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2006-06-05 - 9:20 a.m.

Okay, I'm back. Did you miss me? I'm honored if you did.

If I'd known I would be gone this long, I'd have put up a can of Campbell's cream of mushroom soup. (Don't get that? Click here.)

Life has been crazyhectic this last week, and I still don't want to talk about it yet. I WILL, at some point, explain...but know that I have been safe and fairly well. Thank you for your concerns and prayers.


Mark Evanier had gastric bypass surgery while I was gone. He was in the hospital for only a day or two and...well, go read about it.

I met Mark at the San Diego Comic Con about 20 years ago. At that time I was heavily into comics, especially those from a little company called Eclipse. Mark wrote two of them, DNAgents and Crossfire. Crossfire was different in many ways, not the least of which was the fact that there was no traditional letters column. Mark would write anecdotes about working in the Hollywood machine. Some of those columns he's written can be read here.

Mark was always good and kind to me and, being the lonely soul I was back then, I presumed a friendship. Anyway, I found out where he lived and, on the basis of seeing him at the Con two years running, I showed up on his doorstep.

When I knocked, Mark blinked in surprise and was good enough to let me visit for a bit before he headed out to a meeting.

Looking back now, of course, what I had done could be considered stalking. This was before Theresa Saldana and Rebecca Shaeffer. Mark was so gracious, however, that I think I learned something here.

Most fans out there, from what I've seen, are truly nice people. If you've done something that actually garners fans - like music or writing, what's the harm of being nice to someone who tells you that they enjoy your work? Granted I can understand that some fans are rude. I've heard horror stories about stars who were interrupted at dinner in mid-forkful by someone who wanted an autograph. But if someone approaches you at a con, what's the harm?

I know...John Lennon probably felt the same way.


Be seeing you.


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