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alexhchung:

Zombie by Charlie Adlard.Page 9 of Alex Chung’s convention sketchbook.At Comic-Con 2007, I was standing in line for Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard to get autographs for my comics at the Image booth.
I like to make small talk with fellow fans to pass the time. It was a good 20 minute wait. Not too bad of a line. The Dude ahead of me had a copy of Walking Dead #1. He mentioned it’s his favorite series and commented how much he loves Robert and Tony Moore’s work. I said, “Oh, well I bet Tony will be signing stuff soon as well.”
Dude: What do you mean?Me: Um… Tony isn’t signing stuff right now.Dude: Who’s that guy sitting next to Robert?Me: Charlie Adlard.Dude: Who’s that?Me: Um… he’s the artist of The Walking Dead.Dude: WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN???Me: Issue 7.Dude: Are you sure?Me: Yeah. (At this point, I show him #6 and #7, pointing out the change in artists. It blew his mind. I’m not sure how he didn’t notice it because Tony and Charlie’s artwork have obvious differences.)Dude: Where’s Tony then?Me: I’m not sure.Dude: Who’s this guy again?Me: Charlie Adlard.Dude: He draws The Walking Dead?Me: Yeah. (I just said that.)Dude: And he’s been drawing The Walking Dead all these years?Me: Yeah.Dude: Where’s Tony?Me: Uh… I don’t know. Maybe the Dark Horse booth? (referencing Fear Agent)Dude: Who’s that guy next to Kirkman?Me: Charlie Adlard.Dude: When’s Tony signing?Me: I really don’t know.Dude: Oh… what’s that guy’s name again?Me: Charlie Adlard.Dude: And he draws The Walking Dead?Me: (Sigh) Yes.This went on for THE ENTIRE TIME WE WERE IN LINE, absolute purgatory. It was a nerd Abbott & Costello bit from Hell. The Dude had to be on something because he seriously could not remember Charlie’s name whenever I said it.He got his book signed and left. I finally had my turn to get my books signed. Robert recognized me from a previous signing and chatted about fun stuff. It was my first time meeting Charlie and he drew me a beautiful zombie sketch.Just as I’m about to complement Charlie on this amazing piece, The Dude barges in on the conversation and tells him, “I don’t know who you are but tomorrow I’m going to get a sketch from you and work you like a motherfucker” and walks away.Robert and Charlie looked at him with a “What the hell just happened?”Great meeting the creators of one of my favorite comics but had to go through Hell first.

alexhchung:

Zombie by Charlie Adlard.

Page 9 of Alex Chung’s convention sketchbook.

At Comic-Con 2007, I was standing in line for Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard to get autographs for my comics at the Image booth.

I like to make small talk with fellow fans to pass the time. It was a good 20 minute wait. Not too bad of a line. The Dude ahead of me had a copy of Walking Dead #1. He mentioned it’s his favorite series and commented how much he loves Robert and Tony Moore’s work. I said, “Oh, well I bet Tony will be signing stuff soon as well.”

Dude: What do you mean?
Me: Um… Tony isn’t signing stuff right now.
Dude: Who’s that guy sitting next to Robert?
Me: Charlie Adlard.
Dude: Who’s that?
Me: Um… he’s the artist of The Walking Dead.
Dude: WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN???
Me: Issue 7.
Dude: Are you sure?
Me: Yeah. (At this point, I show him #6 and #7, pointing out the change in artists. It blew his mind. I’m not sure how he didn’t notice it because Tony and Charlie’s artwork have obvious differences.)
Dude: Where’s Tony then?
Me: I’m not sure.
Dude: Who’s this guy again?
Me: Charlie Adlard.
Dude: He draws The Walking Dead?
Me: Yeah. (I
just said that.)
Dude: And he’s been drawing The Walking Dead all these years?
Me: Yeah.
Dude: Where’s Tony?
Me: Uh… I don’t know. Maybe the Dark Horse booth? (referencing Fear Agent)
Dude: Who’s that guy next to Kirkman?
Me: Charlie Adlard.
Dude: When’s Tony signing?
Me: I really don’t know.
Dude: Oh… what’s that guy’s name again?
Me: Charlie Adlard.
Dude: And he draws The Walking Dead?
Me: (Sigh) Yes.

This went on for THE ENTIRE TIME WE WERE IN LINE, absolute purgatory. It was a nerd Abbott & Costello bit from Hell. The Dude had to be on something because he seriously could not remember Charlie’s name whenever I said it.

He got his book signed and left. I finally had my turn to get my books signed. Robert recognized me from a previous signing and chatted about fun stuff. It was my first time meeting Charlie and he drew me a beautiful zombie sketch.

Just as I’m about to complement Charlie on this amazing piece, The Dude barges in on the conversation and tells him, “I don’t know who you are but tomorrow I’m going to get a sketch from you and work you like a motherfucker” and walks away.

Robert and Charlie looked at him with a “What the hell just happened?”

Great meeting the creators of one of my favorite comics but had to go through Hell first.