The mood at Golden Apple Comics was lively and inviting as I arrived for the evening. Guests arrived early, scanning the shelves and comic racks as they chatted happily about all things geeky and awesome. They were Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans, and they had come out from their own respective “Sunnydales” to bid the finale Volume of Season Eight adieu with two of their favorite heroes.
Special party favors were placed amongst them with attention and care, as were various types of Buffy The Vampire Slayer merchandise, all arranged in eye-catching format. Included in the setup were such things as mock “Buffy-Brand” wine, cookies, $1.00 back-issues, TPBs, and two sets of custom posters arted and signed by Georges Jeanty. One such poster now hangs on my own wall in the proudest Buffy-Fan fashion.
In typical Dark Horse Family fashion, both Jeanty and Espenson were all kindness and poise, taking the time out to not only deliver an interview before the signing got underway but also answering the questions of a small group of boys who were clearly just massive Buffy fans.
Yes, I can say with the utmost pride that I have yet to meet any part of the Dark Horse Family who has not been just as kind and true to the arts and works as we always hope them to be. Needless to say, I knew only a few moments in that this was going to be a good night.
Later on in the evening, nice guy and casual friend of mine Jim Krueger arrived. A talented man of his own note in the comics scene I was amused to see him here having his friends sign for him a series he himself had the opportunity to contribute to. I gave him a hug and then fell back, watching as Jane Espenson and Georges Jeanty greeted him fondly while I snapped bemused photos.
As always when covering events with Dark Horse ties, I find that art is as much a highlight of the evening as the hospitality and this evening was no different. Time and time again I watched as Jeanty smiled heartily and took the simple blank whiteness he was offered and pen in hand, forged each one into a skilled work of art.
A friend of mine , Jesse Campbell, who I had met like so many of you on facebook, was also in attendance that evening. Mr. Campbell is making a collection of lovely snake women and as such we continue to bump into one another as we follow brilliant artists around town for our separate purposes.
You can see another great contribution to his captivating collection here, courtesy of the great and talented Darick Robertson. Ah, I do make the coolest friends while covering these things. Whether it be talented and fun members of the comics industry, or bodacious serpentine sketch art collectors. It takes all kinds to make us smile, and I don’t think any of us would have it any other way.
By the end of the night even I myself got in on the incredible artistic action. Oh yes, and thanks again to both Jesse for the amazing random canvas donation and to Georges Jeanty for the amazing skill. The child I was would be so utterly happy at my life that is, and that is all thanks to the kindness of great talent like yours. As an adult I’m pretty darn stoked about it as well.
After the signing I stayed behind to watch the happy faces gather for the the chance to win an official page of Buffy the Vampire Slayer art, which are freaking huge if you haven’t seen one before. Dark Horse has artists like Jeanty create their art on these massive spreads before they are edited down and colored for your reading pleasure. A fun piece of the process worthy for collecting by any fan of art, comics, or vampire slaying.
As you might have gathered from the images of utter delight on Jane Espenson’s face, she herself is an utter sweetheart. Kind and full of poise, and that winner clutching that prize so happily is none other than one of the very boys which she had been so kind as to answer in the beginning of the night. I just love when things work out so perfectly like that, don’t you?
All and all this party was about good times shared with good people, and I am glad. Yes, for we proud legions of happy Buffy fans surely wouldn’t have it any other way. – N