ChainlynXstudio recap of the New York Comic Con  -

We have had a couple of days to get back to our lives and go back to our jobs, and the NY
Comic Con is a fading memory.

So, before the memory completely fades I figured I would jot down a small recap. We don't
work the cons, perhaps in the near future you will pass a booth and you will say, "Hey,
ChainlynXstudio, I know those guys." ay hap you may and may hap you may not, in the words
of Roland Deschain. We go as spectators and potential buyers. We know the vendors and
we set up accounts and shake hands with existing ones to put a face to a name. Business
yes. But we are free to roam and stand on lines and absorb the essence which is con.

I always go with a agenda, just as most do. Whether it be a toy, figure, or books needed to
complete a set, I go take back my youth. When I say that, there have been many artists I look
to shake hands with and spend a brief moment with, as this is my inspiration. There is a
saying, Money comes to money, and well I say creativity is inspired from the creators. We pick
up a ton of autographs and check out the new up and coming,

This year same as the last, our goal was to meet the great one, Stan "The Man" Lee. There
was an order to the list of course and I won' t mention it here, as there may be a few artist
reading this, and I would not want to insult anyone, unintentionally of course.

Well, we went to meet Stan Lee, nuff said. As Luck would have we got tickets Day 1 and I was
ready with material to sign, I had a few books, last year Stan Signed my Bring on the Bad
Guys, original copy 1st addition of course, I could never bring myself to bring a reprint. Yes,
Fickle, maybe a little spoiled, but you collectors understand, I think?

This year was going to be different; this year I was going prop ready, I have the Silver Iron Man
Bullet Helmet, same one I have listed, just a different Number. I took the base with me, this
was fun to carry around in my case all day, as we arrived to the con at 7 AM and didn't get to
meet him till 5ish. But as the dutiful collector I am I trooped on.

My Partner in crime had something a little more personal to bring, which is really sweet, so, I
will butter you up with her story for now. We had a picture taken last year when we met Stan;
she loves this picture by the way. She was roughly the 10th person in the line with me trailing
behind. She goes up to Stan nervous as hell and hands him the picture, He looks at it, and
she says I would like you to sign this, we took it last year when we met you, and as it turns out
it was the same week we got engaged.

Stan loved this, she flicked her head back to me, Stan looked up and all I could do was smile
my dopey grin. The staff ate it up and for about five minutes they checked out the ring, wished
us luck, and the intensity of the reporters and fans that seemed to be filling the air with
escapist tension died down. My turn, I walk up to him with this black cumbersome base that
look s like a prop from a Caligula movie, and I lay it down on the table, turns out the one of the
staff had the same thing signed just a few days ago, but I go on. It's a pleasure to meet you
once again, I say, I know you may be looking at this and saying what the hell, and I explained
what it was. Most people, or the one that said he had his signed, had it signed across the
base, I wanted my signed along the rim.

OK, there was a contest in the booth that published the new book - Election Daze. They
wanted a caption for a picture of Barrack Obama, I figured what the hell, I picked up 2 sheets
and while I was waiting on line I wrote 2 captions for the picture, like I said, what the hell. The
best caption would be selected at the Sunday Panel and we intended to go, by hook or crook.
We get there 2 hours early, there is one person in the room and a whole row of front row
seats, and of course we park our butts down and camp out. The room doesn't start filling till
15 minutes to panel time and we are snug, set, Camera and Video ready. I have 2 seats next
to me on the left and this older couple sits down next me, I turn to them, give them a polite
nod, and they return the favor. After a minute or two, the woman says and I am paraphrasing
here, we saw Stan in Florida at a show, and when he saw us there we had pictures taken
and he was surprised to see us. I nodded, I have learned when older folk spin a yarn, and
mostly it is best to listen. He was surprised seeing us there because we were his neighbors
for so many years in Long Island, like I said, best to listen.

Her husband looked over and nodded a confirmation to her statement, and there I had it, the
secret life of Stan told by his neighborly neighbors. She explained when they saw him in
Florida he was explaining the origin of Spider-Man and the way he created the character, for
those that may have heard this story before Stan was in his living room and maybe having a
creative block, looked up on the ceiling and noticed a spider crawling there, and the Spider-
Man was born. So she stood up at the panel and said wait a minute Stan, that spider came
from my house and crawled into your window, I sat there and watched it, so really spider-Man
was created because of me, and I deserve part of the credit. Now, if you met this woman, you
couldn’t help seeing the cuteness of this moment, for lack of a better word, Late 70’s, red
hair, 5’4”, (if that) and carrying the fire of youth in her purse. Of course not seeing this coming
Stan looked down and realized where this statement had come from and the moment was
that of familiar neighborly humor. Well, we all got along just fine for the rest of the panel, little
tid bits of Stan History being whispered to me, which could actually be heard on the Video of
course, and at the end of the panel, she stood up in front of the room during the Q&A and
confirmed all she said, Stan saw them both and his eyes lit up, confirming it all as well. The
rest is Stan his wife, and the very friendly couple history. Like I said earlier somewhere or to
myself, really cool Con this year.

Now, with all that when the announcements were made, who do you think was in the top 10
entries? Yep, you guessed it, yours truly. Then I was in the top 6 and finally the top 5, and
there were 5 winners for the autographed copy of Election daze. What a caper. There is more
of course, the hour grows late though, and I think I have said enough. Thanks for reading my
ranting; I hope I kept you entertained.


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