I made a really ill-conceived, rushed zine for my first APE back in 2005, and I was going around the convention floor shoving my comix drivel in people’s faces. Out of all the artists I met, Mario Hernandez was the nicest, most complimentary about my sad zine, and I will be forever grateful for that! When I handed it to him, he looked at it, and then looked up at me, and said,”YOU MADE THIS?! YOU DREW ALL OF THIS??! WOW…” as he flipped through it fervently like he’d waited his whole life for such entertainment, and couldn’t contain himself! Thank you for giving me an ego boost, Mario, and for drawing this lady in my sketchbook!
Gilbert BETO Hernandez was nice enough to do a 2nd sketch for me in my sketchbook at APE. Every time I see him, and his brothers at comics conventions, I always bug them about convention exclusive comix. I practically grovel for anything, even if it’s a used toothpick in a folded up bar napkin, I’m all over that shit! The crazed collector in me takes over, and becomes insatiable! So, at this last SDCC in 2013 I predictably asked Gilbert again if he had any convention exclusives for sale, even though it had been at least 5 years since the last time he had any of that stuff. So, he paused, glanced over at his young daughter, and gave her a look like, “heh…we got an easy mark here, dear”, and said to me, “Uhh..no, I don’t, but my daughter here made a zine and it’s only 5 bucks, if you…” So, yeah, he got me. I wasn’t going to break some kid’s heart and deny her my fan boy bucks, but it just goes to show that you should never question the talent pool of the Hernandez clan, because y’know what? It was really good!! Thank you BETO for selling me your kid’s zine, and I’ll take 3 boxes of Thin Mints, and a case of Samoas.