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And the Number One Reason I’ll Never Be A Paparazzi…

Jeff Lester

I was at Kevin O’Neill’s signing at CE Sunday night…with my camera…and asked the gracious and stylish Mr. O’Neill if I could take some photos…to which he graciously and stylishly agreed….and I barely took any photos at all. Because I am absurdly meek, and a FUGGIN’ IDJIT.


Here’s a shot of the man himself. (Obviously, I shoulda run it through some light adjustments on Picasa before uploading it.) We were shop number seven in four days on his tour, and the guy would do a sketch in anyone’s Black Dossier if they wanted. Really cool.

I knew he wouldn’t be anything like his drawings, more than likely, but I was still somehow unconsciously surprised he wasn’t one of his terrifying lantern-jawed crazy men chortling “Hur, hur, hur!” while demeaning all of us.

I thought I could catch from this angle (behind and above him) the sort of casual charisma he radiated–it was like everyone in the store, even nearly all the people hanging out at the front all had their body turned toward him the whole time he was signing. Instead, all I really caught was that awesome infinity-loop bald spot he has–it’s insanely better than the goose egg I’m sporting.

Another wuss shot by me–I thought it would be cool to catch him in mid-sketch as he draws Mina Harker in Sue Riddle’s sketchbook (that’s her work on the left page, I’m pretty sure). But, uh, nope.

We had a steady line the whole time I was there, as you can see. But I’m mainly putting this photo up so those who’ve never visited the shop can admire the lovely original Matt Wagner JSA portraits on the left, and the Mike Driggenberg original Endless portraits on the right. (Oh, and also because I didn’t take enough pix of Kevin O’Neill, right?)

The first–but hopefully not the last–collaboration between Ian Brill and Kevin O’Neill: a commissioned sketch of Scott Pilgrim. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Oni will release it as the “Oni Zombie” alternate cover to SP4 early next year…

Wow. See? That–that–is a perfectly shaped ear, right there.

Meanwhile, up at the front of the store…

No, but seriously. Go buy Black Dossier–it’s even more filling than a 40 of MGD.

So, in conclusion: I promise to be better at taking photos in the future. Also, go to Comic Oasis and/or the wonder that is Ralph Mathieu’s Alternate Reality in Vegas tomorrow night and experience the wonder that is Kevin O’Neill yourself. You won’t regret it.

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