jschillig (jschillig) wrote in binky_betsy,

Encounter with Mark Tatulli! (Lio, Heart of the City)

When I went to a nearby Barnes and Noble for my usual Monday evening of hot chocolate and books, I didn't expect to see the cartoonist Mark Tatulli making an appearance there!

Apparently, he's got a new Lio collection out and was signing it and drawing pictures. He was very nice to everyone who spoke to him and asked questions. It was just wrapping up so I didn't have long to wait.

You see, I've known for a long time he lives in my county. I could never seem to find his email or get in touch with him on Facebook, but I've hoped he might do a program for us at the library where I work. (He belongs to one of the other libraries in our system.)

I shook his hand and asked him if he'd ever be interested in making any personal appearance at our library and he said he loves libraries and would be happy to do a talk on cartooning for tweens. (Hope I can drum up interest...I know drawing's a pretty popular subject among our younger patrons.) I also told him that I like Lio (especially this past Sunday's with its takeoff on Harold And The Purple Crayon) but it's Heart of the City I really warm up to, mainly because I identify with Heart's love of stage and screen.

But--and here's the relevant part--I told him how much I liked that one Sunday Lio strip that slammed FBORFW. His response: "Yeah...she was NOT happy with me about that one."

I replied, "Well...she should learn to take criticism!" That was all I really had time to say, though.

Just an all-around cool guy. I hope he'll be able to appear at our library soon, and if he does, I'll keep you posted on how it went!

(It was also really sweet to hear him say to one of the other customers how much he loved his kids and how they were his life. I believe Mrs. Tatulli was also there.)

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