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Brian Miller
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Didnít Starlin, Miller and Chaykin share a studio back in the day?
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Sergio Aragones and Mike Grell they are my heroes !

Only because a shy awkward 14 year old showed them some not very good superhero pin-ups.

Some older kids snickered at me and made some rude remarks Mr Aragones said to them at least I had the courage to show my work and Mike Grell gave me some pointers, suggested some books and gave me some encouragement. 


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The best experience I've had with a comic pro was Roy Thomas.  Standing in a long line to meet him at a con, I saw (and experienced myself) that he had some personal story to share about each and every book someone put down in front of him to sign and made it a personal experience for each fan that was at his table, taking time to chat and interact with each person that came to see him.  It was a really good experience.

Runner up would be Herb Trimpe.
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If you still don't believe John is the friendliest
creator in the industry...



Thanks again!
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I once had very friendly conversations with Scott McCloud. 
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Dan Parent from Archie Comics is extremely friendly and nice to his fans.  
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When I was but a lad walking around in those early Creation Conventions with my shoddy portfolio in hand. Sergio Aragones and Alfredo Alcala were by far the most approachable artists. Just good guys and it's kind of ironic that I took a art class with Don Rico teaching it (god rest his soul) and he'd tell us stories about him and Sergio palling around. Great memories.
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I don't want to say who was the friendliest, because most were cool.  The pro that I've spent the most time with was Paris Cullins.  Paris was with his girlfriend at a Newark Con and I was at his table for a while.  Next year the same time, I got to talk with him again. Later I got to interview him, but the industry stories he told off mic were even better.  He's a big convention guy now. 

Walt Simonson would be the 2nd, since I met him twice and I got real shy the first time I met him.  The 2nd time, he joked about my being dragged behind me, "the girlfriends are always on the phone, texting or doing some else."

Neal Adams I talked to twice.  He told me not to try to get an interview while the con is going on.  "Come back at the end of the con or tomorrow in the morning."  So I came back and he sat me behind his desk and I asked him 3 questions.
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Back around 1995, colorist Tom Vincent was replaced by Tom Smith on SILVER SURFER when George Perez became the writer, and he had posted about it on Usenet. I lamented that in a post and said that I loved his airbrush work on THANOS QUEST. He wrote to me and said that my post made his day after being fired, so he mailed me 2 pages of original airbrush art (he painted onto the board) from the series for free.

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Steve Bissette and Joe Staton are super-friendly. Cosigning on George Perez and the Simonsons as well.
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Steve Bissette is a very friendly guy to interact with on Facebook, Tony, though I've never met him in person. Also he does some fantastic movie reviews as Facebook posts.  Also contrary to popular opinion, I've never had anything but positive interactions with John Byrne on this forum.
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Shane - It astounds me how anyone could ever think that an artist that creates a website and forum to interact with his fans and friends could ever be seen as anything but friendly and engaging. JB goes above and beyond. 
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Walt Simonson and his lovely wife Louise Simonson were both super friendly and very patient with me when I met them. Despite me, as a silly kid who didn't know any better at the time, asking them to sign LOADS of comics. (Nowadays I'd be embarrassed to even ask for half as much.)
But they were just sooo nice about it!

Strangely enough I had a really nice interaction with Chris Claremont back then too. It was 1989, when he was at the height of his success on the X-titles, and he appeared at my local Forbidden Planet in Glasgow.
I still remember I was way back in the queue, when Chris asked if there was anyone in the X-men that folks didn't like. And I sort of mumbled 'Psylocke' And he heard me! And suddenly he asks for whoever said it to come up to his table.

So there I am nervous as all heck, as my (at the time) favourite writer, wants to know why I don't like one of the characters he's writing. Now at that moment in time Psylocke had her short lived hooded/armoured purple outfit. Which i didn't like. I'd much preferred her earlier look when she first started appearing in the X-men comic. (The so called 'Cabbage Patch Doll' look as some of it's detractors called it.)

So I started explaining that if that new look was supposed to make her look mysterious, it wasn't working. That it wasn't a good look for her, and that she just feels like the typical token telepath on the team. With nothing interesting about the character to distinguish her from all the other telepaths they'd had.
He took it all in good grace and was happy to sign all my comics as well. (Including the Phoenix Untold Story that he laughed at being asked to sign.) I also had a nice conversation with him at the time, about how he thought Wolverine's origin should never ever be fully explained, and that it was best left up to the reader's imagination.

Anyway, fast forward a bit, and what happens in the books? Psylocke get her revamp where she turns into sexy Asian Ninja girl. Showing lots of skin and a complete reinvention of her character. LOL!

Now I'm guessing since he was so interested in what I had to say there he'd probably already heard a few folk on his tour having similar criticisms of Psylocke. (To be honest I just wanted her to go back to her old look.) But I've always felt a teensy bit guilty that maybe I was the proverbial last straw that broke the camel's back and tipped him over the edge to to completely redo the character!

