As some of you know, I started doing a weekly webcomic for Bite.ca a little while ago. The first comic I did for them was this one about Law & Order: SVU, a show I think everyone loves despite (or because of) its ridiculous and predictable storylines. I don’t think I’ve ever turned off a rerun of SVU, even if I just saw the episode a couple of days before.
The day after the comic went up, I got an email from a man who told me he was Christopher Meloni’s assistant. According to this man, Ice T had seen my comic and sent it to Meloni, who loved it – and could I please mail them a few signed copies? Because Meloni wanted to get them framed and give them as gifts.
I got the email at work, and as soon as I read it, I said “HOLY SHIT” pretty loudly (and I then had to explain the whole thing to my boss, because you don’t get to say something like that and then say, “Oh, nothing”). First, I was excited because Christopher Meloni is totally rad (if you somehow have not seen Wet Hot American Summer, what is wrong with you?). Second, I was even more excited that Ice T had seen my comic and apparently liked it; I had assumed that if he ever saw my comic, he’d tell me to eat a hot bowl of dicks. (Thanks, Ice T, for not telling me to do that! Because I would have done it, out of respect. Respect and fear.)
Part of me wondered if the email was a prank, but I realized that if it were a prank, it was a very strange one – after all, if the guy was an impostor, all I’d be doing is sending signed copies of the comic to a stranger. But when the assistant replied with an address, I Googled it, and sure enough, it was the SVU production office. Now, again, it could have been a prank, but at the very worst, I was simply sending Christopher Meloni some comics that he wasn’t expecting. No real harm done.
So, I sent off the signed copies. Today, I received this in my inbox:
HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS. Christopher Meloni owns a signed copy of my comic. Oh, and he gave the other framed copies to Ice T, Mariska Hargitay, and executive producers Dick Wolf and Neal Baer. YEAH. THAT HAPPENED.
I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say this is the COOLEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED. (“What about the Renaissance?” This is cooler.) Christopher Meloni, you are the most awesome mothereffer I’ve ever been in contact with (and your assistant is awesome!). Thanks for liking my comic and not sending me a cease-and-desist order.