s no secret that Fabian, together with Rob Liefeld, created Deadpool (who today is one of Marvel’s hottest and most violent heroes) and Shatterstar back in 1991.
It wasn’t my intent to disparage Reilly in any way. His art is fantastic; and to make up for my boorish behavior, I bought two excellent prints from him (the signed DeadPool and Lobo print to the right kicks ass).
Nonetheless, at this signing I was definitely the Asshole. I was the guy with the large stack of books primed for signing. I think the only thing I didn’t bring with me was Psi-Force 9, and that’s only because I stopped buying that series at issue 2 back in 1987 (Fabian started writing it at issue 9).
I’m not sure if I’ll ever do a repeat performance of this behavior again. It felt awkward and chaotic, with the line building up behind me. Going forward I’ll limit myself to three or four books at most.
Thankfully, JHU and Fabian were really nice in doing me the honors; and Reilly was swell too. I got a picture with Fabian; and I tried to sneak one in Reilly, but I ate up my time at the line.
I didn’t get everything I had with me signed but I got two key sets of issues autographed: my original copies of New Mutants #98 – 100 (including the first appearances of Deadpool and Shatterstar) and Alpha Flight #87 -90 (one of my favorite old arcs: Building Blocks); together with two copies of Deadpool & Cable #1.
Now all I have to do is track down Rob Liefeld and Jim Lee!