At some point later Lawson and forgive me but I don't recall the context or the argument. But Lawson proved Tony to have been wrong on some point. The hi-jinks then ensued. Lawson even admitted he might have over did the victory celebration, others argued that Tony may have brought it on himself by his own actions in the past.
Yeah, in the end, Tony Isabella was my fault.
Tony had been ribbed a lot by other people about his daily blog promotions, because it usually was the only time he contributed to threads around here. He sort of Spammed. So I think he already was a little sensitive about criticism.
Then I came back from a comics convention and reported on a great anecdote related by Marv Wolfman and Len Wein about their early days in the comic book industry. They were accused -- wrongly -- of theft and were blacklisted for a short period.
Tony inexplicably jumped into that thread to say I was clearly making this up, that he doubted Len and Marv ever related any such tale. I've no idea why Tony took such a personal interest in this story about two other writers.
And I dunno why -- maybe I was having a bad day -- but that accusation sat wrong with me. So I found an online interview Len Wein had given on the same subject and posted it in the thread. Ta-da! See, I didn't
make it up!
But Tony said something equally dismissive, something rude, unable to admit that he simply was wrong. And ... to rub his face in it ... I started a new thread called something like TONY ISABELLA GETS PROVEN TOTALLY WRONG!
That was the last we ever saw of Tony Isabella.
I shouldn't have done it. I should have stopped once I had established that Wein said what I said he said. Tony's attitude just stuck in my craw. Tony -- who got into a lot of Internet arguments -- could dish it out but not take it. I should have been the bigger man there.