Some of you may have noticed that there's a press release in circulation from the HERO INITIATIVE about the Mike Wieringo tribute book they're publishing. If not, here are some links:
And here's the full press release:
In a very cool move, HERO is debuting the book at the Heroes Convention this year before it even hits the stands. Strangely, Jim McLauchlin of HERO asked me if, since I would be at Heroes anyway, I would sit in the booth for an hour each day and sign the book with nine of the pros who were Mike's friends and/or worked on the tribute book.
I say "strangely" because I'm obviously not a comics pro (I have a grand total of two pages, including one pinup, in print.) and aside from writing what was originally the introduction (It, along with all the other written tributes, had to be moved to the back for various reasons.), I made no substantial contribution to the book. Not to mention the fact that all but 3 or 4 people buying the book will have no idea who the heck I am. It will feel less like I'm signing a book and more like I'm defacing it.
Still, I'm honored to have been asked and so I'm going to be doing it. I'll do anything for the HERO INITIATIVE. I suspect Jim was just being nice by letting me be a part of it. It just feels so weird. When I was a kid, I dreamed about sitting behind a table at conventions, signing comics. I just never expected it to be for this reason and it makes me a little...ill. The monkey's paw again.
This convention is going to be very bizarre.