By: Revanche

Mack Stack: Spreading the joy

July 29, 2009

It’s no surprise to those who geek out with me regularly, but for those of you who don’t (and there are many), I love David Mack.

It’s 90% nostalgic love because his work is what brought me home to comics again. His work, the lyrical writing and the beautiful haunting art, made me remember why I loved reading comics before Marvel and DC went series crossover mad, and made me mad.

10% is active love: the man is really nice in person and has a great smile. I visit his booth multiple times every Con. He made my Con in 2003 when he remembered my name and recognized me from across the room after meeting me once, three months prior. No joke, he’s really really nice.

For her 21st birthday, my lil cousin is receiving what I call the Mack Stack: a collection of all the Kabuki series, plus five sketch books he threw in free when I bought the rest of the books from him. All signed, all gorgeous beyond belief.

It’s been years since I gave her a really good present because we’ve only recently come to the point where we share interests. She is now the age I was when I was introduced to David Mack’s work, and while she won’t come to the discovery with the same surprise and joy of reviving an old love, I hope she appreciates the complexity of the characters and world that he created, and enjoys his incredible experimentation with art styles.

I’d love to share some Kabuki love with my readers …. perhaps a signed sketch book giveaway?

On the financial front: I embarked on this collection project because we were browsing through the 50% off booths at Con, and I found great condition Vols 1, 4 and 6 for a total of $21. [Cover Price total: ~60] Bought the other three for full price from him directly for $51, and he gave me 5 sketch books which are usually $4/each. I prefer to give my money to the creators/vendors directly when I can afford to.

One Response to “Mack Stack: Spreading the joy”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That looks very intriguing. 🙂

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