Remember yesterday how I said I was giving Batgirl away to someone? That someone was Gail Simone, the writer of Batgirl. And I did so yesterday. In person.
Permit me to back up a bit. I’ve been a huge fan of Gail Simone since back in college when I was writing a paper focusing on gender/behavior in comics for my language/gender class and I stumbled upon “Women in Refrigerators”. I’m also a HUGE fan of her work on Batgirl since the New 52 relaunch. I’ve always admired how she pioneered the female presence in the comic book world in various ways. Needless to say, she’s a bit of a personal hero of mine.
When I found out she was coming Greensboro, I flipped. Once it was decided that my boyfriend Daniel and I were definitely going, I realized that I had to make/give her a tiny Batgirl doll. It may sound strange but I wanted to show my appreciation for her and just give her something as a thank you for being such an awesome person/role model. (To make sure she was cool with getting a gift, I asked her a question anonymously on tumblr.) The Batgirl you see above was made in 3 days which is pretty quick for me given that I could only work on her at night when I was home from work.
Cut to yesterday. I went to Acme Comics in my hometown Greensboro where Gail Simone was doing the signing. The staff at Acme Comics was incredibly lovely and helpful. Definitely one of the best comic book stores I’ve ever been to.
Meeting Gail was amazing for both Daniel and I. She and her husband recognized me from twitter and she hugged me. She signed some stuff for us, I (very nervously) gave her the doll. It was great! We even got to hang with her and her husband for a bit later in the day. They both couldn’t have been kinder or sweeter to us. We still can’t believe it happened.
When Gail sent me this tweet later that day, I choked up big time. Nothing validates a person like having one of their personal heroes appreciate something you made. If I’m ever having a bad day, I’m going to look at the pictures from this. The whole experience was mind-blowing, magical and fantastic. Thank you so much Gail and Scott, you both are hilarious and awesome. Please come back and visit us again soon!
(If you happened to take any pictures yesterday at the event of my crocheted Batgirl or me with the crocheted Batgirl, please feel free to use them! All I ask is that you credit me for the crocheted Batgirl!)