New York Comic Con returns October 6-10. Once again, I will be "On the Beat" meeting all sorts of celebrities and creators.
I first met animator Tom Cook many years ago. Because he worked on He-Man, I asked Johngy's Beat contributor Tommy Else (also known as Eric St. Vaughn in the wrestling world), a big fan of He-Man, to conduct the interview. I figured he was the best person to get a fun interview and he did. That interview can be found at On the Beat With Tom Cook.
Beginning his animation career in 1978, Tom worked on many popular cartoons, including Smurfs, Scooby-Doo, Pacman and more. If you watched cartoons, you had to see Tom's work somewhere.
Mostly retired from that work, he is still active on the comic con scene, selling commissions and other artwork. At New York Comic Con, Tom was one of the most popular creators. Never wanting to get in the way of sales, I checked his booth more than a dozen times looking for a moment when no fans were interacting with him. Finally on Saturday morning, just a NYCC opened, I got a moment with Tom before the crowd hit.
It was great catching up with him. He is a legend in the industry. Of course, I had to mention his work on Aquaman (in SuperFriends). While I did n;pt see any Aquaman solo art, Aquaman was present in his SuperFriends artwork and that's cool enough for me.
Check NewYorkComicCon.com for updates and scheduling on NYCC.
Tom Cook and me in New York, NY-October 2021.