Jonathan over at OmniComic just posted an interview we did earlier this week. In it, he asked me this great question.
Omnicomic: In all your visits to Comic-Con, is there one particular encounter or sight that stands out the most?
Salkowitz: There are a bunch, but here’s one of my favorites.
At my first Con in 1997, I bought a sketch attributed to Jack Kirby from a dealer and took it over to show my friends at the TwoMorrows booth (publishers of The Jack Kirby Collector fanzine). Jack’s widow Roz, attending her last Comic-Con, happened to be at the booth. She looked at the art, shook her head and said “that’s a fake. It’s lightboxed.”
I went back to the dealer to get my money back. The dealer denied it and didn’t want to give me a refund, so Roz rolled up in her wheelchair and said, “Do you know who I am? I’m telling you, that’s not my husband’s work, so please give this young man his money back and don’t let me see you selling that piece again!” Ka-POW! Justice traps the guilty!
That was the first of many “only-at-Comic-Con” moments.