Working at a TV station can be pretty awesome. There are always guests who come in and out of WGN for interviews. I work upstairs from the studio, so I never get to see anyone famous. When one of my co-workers mentioned some comic artist was downstairs, I was curious to find out who it could be. After searching through the scripts looking for a name, there it was...Alex Ross! I've been a huge fan of Alex's work for years. I even pondered attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago, because he attended that school. His signature realistic style of painted illustrations of comic book heroes and villains has become iconic.
Alex Ross was the Keystone Guest of Honor at C2E2 this year. I didn't get a chance to meet him at the con, so I was super excited to find out he was in the building. I was very much on the fence about going downstairs to the studio to meet him today. I didn't even have a camera (thanks to Web Producer Dietrich Zeigler for providing a camera). After talking with a couple of my co-workers, who were very encouraging and convincing, the three of us went downstairs to watch me make a fool of myself.
One of the crew members was escorting Alex Ross to the Green Room, and I was walking right behind him. I didn't know what to say. He was talking, and I didn't want to be rude, but sooner or later they noticed me standing behind them. I timidly asked if it was ok to get a photo with him. He didn't mind at all. What came out of my mouth next was a total blur, I hope I didn't sound too fangirly. Of course, I told him how much I admired his work. I also mention my blog to him, and told him about how I missed him at C2E2. Alex Ross is honestly a nice guy, and he seemed pretty gracious to meet a fan (a lot of co-workers I talked to didn't even know who he was).
After getting my picture taken with him, I made a comment about his choice of primary colors today. He said he didn't want to wear a huge Superman symbol on his chest or anything, and that he was trying to be subtle. I told him I noticed the Superman colors right away, and it was very "Smallville" of him. I thanked him again, shook his hand, and told him my name. Maybe he'll check out my blog sometime (I gave him one of my cards). I'm glad I didn't chicken out, and it was definitely the highlight of my work week!