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Posted: 26 December 2011 at 6:04pm | IP Logged | 1  

One day, back in Art College, I started doodling Roman numerals on a page in one of my sketchbooks. This was around 1972, but I was already thinking ahead, and planning to start dating my work with Roman numerals once the century changed. I didn't want to mess around with MCMLXXXVII and other such numerical jawbreakers, but once we hit 2000/MM, I figured I'd be ready to start.

Which I did, on an issue of HIDDEN YEARS, a book I could not even have dreamed of ever being able to do back in 1972.

Funny thing was, as I have mentioned before, a number of people wrote in to ask who the inker was, whose initials were MM. Thank you educational system!

Well, in a very short time now, I will be starting on the first commission piece for 2012, and that will, of course, be dated MMXII -- so it's twelve years already since that first XHY cover! I wonder how high I'll get? Even as far back as 1972 -- MCMLXXII -- I had been giving serious consideration to making my planned and (hopefully) gracious exit when I was in my 66th year -- MMXV -- but I'm lately rather liking the "symmetry" of MMXX. Will I really jot that notation onto a commission piece some day?

Or do the fates have other plans for me?

JOHN BYRNE - MCML to ?

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Leigh DJ Hunt
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Posted: 26 December 2011 at 6:07pm | IP Logged | 2  

I really hope you get to at least MMXX JB!

says a MCMLXX baby here
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JOHN BYRNE - MCML to ?

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Just work happily and fruitfully long enough to eliminate the C!
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Brad Brickley
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Posted: 26 December 2011 at 6:18pm | IP Logged | 4  

I hope you drop at your table right after you finished your last commission, still at the top of your game, going Kubert strong!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 26 December 2011 at 6:23pm | IP Logged | 5  

Just work happily and fruitfully long enough to eliminate the C!

Reminds me of a "challenge" I once gave my father. Live to be 99, I told him, and you will have been born in 1920, and checked out in 2019. Only one chance in a century to do that!

He didn't make it, but having passed 90, he certainly gave it the old college try!

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JOHN BYRNE - MCML to ?

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? = inifinity symbol.



Edited by Kevin Brown on 26 December 2011 at 8:31pm
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Joe Smith
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what the hell are you going to do after a gracious exit?

tear this site down, and I'll have nowhere to go, nothing to do.
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Marcel Chenier
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Posted: 27 December 2011 at 2:28am | IP Logged | 8  

Bravo, JB.  Your dedication to your craft is entirely honourable.
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Carmen Bernardo
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Posted: 27 December 2011 at 6:06am | IP Logged | 9  

My dad's aiming at the Century mark himself, so you're not the only one watching the years add up.  Me, I'm happy with just past eighty-seven years, by which time I hope to still be able to take short walks in the park and see my great grandnephews and nieces every so often ("C'mhere kid!  Pull my finger.")

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Tom French
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Posted: 27 December 2011 at 6:21am | IP Logged | 10  

MCMLXIV...

Man, if I'd gotten my birth year as a Scrabble tray, I'd be screwed!

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Tim O Neill
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I always thought I would look forward to retiring, but as I get older I'm not so sure.  I think it would be good to always be doing something, and as I get older I enjoy my work more and find it to be healthy and gratifying.

I'm probably just saying this because I'm on vacation for the holiday.  I will change my tune next week when I go back to work and likely go back to devising my next Kramdenesque get-rich-quick scheme so I can stop working forever!



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Valmor J. Pedretti
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So, JB, when you say gracious exit you mean retiring completely from the craft?
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