So, tonight I met Gary Dumm, the artist of the American Splendor comics, at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society. He was extremely friendly and just such a cool, relaxed guy (and his wife was pleasant, too). I gave him a postcard and business card and he seemed excited to receive them. He said we may talk again soon, and I said, “Even if it’s just an email saying, ‘Hey, I remember you!’, I’ll be satisfied!”. He also had a really relaxed opinion on the adaptation of books to movies and vice versa, so then he really became one of my new heroes.
I also got to catch up with my instructors/colleagues from school, one of whom is a seasoned art director and designer Larry O’Neal. He gave me sage advice about what to do now that my brain and life are more stable than they were when I graduated in 2009. Needless to say, I feel better about this whole artist thing now that he put it back in perspective for me.
LET’S DO THIS THING!!!