In January 2014 Brian Kloss attended his first Comic Con in Portland, OR and hung out with Ryan Bruce, the identical (and simiarly talented) twin brother of Travis Bruce.
Brian designed and commissioned several custom illustrations for celebrity autographs in preparation for the event.
Here Brian Kloss is dressed as Spiderman with his all-time hero Stan Lee!
Stan Lee graciously autographed a copy of Toxicology in a Box and accepted a copy as a gift to commemorate the occasion.
Next Brian was excited to meet William Shatner AKA Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek series. Always wanting to be a starship captain himself, Kloss is seen piloting the USS Enterprise and enjoying several LO-CARB Monster Energy Drinks before getting the boot from Kirk.
Always a huge Star Wars fan, Brian was also excited to meet Billy D. Williams and Peter Mayhew, AKA Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca.
To commemorate the meeting Brian brought an illustration from his earlier days at the Jedi Academy. Seen here are “Dudes on the Loose” at the cantina in Mos Eisley. “Mos Eisley Spaceport. You will never find a more retched hive of scum and villainy”, except maybe for Tijuana, but that’s a different story unto itself.
A huge fan of Bruce Campbell, the greatest B-List Movie Actor to ever live, Kloss had to decide on an illustration with Bruce as Autolycus from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Ash Williams from The Evil Dead, or Brisco County, Jr. from The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. It was no contest, really, and Brisco won hands down. Brisco County was Brian’s first exposure to the steam punk genre and the full series is proudly displayed on his DVD shelf.
Last but not least, to celebrate Brian’s first exposure to super heroes, he was honored to meet Adam West and Burt Ward from the original Batman and Robin TV series.
To commemorate the event, Kloss envisioned his Monster Energy Drink inspired theft of the classic Batmobile. “Look ma’, no hands!”
Comic Cons also allow for fans to meet their favorite artists and illustrators and the most fan friendly of all the great illustrators has got to be George Perez. Perez worked on The Avengers, Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman and enjoys meeting fans at Comic Cons across the country. Brian Kloss and George Perez were both featured on episodes of AMC’s Comic Book Men and each recognized the other from their appearance on the show. Perez was very happy and excited to accept a copy of Toxicology in a Box as a gift.
Here’s a few pictures of Kloss in the DeLorean from Back to the Future.