When we weren’t eating or sleeping, the remainder of our Chicago trip was devoted to the science fiction convention that provided us with a convenient excuse to travel. During one of our visits to the dealers’ room we spent some time talking to David Malki !, creator of the Wondermark web comic, co-editor of the Machine of Death anthologies, and all-round bon vivant.
In addition the Wondermark line of quality goods, Malki ! was also creating sketches on the spot, based on his patented Roll-a-Sketch algorithm:
She Who Must Be Obeyed asked for a sketch, doubled up to $10, and insisted that one of the rolls be counted as a 1 so she could choose “shark” from column B. (She’s an attorney, she collects toy sharks.) The artist was happy to oblige, and provided running commentary as he sketched:
It took me a minute to realize that I was listening to a Stan Lee impression. I’m not alone in not catching on right away:
After fleshing out the origin story of the new superhero, Samurai Shark, we were presented with the results:
Malki !/Stan’s a great salesman – I’d read that comic.
Remember, they’re not always about food.