August 24th, 2006

cheers

It's a small world.



TIMELINE 1:

1989 -- During my Freshman year at Rio Americano High in Sacramento, I begin noticing that nearby traffic signs <----> have been vandalized into the Batman insignia <-V->. After CalTrans repaints the signs, they are quickly re-vandalized. I'm amused, and tip my cap to the anonymous vandals.

2000 -- I meet cartoonist Jesse Reklaw at a friend's house in Oakland. I later learn that Reklaw graduated from Rio Americano High School in 1989.

2006 -- During a conversation with another friend, in Portland, I learn that Mr. Reklaw used to vandalize traffic signs into the Batman insignia back in '89.

TIMELINE 2:

1994 -- I attend the first Alternative Press Expo, or "A.P.E," in San Jose. To promote the event, organizers have someone dancing around in front of the venue in a gorilla costume. I'm amused, and tip my cap to the anonymous gorilla.

1999 -- My sister introduces me to a comics retailer named Tim Goodyear. Tim and I hit it off and become roommates.

2002 -- Tim and I attend the A.P.E., and I learn that he was the guy in the gorilla suit, eight years prior.

TIMELINE 3:

2006 -- I'm living in Portland, Oregon. I receive an email invitation to a local birthday party. The party is for Tim Goodyear. The email is from Jesse Reklaw.

TODAY: It is my conviction that whenever someone amuses me anonymously, I will later meet them in a comics context, and they will somehow become pals with everyone else who has amused me, and form a sort of club of anonymous amusers. LET IT BE SO.