Sunday, January 9, 2011

(My) Life Imitates (My) Art

Amazing Spider-Man #639, Page 8, Panel 1-2. 2010.
Ink with digital color on Marvel board, 11 x 17.25".

The good news is I'm all right and—most importantly—my vision is intact. For those of you who didn't catch the news via Twitter last week, I have been out of commission. Last Saturday night, I was in the Upper West Side, about to head home to Brooklyn. As my friend and I approached the subway stop, we came across a domestic dispute between a couple. Both my friend and several passersby called the cops, but I decided to intervene when things got too heated. I turned away for a split second and the guy punched me from the side, breaking my cheekbone in 3 places. Not realizing the extent of the damage, I didn't go to the ER until the next day. I had surgery on Monday and have been taking it very, very easy since. All things considered, I was very lucky. My eye looks horrendous—the white of the eye is blood red—but I can still see (thank goodness) and should make a full recovery. I also have a pretty rad haircut right now due to surgery... it kinda looks like the one I had circa 1995.

The Wolverine references throughout the ordeal would have been unbearable had they not been coming from my own numb mouth. The doctors said there should have been much more swelling; I said it was my "mutant healing factor." My gurney had the name Stryker emblazoned on the side, letting me know just who was pulling the strings. My first words after surgery had something to do with metal claws. Some in the room thought I was still drugged. I couldn't have been more serious: they bonded metal to my skeleton. While not indestructible, titanium is much cheaper, easier to install, and more real than adamantium. Now all I need is some memory loss, peppered with rage.

In all seriousness, I'm recounting the story here for my own benefit. I have told it countless times and am ready to move on. In other words, this will be the extent of my comments on the subject. While I didn't need this experience to know what amazing friends (and fans) I have, it will nonetheless serve as irrefutable proof to others. Thanks so much for your continued support. Time to get back to work!

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