Let’s take a little trip down Memory Lane, shall we?
Way, way back in the year 2000 (weird how that still sounds futuristic…), I asked a friend of mine to create an visual avatar for my “Poe Ghostal” handle. This was back when the expression “go postal” was still somewhat in circulation, so I figured people knew where the joke came from.
The earliest reference to “Poe Ghostal” I can find is this Usenet message I wrote on January 12, 2000. For the record, I still stand by my assertions regarding variations and “definitive” figures.
Anyway, here’s the first sketch my friend did:
And then the final version:
I never really used this as an avatar – the website it was scheduled for never came about. At OAFE, starting in 2002, I used a ToyBiz Nazgul figure to represent Poe (and later a Halo Master Chief). The whole “red goggles, cloak and big hat” motif I use now didn’t come in until I created this website in 2007.