I had an experience in April 2010 regarding a smudge, which I am still a bit raw over all of these years later. I'm not raw about the guest, but I'm raw about the experience, because it was one of those experiences that involved being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I had already met this guest 3 times over the years and had such great experiences with him, and I was and still am a big fan of his work, however, when I met him the 4th time in 2010, it was a bad experience.
Out of all of the guests at this event in 2010, this guest was the only guest who didn't have a silver sharpie. Instead, he had some cheap silver pen, which partly caused the smudge. The main reason for the smudge was due to some guy who rudely interrupted while my item was being signed. I, myself had my own silver sharpie with me, but for some unknown reason, I didn't firstly ask him to use it. However, I did ask him, after I noticed the smudge, but instead of him just resigning it, he tried to make out that there wasn't a smudge and he even asked his assistant if he could see one. His assistant however, knew that there was a smudge, as he didn't answer. Anyway, he did resign it with my silver sharpie, and I talked about a project that he was working on, in which he responded to. However, when I put my hand out to get my silver sharpie back, he didn't seem happy, as he questioned me by saying... Your pen?
He then handed me my pen back, but wasn't happy when doing so, and when I thanked him just before I left, he looked up with a very angry face and didn't say anything.
I so hope to have a 5th and final experience with this guest, as the 4th time was such a raw note to end things on, however, he hasn't done any signings in this country since April 2010, and I kind of get the feeling that if he was going to do so, then he would have done so by now.