Daniel the Best & his Beloved Lyndal
Daniel Best, of the best of friends and regular visitor to our comments page, founder of the creator driven Adelaide Comics and Books web site in Australia, vociferous supporter of the often forgotten creators whom modern times have passed by, activist for the benefit and encouragement of the comics medium and its creators on countless discussion forums and email-lists, humble believer in righteousness and courageous spokesman for truth and justice... yes the same Daniel Best is soon to be wed to his heart's desire, his beloved Lyndal.
Our heartiest congratulations to the joyous couple and best wishes for a fabulous Australian wedding event on the 9th of September, later this year.
We first met several years ago when Daniel contacted me for an interview for his ACAB web site. Daniel's spirit and introduction to the interview revealed a courageous man, unhindered by presumed convention or community peer pressure views. I soon discovered his persistent active foray into the comics web and publishing communities - and we've since become of the best of friends.
Daniel has co-written, with Mike Esposito, a valuable documentation of the life and times of the much loved and missed Ross Andur & Mike Esposito comics creator team: Partners for Life. He's currently producing a book about Silver Age legend, Jim Mooney and rigorously peruses the comics community, much like a well-navigated pinging emissary, actively supporting a wide range of creators, including such good friends as Clifford Meth, Norm Breyfogle and Gene Colan, amongst many others. A quick look at the lineup of creators he's interviewed, reveals the depth of Daniel Best's penchant love for the comics medium and its often passed-by creators of by-gone eras. A recent entry at his Twentieth Century Danny Boy blog, on Jim Mooney's Cat, tells of the his adorance to the very human side of the super heroes, as expressed in the artist's charming 1960 Supergirl comic book tale.
Upon my recent return and activity at Rabble-Rouser, Daniel has moved me deeply with a few words at his blog, that tell everything about the special friendship we share.
A pal of mine asked me recently in an email, "What is it about you and Netzer? Why do you like him? He's a nutjob!" Well it's true, Michael is a tad nutty, but then aren't we all? I thought about sitting down and writing a huge response about why Michael Netzer is misunderstood, why he gets a bad rap and why he gets picked on. I felt like writing about the good stuff that Michael has done. How he helps people. How he helped me by designing a cover to my Andru & Esposito book and refused payment. Michaels design helped sell the book to it's new publisher. I could write about how Michael is one of the most honest and pure people out there in an industry that has more than it's fair share of ego and people who'll insist they're great but aren't. I could mention his writing. His art...and that's where I stopped.In a previous entry about Joe Rubinstein's new work and Rabble-Rouser's debut, More than Worth a Look, Daniel had this to say:
My pal Michael Netzer has returned with a vengeance. Excellent! Mike's always an interesting read as he doesn't hold back with his thoughts and comments. Another incredibly talented artist (and writer to boot, not to mention graphic designer) who doesn't work anywhere near enough for my liking, Netzer is fearless. If he likes you, and he invariably does, then he'll part the Red Sea for you. But if you wrong him, or attack his pals, then you'll soon know about it.Michael - it's great to see you back!Who amongst us wouldn't feel majestically marvelous in such good company and warm regard? You're of the best of friends and a credit to the comics community, Daniel. Do maintain the great spirit and may you only have comfort and joy on the new road you walk with Lyndal.
Congratulations and best wishes for always!
Posted: 2:42 PM EST