One of the pleasures of being a writer is working with certain individuals who I grew up idolizing. One such figure is Roy Thomas, the legendary scribe of such comic books as Savage Sword of Conan, The Avengers, and All-Star Squadron. Thomas was an important part of early fandom, publishing Alter Ego, an influential zine that is still alive today via a slicker, thicker, more professional incarnation. The new issue of Alter Ego is now available online and in finer comic book stores everywhere.
So, what does this have to do with me (other than the fact that I like comics and magazines about comics)? A few months ago, Roy and I worked out a deal. If I would agree to email him some cover scans to some early fanzines that are in my collection, he would run an ad for my book free of charge. Since this was a win-win situation (I had already scanned the zines for other purposes, so the process cost maybe 10 minutes of my time), I gladly agreed. Shortly thereafter, my lovely and talented wife designed the ad below, which appears in the aforementioned issue of Alter Ego.
I think she did a great job. I like the simplicity, the composition, and the economy of phrasing.