The following conversation took place in a New England comic book shop recently and was relayed to me by my brother this weekend...
"Excuse me? I was wondering if you help me out?"
"I'll certainly try. What do you need?"
"Well, I've got this list of things I'm looking for, and I was wondering if you had any of them."
"Let's see your list... Hmmm, that's funny. Where'd you get this list from?"
"I printed it from online. Why?"
"Well, it kind of looks like the same design as this one Fantastic Four web site, FFPlaza."
"Yeah -- it's the same guy."
"Er... why are you looking to buy something for him?"
"He's my brother."
"Holy crap! Really?"
Heh heh. I'm not sure which I enjoy more: that my work can actually be recognized like that, that I'm recognized in any capacity relating to comic books, or that I was recognized as a comic book celebrity (however minor) to my brother.
Ultimately, the shop did not have any of the items on my list (no real surprise, since some of the stuff is pretty obscure) but my brother did get an extended conversation on the difference between a Marvel Selects Uatu action figure and the Bowen Designs Uatu bust. Not that my brother cared that much, but you know how fanboys can get!