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Re: Sergio Tales
Well ... at last year's San Diego Comic Con,
Sergio was supposed to do a Batgirl sketch
for me, so from time to time I went back to
his table to see if it was ready. He usually
leaves his completed sketches in the inside
cover of his sketch portfolio at his table.
Even if my sketch wasn't ready, it was
still fun to look at the other sketches he
had done for other people.
Sooo, I walk over to his table, and there is
a small crowd of 4 or 5 people. I'm looking
through Sergio's sketch portfolio, another
person is looking through the books and comics
on Sergio's table, one person is talking to
Sergio, and two people are waiting in line to
talk to Sergio. I'm minding my own business
(as usual), having fun looking through the
sketches, and really not paying much attention
to anyone else (as usual) ... Now and then,
I overhear part of the conversation from the
person talking to Sergio -- "blah, blah,
blah, ... Where's Mark? I've never seen him!
Is that why he doesn't get paid? ..., blah, blah,
blah, ..." (All the while, I'm still looking down
at the sketch portfolio that's on the table.)
"..., blah, blah, blah, ... blah, blah, blah, ...,
so my son says, 'Why are you buying that comic,
dad? It doesn't have Groo in it.' ..."
(After hearing that, I thought "Who is that?")
So, I peer over the person looking
at the books and comics to see the person who's
talking to Sergio. The San Diego Comic Con
prints your name on your badge. His badge read
"Gary P. Grossmann"!!! Immediately what
sprung to mind was "Good grief -- it's Gary!"
Of course, that was the first time that I've seen
him. Plus, I didn't know what he looked like.
On the mailing list, he only described himself
as follically challenged. But he was wearing a
baseball cap, so that fooled me completely, and I
had no idea it was him! Kind of like when Clark
Kent wears glasses ... I guess, the Groo
baseball cap and Groo t-shirt should have tipped
me off, but ...
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Gary Grossmann" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Sergio Tales
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 1999 23:29:42 -0700
Ok, two short stories.
The first time I met Sergio, I think he had heard about this crazy person
who collected even the tiniest drawing of Groo and figured I was certifiable
and probably someone to be leary of. (Who could blame him?) Combine this
with the fact that he had just met Ruben and the Sergiography for the first
time the day before and he was probably ready to make a break for the
airport when I introduced myself! One of the first things he said to me was
"Why would anyone collect Groo?" I was a tad crestfallen.
Then after we talked for a little while, he realized I had a family
(intact), held down a job, was aloud to move about unsupervised (most of the
time) and, generally, was (like Ruben) not one of those "Get a Life" type
folks. Anyway, he was very funny when I whipped out my photocopies of all
the Groo appearances in MAD and showed him the Groo List, saying things like
"How can you see that?" "You must have sacraficed a lot of 'quality time'
to find these" and "I put Groo in 'Captain Bleed?' I have no shame!" It was
My other story is shorter and about Mark. Last year in San Diego I met Mark
for the first time, introducing myself after one of his panels. Later on he
came by Sergio's table when I was there with my boys. He went straight up
to them and said "I apologize for Groo. On behalf of Sergio, I apologize to
your entire family. I'm sorry you will never go to college or own decent
clothes because of Groo, but how were we to know anyone would become as
obsessed as your Dad?" Or something pretty close to that. It was very
Anywho, there you go. Take care all -Gary G.
PS COME to GROOFEST 2000 and make your own Sergio tales!!!!
From: Chad Riden <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Monday, August 23, 1999 10:23 PM
Subject: Re: Sergio Tales
>--- Finn Smith wrote:
>> think it would be a delightful and upbeat change for
>> those Groop members
>> that qualify to send in your most memorable
>> experience or encounter with a
>> member(s) of the Groo staff
>--- And I remembered:
>I've never met the guys... but I ALMOST met Sergio. When I was in
>junior high, the closest comic shop was in Cleveland, Tennessee. I was
>there one Saturday afternoon and I bought a Groo t-shirt and a few
>issues. The lady who ran the store smiled and handed me a flier saying
>Sergio would be at the store signing stuff and doing drawings for
>people. I freaked out. She said, "yeah, he'll be here NEXT SUNDAY. you
>should come back!" and i was like, "I'll be here."
>So I came back next sunday. No Sergio. I went up to the lady and asked,
>"I thought Sergio was going to be here?" She looked puzzled and said,
>"Sergio was here LAST SUNDAY. sorry!" I was dumbfounded. Crushed, I
>went home. I looked at the fliar, and sure enough... the date on it
>indicated that Sergio would have been there the next day... and she
>said, "he'll be here NEXT SUNDAY!!" When she meant TOMORROW!
>I hate the way people talk in Tennessee. Drives me crazy.
>Chad M. Riden
>ICQ # 9922135
>webweenie @ http://fly.to/idiots.com
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