There are these two guys.

The first guy is someone I knew a long time ago. I mean, like a quarter of a century ago. During my Star Wars/Lego/GI Joe years, this guy was my best friend. I probably haven’t seen him since 1984.

The other guy is slightly famous. He writes comic books. I don’t know when I first heard of him, but it was at least two or three years ago. I think I may even have read one of his books. I’ve certainly heard of the titles.

I discovered recently that these two people, one of whom I remembered from years ago, the other I was vaguely aware of as a noteworthy figure in the hallowed halls of nerd-dom, are in fact the same person. The comic book writer is known by a different name. Wikipedia supplied a couple other pieces of evidence that makes me certain of the ID.

It’s a weird thing. If I had come across, say, a MySpace page for my old friend, I would have instantly shot him a “Hey! Remember me? What’s up?” message. But now I feel weird about it. I mean, the guy has a freakin’ Wikipedia entry about him. I’ve read reviews of his work on Ain’t It Cool News. I can’t just try and contact him out of the blue now. I’ll look like a dick. Won’t I?

I’m genuinely curious. What, if anything, should I do here?