New Comics Wednesday (5/25/11) & the Spokane Comicon!

So, I walked into a Comicon…. No, I have no con joke for you, sorry. I do have some thoughts about the Spokane Comicon below, right after my list of comics that are out today:

  • FF #4
  • Green Lantern #66–All three GL titles listed here brought to you by the War of the Green Lanterns story.
  • Green Lantern Corps #60
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10
  • Mighty Thor #2
  • Ruse #3
  • Spider-Girl #7–The penultimate issue.
  • Xombi #3–I’m so behind on reviewing this title, and I so badly want to!

So, last Saturday I took my brother (not so much the comic fan that I am) with me to the 5th annual Spokane Comicon. For $5, I feel I got my money’s worth. This year when we arrived (close to noon), they still had plenty of printed programs. Because of the time, we quickly went into the auditorium to attend the first panel. It was How to Break Into Comics with two gentlemen who are part of Creators Edge. The panel really should have been titled How to Make Your Own Comics. I really wish Scott Allie, an editor at Dark Horse Comics, would have been a participant on this panel to give his perspective on things (not to mention the many artists in attendance, but they were busy making art, I know), but I did learn some stuff, and realized I probably do not want to make my own comics–it sounds like too much work! :) Scott Allie did host his own Q&A on behalf of Dark Horse, which was pretty informative. I don’t care for most of the licensed stuff Dark Horse puts out, but I am looking forward to the Buffy and Angel comics coming out later this year. The rest of the time, my brother and I wandered around the artist room and looking at all the stuff for sale. I did buy George Pérez’s Crimson Plague and The Ray mini-series, which I’d been wanting to read for a while–all for $7.

I also found on the free swag table a manila folder titled Confidential. In it was a 24-hour, black & white comic by Derek Ellis produced on sheets of printer paper. It’s not the best work I’ve seen (he’s a first time comic creator as noted in his introduction), but I applaud the effort–Mr. Ellis created a fucking comic (in 24 hours no less!), which is more than I’ve done. Mr. Ellis, if you ever find this page, please, contact me, I’d like to ask you a few questions.

The vendor area was twice as big as last year, and I saw a lot of people dressed up, including representatives from the various Lantern Corps (I really wish I had snapped a pic!), so I see that as a good sign of growth for this little con. Most of my criticisms of last year’s con seemed to be absent this year, so I appreciated that (not that I had anything directly to do with that, mind you). I like to go to cons for the panels (information) and shopping (but I’m not into getting original art or sketches), so my only real complaint is the lack of panels, both in number and participation from those in the biz, but it is a one-day con in Spokane–as it continues to grow, I’m sure this area will improve.

If you went to the con, I urge you to take their survey so that they can continue to improve the show and make it even better for next year. And my brother? He said he had a good time. He especially liked the panels since he said he learned some stuff about comics (okay, he really liked the pretty girls who were dressed up). I was very impressed with his willingness to tag along with me as I sat in the panels (tweeting), searched through boxes of comics, and talked with a few people (like Craig, the owner of the Comic Book Shop). We hadn’t spent any time together like that in a very long time–we need to do it more.

New Comics Wednesday (5/18/11)

I’ll be heading to the Spokane Comicon this Saturday with my younger, but certainly not handsomer, brother. He was never into comics like I was and continue to be, so it should be mildly interesting to see his reactions to things. You may recall the review I wrote about the Con last year, so I’ll be curious to see if things have improved.

Here’s what’s coming out this week that I’ll be getting:

  • Batman & Robin #23
  • JLA #57
  • LSH #13
  • Sigil #3
  • Teen Titans #95
  • Zatanna #13

Also, Alpha Flight #0.1 (no, that’s not a typo) is out, beginning a seven-issue limited series featuring our favorite Canadian heroes (though I guess it’s technically eight with this point one issue).

On the DC side, the Batgirl: The Flood trade is being published. I went back and got all the floppies, but if you haven’t read the Bryan Q. Miller (of Smallville) written Batgirl, you really should check it out.

Batman: Gates of Gotham: The description from the DC website intrigues me a bit in that it “sets the stage for several exciting storylines in 2011”, but I have a doubt about how good this is really going to be.

Finally, I really want to get the Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes: The Early Years trade. It collects Adventure Comics #515-520, with the return of Paul Levitz writing the Legion, and right after I removed the title from my pull list (for monetary reasons). I’d like to see how this “new” Legion’s history with a young Superman is represented.

New Comics Thursday (6/3/10)

Even though I don’t pick up my comics every Wednesday (because my local comic shop is 80 miles away), the fact that holidays push comic delivery out by one day still irritates me. The human heart is such a mystery…. And now, my list!

  • Adventure Comics #12–My last. It started out good, but I haven’t liked the tie-in approach with this comic.
  • Brightest Day #3
  • I, Zombie #2
  • Irredeemable #14
  • Serenity: Float Out Special–What can I say? I’m a Firefly/Serenity whore.

In my last New Comics post I reviewed the Spokane Comicon. The cofounder and coodinator of the con took exception to some of the things I wrote and responded. I was very impressed by the respectful and professional way Mr. O’Brien handled the situation, and I wish him all the luck and success with future Spokane Comicons.

New Comics Wednesday (5/26/10) and Some Con Comments

One of these days, I will be posting my reviews of the last few months of comics. I promise! In the meantime, here’s what I will be reading and eventually posting about.

  • Brave and the Bold #34
  • Green Lantern #54
  • Incorruptible #6
  • Superman: War of the Supermen #4–I’ve actually been enjoying this series and can’t wait to read this last issue.

Last Saturday I went to the Spokane Comicon. It was a good distraction for a couple hours. I mostly enjoyed the DC panel and was introduced to the highly entertaining Brandon Jerwa. Plus, I bought 3 superhero t-shirts for $20 (including a really cool jack-o-lantern design that incorporates the bat symbol), and the 1982 Hercules, Prince of Power mini-series for $2. What I didn’t care for was the lack of interesting panels (there were only 5 or 6), and the apparent lack of professionalism. When I paid to get in, I wasn’t given a schedule of events or any other information. During the DC panel, the moderator didn’t even tell us what the panel was or who the guys at the table were!  I’ll have to see who the guests are for next year and what the panels are before I decide if I go next May. I realize this is a very young con, and I really want to support a “local” comicon, but they really need to bump up the professionalism/organizational savvy to keep my interest (and that of the casual con-goer).