What an interesting day!
Certainly one that I didn’t expect having when I woke up this morning.
Here is how things went down.
The Early Bird makes the sketch list
With Sandy’s announcement that The Hellblazer[i] creative team of Philip Tan (artist) and Elmer Santos (colorist) would be taking several sketch commissions–for free!–during their Signing and Sketch Event today, it made a lot of sense for my good friend Mark and I to make our way to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street before they opened at 11:00 am.
San Antonio Spurs versus the Memphis Grizzlies–a game for the ages.
Mark and I got to High Street early so we decided to head to the nearby Italiannis to catch the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies game.
This was a rare treat for me as I usually don’t watch television anymore[ii]. Game 4 between these two teams also served as my first game in this year’s NBA Playoffs.
And what a game it was! As Mark and I settled into our seats, Memphis–down 2-1 in the series–had erected a formidable 10 point lead early in the fourth quarter lead by Grizzlies $153 dollar quarterback Mike Conley, Jr.
But Memphis had to give Conley a breather and almost as soon as he sat down, the San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard took over and both teams battled till the end of regulation and well into overtime.
Leonard had 43 points late in the game and I turned to Mark and said, “Now we are going to find out if this is The Grindhouse[iii] or Kawhi’s house.”
It ended up still being The Grindhouse after Memphis pulled off a 110-108 win.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, “the teams combined for four game-tying or go-ahead makes in the final 15 seconds of the fourth quarter and overtime, and no playoff game in the past 20 years featured that many such makes.”
There you have it: A game for the ages.
The Philip Tan and Elmer Santos Signing and Sketching Event
After that crazy game, Mark and I proceeded to Comic Odyssey in order to put our names down for the sketching event. I ended up being listed seventh. Man! And I thought I was early!
Philip then came in (around 12:30 pm) and started sketching. It’s amazing what the man can do in 5 minutes. I was even more impressed with what he was able to produce in 30 minutes (based on the Batman and Catwoman sketch he did for a female fan prior to the show) as well as in 2-hours. According to Sandy, Philip works on these 2-hour sketches daily before focusing on his actual workload. I was speechless. With the amount of detail on those 2-hour sketches, no one should ever complain. EVER!
Philip also donated three of these now legendary 2-hour sketches to benefit the artists who will be contributing during Comic Odyssey/Fully Booked’s Free Comic Book Day on May 6, 2017. Philip’s Harley Quinn and Spider-Man pieces were a part of a silent auction for the aforementioned cause while his Dark Phoenix served as the event’s grand prize[iv].
The signing event also gave me a chance to meet Elmer Santos, who is a talented artist in his own right.
Thank you again to Philip and Elmer for these amazing Spider-Man sketches.
In closing, I just wanted to take this time to thank Sandy and everyone at Comic Odyssey for regularly holding events like these. The personal touch and professionalism is ever present and always appreciated. You guys rock!
[i] Have you seen The Hellblazer cover of issue 7? That along with Daredevil (2015-) #19…they speak to me.
[ii] A personal choice.
[iii] According to NBA.com writer Jeff Caplan, “The Grindhouse was born from the team’s sweat-and-blood, grit-n-grind style and bequeathed by Memphis guard Tony Allen, the ultimate grit-n-grind Grizzly.”
[iv] Although I didn’t win The Dark Phoenix sketch, I came away with a lot of The Unwritten (3, 5-6, 8, 10, 11, 13-14, 16-17, 19, 22, 25, 27, 29, 31.5, 32.5, 33.5, 34, 35.5, 43-44, 52-54), The Unwritten: Apocalypse (5-7, 10) back issues and Nailbiter #7 wherein writer Brian Michael Bendis plays a key in-comic role.