R2-D2 Christmas Surprise
One of the things that I enjoy most about the work I do is making people happy. Â We’re going down the rabbit hole a bit, but follow me on this one. Â Back in 2008 at the San Diego Comic Con I got to meet some of the people that I had been communicating with online. Â One of those people was Justin Chung who runs a site calledÂ World Famous Comics. Â Justin was sitting byÂ Joe CorroneyÂ who draws AMAZING covers for Star Wars, Star Trek, and Farscape comics. Â Through Joe and Justin I met Ed Hawkins and Jeff Wedding who have been involved in comic forever and have started working on a web comic atÂ RoninSpoon TheaterÂ with theÂ Fillbach brothersÂ Matt and Shawn who have been working on theÂ Star Wars AdventureÂ comics. Â WHEW!!!
So Jeff contacted me and said that there was a small event in Las Vegas called the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival. Â They hadn’t attended the show before but they wanted to check it out and asked if I would come out and be there guest for the show. Â I was thrilled to fly out to Vegas and hang out with these guys for the show. Â Ed did a write up of the showÂ here, and I got to meet comic shop owner Ralph Mathieu at the show and he did a great write upÂ here.
After the show we were hanging out and Jeff said that he wanted to get a shadow box from me someday. Â I showed me one of his vintage Topps R2-D2 cards saying he thought it would be a great shadow box. Â Well, it turns out that Jeff had been talking to his wife about this idea too. Â So she contacted me (throughÂ Facebook) and commissioned the shadow box. Â The big trick was to make it without Jeff knowing. Â So I looked online to try and find the card that Jeff had showed me, but I had no luck. Â Finally I turned toÂ Gus Lopez, Super Star Wars Collector, and he sent me an image of the card. Â I made that shadow box and sent it off for a Christmas morning surprise. Â 😀by
I have that card!
Fantastic story – especially with the pic of him happy on Christmas. Great shadowbox too – I may have to get one soon once we wade out of all these christmas bills.