Robert Pope at the Tidewater Comicon May 2016
Robert Pope at the Tidewater Comicon May 2016

Meet the Guests is where we showcase the creators that you may see at your local comic convention.

This is the time to be immodest. What work are you probably best known for?

A couple of years ago, I’d have said my DC work, Scooby-Doo, Batman The Brave and The Bold, etc.  Nowadays I’d say my PEANUTS work, illustrating Ready-to-Read storybooks and stories for the now-defunct BOOM! comic book.

Do you charge for autographs?

Nope!

Do you charge for photos?

Nope!

Do you do sketches at the cons? If so how do I get one?

Yep!  Just come up and ask me.  Prices vary by number of characters and complexity.

Can I arrange a sketch or commission ahead of time to be picked up at the con?

Yep again! I also do commissions by mail!

Will you do drawings on sketch covers?

Yep yet again.

What types of other things do you usually have for sale at your table?

Original art from comics that I have worked on. Copies of my books.  I don’t do prints, and one of these days I’ll put together a sketchbook, but not right now.

What is the weirdest thing that you have been asked to sign or draw?

Deadpool Snoopy.

Do you have any particularly funny/interesting/weird convention story to tell?

Way back at SDCC ’99, I got John Romita SR to sign my dog eared copy of “BRING ON THE BAD GUYS,” but wasn’t able to corner Stan Lee at the same panel to get his autograph. Some hours later, I met Stan in the main room, and asked him there.  He spent five full minutes telling me how he didn’t have time to sign my book, and how if he did, a line would form behind me with other folks looking for an autograph, and how all this would irritate his handler, who was trying to get him to a panel, etc.  Stan raced away, and as he did, my wife, who knows very little about the comics biz, leaned to me and said “Who was that?”

Who were you excited to meet at a con? (Either as an attendee or guest.)

Everyone!  Neal Adams was a standout.

Any Con Pet Peeves?

Realizing your booth is right next to a “photo op” booth, as in GHOSTBUSTERS cosplayers, etc.  The crowd that forms inevitably blocks your table, and folks walk by without knowing you were there!

Are you on social media? How can we follow you?

I have a website that is forever under construction. And of course, I can be found on comicbook-art.com, too!