Other than that I haven't met too many comic creators. I had a not so nice meeting with Peter David at a Babylon 5 convention, that broke my heart a little, as he'd always been one of my favourite writers. Similarly Gary Frank, though he wasn't unfriendly as such, didn't seem like he was much interested in talking to folks when I saw him at a convention.

By contrast Dan Slott was very talkative and friendly with all his fans when I met him a few years back at an event in London. And similarly when I very recently met J.K Woodward and Tony Lee in Birmingham, (the artist and one of the writers behind the Star Trek-Doctor Who crossover,) they had lots of fun stories to tell, and seemed genuinely excited to be talking to their fans.

So yeah, mixed fortunes. But I think I've mostly been quite lucky there. (Though I am sooo envious of you guys who have met JB.)

Sooo...if I had to pick the friendliest, I'd have to go with Walt. He's a class act all the way!

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"At the end of a panel, Miller very kindly drew a kid-friendly Batgirl for a little girl (who probably had no idea who he was)."
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Aww..That's really lovely that he did that for her Eric!
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And he did it with a smile and a gentle spirit!
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Julius Schwartz was more than approachable.  One morning at a con, I was sitting outside an event room in one of those big chairs.  Julius just came and sat in the one right next to mine and started talking to me about anything and everything going on that day.

He even said something that every writer needs to hear:  "Write what you know, and finish what you write."

Seriously, it was like talking to my father.
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My friend Sandy ran into Jack Kirby in the street. He was over the moon and could not believe the time Jack took to look at and comment on his work. When he apologized to Roz, she told him Jack lived for those moments and she loved watching him with his fans. 
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Brian H. - that's a funny Julie Schwartz story. I met him at the Superman con here in Cleveland back in 1988. I asked him for an autograph, and he replied gruffly, "Why?"

After I replied that he was the father of the silver age, we had a great chat (and he gladly gave me the autograph.) He was swell. But upon first  approach... friendly was not the first word I would use to describe him!
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I met Claremont, Art Adams, Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore
at a comic con in 1986 at the Birmingham Motorcycle
Museum, all were very pleasant! I met Peter David at a
B5 Con in Blackpool, he was also very pleasant, so maybe
Jason met him on a bad day! ( I will add, that some
cretin set the fire alarms in the hotel off in the early
hours, so maybe a lack of sleep, if it was the same B5
con?)

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Sal Buscema -- reading or listening to interviews via podcast pegs him as extremely friendly, humble and nice.
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"....that some cretin set the fire alarms in the hotel off in the early hours, so maybe a lack of sleep, if it was the same B5 con?"
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Hah! Yeah Bill. It was that very one! I still remember being outside that night after the fire alarm went off, and if my memory isn't playing tricks on me, being surrounded by loads of folks in Togas, looking as if they were gathered to murder Julius Caesar! (I'm guessing there must have been some sort of theme party going on.)

But yeah. Maybe that had something to do with it. And the fact that the air conditioning did not seem to be working for the sweltering queues. Though that did lead to a lovely moment where the late great Andreas Katsulas was going around the queue giving people ice cubes. And I got him to sign my B5 cast photo. (He was the last person i needed on it too!) I don't think his assistant was too happy at being made the leaning post for Andreas to sign it on though LOL!

So yeah it was still a good con. Despite Mr David's surliness by the time I saw him. But since then I've been to more conventions and I now know that it's kinda the luck of the draw. If a guest is meeting a 1000 people in day (or more!) Then by the law of averages I guess not all of those can go great!
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This story is not my favorite, but it bears telling.

At one con, I came across Peter David at a table with some other guys from  Marvel, all the other guys were locked in conversation but Peter was alone.  I had right there in my possession, one of Peter's Photon novels he had written under the pseudonym of David Peters.  He laughed when I showed it to him, but was more than happy to sign it.

We talked like old friends for a good while.  After about twenty minutes into the conversation, he asked me if I wanted to see something really cool.  I nodded and he pulled out some of JB's pages from West Coast Avengers.

Now this was at a point in my life where I did not know how the sausage was made, and was glad for it.  So I had no idea that JB was doing this book.  I had gotten really excited and was looking over the pages, practically drooling. Thank goodness they were copies.

I stopped, and looked at Peter and I said him with total concern:  "Promise me, please promise me that Al Milgrom will not have anything to do with the book here, I can't stand his work."

Peter kinda deflated at that, but just looked down and told me that no, Al was not involved.

I changed subjects then, figuring that they were friends or something and started talking to him about the things he had bought at the con.

A short while into this conversation, the fellow sitting next to Peter got up and walked off.  Peter tilted his head the fellow's way and said  quietly:  "That, that was Al."

I felt smaller than Ant-Man that day. Ugh. 


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I loved the way Al Milgrom inked Bynre. Many people I know dislike his work but I enjoyed most of it.
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My problems with Al's work back in the day were based on my tastes in art only.  I can say now, that I like a good number of covers that he did and also loved his Marvel Fanfare series.


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