I just looked through my site and have found that I have perpetrated a huge travesty. A few years back I was so excited that Aaron Lopresti was gracing us with his presence at the Boston Comic Con – a man who shared the penciling responsibility with Carlo Pagulayah for Planet Hulk! I, of course, was thinking about getting a piece from him – and was Aaron and George Perez – those were the two big “gets” of the BCC for me that year. Well, lucky for me Aaron accepted commissions early to be picked up at the Con. I was hoping to strike up a conversation but the man was concentrating on something else / not very friendly / not interested in talking that day. I don’t mean to say he’s ALWAYS this way – and his somewhat dismissal of me wasn’t totally rude or anything but it wasn’t great either. I introduced myself, he said hello, I told him that I commissioned him, he asked what I wanted. I reminded him and he went through his folder and pulled out my piece. He handed it to me and asked for payment. I handed it to him and started to gush over the piece. He said thank you without looking up from what he was busy doing. I stood there awkwardly for a moment and then walked away.
Like I said, he might have been busy so I decided not to take offense. But the piece I walked away with is beautiful and I can’t help but focus on the fact that I left the con with an amazing Planet Hulk illustration.