With most everyone taking a break for the holiday weekend, I find it appropriate to leave a post for the break, in the spirit of giving. Yesterday, Newsarama ran a piece from James Heffron, Publisher/Creator of TERRITORY 51, on his recent efforts for disaster relief on the gulf coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Not only is this a great piece of perspective for all comic fans, from a fellow enthusiast and creator, but for me it was especially touching, as I've had the pleasure of meeting Jim, and feel honored to call him a friend.
I met Jim and his brother Mike, Publishers of LAWDOG comics, at the 2004 San Diego Comic-Con, we were neighbors in the small press section, and hit it off right away and all talked shop for the next few days. This past year, the Heffron's were even so nice, as to include Super Real in their 2005 convention preview anthology. The Heffron's were not only nice guys, but have some great comics and ideas they're working on, but as you tend to do at conventions with the friendships you form, you get to know people in relation to comic books and the business, being separated by geography, it's harder to get to know them on a personal level. So what I didn't know, was that Jim was not only a stand up guy, publisher, and creator, but also a top notch citizen too.
All I can say is that it's inspiring, and that I hope you can take a moment, if you haven't already, and read the article, it's posted here HERE
and Happy Holidays