As soon as I learned that Tim Sale was going to be at the Boston Comic Con I went to his site and checked it out. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Hulk: Gray series – but it was not for the art – in fact, the art is what saved the series from being a total waste. I looked into getting a sketch from him – but was met with a sort of road block… see, his requirements for getting a sketch is as follows:
- You must get into line at his table when the Con starts – you must be one of the first 5-8 people in line as he only does a limited amounts of sketches during the con
- Once in line – if you are lucky enough to be one of the early ones – you must request a fast pass.
- They will ask what you want, plus give you a time to return.
- You must return at the time of your pass – otherwise your sketch will not be done.
- He times his sketches with an hourglass. A soon as the sand runs out – your sketch is done.
By the way – his sketches aren’t cheap… in fact, his sketch was HALF of my entire budget of the con. But here’s my story… as some of you know I am a children’s storyteller – that’s my job. That’s what I do… but the issue is – I had to leave the con mid-way to do a show about 30 minutes away. When I was offered the fast pass I asked for the latest time – he gave me a time of 3:20. My show started at 1:30 – and would end at 2:30, but with a half an hour to get back… let’s just say – it was cutting it real close.
Well, as you can tell I made it. But I also made a blunder – I was back to the con by 3:05 – and as I hit the building I suddenly realized… I left my camera in my car! I had to run back to my car and then back again to the con. I was back to Sale’s table by 3:15. He signed a few more books before he started on my sketch. It was probably one of the best experiences at a con ever. The best part? The sand ran out in the hour glass – and Sale said “This is going to be one of those days where I just do what I want and not pay attention to the time” and he kept on working! He also had a huge crowd gathered around just to watch the sketch being done. This is certainly a pride piece in the collection and will be framed and hung – as soon as the construction is finished and the Hulk room is back to normal. Thank you Tim Sale!