So, like a week ago, I posted a quick commission sketch I recently did of a Green Lantern character Mark Waid and I created, like fifteen years ago. I did it for a Green Lantern fan named Christopher Matusiak. It was on green paper, and I used pencil, ink, marker, pencil crayon, blackboard chalk and other tools I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Maybe some hair tonic and crushed walnuts, how do I know, I wasn’t all there towards the end. It turned out not too bad, and it looked like this:
So, we sent off the package, and Christopher emailed me on Monday to tell me it had arrived, after getting soaking wet along en route, and now the drawing is a green smudge on the inside of the cardboard envelope it was sent in. Dead, destroyed, it is an EX-drawing. It is no more.
So I did Christopher another drawing this afternoon, the same character yelling at his Green Lantern ring.
I’ll be wrapping this one up in tin foil and sealing it in wax before it goes in the box. And since I have a blog, I post it here, just in case it dies en route and no one gets to see it.
I lost the original art for some fairly decent Batman Adventures covers this way as well. They were shipped to a museum in Europe as part of a Batman Anniversary display a while back, and shipped back soaking wet, ruined.
I’ve lost a ton of original Stig’s Inferno pages to water damage, and some original Wally Wood pages to a cat pulling a full pot of liquids over onto them. The cat has since passed away and the police were willing to call it “natural causes”.
Clearly Poseidon has never forgiven me for beating him at rock paper scissors. We met at a party, he got all competitive about this and that, cause there were girls there, you know. he challenged me to the rock paper scissors thing, and I knew he would never go for “paper” because he doesn’t really understand what it is, and I stuck with “rock” until I totally whipped his ass, and now he curses my artwork with water damage every couple of years, just to remind me we’re all ultimately his bitch.
Ty the Guy, out! WHOOOSH!
Here now, you comic book moment of zen: