Tuesday night at CGI. Oliver Mannion has been helping me prep for my review of Grant Morrison’s Supergods. He’s already read it and he’s keen that I do the right homework before I write about it. Before I left for the City this afternoon he asked if I was going to bring along the two volumes of Seven Soldiers of Victory we’d just picked up from the library.
“I don’t think President Clinton’d appreciate it if he looked up and saw I was reading a comic book while he was talking,” I said.
Then I got an inspiration.
“Although,” I said, “Who knows. Maybe Bill’s a fan.” And I launched into my Bill Clinton impression, which is better than my Humphrey Bogart impression but not near as good as my Peter Lorre or Dustin Hoffman. I also do a great Andrew Jackson, but who would know? Channeling the Big Dawg I said:
“I see you’re a fan of Grant Morrison. I greatly admire his work. All-Star Superman is my absolute favorite. Animal Man is a real hoot too, although I have to say I was seriously disappointed with his New X-Men. I think he screwed up the continuity. Hillary disagrees, but she and Chelsea really like Doom Patrol. Have you read the Action Comics No. 1 reboot? I haven’t had the chance yet. I’m thinking of slipping out of here and heading down to Forbidden Planet, would you like to go with me?”
Oliver smiled indulgently.
I could bring the books when I come back tomorrow and President Obama wouldn’t know. It’s a big auditorium and I’m going to be stuck at the back with the journalistic and blogging riff-raff. But the reason President Clinton would have noticed tonight is that he and and I would have been close enough that he could have read the lettering in the dialog bubbles.
I was invited to take part in a roundtable discussion with Clinton and some journalists and other bloggers.
I wonder what they’re all doing now that he’s had to cancel on us.
Me, I’m just sitting here sulking in the press room, thinking I might shoot on down to Forbidden Planet by myself.
Thursday night not at CGI. Had to hold off posting this because I was asked to keep the roundtable secret until it came off. It was rescheduled for today. I was invited back but there was no way I could make it. I doubt any of the bloggers who did asked him about comic books.