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  • Writer's pictureArthur Ball

My First Time with Amanda Conner

This is a small sketch drawn by the amazing comic book artist Amanda Conner. It is power girl's cleavage with a bit of nip slip happening. It's done in Sharpie with a bit of color pencil for the nipple. This was a free sketch. As I remember it was at a Tampa Bay Comic Con during the aughts. Back when it was a one day con on Saturday. I had spent all my money on a collectible action figure and then noticed that Amanda Conner was there. I didn't know she was there before. I really admired her work on comics like Power Girl and The Pro. I would really like to have a bit of original art by her, but I had spent all my money. I got in line to see her. The line was much shorter than it should have been and would grow to be in the future. after about 20 minutes I got up to her and said hello. She was and is a bubbly sweetheart of a person and asked what I'd like her to draw. She was making money as artist do by doing commissions at conventions.

"I'm so sorry, but I spent all my money on this stupid thing and I can't return it." I said as I held up my purchase. "I didn't know you would be here. If I did I would gladly hand you over my money for your artwork. You are so good and funny the way you draw. You inspire me." I professed. "I just wanted to let you know that and wish you a good day." I began to turn and walk away. "So you don't want a sketch?" Amanda asked. "I'd love one, but I don't have any money to pay you." I said apologetically.

Amanda held up her finger in a hold on a second gesture. She reached into a bag/box and pulled out a small notecard sized paper and began to draw on it. after 30 seconds or so I tried to look at what she was drawing.

"NO!" she exclaimed with a smirk and pulled the drawing closer to affirm I could not see it.

I stood back patiently. after a minute or and a half or so, she handed me this drawing and looked up at me with a smile. I lit up and was so happy to get it. It was such a great representation of her humor and art. I think I tried to say something, but she cut me off.

"It's free. Thanks for being a fan." She said.

With a big dumb smile on my face, I turned and walked away with the art. That was the first, but not the last time I would meet the great and very nice Amanda Conner.

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