When I was young, about thirteen or fourteen, I started buying comic books for myself. Before then I would get a few comic books purchased for me to keep me entertained when I was sick or for birthdays and Christmas. I have been to a couple of small comic book/popular culture shows in the past. They weren't particularly interesting. Two years ago I attended Comic Con 2015 show in Indianapolis.
It is hard to encapsulate the experience; there were thousands of attendees, hundreds of exhibitors, dozens of artists and a million-billion things to see. There were comic books, artists' wares and costumed visitors from all over the pop culture universe. It was a unique experience.
This year I decided that I would sell twenty years of collected comics and make contacts for Irvington Reader at Comic Con Indy 2017. Like most worthwhile things, it was a challenge. I know it taxed my patience and rewarded it as well.
As I was moving my boxes of comic books in and setting up the Irvington Reader booth I looked three booths away and saw one of the comic book artists attending the show. Neal Adams, a legendary artist who drew some of the most iconic books of the late sixties through the seventies, was standing at a table arranging books.
I met him before the show even started. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the creators of Superman, the character that started the entire comic book superhero craze, had never received adequate recognition or reward for their seminal creation. Neal Adams challenged the entertainment industry to recognize their rights to their creation. He has been a champion of artists rights ever since. Meeting Neal Adams was just the first treat of many more to come.