There’s a saying that you should never meet your heroes, because you’re going to end up being disappointed. And that has certainly happened to me before. But when Fabian Nicieza said that he was going to be at San Diego Comic Con 2017 for two days – Friday and Saturday, I knew I was going to put aside the anxiety of being surrounded by thousands upon thousands of people, crammed into a space, entirely too small to house them all – just to get Fabian’s signature.
You see, other than being responsible for the incredible stories found in The New Warriors, Fabian also created one of my all time favorite characters, Adam-X. So I had plenty of New Warriors issues I had hoped he would sign, along with a New Warriors poster – along with some issues of Captain Marvel and X-Force that had Adam-X in it; along with an original Adam-X piece I had from the pages of Captain Marvel.
In my head, I had anticipated that my entire day would be spent standing in a line. You see, Fabian was also the writer that introduced Deadpool to the Marvel Universe in the pages of X-Force. I got there just after 10am, and that’s when Fabian was going to begin signing. So when I got there, there was one person in front of me, and he was just talking to Fabian. So after they finished talking, I stepped up and began talking to Fabian. We talked about how he recognized my unusual spelling of a name (Tawmis) as “the Adam-X fan.” When I showed him the original art for that Adam-X piece, he actually told me how it had been over 20 years since he had held that piece, because he got to see it after it was originally done.
When we got to talking about The New Warriors, he asked me, curiously, why I had started the site. I explained that “back in the day” when the personal websites were just beginning to become a thing, when I did a search for “New Warriors” – nothing came up for the comics (we’re talking before even Google existed – and no, I am not kidding). So I made the site, back then on Geocities and made a group for New Warriors on eGroups. (Yahoo would eventually come and purchase up both of these companies). In 2000, my wife had surprised me and purchased the domain newwarriors.com – and for the last 17 years, the site has gone through a lot of changes. Fabian said he remembered the Geocities site as well as when NewWarriors.com launched (I recall reaching out to Fabian to ask for a quote about the site).
Though I had anticipating standing in line all day, and that didn’t happen – the opportunity to just chat for about 20 minutes (if not a little longer) with Fabian proved to be an incredible experience. He was truly appreciative of my utter fandom of the work he’s done. He’s a very, very, very down to Earth, humble, and very funny guy – and I am thankful I got to meet one of my heroes!
Thank you, Fabian!