Unfortunately, after I had written the story and broken it down into rough pencils, my brother-in-law, Jeff Mitchell, lost his battle with cancer.
The story that I hoped would be a fun joke with and for him suddenly became something I didn't ever want to look at again.
Enter my friend Andy Kapellusch, who grew up in Wisconsin but who is an avowed Chicago Blackhawks fan. I had told him that I was working on this story, and he thought it was terrific. One day more recently he asked me about it. He had some free time, and was willing to finish it if I needed him to. So without telling him why I had not done any work on it, I sent it to him. It occurred to me that he could not only save the story, but he could help save me. Without knowing what he was doing, Andy actually embodied the whole point of this project: this really was what friends were for.
So thank you, Andy, for helping me more than you knew. Thank you for taking something painful, and changing it back into something fun. It's fantastic. I love it.
And Jeff, I'm sorry for not getting this story done quickly enough. I do think you would have liked it. Just the thought of you seeing Green Lantern in a Blackhawks jersey brings a tear to my eye....you would have gotten a kick out of that. You probably wouldn't have known who the Martian Manhunter was, but I know you still would have enjoyed them fighting at United Center. I miss you, man.