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What do you remember about your first Comic-Con, when you came out of the audience wearing the Spider-Man costume and read that note you’d written? I remember it vividly. It was one of my favorite moments of my creative life, in terms of finding a purpose in my life and knowing that I was in the right place and the right time and that I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Where the idea came from is that I wanted to mark it for myself: I didn’t want to do just a panel, I didn’t want it to be, “Here’s the actors talking about the film,” because that creates a separation and a literal status level, because the actors are on a higher level on the stage than the people are in the audience, and I’m not comfortable with that. It’s okay when you see a play because it’s elevated reality or whatever, but to have the Comic-Con audience look up at me … that simple action, I wasn’t comfortable with. I wanted to be in the crowd, that was it. That’s where I belong, because I’m a fan. It also came out of being very anxious about saying hello and having to say, “Hey, guys, I hope you don’t mind that I’m English.“