|Mythos: X-Men, Page 5, Panel 1 (detail). |
2005. Oil on masonite, 16 x 24".
I don't think anyone has ever questioned Joe Quinones' geek credentials (after all, he just reminded me that our first meeting was instigated by an impromptu light saber duel at RISD 11 years ago). But even if someone still had lingering doubts regarding his devotion to comic book and pop culture, those must now be relinquished.
At some point during the convention, a young man dressed as Cyclops stopped by the table to look at my art. Although he was wearing the blue costume, he was sporting the red glasses, as opposed to the visor. Joe, who was seated at the table next to me, told me afterward that when he saw Cyclops lower his "ruby quartz" glasses to get a better look at the artwork... he flinched.
Let me repeat and rephrase that: when Joe saw a guy dressed as Cyclops remove his glasses, his instinctual reflex was to brace for an optic blast. I am still laughing (kindly, of course). Trust me, that's precisely the kind of person you want drawing your comics.