Brian Heater turns 30 years old today.
You know Brian Heater, our Editor in Chief. Among other things, he’s also the guy who writes about your shows, reviews your books, runs your festival programming, DJs your parties, tweets so you’ll laugh, asks about your legacy with comics, creates awesome podcasts you should hear — only awesome things, basically — and so much of what he puts into the world is free to enjoy.
He’s a pretty generous and amazing human being actually.
Awhile back, we briefly discussed a funny idea for a con sketchbook he had: Coin operated kiddie rides often found outside of supermarkets. I could see then that the idea had potential, certainly. Immediately it brought to mind creepy horses and cute spaceships.
It also got me thinking: Even if Brian was the kind of dude who would pass around a sketchbook at a con (not likely) he probably wouldn’t have time to shop it around, being busy 110% of the time with interviews and everything else. So here’s a small attempt to seed a sketchbook for him that may never get a chance to be complete.
I asked some of our favorite artists to contribute to this special surprise birthday post for Brian, and they delivered big time. Some drew their own version of these machines while others drew what I can only hope to assume are portraits of the man himself — plus inside jokes.
As the drawings rolled in, and after some reflection, kiddie rides to me felt like a weirdly perfectly idea to come along at just the right time for this purpose. As Tom Hart puts it in his gift to Brian, “ride the ride, pal!”
Brian’s next 30 years are sure to surprise and delight us all, so here’s to one of the nicest guys in comics: Happy Birthday, Brian Heater!
– Sarah Morean