Here’s how the conversation at Heroes Con went:
Evan Dorkin: “So which character would you like?”
Me: “Well, I’m a big fan of the Silver Age DC character Space Cabby.”
“Space Cabby? Space Cabby?”
“Why…what…Space Cabby? I think I put him in a book once.”
“You did! He’s in World’s Funnest!”
“But..really, Space Cabby? He doesn’t even have a costume!”
“He does! Look, he’s got a bow tie and a hat!”
The next day Dorkin presented me with this:
Man, look at that! Everyone I showed it to was floored by it.
I’ve been a huge fan of Evan Dorkin‘s for ages. I’ve loved the Milk and Cheese stuff, Dork, Pirate Corp$/Hectic Planet (I bought some Pirate Corp$ books at Heroes even though I was pretty sure they were in the Hectic Planet trades because what if they weren’t?), Bill and Ted, Beasts of Burden. I love his style, his sense of humor, and his willingness to challenge the medium that he really loves.
When I picked up my drawing we chatted a bit about having genuine love for these goofy Silver Age characters. He compared Bert Brandon of Interplanetary Insurance, Inc., to radio drama character Johnny Dollar, who I now want to check out.
Meeting Dorkin was great, and I love the sketch. His wife, Sarah Dyer was there and, having loved her book Action Girl, I asked if she as sketching as well but alas, it was not to be.
Are YOU an artist who would like to draw Space Cabby for me? Please let me know!