This Fan Was Good – Todd Crossman
I first came across Todd Crossman on the old Prodigy bulletin boards, back in 1992. Todd was a really nice fellow, and we had similar interests in comics. We even corresponded a bit beyond just the internet – I think I sent him a Zero Hour tie-in issue he needed once. At the time, Todd’s son, Dylan, would also post on the comic boards. I think they more or less shared the online name “Zylly” (that could be wrong – it’s been more than ten years, I can’t be sure about that one ;)). Todd was sure proud of Dylan. The Prodigy boards basically fell apart around 1997 when Prodigy became defunct, and I did not have much contact with Todd after that.
About a year and a half ago, I got a message from Todd over at Comic Book Resources. He had looked me up and tracked me to CBR. He apparently had found a new online “home” at Geoff Johns’ board over at ComicBloc (Geoff Johns would be, like, the perfect writer for Todd based on what I knew of his tastes), but Todd also started posting at CBR, as well. He was now going by the name “Zylly’s Dad,” as I suppose Dylan was now “Zylly.” The first thing he told me as we caught up was, of course, to tell me about Dylan, and how well he was doing at college.
Today’s the one-year anniversary of Todd’s passing. Here is Todd’s website, where he kept some poems he had written, as well as some artwork he had picked up over the years, going to conventions with Dylan. In losing Todd, we lost one of the best comic fans I have known.