What Peter David Wants For His Birthday
As many reading this will know, when you register on the BC forums (and most other forums around the web) it asks for your birth date. And on your birthday, if your account is set to accept administrative messages, it sends you an automated happy birthday message from me (the forum admin). It basically just says, "Hey, Bleeding Cool wishes you a happy birthday."
To my never-ending surprise, people respond to these robot emails. Often. And frequently at length. Usually, people are having a happy birthday. But sometimes not, and sometimes we fall into a conversation that has little to do with birthdays. In any case, it's an interesting little phenomenon that never fails to surprise me as I watch my inbox ever day.
Today, it happens to be Peter David's birthday. Peter David replied to the BC happy birthday message and said he'd have a happy birthday if we would encourage people to buy his book Fearless: A Tale of a Runaway Imagination. His daughter Caroline has also contributed to the book, I see. Amazon describes it like this:
"What happened next?" That's what Peter David's daughter, Caroline, asked him after he finished reading her Tigerheart, his modern exploration of the world of Peter Pan. At the time, he didn't know. And then, a few months later, when Caroline complained that her imagination had simply disappeared, he saw the possibilities. Together they produced the tale of Mary Dear, the young adopted sister of Tigerheart's hero Paul. When Mary's best friend discovers in distress that her imagination has fled, Mary has to embark upon a daring adventure to track it down and return it, with her only companions: a plush winged lion and a disenfranchised princess with no ability to feel emotions…
A pretty modest birthday request from someone who's given us all many years of good comics and other stories, I think. So I hope you'll join me in wishing Peter David a very happy birthday indeed.