Monday, September 10, 2012

Daredevil. 2012. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on a Daredevil #1 blank cover.

Wow. What a weekend. You all knew my Dad was awesome, but now he's bona fide. He won the Harvey for Best Inker on Saturday night and I couldn't be more proud. In what became the meme of the night, he quoted Mark Waid during his acceptance speech: "Never before has someone won so many awards with so little work." Perhaps I'm paraphrasing. But you can see photographic evidence of how amazing the ceremony was at MTV Geek — Stan Lee introduced John Romita Sr. to give a lifetime achievement award to John Romita Jr.

'Nuff said.

Daredevil was honored in other categories as well, receiving awards for Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, and of course, Best Writer for Mark Waid, the man with his own radar sense. A special thanks goes out to Steve Wacker, Elie Pyle, Marcos Martin, Javier Rodriguez, and Joe Caramagna for being an absolute joy to work with. And yet more thanks to Chris Samnee, Kano, Khoi Pham, Emma Ríos, and Marco Checchetto for their amazing art — this would not have been a "continuing series" without their contributions.

Thanks to them, I came home with a Harvey. To quote Mark Waid again: "That this is beautifully balanced... It's like touching a Stradivarius."

I had to tie his tie once again.

The weekend was great for many other reasons, including such highlights as a 3-way drink-and-draw with Erik Larsen, Paul Pope, and myself. I also got to meet Joe Rubenstein, who ended up presenting the award to my Dad. I met Phil Lamarr (again)! And I was introduced to Frank Quitely, one of my all-time favorite artists. Oh, and José Luis García-López. Like I said, what a weekend.

And thanks, of course, to all the readers who came by the table to give their support to me and my "Old Man." We had an amazing time and will definitely have to return. Thanks, Baltimore!

Fun fact: my Dad flicks me off every time he inks.


  1. Congratulations to you and especially to your dad--the Harvey Award is some sweet sweet vindication candy.

  2. Hello Paolo,

    This is Anand Kandaswamy. We met at the Baltimore Comic-Con on Saturday and Sunday. I was the guy wearing the Yale Law School polo shirt on Saturday. It was great to meet you and your father for a second time and to get the first two DareDevil hardcovers signed by both of you. Please accept my congratulations on your DareDevil team Harvey Award win and extend my congratulations to your father on his well-deserved win for best inker. I might be at the New York Comic-Con next month and if so, I will make sure to look you up. I will have to find something else for you to sign, since you have already signed all of my DareDevil, Spider-Man, Books of Doom, and Mythos books! It was great to talk to you and I look forward to your creator-owned sci-fi project a few years down the road.



    P.S. Here is a link to the NPR story and audio interview with the author of the new Bill Finger biography I mentioned to you: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/11/158494206/batmans-biggest-secret-no-its-not-bruce-wayne

  3. Hey Paolo,

    Not sure if you saw this on your twitter feed, but the portrait I got of you and your dad is my favorite creator photo from the show. Here's the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericsbinaryworld/7974256889/in/photostream

  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed Baltimore, hope to see u again next year! Thanks again for my Gwen and Spidey piece, it is awesome.

  5. Thanks, guys! And thank you for the links. My Dad and I had an amazing weekend. Hope we can make it back next year.


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