In Memoriam: Stan Lee (1922-2018 )

There are few occasions when I’ve been at a loss for words. This is not one of those occasions. Indeed, my problem now lies in deciding what words to use without forming an incoherent mass of babble. For how does one sum up the life of a man such as Stan Lee?

I could write about the history of comics and Stan Lee’s place in it. Because to write about American comics without discussing Stan Lee is like talking about American history without mentioning Thomas Jefferson. For all the controversy Lee has inspired over his treatment of his artist collaborators and the debate over just how much of his public persona as a shameless self-promoter was an act, Lee had an undeniable influence on the American landscape beyond even the world of comic books.

On that note, I could write about Lee’s status as a pitchman who could put P.T. Barnum to shame and how he made himself into the face of Marvel Comics. How many children of the 1980s still remember Lee’s bombastic voice-over introduction to every episode of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends or The Incredible Hulk? And who could forget his many cameos in the Marvel Comics movies?

I could write about Lee’s status as a writer from a writer’s perspective and his influence on the industry. How it was Lee (along with Jack Kirby) who hit upon the idea of writing superhero stories from a more realistic perspective, with characters who were not always perfect and superpowers that could be as much of a blessing as a curse. This led to the creation of The Fantastic Four, which would pave the way for other flawed heroes such as Iron Man, Daredevil and, of course, Spider-Man. I could also write about Stan Lee’s First Rule Of Comic Writing – write every story as if it were someone’s first comic, because it probably will be.

For the sake of human interest, I could write about the man himself and his life outside of comics. How he was a Veteran who served during World War II, first in the Signal Corps where he repaired communications equipment, before being transferred into the Training Film Division, where he worked at writing training manuals, scripts for instructional short films and, yes, a few comics. (While he did this, he had the official military classification of playwright, despite not writing a single play.) I could also write about his romance with a model named Joan Boocock, and how they shared 70 wonderful years as husband and wife.

Getting personal, I could tell stories of the many times I was lucky enough to see Stan Lee speak. I could talk about how I was there when Stan Lee was roasted at a New Years Eve convention in Dallas. I could also write about that brief span of seconds being rushed through an autograph line, where I simply said “Thank you for everything.” as he quickly scribbled his signature on a reprint of Amazing Fantasy #15.

Perhaps all that is all that any of us who have ever read a comic book and dreamed can say?

Thank you, Stan Lee. For everything.

New Comics for December 06, 2017

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Grand Opening Guest – Emily Rose Romano

Illustrator, photographer, designer, herder of cats. Emily Rose has been a freelance artist since 2011 and currently lives near McKinney, Texas. Using a wide variety of styles, she draws everything from her “Squishy” style cartoons to realistic portraits. Her favorite subjects are comic and videogame characters as well as family portraits. You can follow her on Instagram @texaswolf or see more of her work at www.emilyroseart.com!
Come out to meet Emily all weekend:
Friday 11:00am-5:00ish pm
Saturday 11:00AM – 5:00ish pm
Sunday pending…

Grand Opening Guest – Izzy “Talin” Collier

Izzy “Talin” Collier has worked as a concept artist with Reaper Miniatures for over two decades, helping produce colorful characters and creatures to help bring tabletop games to life. Known for (or perhaps notorious for, depending on who you ask) her attention to detail, culture, history, ecology, and costume design, she often works alongside some of the industry’s top sculptors to give each design personality, depth, and attitude. Alternatively, “Izzy ‘Talin’ Collier was born a while ago. She hasn’t died yet. Instead, she sits around and draws things.”

Come out and meet Izzy for a Paint & Take event on Friday, 9/15 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Grand Opening Guest – Jessica von Braun

Jessica von Braun is a Mixed Media Artist, traditional artist and digital painter, photo-manipulation // photo collage illustrator, sketch artist. Most pieces include all of the above techniques combined for a finished piece of artwork. Her traditional pieces vary in medium, crayon, colored pencil, watercolor, ink and acrylic. Most of her traditional pieces include all of these mediums.

Born and raised in San Diego, CA she now resides in Fort Worth, TX. Her work is sometimes cute and and sometimes melancholy, sometimes both.

Her published cover work includes The Greystone Valley Series (Grey Gecko Press), Dollface issue 10 (Action Lab Comics) and Extra Mojo (Hidden Charms Press). Her pinup work is published by Image comics (Moriarty hardcover, Red City issue #3) and Action Lab (Zombie Tramp issue #4). Her illustrations have been featured on the Hulu original series ‘Deadbeat’, and she has published work for The Stan Lee Foundation, So So Happy as well as art for performers mc chris and Rhyan Sinclair (All the Little Pieces), illustration work for Doom Ranch 5000 and is a regular designer for Chibi Essence. Her illustrated story starter book titled ‘The Dreams of the Invisible Girl’, authored by Chuck Huber, was published with Hound Comics. She is also a resident artist at the PoP Gallery, located in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) in Orlando.

She used to think that if you rode in a hot air balloon you could catch clouds in a jar, but you can’t. When she was a child she aspired to be a tree frog and would hop around her house with olives on her fingers.

Come out and meet Jessica von Braun on Friday 9/15 11:00am – 1:30pm!