Posted by: Jeff Lester on August 24, 2007
Sorry these took so long to post; Douglas’s signing is at the start of my workweek and was followed immediately by my garage sale (which turned out great, by the way), and after the last nine weeks or so of six day workweeks when I finally got time off, I totally slacked.
Of course, I’ve got no right to bitch after meeting Douglas Wolk–not only had the guy only been home 22 hours in the last month (the way he put it was, “22 hours total,” which leads me to infer they were non-contiguous hours), but he still had something like 11,000 words to write before(?) he left for Burning Man (which he may be doing today, I can’t remember) for his six or so regular columns.
Yeah, he’s kind of a dynamo, Douglas, and yet still manages to be an incredibly sweet guy, very low-key, filled with great stories, be they about how he got his new column at The Nation, or one of the bands on his record label. (Yes, Douglas Wolk is that kind of terrifying ultra-achiever: the hyphenate.) Not that I’m an expert on either man, but he really reminds me of Scott McCloud when I first met McCloud at San Diego back in 1990–very, very smart, very kind, self-assured but not content to just rest on accrued laurels. (I hope that doesn’t sound like a diss against current day Scott McCloud, by the way, because it’s not: it’s just that when I met McCloud in 1990 and complimented him on the great work he was doing on Zot!, he thanked me and told me he was leaving the book to do a mammoth how-to on comics, a fact at which I could only stand there and gape. “Well, you’ve earned my trust as a creator, so if that’s what you want to do I’ll be there…” I not-very-encouragingly said.)
Anyway, here’s just a few photos of the signing, and if you get a chance to turn up for one of Douglas’s signings in the future, you should do so because he’s great.