My friends, I just had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Not 24 hours ago, I met a childhood hero of mine and a legend in the comics industry, Steve Oliff. He single handedly changed the way coloring in comics is done, and invented the processes by which digital coloring in comics takes place. And the very first book he did that with?
As you well know, I'm kinda sorta a little into Akira. And I've been meaning to get out to San Francisco area and meet him -- so, when an opportunity to head out with my buddy Casey Edwards (the amazing dude doing my amazing new book cover -- which by the way, the book is a bit behind, but will still be done for Christmas gift-giving, never you mind that) came up, I called Steve and asked if we could finally meet. And he agreed. Thus began a series of jitters and 14-year-old-inside-me insanity that persists until right now.
First, we took a flight out to San Francisco:
Then, we took a nearly four hour drive North from San Francisco, to a little town called Point Arena, California. It's up the Pacific Coast Highway, which is an astounding curvy dip-filled stretch of road overlooking some of the most amazing scenery you've ever seen:
I have not slept. I am a giddy little boy.I will be posting scans and pics of the stuff I brought home (roughly 1/50th of the collection) very soon, and heading back out to pick up the rest next month.
Life is good.