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Tim Sale Fast Pass Sketch – ’09 Boston Comic Con

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Tim Sale Hulk Sketch

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.

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Sale working...

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Continuing the masterpiece!

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!

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He's so proud!

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A mugg only a mother can love!

Herb Trimpe Commission! (2009)

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Herb Trimpe Boston Comic Con 2009 Commission

So, I finally met Herb Trimpe and he was as nice and fun to talk to as all the stories I heard.  He was quite the popular guest at the show too – I’m glad I got there early!  But the funny part is – Herb was late.  Doors opened at 10:00 – and I rushed to his table… only to be met with empty chairs.  But that was okay because it gave me time to slip into the Tim Sale line and get the fast pass.  Then, after walking the con – I went back to the table and saw Herb!  I introduced myself – he remembered me from all of my emails – I felt a bit like a stalker – but he was really, genuinely cordial about everything!  I, of course, asked him about a commission.  He said he’d be happy to do one and then he pointed out that he did bring some pieces with him and to check the folder because I might like something in there.  I began to flip and was excited to see quite a few pieces that tickled my fancy.  I wanted a classic Hulk – just a Hulk – and when I saw this piece I figured this is exactly what I would want if he were to do one that day for me – so I picked it up.  I cannot wait to get it framed and to have it in a displayed proudly when the Hulk room gets back to normal. 

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A Trimpe for the ages!

Jeff Wamester Boston Comic Con Commission 2009

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The Savage She Hulk #6

Alright kiddies!  I want you to checkout the cover above… I love this cover – but always wanted an Iron Man with a Hulk reflection – and something better then the Red Hulk on Hulk #2 – which I was not a fan of.  So I brought up this idea to Jeff Wamester at the Comic Con – I asked him if he’d try to do something like this.  At first he seemed hesitant – not sure how to execute it exactly – but my only other idea was for him to draw me an Abomination – and since he had the reference above he decided to go with it.  And, man am I glad he did – because he created a piece that I was floored by – something that I was in total shock of how cool it was when I saw it.  Get ready and scroll down…

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Wamester's vision - a masterpiece!

Make sure you check him out if he’s ever in your area – better yet – contact him right away and get something done by him – his website is:


Pretty easy, right?  Check out the ART page to see the other pieces he has done for me.  They absolutely rock!  This has to be my second favorite – right behind the piece he did for my daughter 🙂

Con Pics – A Few More!

Trimpe working on my head sketch...

I’m just posting a few more pics before I’ll be posting the art soon!  But tomorrow I’ll be getting reviews ready – Hulk #16 – or is #17?  Who cares really – all I now is it’s a safe bet it will suck and have a bunch of variants – including a new Deadpool 200:1 variant.  Turns out Marvel knows how to keep the numbers up on this fledgling story – just make incentive covers that force the retailer to purchase more than they can sell… ugh.

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Ash and Laura

More Con Pics – and Some Sneaks at the Art!

Trimpe with his Sketch book!

Alright – we’re getting closer to me posting the art I got – but let’s take a look at more of the Con!  I am always amazed at the grail pieces I see at the cons.  In fact – I will tell you about one business that was there selling original art – He had the original cover to Iron Man #9 – the one comic I was looking for – and this guy had the ACTUAL COVER!  After talking to the guy and browsing through some art I found a great Buscema page for an unbelievable price!  I put some money down on it – as I had spent most of my wad already – and will be picking up my Buscema very soon in the future!  Here are more shots of the convention!  Including a shot of Sale working on MY piece!

Tim Sale - working on MY commission!

Some Comic-Con Pics!

Me and a Kitty I found - MEOW!

Me and a Kitty I found - MEOW!

I hope everyone that went had as a good a time as I did – I will be posting the art pieces I got the following Fridays – and post the pics of the con a few at a time – just to have some fun!  I picked up 4 pieces – 4 fantastic, amazing, wonderful pieces – this is one of the best con experiences I’ve ever had – I met Trimpe (really great guy) and his wife (a lovely lady) I talked to some of the artists there for WAY too long – but again, one of the best times I’ve ever had.

Herb Trimpe and his lovely Wife

Herb Trimpe and his lovely Wife