In 2012 post on this very blog, I off-handedly coined the phrase "Praise Be His Name" when mentioning the legendary artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (PBHN). I have always felt that JLGL is one of, if not the, finest artists to ever work in the medium, but someone whose work hasn't gotten the appreciation afforded other contemporaries like John Byrne, Frank Miller, Walt Simonson, etc. So I thought a nice way to remind people how great JLGL is was to follow every mention of his name with the phrase, as a sort of call-and-response thing.
I kept doing it on every JLGL-related post, until the thing took on a life of its own, and other people started using it. And now, thanks to F.O.A.M.er Carlos Mucha, the man himself has been informed of this tribute! In an interview Carlos did with JLGL over on CapedWonder.com, he asked the great artist what he thought about the whole thing:
Carlos Mucha: What do you think of the "Praise be his name" expression that some fans state whenever your name is mentioned in writing, on podcasts, or blogs?
José Luis García-López: What? No, it can't be. (Laughs)
Carlos Mucha: Yes, really! They say "José Luis Garcia-Lopez, praise be his name."
José Luis García-López: Oh my God. Oh my "Gosh!" I don’t know. I'm now finding out about this.
Carlos Mucha: Yes, it’s your nickname lately.
José Luis García-López: No, no. Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re saying! (Laughs)
Despite JLGL's modesty, I plan to keep on using "Praise Be His Name." He deserves it!