Friday, October 15, 2004

Booster, Booster, be a Booster

So I was sitting at my computer last week (you're always sitting at the computer, you're thinking, and you're more right than not) when I received an e-mail from the art dealer from whom I'd recently purchased three snazzy drawings by fan favorite Dan Jurgens.

"Hey," writes my art dealer comrade, "I'm going to the Minnesota FallCon this weekend, and Dan Jurgens is going to be dropping by. Since you like his art so well, would you like me to see if he'll do a sketch for you?"

It took me all of, oh, five seconds to begin typing my reply. Of course, I'd love to get a new sketch from Dan! said I. And I knew exactly what character I wanted him to draw — Booster Gold, comics' most venal and self-absorbed superhero. When you can get the actual creator of a character to interpret the character for you, you jump on it. I did, and this fantastic sketch of Booster arrived on Thursday. My scanner's too pathetically small to capture the entire image, but this will give you a tantalizing taste of the Booster goodness.

The real treat of this prize lies in the backstory. When my dealer pal approached Dan Jurgens at the con, the artist wasn't planning to do any fan sketches. But when Dan heard that I'd asked him to draw his brainchild, he was so pleased that someone remembered "the old days," as he put it, he not only agreed to do the sketch but charged less than his usual fee for doing it. How awesome is that? Well, pretty doggoned awesome, if you ask me.

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Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

Sweet, dude.

8:16 AM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Isn't it? I was as giddy as a — well, maybe not a schoolgirl, but as a middle-aged guy receiving a wicked cool piece of comic art — when I opened the package.

Booster is a superb character design by Jurgens, such that it would be tough to make the character not look good. But knowing that the artist put a little added enthusiasm into the work because it's his own original creation, and one he apparently doesn't get asked to draw very often, makes this an especially exciting addition to my collection.

8:35 AM  

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