I'm not going to pretend that Norman Lee and I were inseparable chums or anything like that, but I'd feel bad if I didn't say anything. Years ago, T.J. and I met Norman at one of several little rinky-dink cons held in Boston roughly every other week. At the time, I think he was working on Mary Jane Loves Spider-Man or something. Anyway, the small size and lack of traffic at these mini-cons gave those of us in Artist Alley (aka Conference Room D) a chance to mill about and socialize. Norman complimented our very early work (we had maybe 2 or 3 issues out at the time), and that was a legitimizing moment for me. A Massachusetts native was working for the big guys, and he liked our stuff, and he was a good guy all-around. I dunno. It's not much of a story, but it's all I got. He was at the very least another face I looked forward to seeing at conventions. For something like this to happen to a nice guy who was just enjoying a vacation with his wife... it just sucks.
In other news, Beverly Comic Con 2
is happening! It'll be held at the Porter-Mills Studios in Beverly MA. This is as local as local cons get. Comics, artists, a live DJ, craft beers, and the highest concentration of Montserrat College of Art alumni in a single building! It's Saturday March 21, from 10:00am - 6:00pm.