[Baltimore Comic-Con 2014] Longer & Better Than The Last!

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Finally, it all comes around. The past few years have been all about firsts when it came to conventions. Everything was new! No more, this was my second time attending Baltimore Comic-Con, and thankfully it was even better than before! Plus it lasted longer – after the success of last year’s show a third day was added, making the whole thing a Friday through Sunday affair. It’s true that the first day was a little slow in terms of attendance, but for those present it was an excellent opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Exhibitor Hall, as well as get signatures from big name creators without the lines that inevitably took shape later.

And, yes! There were a lot of excellent creators in attendance, may of which I was incredibly excited to see. Unlike previous conventions I made a point to hunt down signatures. From Gail Simone, to Mark Waid, Paul Levitz, Garth Ennis, George Pérez, Greg Capullo, Cliff Chiang, Francesco Francavilla, Cully Hamner, Carla Speed McNeil, Rafer Roberts, Jeremy Bastian, Matt WagnerDavid Petersen, Paul Pope, Joe Quinones, Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Charles Soule, Jeff Stokely, Michael Alan Nelson, James Tynion IV, and Bryan J.L. Glass – I caught them all! Whew! While this involved a good amount of time spent in line, it was well worth it, and mostly mitigated by the awesome fans around me. Conversations sparked up, and generally made time pass just a little quicker, even when I spent two hours waiting in line for Pérez.

Speaking of whom I was able to get my hands on a convention special of Sirens #1, and then get it signed by the man, which was quite excellent! Fun fact, all of the women in the comic are based on real life people, many of whom will be attending conventions with him in the future (including his wife). Also, Francavilla’s Black Beetle: Necrologue is still happening, it has simply been delayed temporarily. I got to speak with him briefly while getting my copy of Black Beetle #0 signed, and was delighted learn this. Similarly, McNeil has a bunch of stuff coming up soon, none of which has been formally announced, but it seems incredibly exciting – certainly something to keep an eye out for! Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (9/10/14)

Stumptown #1

Stumptown #1

I survived Baltimore Comic-Con! I’ll even be writing about it soon, and a bit extra too! Small Press Expo is coming up this weekend, and I cannot wait! But for now, there’s comics coming out this week – and a ton of debuts too! Then if that was not enough plenty of new titles on the horizon for December, and beyond! Get excited!

Reading List

Stumptown #1 – Greg Rucka & Matthew Southworth‘s Stumptown was first published in 2009. A second volume followed in 2012. Even though only nine issues have been published to date, they were enough to establish an intriguing lead in Dex, plus a compelling setting in Portland (and one that seems true to the real city!). This was always Rucka doing what he does best – detective stories – and now it’s finally back! This time around, Justin Greenwood, whom you might recognize from his work on The Fuse, is handling the art duties, and the series is slated to be be an ongoing. If you enjoy Lazarus, you should definitely give this title a try, then also track down the previous two volumes! Easily my most exciting pick this week! Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (9/3/14)

Finder: Third World

Finder: Third World

My quest to get this post up earlier continues to fail, but at least I’m getting done? So there’s that! Anyway, some very exciting comics are coming out this week. Then there’s something new from Andrew MacLean coming in 2015, ODY-C has finally been solicited, and there’s a convention happening this weekend! Time to get pumped!

Reading List

Finder: Third World – Discovering Carla Speed McNeil‘s Finder was one of those revelations that reminded me why I love comics. It was an engrossing experience into a world full of interesting characters and narratives. It began with Jaeger, hero, scoundrel, Sin Eater, and Finder; then branched out further into the rich supporting cast. McNeil gradually reveals more of her world to us with each volume. This latest one was initially serialized in Dark Horse Presents, and was also the first to be published in color. However, this sort of story is best read at once, and now the collected edition will do just that. You should not miss this! Read More

[Review] (In A Sense) Lost and Found

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“F. Premise awoke one morning from troubled dreams to find that her innocence had gone missing”

So begins Roman Muradov‘s debut graphic novel (In A Sense) Lost and Foundand so too begins the aptly named F. Premise’s quest for her lost innocence. A simple and elegant start to a story that plunges the reader into a beautifully illustrated world full of dark corners, geometric oddities, and sheer wonder. Behind the clever word play, behind even the logical conclusion, lie truths about the cruelty and simple mindedness of the world we live in, but also the kindness and courage that oppose it. The end result is a concise testament to the power of persevering when lost, and the perhaps unsurprising path to finding yourself once more. Read More

Hey, Look! Comics! (8/27/14)

Wayward #1

Wayward #1

Finally starting to get back into the swing of things, and while this post isn’t out as early as I would have liked, it’s still earlier than last week. Plus, I also got my coverage of Otakon done (and you should read that). Anyway, we’ve got some new comics coming out this week, and then some older ones I felt a particular need to spotlight. And if that’s not enough, then there’s some Kickstarter campaigns you should consider donating to, and a bit of internet controversy I weigh in on!

Reading List

Wayward #1 – Buffy for a new generation? In other words, a young woman squaring off against the supernatural and kicking tail. Yeah – sure – sign me up! Add in the writing talents of Jim Zub. You know, the guy who does Skullkickers, a comic I love terribly, and which sadly is heading towards its conclusion. Plus the artistic talents of Steven Cummings and John Rauch, and I’m sure to be on board! And hey if you’re a stickler for details (and love fun facts), this one is set in Tokyo. Which is relevant because Mr. Cummings lives just outside that very city – so you know it’s bound to be that extra bit more authentic. But seriously, if supernatural action with just the right amount of quips and(!) lovely art is your thing then you must get this! Do it! Read More

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