Sunday, 21 July 2013
The Kindness Of Strangers
Anytime we saw each other after that we would always say hello and chat. Just about the ups and downs of life in general and particularly the minefield that is retailing. I learned she was from Poland and that she and her husband were both making the most together of a new life in Northern Ireland.
I asked her name.
MAGDALENA she replied.
I babbled a load of comic related gobblydegook in suprise. A few years back I had worked for an American Comic Book Company called Top Cow. Amongst the things I had done whilst working for them was to create a character called The Magdalena. And this was the first time I had ever met anyone with that name. That is her in the photograph with a copy of the re-released graphic novel of the origin story of the character. I felt she had to have a copy if only to prove I was not some looney she had unwittingly encouraged with a simple act of kindness. I mean it was not as though I had claimed to have visited the moon (although in truth I have, in all its many phases.)
MAGDALENA meet THE MAGDALENA.
The most recent comic I have worked on is about North African Pirates making slaves of Irish people.
I think if I was running for a bus and a Swarthy Swashbuckler leaned out beckoning me forward I might now pause.
Wait ten minutes.
Get the next one.