Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Two-Gun Bob and other Texas Adventures

A couple of months ago, we did an Adventures of Two-Gun Bob strip in which REH tells the story of a “gas attack” on San Antonio, Texas, in 1932. He described walking across the plaza in front of the “municipal building” when his eyes started to burn and everyone around him began coughing. He later learned that gas from a demonstration at a local military base had blown down on the city.

It took a little research to find out what REH meant by “municipal building” (there was more than one candidate). After a little digging we settled on the San Antonio Municipal Auditorium as the probable site — which caused Rusty Burke to do a little digging, and discover this newspaper advertisement for the art exhibit Bob was in San Antonio to see:

Since we flew into San Antonio on our way to REH Days back in June, we made sure to stop and see the building itself — which is still there, and essentially unchanged since 1932. We’d done our drawings based on a variety of postcard pictures and it was really fascinating to finally see it in person. It gave us this weird feeling that we were walking into our comic strip!

Here’s a picture we took that day, and below that is the strip as it ran in Dark Horse’s Conan the Cimmerian #21 (click on pictures to see larger):

A couple other quick notes from REH Days — after one of our panels, a guy came up to us and introduced himself as Alan Foster — to which we fannishly sputtered, “Alan Dean Foster, the author?” He was! This was an unexpected thrill for us, since we’d both been fans of his work since we were teenagers. It was also a new experience to meet someone we admired, only to learn that he was familiar with our own work. Mr. Foster, was even kind enough to pose for a picture with us (that's him in the middle). Super cool!

Every year at REH Days, Indy Cavalier brings along a variety of goodies created by the Robert E. Howard Foundation. Since 2007 we’ve designed the special lapel pins that commemorate the event, and this year was no exception. Here’s a look (click image to see larger):

We had a great time at REH Days in Cross Plains. It was nice to see so many of our friends again, and meet so many new people. Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the event, and I hear they’re already planning for it to be something special. If you’ve never been to Cross Plains, next June might be a good opportunity.


  1. Awesome, I will do my best to be there next year.

  2. I can imagine "walking into our comic strip" would be a cool vibe.

    And way, way cool meeting Alan Dean Foster.

  3. Wow, you got a pic with Alan! I'm so pleased after hearing about your excitement. I wish I got a picture with you guys, come to think of it...