Went to Wondercon on Sunday. The Dan Slott spotlight forum was awesome. Also, great day to get some good deals there on the dealer floor.
Did you snag any sketches?
No, but Jay's Comics was selling a lot of awesome hardcovers for super cheap. Got the "X-Men: Mutant Massacre" hardcover for $15 (normally $40), and was VERY tempted to get the "Dark Phoenix" hardcover for $25 (normally $75).
I really dug Wondercon... I hope they keep having it in Anaheim, since it's easier for me to get to than San Francisco.
I liked Wondercon in SF as a much smaller alternative to SDCC but still with the same star power. It made it much easier to get to chat with creators and schmooze at after parties. Moscone is a nice little room. Anaheim Convention Center is a fucking huge place - did they try to fill it, or just relegate it to a couple halls?
I went to the show on Sunday, so crowd-wise, it wasn't so bad, and deals on the main floor, as I mentioned earlier.
One of the biggest changes seems to be that in SF there was very little to no movie/TV presence. it was a nice alternative to SDCC to have a place that was strictly for comics and artists, and the crowd differences that come with that
Have you guys been to Southern California Comics in SD? Holy shit... Just dropped 200 in there......... could have easily been worse. They seriously have everything. I was in awe.
Have you guys read the new 52 batman: court of owls? What a stinker!
Got the first issue of chew, love it!
Also on the 3rd book of sags of swamp thing, seriously the most beautiful comic book I've ever read...
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I liked Court of Owls.
I've been obsessing over Nowhere Men and East of West recently, can't wait to see where those two Image series go. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Such intriguing stories and they're only on Issue 4 and 2 respectively.
I also started reading Walking Dead for my comics-class. I'm about 15 issues in; it's a lot more interesting than I thought it would be, but it's got this soap-opera, who's-sleeping-with-who vibe that's kind of getting on my nerves. I'm sure it gets better though.
The entire storyline covers hundreds (?) of years starting with a mob boss (?) Hunter Rose, but the "Grendel" personality gets passed down to many characters. Some of essentials would be Batman/Grendel crossovers, Devil by the Deed, War Child and the first 12 or so issues of the Comico series where Hunter's god daughter (?) becomes Grendel. Can't remember all the details but I remember the art and crazy storylines really standing out in my young teenage mind.
After an afternoon screening of Return of The Jedi up at the Egyptian, my brother and headed over to Golden Apple Comics for Free Comic Book Day. Since it was at the end of the day, all they had left was the Superman Comic but I was happy to get it.
I also picked up Thunderbolts because I love Elektra and have been meaning to check it out. I have to say I was disappointed up until issue #7, (1.) because I don't like Dillon's drawing style and (2.) because Daniel Way's story was just not that interesting. Several times, I had to go back a few panels to ascertain which character said what because Dillion's people all look alike.* Way's story could have been more interesting, however, his underuse/misuse of Elektra vexed me sorely. I will say his Deadpool dialogue did make me LOL a few times. Fortunately, Phil Noto is the artist for issue #7, and he won me over with is art on Uncanny XForce last year, so I look forward to reading that issue tonight. I hope the story picks up, too.
I also saw a lone issue of Deadpool Killustrated #1, left on the shelf so I picked up that one, too. I thought it was ok, but not really enough to make me want to pick up #2. Anyone else reading that one?
*Man, I hate when that happens. Mainly because I feel like, am I just not appreciating the artist's work correctly? Am I missing subtleties? Do I need glasses? But when you go back and study the panels looking for distinction, and you find that there are almost none, and it's because the artist draws everyone the same... man, that is so frustrating. Is it too much to ask to maybe give the one female in the group more feminine facial features? A more pronounced cheekbone structure, or a slightly higher eyebrow arch? If I am going back in the pages and studying panels I want it to be because I am so entranced by the artwork and I'm falling in love with it.
