I've always wanted to share this pic but for whatever reason I never got around to it. There's a fun little story with it too...
A couple years back myself and the fellows from PLB Comics showed up at Collector's Corner for Free Comic Book Day. We were there to do some signing, sketching and supporting of comics.
A little while into the day as I was walking around checking out the other artists I was asked by a kind patron of the event if I could sign his copy of FUBAR American History X. I was of course happy to do so, so I whipped out my fancy silver signing pen from my pocket, gave it a couple shakes and jotted down my John Hancock.
Unfortunately, as I got to the "Hancock" of my name the pen suddenly coughed up it's insides, splattering a sizable puddle of silver ink onto the cover. Immediately I choked on my own tongue a little (and as quietly as I could). The guy looked at me and I looked up at him and said "um, I'll be right back".
I rushed through the crowd to my table with the PLB fellows, broke out a small paint brush and started pushing the silver glob around the cover. After a moment or so, with just the right amount of perspiration, a zombie sketch made it's appearance on the cover.
This however wasn't the scariest part. The scariest part was now I had to sign my last name while avoiding a repeat of the same scenario. This time I borrowed one of the PLB pens (as they appropriately made fun of me), shook it twice and finished the rest of my name. Without incident I'm happy to say.
I took it over to the patient fellow and showed it to him. He seemed happy with my attempt at making lemonade from lemons, which was a relief to me.
I think next time I may have to stick to initialing. A couple D's sounds be less risky.
Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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