I am an obsessive person. I have some obsessions.....big ones! Comic books have always ruled my obsessive world. The Doom Patrol and X-Men were my game. I played hard. Unfortunately writers and artists come and go in the world of mainstream comics. This hurt my guys and girls badly as years progressed. Comics were going to be a thing of the past for me. I feared what would fill my obsessive gap.
For the hell of it, while waiting to see a movie, I walked into an Atomic Comics store and there she was........Dawn........the creation of Joseph Michael Linsner, a name I had never heard before. It was the first issue of his masterpiece 'Lucifer's Halo'. I'll admit, her sheer un-categorical beauty drew me in, but then I cracked the cover and my life changed forever. The post apocalyptic NYC, the confusion of identity, the friendship (Renato always spoke to me), the temptation, the horror, the passion and the incomparable artwork!!!!!! This is what I needed! I was hooked like a big mouth bass.
Needless to say, obsession overdrive. I spent the next 13 years nearly exclusively collecting everything Linsner. EVERYTHING!!!! I took great pride in having the one of a kind 'Point Man' Zeke's phone number (RIP) as he helped get my first full size original of Linsner's work just in time for my wedding. That man will forever remain in my heart. Comics were saved for me. Thank the Horned God!
After marrying my own personal goddess, and her ultimate artistic draw to cosplay after Utah got its ducks in a row.....it was a matter of time before I got involved in this crazy cosplay business. There were only three cosplays I HAD TO DO! The first is done, it failed, but I can accept that. The second you Anarchy Girls are well aware of. The third, well you know had to be from the mind of Linsner! I'm not pretty enough to pull off Darrian, and lack the hairline for Renato, and the Horned God Cernunnos?!?!? I don't have the skills to pull that off. Half-assed? NEVER! Linsner deserves the best! Well my obsession led me to a couple of lovely ladies...one of whom I had met briefly at a previous con and another who was c..c...c...cosplaying DAWN!!!!! I was speechless. I had my picture taken with them and felt like a tongue tied 14 year old fanboy who just met Sansa Stark! I literally shook in their presence. They were my new favorite people whom I was not married to (Sarah you always win). Maybe it was the safety of my phone screen that allowed me to reach out to these ladies, but I did! Their work and choice of cosplay was impeccable, and I had to let them know.
I'd like to think it was my grace, I truly don't really know what it was that led them to invite me to not only join a cosplay group with them.....but as Cernunnos!!! I'm still wondering if I'm dreaming.