Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
There aren't many people who are more famous in comics and art than my friend Sara Richard, but I found a pic of her with perhaps the most famous. This is sort of like Babe Ruth meeting Ted Williams (I picked Williams for his skills and his Massachusetts ties, much like Sara).
Several years ago at Heroes Convention, both Lee and Sara were celebrity guests. At some point during the weekend, this historic event occurred. The best of the old school and all time meets one of the best of the modern era.
Lee hugged Sara, making her day. For an artist like Sara, meeting a comic legend has to be amazing. Lee wasn't the first comics creator, but he certainly made tremendous breakthroughs in the comic field. He is thought of as the Greatest of All Time (GOAT).
I especially love this pic, because it obviously wasn't posed and it definitely shows the pure joy in Sara's face. I know how much this meant to Sara and how excited she was. I also know she deserves any recognition she gets.
Sara is a veteran of the comics and art scene, but she is still young. As he career develops, I have no doubt her legacy will grow. Plus, she is just super cool.
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Stan Lee and Sara Richard in Charlotte, NC-June 2012.