In two weeks, I’ll be heading to the Pittsburgh Comicon. I’m very excited as I have had a lot of prior success there, trolling through the back issue bins, as well as talking to independent comic creators. While this year I am STOKED to get George Perez to sign my copy of Crisis #7, as well as for Terry Moore to sign anything, even a phone book or a pair of socks, I’m also excited to meet the next Chris Flick.
Chris Flick is the creator of Capes & Babes, an online comic following the lives, loves, and adventures of a soup-to-nuts collective of individuals who come in and out of a strip mall, specifically the comic book shop, and the hijinks (yes I said hijinks) from mixing werewolves, comic fanboys, and some down to earth people. Chris runs about 3 updates per week of his strip and has a fanatical devotion to his work. I understand he hasn’t missed a strip since starting in 2007.
Fanatical devotion… there are no other words to describe talking to Chris. I was easily persuaded after meeting him to pick up the trade paperback collecting the first run of the comic, and he did an on-the-spot sketch and autograph inside it while I was yapping away. This is someone who truly loved his work, loved life, and when the sketch was done, I saw a beautiful dedication on the preceding page… to his son his living with autism.
We get whitewashed and burned out in the modern world with car magnets, Facebook fan pages, sponsorship emails, and talk show pundits when it comes to causes. As a person without offspring, I can’t relate to the troubles and concerns of raising such a special child. But I understand that I won’t “get it”, won’t understand the emotional toll or the financial burden, or the possibly limited dreams for what my child “could be” when they grow up. But in talking with Chris, you understand what it is like to love your life, the struggles, the journey. “Humbled” is an inadequate word. I truly admire Chris. Yes, I could use some analogy here about meeting “real super-heroes” like him at the comicon, but that’s generalizing. Chris Flick is a single human, with a single experience, and someone worth sharing with the world.
So please check out http://www.capesnbabes.com/. Make a donation, pick up a copy of his book, or at least repost and spread the word.
I’ve learned a lot in my short tenure of blogging about linking artwork and images, and I think it’s a great teaser to NOT post Chris’ art, so please visit his site.