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Monday, February 06, 2006

Me, the Toddler, and The Freak

I dug this photo up while looking through the Vault the other day. It was taken at one of the Diamond Comics Distributors Retailer Seminars, probably back in 1991 or 1992. Those seminars were a once-a-year event where most of the comic book publishers would get together in one location to show off their wares for four days of fun and mayhem - no general public allowed. But that's when there were competitors to Diamond Comics... like Capital City Distribution and Heroes World Distribution and Friendly Frank's and a few others. Nowadays, with a near-monopoly, Diamond just holds regional "mini-seminars". No need to wow the retailers anymore... *sigh*.

Anyway, I was goofing around with a fellow retailer friend of mine who sometimes dresses up in costume as The Freak, when we spotted Todd McFarlane strolling the floor. I handed my camera to an innocent bystander and had him photograph us while we both screamed gibberish at the man who came to embody the Image Comics '90s... the Toddler.

Good times.


At 2/06/2006 12:58 PM, Blogger Linnen said...

Ugh....I had successfully banished Todd from my brain and now this is the second time I have read about him.

The first was a new story on Newsarama about his "Man of Miracles" statue. You know, Miracle was my very favorite comic book from 1985 to 1989, and it still ranks in my Top Five easily, but I cringe everytime I see anything about the book anymore. I just want to know how Gaiman's story was supposed to end...

What a mess it became!

At 2/06/2006 1:46 PM, Blogger AlbertJohn3 said...

I still don't understand the mess with Miracleman, but that was a cool character in the day. I liked the Moore stories better than Gaiman's run, but I would like to see some closure at some point.

The Man of Miracles statue was pretty cool. A Morrison/ Quitely X-Men type of costume.

At 2/06/2006 8:59 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Someday, somewhere someone will republish the Miracleman series in it's entirety... it's just plain great. So many scenes in it are still vivid in my memory... Miracleman dealing with Garzunga (sp?) and his fight with Kid Miracleman are two of the most memorable. I actually own all four of the HARDCOVERS that Eclipse published, and the Gaiman volume has an autograph I got from him with the phrase "Waiting for a miracle!"...

Just plain great comics.

At 2/06/2006 9:03 PM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

HA! I just noticed that I am sporting a MARINO'S ITALIAN ICE t-shirt in that picture... whenever we would go to those seminars, I would NEVER wear a comic-related t-shirt so that I wouldn't look like everybody else. I still looked like all the other geeks, though.

(I got that t-shirt by sending in $5 and some boxtops from those delightful frozen treats... lemon is the best!)

At 2/07/2006 10:04 PM, Blogger stymieresh said...

I hate that guy.

Not you Bill. The other guy.

At 2/08/2006 12:31 AM, Blogger Bill at Comix Connection said...

Why would anyone hate The Freak?

He's just misunderstood.


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