Stan Lee and Me!

FRANK CHO with STAN LEE at Baltimore ComicCon 2011
FRANK CHO with STAN LEE at Baltimore ComicCon 2011 – click to enlarge

Baltimore Comic-Con 2011. One word: Wow.

Simply the best con that I’ve attended – bar none!

I’ve got to meet Stan Lee, one of the most influential figures in the comic book world ever and my childhood hero, not once but TWICE. The first time was pretty surreal and we didn’t talk much. But the second time after Stan Lee’s autograph session, I got to meet him privately away from the public eye. (Thank you, Andy and Mike.) Not only did he had a great sense of humor, he was sharp and still passionate about comics. He was genuinely curious about my Marvel work and my art. To hear Stan Lee tell me that he loved my women… Wow.

I asked if I could take a picture with him. He said, “let’s do this right”, stood up and put his arm around my shoulder.

Wow. What a great guy.

On the sales end, this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con was one of most profitable conventions that I’ve attended all year. The attendance was up through the roof. The whole show was abuzz with excitement. Everyone I’ve talked to were truly happy about the show and comics in general. Everything ran smoothly, thanks to the well informed and friendly volunteers. My “One-Character-One-Action-One-Setting-In-One-Hour” Drawing Challenge panel ran great despite a minor hiccup in the beginning. I hope that I didn’t offend anyone with my salty language while I drew Power Girl riding a T-Rex in the Wild West.

Even though I literally got back from the show and I’m completely exhausted, I want to go back again.

I can’t wait for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con.


Frank Cho