Back in 1993, I was at Anime America (or was it Anime Expo? Hard to remember, since they were a week apart and both in San Jose!) and met Helen McCarthy and struck up a friendly aquaintence with her and Steve Kyte. They were, at the time, doing the (long gone now, but fondly remembered) anime magazine 'Anime UK', and they were about to do an issue where the feature articles were to be on Battle Angel Alita / Gunnm. I had already started on the sketch for this pic and showed it to them. I don't know who mentioned it first, but one thing led to another and it looked like I was going to be finishing this up so it would be used as the cover art of that issue! Sadly, the company that published Gunnm in Japan stipulated that no art for Gunnm was to be used in the magazine except that provided by them. Which put the kibosh on this being featured as the cover art. Ah well. I'd have to wait for another time for my 15 minutes of fame.