This past May, during Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2017, DC artist Jason Fabok was going to be appearing and signing at Gotham Central Comics located in Mississauga, Ontario. In the last couple of years I had become a Fabok fan, especially during his Justice League: Darkseid War run.
In the months leading up to FCBD, DC had published a 4-part crossover event titled The Button, which ran in Batman 21/22 and Flash 21/22. Fabok had done covers for all four issues and was the artist for the two Batman issues. Personally, I love Fabok’s rendition of Batman. I honestly hold it up with the greats who have drawn the Dark Knight such as Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Neil Adams…actually, there are way too many to list. But his depiction of Batman holds up to those greats and that’s not an easy thing to do.
In my former professional career, I had met a handful of celebrities, a mix of actors and musicians. But I had never met any comic book creators (artists/writers) before and I wanted to get my copies of The Button signed by Fabok. As it turns out, the final issue, Flash 22, was delayed by about a week so I couldn’t get Jason to sign that cover. Fucking figures, doesn’t it?
Not that you overly care, but where I live and where Gotham Central Comics is…well, its a commitment to drive there. One that my wife thought was way too much and considered whether she had made a grave error in accepting my proposal oh so many years ago. But off we went, with the two kids, and drove out to the comic shop and lined up with the hopes that we weren’t too late.
I got there in the afternoon and was fortunate enough to get to meet Jason and chat with him for a couple of minutes. The guy was really down to earth and just…normal. And I don’t mean that in any derogatory way, just that he wasn’t full of ego and bluster. He was one of us…except with talent. Jason signed my copies and was gracious enough to take a pic with me that day. I also purchased two prints of his which he signed and they adorn my basement wall, as do the signed covers of The Button.
The whole thing was cool, he was cool and it was a great experience, if only for a few minutes. I eventually was able to get Fabok to sign the 4th issue, Flash #22, during Toronto’s Fan Expo that took place this past summer, completing the run.
Jason Fabok is a gracious and cool dude and he is really making his mark in comics. If you ever get a chance to meet him, I would suggest you do.
As an aside, my pal Sammy has a radio show and he interviewed Jason during Fan Expo and you can here it here .