A comic book artist, heart-shaped pizza, and gay dads, it must be Valentine’s day!

Valentine’s day. A day of flowers that wilt in a week and heart shaped chocolate boxes that contain half of flavors you won’t even like. Not this valentine’s day though. Josh, my manfriend, always has absolutely no idea what to do with gifts, he never plans anything, so he put it on me to figure it out. He decided to say this day is all about you so what do you want to do today. That’s not really romantic but it also allows me to choose whatever without having the risk of it being shutdown so, I’m all about it. I think valentine’s day is for the couple to enjoy not just one person in the relationship. I tried to pick something we would both end up liking.

First up was Fan day. Indy Comic Con had a fan day on Valentine’s day, they set up four different comic book artist at four different locations in Indianapolis, Indiana. We went to the one for Keith Pollard. He is known for his work with Marvel for The Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Thor. We arrived at Comic Carnival, the comic book store, and he was already sketching heroes for people and chatting with them. He was a down to Earth guy and was genuinely happy to do this event for fans. Keith chatted with everyone answering questions such as when did he get started, his first comic, what superhero he would want to be, and who he wouldn’t want to be. He said he wouldn’t want to be Batman because he’s never happy which I completely agree with.

It was my turn. Keith asked me if I wanted a sketch and what I wanted a sketch of. I thought about Black Cat or Thor but I decided to take a chance and say Misty Knight. He looked stunned and amused. Keith said his best friend Arvell Jones drew Misty and that he would like to do his own version of her for me. He gave me contact info for Arvell and said to let him know that he sent me and maybe I would end up with two sketches of Misty. He was having trouble with her bionic arm be it came out perfect to me and I fangirled so hard.
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The comic book store also had a Mystic Seer replica from the Twilight Zone and I freaked out about that. I’m a huge twilight zone fan and I really wanted it but it was a little over $300 so maybe I’ll save up for that.

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Later, I didn’t want to go out to dinner because it was freezing out, I know the wait on valentine’s day would be ridiculous, and I’m not the biggest fan of crowds. Instead we stopped by the grocery store, grabbed a couple bottles of wine, ordered a heart-shaped pizza from Pizza Hut, and watched movies. We ended up watching Fried Green Tomatoes and The Birdcage. Josh had never seen the Birdcage but seeing Robin Williams and Nathan Lane as a couple is a treat in itself. We were going to play Epic Mickey 2 but we were too lazy.

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It was a pretty great Valentine’s day!