Well, technically it’s not Meeting Menton3. I actually met him at Wizard World Chicago last year. He went out for a smoke break with Jon Lennon and Leo Perez, and I went outside with them and hung out while listening to him tell a story about hanging out with Johnny Cash during the shooting of the “Hurt” video. This guy is full of awesome stories about hanging out with famous people. He even worked with my favorite writer, Joe R. Lansdale.
But it seemed pretty clear that he didn’t remember me. That’s all right. How many people does one artist meet over the course of a convention? I don’t really stand out. Besides, while most people would call me a loudmouth, I keep my mouth shut when geniuses are talking. I absorb their stories, and a lot of times, I learn something. I didn’t say a word while Menton3 told his stories in the smoking area.
This time, I saw him at the 44FLOOD booth. I asked him if he would mind signing a few books he’d done with
Lansdale based on the
work of H.P. Lovecraft. (THE DUNWICH
HORROR, as you can see in the picture above.)
As he signed these, he told me that the person who owns the Lovecraft
Estate is either a great-grandson or great-nephew of the man himself, I forget
which. However, he said that this guy
saw Menton3’s work on this very book, and he said that his ancestor would have
very much enjoyed it. For those who
don’t remember, Menton3 did the backup story for each issue, which was based on
Lovecraft’s “The Hound.” You might
remember that I featured the book on Cool Shit a few times, and I gushed on
about how awesome the artwork for the backup story was, even though the word
adaptation was only okay.
To hear that Lovecraft himself would have liked Menton3’s work is perfect.
We also talked a bit about MONOCYTE (which I reviewed as part of my coverage for last year’s Wizard World Chicago, and he mentioned that he was working on a new book for IDW called MEMORY COLLECTORS. I don’t even have to see it to recommend it. Keep an eye out. You can bet your ass I’ll be among the first to buy it.