something similar happened to me, except in my writing, for ages afterwards i would write in a way which is very inspired by spider and i still do, he is my no.1 inspiration when i'm writing these days :D plus he is just so legend cool in general!
Ah, that's so cool. :) When I read Transmetropolitan I got hugely inspired, I wish I was like Spider :):)
unless i am mistaking, is that Spider Jerusalem as your avatar? He is just the greatest.