So. This photo has been sitting in my drafts for a while.
Here’s a thing that happened.
A bunch of months ago, here on Tumblr, Kelly Sue mentioned a Sergio Leone quote that meant a lot to her. Then she Tumbld the actual quote. Here’s a bit of that post:
“The important thing is to make a different world, to make a world that is not now. A real world, a genuine world, but one that allows myth to live. The myth is everything.”
And it … I don’t know.It got me in the gut. And I understood how it could mean so much to someone.
Moved, literally and the other way, I went and stood in the crafts room. This was months ago. This was back when I knew I was going to be at NYCC, and that Kelly Sue was not. I just wanted to make a thing. For her? I guess. I had no idea how it’d ever get there. I just wanted to make a thing.
And then it turned out Kelly Sue was going to be at NYCC. So I had to, you know. Finish the thing. On Saturday I stained the embroidery hoop blue and painted the front facing …edge… thinger (are there actual terms? probably!) gold. I stitched an “HL” and a “TL” onto the tree, and gave that sky a Mars, because I’d seen KS the night before at The Thrilling Adventure Hour's show in Brooklyn, and I figured, yeah. Let's get Mars up in there.
Sunday was my day at NYCC. My friends and I went to the Women of Marvel panel. It was amazing. I had the thing in my bag, along with my Captain Marvel TPBs. After the panel, KS talked to everyone who waited to talk to her. Everyone. At that point I was thinking: I could probably just … mail this. Because, look. My default mode is “Talk to people? Oh, no thank you. Not ever.” Throw a little famous on that, and a handful of “your work has meant a lot to me” and I’m not real sure how I was walking and talking right then, but I was. And I got to actually hand the thing to Kelly Sue. And I said words, and some of them may have formed actual sentences. Did I completely forget about the Captain Marvels I’d brought? OH YOU BET I DID. But it was fine because … this was way better. It was the best. Kelly Sue … she’s the best.
And then I uploaded this picture. And … never shared it. Not because I’m not proud of it. I am. Sloppy technique and mistakes aaand all.
Today Kelly Sue posted this. And I made the picture full-size, just to take a look around her office (Workspaces! The fascinatingest? I think so). And there it was. Behind her desk. And maybe I (definitely) teared up a little bit.
So. I figured it was a good time to tell you all about it.
AW, DUDE. I love it SO MUCH. Not only is it right there behind my chair (waiting to be hung on the wall), but the note that came with it is back there too.