That same girlfriend I mentioned before had more than one observation on the workings of the fan mind. For some, she said, the monthly experience of reading a comic book took on the form of a "conversation" between themselves and the creators. A conversation they expected to have continued in such instance as when they actually met the artists or writers.
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But, for those artists and writers is was not a conversation, it was a monolog. And that is a sharp distinction.
I'm not trying to paint myself as all innocent--tho I am more sinned against than sinning--but not a few Big Bad Byrne stories were born out of people expecting to be greeted as bosom buddies and instead finding themselves just a face in the crowd.*
It's a reminder of just how intense the comic reading experience can be for some people--especially the damaged ones.
* An important lesson I learned sitting next to Jonathan Harris years ago at a con: when someone would approach him speaking of a prior meeting, Harris would say "What a wonderful memory you have!" Immediately excused himself for not remembering the occasion--and made the fan feel special. Brilliant!