Hey, MS Magazine online has reprinted Lisa Hix’s great interview and article about me,
from Collector’s Weekly:
I can’t believe I finally got into MS! Back in the 70s, MS refused to carry ads for Wimmen’s Comix.
Surprise! Lily Renee Comes to Comic Con!
Return with me now to those thrilling days of July, 2014. I was all set to fly to the San Diego comic con on Thursday, July 24th, when on Tuesday, the 22nd, I got an email from Rick Phillips, the son of Golden Age cartoonist Lily Renee: Lily was visiting him in San Diego, and she’d like to come to the con; can she get in free? I’m like, duh, she’s the great Lily Renee, of course she can! But just to make sure, I emailed Jackie Estrada who was like, duh, she’s the great Lily Renee, of course she can! Then after some fancy back and forth emailing with beautiful Jen Vaughn of Fantagraphics, we had a day and time for Lily to sit with me at the Fantagraphics booth and sign copies of Pretty in Ink. And THEN I put the announcement up on Facebook so everybody would know Lily was coming!
Friday in the convention center an eager line of fans who knew their Golden Age comics awaited Lily, who is elegant and intelligent, and proof that, no matter how old you are, when you’re beautiful you stay beautiful. We sat next to Don Rosa, the best Duck Artist in the world (I believe he channels Carl Barks) and an awfully nice guy, who, purely by coincidence, had that very day bought a Fiction House comic book with a Lily Renee cover. And he had no idea she was going to make an appearance! (And here I am with Don) Does he have the cutest smile, or what? Just what you’d expect from a duck man.
Mary Fleener, the best cubist artist except for a bunch of dead guys, showed up and here’s a photo of the three of us.
After the signing, we headed for Steve’s table, which he shares with Scott Shaw! and Sergio Aragones. Scott and Sergio had no idea Lily would be there and their minds were totally blown! Sergio, continental guy that he is, actually got down on one knee and kissed Lily’s hand! I said to them: You guys owe me one. Here we all are:
I LEFT MY APPENDIX IN HONOLULU
So there we were on vacation in Hawaii, having a lovely time. Then, 3 days before we were slated to fly back, on a Tuesday night I started feeling pain in my right side, decided to sleep on it and hoped it would be gone by morning, which of course it was not. Steve and I went to the Waikiki Urgent Care Clinic where the doc told me “You have appendicitis.” We taxied to Queen’s hospital in Honolulu, where they admitted me and performed a speedy appendectomy. I had to stay overnight but they took great care of me, brought me breakfast (that I couldn’t eat), then later lunch (That I also couldn’t eat) before discharging me Thursday evening, in no condition to travel yet. (our return flight was Friday morning!) Our only problem was changing our flight to Saturday. The airline
representative we spoke to over the phone had the compassion of a clam. Didn’t anyone ever teach her to say, even if you don’t care, “I’m so sorry this had to happen to spoil your vacation, and I hope you recover quickly?”
I am all better and tapping again. If you ever need a hospital on Oahu, Queen’s Hospital comes highly recommended. Steve sez the only thing left is next time we go to Molokai and I get leprosy.
APE is this weekend, October 4th and 5th, at Fort Mason in San Francisco, and I’ll be there on the 4th. Find me at the Fantagraphics booth!
Next: From October 24th through the 26th, I’ll be in Victoria, British Columbia, at the MOST AMAZING COLLECTIBLE SHOW (that’s what it’s called!). Here’s some
Come by, find me, say hello!