Well, Gary really should be the one to tell this one, but since he's away and
I'm impatient, I'll relate this tale. Gary was there for the unveiling, I
came by moments later to see Gary PRACTICALLY hyperventilating...
Sergio keeps a nice selection of merchandise at his table, from Groo TPB's in
English & Spanish to Groo hats (got 1!), Groo trading cards and the Groo card
game (played it over lunch with Jeff and Greg, by the way).
Well, it seems a couple came by the table and decided to buy a box of Groo
trading cards. They started opening them at the table there with Sergio (it
was slow, no line) and on the third pack pulled one of the ORIGINAL SKETCH
CARDS!!! Not knowing what they had, they asked Sergio to sign it, and his
eyes BUGGED OUT!
Gary started hyperventilating, and about now I walked up to say hi. Gary and
Sergio both go "Did you see what they did...?" Gary is simultaneously
explaining how rare and valuable one of these cards are (only 50 made) and
trying to negotiate a trade for it. (This is to Gary's credit. Anyone who's
met him knows that no matter how obsessed he is, he'd never trick someone or
cheat them. Gary's as honest as they come).
Eventually they asked Sergio once again to sign the card, and Sergio pointed
out that it was signed already, that it was an original signed sketch. So he
signed something else for them instead.
Anyway, I'm sure when Gary gets back, he'll tell the whole story in his own
way, adding embellishments and correcting inaccuracies (He'll probably say "I
wasn't hyperventilating, I was just breathing fast. And I'm NOT OBSESSED")
-Larry Steller AKA The Sheik of Entropy
Groop maillist - Groop@groo.com