On Saturday, Jan. 12, writer and illustrator Sam Kieth signed comic books, graphic novels, trading cards and answered many special requests for drawings. His ink never ran dry as the line of fans grew to roughly one hundred by quarter past 3 pm.
Fans waited for over an hour to get in and meet him. For many, he is the reason they read comics.
Kris Moore flew from Dallas to attend this signing and told Kieth, “you are the reason I read comic books!” Moore called him “the greatest artist of the past thirty years.”
Another fan, Steven Bello, drove from Los Angeles with his friend who said that he “hasn’t seen [Bello] that excited since his wedding.”
Chris McCarthy cancelled his business plans to meet Kieth and said that he’d started reading Kieth’s comics in high school.
The fans had dozens of titles and Kieth signed them all. One after another for hours.
As I turned to go, I thanked Kieth and mentioned his fans. He smiled and said, “I’m overwhelmed.”
Note: Sam Kieth: Samplings and Dabblings: a Retrospective February 13- June 16, 2013 at Cartoon Art Museum
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