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my fanboy moment

D is one of those people that you can have a friendship in absentia with. I think itís been two months since I last chatted with him and today I get an email and we sort of just picked up the conversation from the last time. No, where have you been, why havenít you written.

Heís a good friend, D. Such a good friend that when he went to a Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean signing, he made sure to get a book signed for me. And this is what ensued:

We're the last in line before they let a whole slew more of people over to the signing table, the agent hands one copy of Coraline to Dave and one to Neil. Dave asks if we want a dedication. I say "yes, to Michele, with one L please" so they *both* scribbled it in both copies. Neil realized what he'd just done and changed his copy to "not for Michele, definitely not for Michele, for Dave and Ann instead" and then added his sig and a scribble to the one Dave had signed.

I was watching Dave McKean intently to make sure he didn't screw it up and he paused after the first "L" and I could see he was thinking about it for a fraction of a second, so I said "please, just one L, or she'll shout at me" and that just made him grin even wider.

Iíve had this goal to someday meet both McKean and Gaiman at a signing. And now, my reputation precedes me. Yea, I know, they wonít remember a second of that exchange. But I will. And Iíll grin like a dope when I ask them to sign my book to Michele with one L.

And now, to help me repay D for his kindness, you can all go over and nominate him for Best British Blog. Pretty please?

D, I edited your silly British spellings


I should probably pay more attention to when Neil Gaiman is doing signings, since we both live in Minnesota, but my one signed book is nice enough to keep me from looking for more. This was at a Barnes and Noble years ago, and he wrote some nice words for my oldest daughter in our copy of The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.

He even picked up on the literary reference of her name (Esmť, guessing correctly that we'd named her after Salinger's short story, not the local newscaster), and drew a cute little goldfish for her.

Maybe if D had pretended you were his daughter?

He even picked up on the literary reference of her name (Esmť, guessing correctly that we'd named her after Salinger's short story, not the local newscaster)

Dean Esmay is crushed.

Neil Gaiman calls my work about once a week. He's a really nice guy (on the phone anyways). I can't say where I work (because we can't talk about anyone who calls us), but it's nothing illegal. ;)

In an interesting twist, my parents told me that they were just finishing up this great novel, American Gods. I told them that it had been written by "that Sandman guy," knowing they'd remember the comics from when I'd been in college.

No. Way.

He's like a fine wine, that Mr. Gaiman. Subtle, complex, getting better with age.

Met Dave not so long ago myself actually. By the time my friend and I got to him in line he was no longer doing sketches or anything (the line was too long). After talking to him a bit he decided to give us a sketch anyway, so my friend and I stood tight around him so all the fanboys behind us couldn't see what he was doing and later lynch him because he wouldn't do it for him.
Great great guy. Made this girlie happy.

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