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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Airing the Linnen: Meeting Mike Oeming

Guest post by Brian Linnen

It's been a while since I have made it to a big comic convention. I'm not sure why I haven't been going (actually, I think I do know, but I want to write about it here in the future, so I'll keep it under my hat for now!), but I received a little taste of the excitement I have been missing a few weekends ago here at the Comix Connection.

For the record, the Oeming appearance was a blast! If you didn't manage to make it in, you really missed a great time. Mr. Oeming was extremely friendly and approachable, and it was really cool listening to his various industry-stories as he sketched and signed books. It really seemed like he was having a good time meeting everyone, which is always good. I once met a "legendary" creator who made it pretty obvious he wasn't in the mood, and to this day, it's still probably my worst comic memory. Having met Mr. Oeming twice now, I can confidently say that he has too much class to pull something like that.

Another thing that I enjoyed was having the time to dig through some of the back-issue boxes! Being a "fanboy extraordinaire", I almost always pick up my books on Wednesdays at lunch, which of course means I have to hot-foot it back to work. I can't remember the last time I was in the store with time to kill and fingers nimble enough to sort through the thousands of bagged-and-boarded goodies! Anyway, I took the time that afternoon and found some good stuff I had missed the first time around. It was kinda like a mini-convention!!

Before I left, I bought a page of original Oeming artwork from the book he does with Brian Michael Bendis called POWERS. I have some original art in my collection already, this is the first piece I have that was actually used in the production of a comic. Pretty cool! I think I'll twist Bill's arm and get him to post it here on the site. (See above! - ed.)
Anyway, the Oeming appearance was a great event - Thanks for Bill, Ned, and Ken for making it happen!


At 2/17/2006 12:15 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

The thing that always surprises me for some reason is that these guys are so nice and down to earth... it makes it easy to talk to them.

At 2/17/2006 1:59 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Except for that one Mystery Fellow I mentioned....

At 2/17/2006 11:53 PM, Blogger smylegirl said...

oh, I don't know about that, linnen... after that Mystery Fellow had a few drinks in him, he was quite friendly to me, remember? ;-)


P.S. on a totally unrelated note... my verifcation phrase for this post was "mylxp" -- doesn't that sort of look familiar?? :-)

At 2/18/2006 8:54 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Mystery Fellow sounds like a lout.

Or a really lame super villian.


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