Greg Land ended up disappointing me that way, too. I remember seeing the cover for Phoenix Endsong and diggin' it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-Men:_Phoenix_-_Endsong I loved this! I remember downloading it from the Marvel site and having it on my desktop at work. At the time, this was a cool new style for me, but then with subsequent issues I realized that he draws almost everyone the same (facial structure & expressions, bodytypes, poses). So then it wasn't as cool anymore. Then I found a blog where someone compiled a bunch of his works and photo evidence of images that he traced, recycled and blatantly stole other people's artwork. I can't even look at his "artwork" now and take it seriously. And I can't unsee the porno faces now.
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60 issues into Walking Dead... awesome.
Gonna pick up Invincible soon. Kirkman is great.
So I'm admittedly not a huge comic fan, but this just happened where I live:
Stormtrooper, Ghostbuster assaulted in Portland during Free Comic Book Day; 300-pound man arrested
PORTLAND — A Westbrook man was Tasered by police on Saturday for allegedly assaulting a man dressed as a Stormtrooper and another man dressed as a Ghostbuster, according to police.
Adam Barnes, 31, was arrested on State Street after assaulting two people in costume and threatening police, said Portland police Lt. Gary Hutcheson. He was charged with two counts of assault, disorderly conduct and five counts of criminal threatening because he threatened all five officers at the scene.
After refusing to submit to arrest, he was Tasered, said Hutcheson.
Coast City Comics at the corner of Congress St. and Park St. was hosting an event associated with Free Comic Book Day, a national event, on Saturday, according to Jarrett Melendez, event coordinator. About a dozen people were dressed in costume. People were dressed as Ghostbusters, Stormtroopers from Star Wars, the Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.
Bobby Daggett of Portland was dressed as Green Lantern when he said he witnessed the first assault.
“There were a bunch of people standing outside trying to drum up business and one guy was dressed as a Stormtrooper,” said Daggett. “Out of nowhere this guy tried to put [the guy in the Stormtrooper costume] in a chokehold from behind and then throws him to the ground. He was trying to be intimidating above him and screamed obscenities to everybody.”
Hutcheson said Barnes is 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds. He was intoxicated at 2:30 p.m., when Barnes was arrested, he said.
Daggett said the scene was so bizarre that he didn’t think it was real.
“I didn’t think it was malicious [at first]. I thought they were messing around,” said Daggett. “But the guy in costume had no idea who this guy was.”
Barnes had walked across the street to commit the assault, Daggett said.
“Why would somebody just decide to go well out of their way to do it?” Daggett asked.
Daggett said he didn’t witness a man in a Ghostbusters costume get assaulted, but Hutcheson said the Ghostbuster was punched by Barnes.
Barnes was confronted by police a block away.
“He was taunting and challenging police officers and then he got Tased,” said Hutcheson.
Hutcheson agreed with Daggett that the event was strange.
“I’ve been a cop for 23 years, I’ve never heard of a Ghostbuster and a Stormtrooper getting assaulted,” he said.
Barnes was taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland. A mugshot of Barnes was not available Saturday evening.
Was anyone here at MorrisonCon? Watching a drunk Darick Robertson do Bob Dylan songs on an acoustic guitar = comix nirvana
^ Nice. After morrison left actioncomics ive been having withdrawals. I havent seen ironman 3 so i cant comment on that. The aliens that attacked earth in the avengers movie have made their comic debut in the Nova relaunch. Its all building up to 'INFINITY'. I can not wait for Age of Ultron to be over. What a waste, was hoping for something better.
I read Black Hole and The Nikopol Trilogy over the past couple days. I didn't really get Black Hole. It was terrifying in seeing the blind lust of teenagers, but the end and whole message was kind of confusing to me. The Nikopol Trilogy was a really nice quick read. I loved the idea of ancient Egyptian Gods entering a dystopian future Paris. These were both good, but Black Hole still left me scratching my head.
I read Black Hole for my comics class. It was pretty fucking weird. The artwork was great though.
I picked up some insane back issues today at Socal Comics... i gotta stop going there. That place is trouble for my wallet. Their collection is so fucking crazy. They have everything.
I've never really gotten into comics but have been wanting to for years, so this is a major fucking boon for me: http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/6...ne-should-read
heather gave me the Akira books for my birthday, I think i'm finally gonna start reading them on my plane rides next week when i go back east.
^ A definite yes! IDW released all the original black and white versions in color.