Utahraptor, William Stout, and one incredible convention sketch

A cool story about dinosaurs, that’s all… and about one of the greatest dinosaur artists of all time. I’ve told it before, but that was a while ago. 🙂 
I was incredibly fortunate to get a Utahraptor sketch from William Stout at a convention several years ago. I caught him before the dealers room opened (being a guest of the convention myself), and he did it for free — I was seriously fangirling on him, telling him that the very first book I ever bought with my own money was “Dinosaurs”, and so forth — and I didn’t find out until later that it was the equivalent of a $150 convention sketch… or so I’ve been told. In any case, it’s amazing and I will treasure it always.

William Stout Sketch MEDIUM

The day I met Willaim Stout, in person! Oh, how I fangirled! (And got a tremendous surprise into the bargain.)

Several years ago, when my husband and I were guests at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), William Stout was there also and I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with him at his booth on the Friday afternoon of the convention, before the fans started pouring in. I gushed a LOT, I’m afraid, telling him that the very first book I ever bought with my own money was his own “Dinosaurs” — and when I bought a copy of his newest book from him right then and there, he spontaneously created the sketch below, at no additional charge. (In retrospect, his generosity boggles my mind!)
But that wasn’t all! I fangirled over the sketch too, and declared that I’d simply HAVE to bring my husband, comic book artist George Freeman, over to meet Mr. Stout before the convention closed. At which point Mr. Stout looked at me keenly and replied: “George Freeman’s here? I wish I’d known — i would have brought along my copies of “Captain Canuck” for him to sign!”

Or at least, that’s how I remember it now. 🙂 At any rate, George and Mr. Stout did meet toward the end of the convention and had a nice conversation, and I have this beautiful sketch to treasure always.

William Stout Sketch MEDIUM